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SURPRISES. There were unexpected fireworks at an auction at Osenat near Paris, where a tianqiuping-style Chinese vase flew beyond its €2,000 (about $1,970) estimate—and just kept going, the Guardian reports. Some 30 bidders vied for the porcelain, apparently believing it to be a rare example dating to the 18th century, and the winner agreed to spend €9.12 million ($9.01 million). After the sale, a director at the house said, “Our expert still thinks it’s not old.” In Israel, archaeologists working in a nature reserve found 44 gold coins from the Byzantine Empire that date to the seventh century, BBC News reports. And at a convent south of Mexico City, wall paintings with Indigenous iconography were uncovered beneath lime plaster in chapels, suggesting that “Spanish priests not only altered their church architecture to accommodate the large number of Indigenous converts, but also allowed masons to paint pre-Hispanic designs on the walls,” the Associated Press reports.
THE CURRENT EDITION OF SONSBEEK, the storied outdoor sculpture survey in Arnhem, Netherlands, opened in 2020 and is scheduled to run until 2024, but its organizers said that they will quit on November 1, in response to working conditions that are “precarious and ultimately unbearable,” Artforum reports. A letter from the show’s artistic director, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung , and its co-curators, to its board cites sexism, institutional racism, financing issues, and other matters. Expressing regret about the planned resignations, the board said that it would not reply to the letter in the press and would speak to the team privately.
FRENCH DISPATCH. There were a bounty of art connections in Stella McCartney’s Monday show for Paris Fashion Week, the Associated Press reports: Yoshitomo Naracollaborated on the clothes, it was staged outside the Centre Pompidou, and Jeff Koons stopped by. Elsewhere in town, artist Shuang Licreated an installation and a video for Miu Miu ’s display on Tuesday. This past weekend, Santiago Sierra offered a muddy runway for Balenciaga’s presentation, Alex Greenberger reports in ARTnews.
King Charles has loaned a 2001 portrait of his mother by painter Lucian Freud to the National Gallery in London. In other royal news: Ethiopia has renewed its call for the return of a holy tablet held at Westminster Abbey that was looted by British forces in 1868, a repatriation that may require the monarch’s approval. [The Art Newspaper]
The Orange County Museum of Art’s new $94 million home in Costa Mesa, California, opens October 8, and this past weekend it hosted a gala to mark the occasion. The dress code was “utopian black tie”; Michelle Groskopf took vivid photos of the revelers. [Los Angeles Times]
Architect Nader Tehrani, whose firm, NADAAA, is renovating the ancient Near Eastern and Cypriot art galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, answered “21 Questions” for Curbed. What is the best view in the city? “From the left side of a plane as you’re going southbound over Central Park,” he said. [Curbed]
Working in the Peloponnese in Greece, archaeologists have been unearthing Iklaina, a 32-acre Bronze Age site of Mycenaean civilization more than 3,000 years ago. Their finds include elegant bowls and intriguing sculptures. [The New York Times]
Mr. Doodle, aka Sam Cox, the artist who has seen prices for his doodle-filled artwork soar at auction, has spent the past three years doodling all over a home he bought three years ago in Tenterden, England. Now he has invited the media inside, sharing this horror vacui with all of us. [BBC News, People, The Times of London]
CHILD STAR. Anderson Cooper is a CNN anchor, a Vanderbilt, a 60 Minutes correspondent, an art collector, and—wait for it!—the subject of a Diane Arbus photograph now on view in an Arbus show at David Zwirner in New York. Cooper recently paid a visit to the gallery, and the New Yorker’s Fred Kaplan tagged along. When not shooting newborns, Arbus was of course famous for snapping unusual, marginal figures. “They’re all interesting characters,” Cooper told the magazine of his fellow models. “My goal is always to lead an interesting life. I got a good kick start. To be a small piece of it—it’s cool. [The New Yorker]