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Saville and Perrin join BADA judges

Artist Jenny Saville and luxury goods specialist Alain Dominique Perrin are part of the judging team for the BADA Art Prize 2022.

Launched last year by The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA), this is an annual competition to promote “the antiques of tomorrow” by awarding a £1000 grant to an emerging contemporary artist. The winner will be announced at the BADA Week champagne reception in St James’s, London, on October 7.

Saville, a member of the Young British Artists (YBAs) in the late 1980s-90s, is known for her large-scale painted depictions of nude women.

Alain Dominique Perrin

Alain Dominique Perrin returns as a judge for the BADA Art Prize.

Perrin is the founder and president of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and also president of the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris.

He began his working life in the 1960s as an antiques dealer specialising in haute époque before moving into the world of luxury goods as chairman of Cartier and later the Richemont Group. He joins the panel for a second year.

Le Carré first with author annotation

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

First edition of John Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold partly annotated by the author – guide £8000-12,000.

First Editions, Second Thoughts is a Christie’s sale comprising more than 80 contemporary First Editions and works of art by internationally renowned authors and artists, each of which has been uniquely annotated, illustrated or added to by their creator.

It is being held to raise funds to support human rights organisation English PEN’s work to defend free expression and campaign for writers who are at risk. One of the top lots in this auction running from June 28-July 12 is a first edition of John Le Carré’s Spy who came in from the Cold, London: Victor Gollancz, 1963, estimated at £8000-12,000.

When the author died in 2020 he had annotated only the opening 45 pages of the book for the sale.

Colorado pop-up

Christie’s is returning to Aspen, Colorado, with a pop-up art gallery in the city.

The two-storey, 2635 sq ft facility, close to Aspen Art Museum, was designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf (who also designed the new galleries at Christie’s New York in Rockefeller Center). and includes an outdoor sculpture garden. Events will run all summer. Christie’s has been holding events and exhibitions in Aspen for the past 20 years.

Sotheby’s is also opening a gallery in Aspen.

Poussin painting given export ban

Confirmation by Nicolas Poussin

Confirmation (c.1637- 40) by Nicolas Poussin depicts children affirming their faith before a priest, watched by their families.

A temporary export bar has been placed on a Nicolas Poussin picture in the hope a UK buyer can be found to pay £19m and keep it in the country.

Confirmation (c.1637-40) has been in Britain for almost 240 years. The picture is part of Poussin’s series titled The Seven Sacraments which is widely regarded as the artist’s most important commission and marked a turning point in his career at the birth of the French classical tradition.

They were painted for the Roman polymath and collector Cassiano dal Pozzo and Confirmation is arguably the most significant from this series.

The decision to place a temporary export bar on the picture follows the advice of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.

It agreed that this was an extraordinary painting with a fascinating British history.

During its 240 years in the UK, Confirmation has been on show in top museums including on loan to the National Gallery, the Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2011 and the Fitzwilliam Museum in 2013. It returned to Dulwich on long-term loan in 2016, where it remains.

The decision on the export licence application for the painting will be deferred for a period ending on January 9, 2023.

Shakespeare First Folio up for auction

William Shakespeare’s First Folio

Copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio – estimate $1.5m-2.5m at Sotheby’s New York.

An original copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, printed 400 years ago, will be offered at Sotheby’s in New York on July 7 with an estimate of $1.5m-2.5m. This copy is thought to be the only one with early Scottish provenance, having been first acquired by the Gordon Family in the early 17th century.

It was later passed down through the generations to famous racehorse breeder and socialite William Stuart Stirling Crawfurd (1819-83), whose bookplate can be seen stuck into the folio’s pages.

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The hammer price ($15.34m with premium) for the ‘da Vinci, ex-Seidel’ violin crafted in 1714 by Antonio Stradivari, in a sale held by New York auction house Tarisio on June 9. One of its former owners, Toscha Siedel, had played it on the soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz. The price is the second-highest amount ever paid for a Stradivari violin at auction.