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Object of desire: Marilyn Monroe’s enduring appeal(Comments Off on Object of desire: Marilyn Monroe’s enduring appeal)

October 6, 2010

Margaret Barrett, the director of Entertainment Memorabilia for Bonhams & Butterfields is on the phone from LA. She says she is sitting beside a table that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe with a book of Jim Morrison poetry on top of it. “Two of my favourite icons together in one place,” she laughs down the […]

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Portrait of a recession

Forget bear or bull markets, what you really need to understand is the pickled shark market. The contemporary art business, particularly in London, has never been so vibrant with more new gallery openings, record-breaking auctions and art fair launches than you can throw a stuffed golden calf at. Really, believe the hype. On the same […]

Comic book heroes

As Captain Haddock might have exclaimed: “Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles!” At the grand old age of 77 Tintin is in better shape than ever. With book sales of 200 million in more than 50 languages since he first appeared in 1929, it’s enough to put a spring in anyone’s plus-fours. By Andy Round […]