Pogba’s World Cup-winning boots sell for 30,000 euros

The football boots with which Paul Pogba effectively won the World Cup for France last year were sold for 30,000 euros ($33,470) at a Paris auction on Monday. The Manchester United midfielder, who scored France's third goal in the 4-2 victory over Croatia, had donated them to a French charity which helps high school students from tough areas. Christie's auction house had hoped that the boots would go for between 35,000 and 50,000 euros. Pogba, who grew up on a deprived estate in the Paris suburbs, also donated the France shirt he wore during the team's victory over Iceland in the Euro 2016 quarter final, in which he also scored. It sold for 4,000 euros -- four times the estimation. And another shirt which he wore in a 2017 World Cup qualification game against Holland went for three times its estimate at 3,000 euros. The gifted midfielder's

French want Notre-Dame rebuilt as it was: survey

A narrow majority of French people want the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral to be rebuilt exactly as it was, a survey said Tuesday. As the French government prepares to push through legislation that aims to reconstruct the famous Paris landmark within five years, the poll showed that 54 percent of French people want it restored to just as it was before the devastating fire on April 15. Only a quarter support the idea that the rebuilding should include a modern "architectural gesture" championed by French President Emmanuel Macron, while a further 21 percent of those surveyed by YouGov for two French media outlets had no opinion. France has launched an international architectural competition for the reconstruction of the cathedral's 19th-century spire, which collapsed into the nave during the inferno. But Macron's insistence on a speedy

Turner Auctions + Appraisals opens the door to treasures from a couture closet

Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present Treasures from a Couture Closet on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 10:30 am PDT. Offering a selection of high-fashion goods from several collectors and estates, the sale features 135 lots, many from the world's most celebrated designers. Highlights include coveted items from Chanel, Louis Vuitton luggage and accessories, a rare Gianni Versace 4-row Medusa necklace, a selection of Hermes scarves, and a gold Rolls-Royce keychain. From Chanel are vintage bags and other leather goods, a ladies wool & silk suit, shoes, earrings and sunglasses. The sale's numerous jewelry items include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, pendants, rings, watches and stick pins. Many are of gold, white gold or sterling silver, set with precious or semi-precious stones such as diamonds, rubies, turquoise, coral, jade, cultured

Milestone to offer historically important archives at May 11 Firearms & Militaria Auction

Time marches on, but as any collector of militaria will attest, history marches to a drum that will resonate forever. The uniforms, weapons and paraphernalia of centuries of war serve as tangible reminders that freedom comes at a great price, and it’s all the more reason why such items never lose their appeal at auction, says Miles King, co-owner of Milestone Auctions. The suburban Cleveland company will conduct a robust pre-Memorial Day auction on May 11 featuring firearms and militaria from long-held collections, including a very special archive of D-Day items that will be offered in 11 consecutive lots. The 898-lot auction covers seven main categories, each with its own enthusiastic following: Antique & Collector Firearms, Civil War, Indian Wars/Spanish American War, WWI U.S.

Rare 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar sets $108,000 world record price at Heritage Auctions

A 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar sold for a world record $108,000, making it the most expensive coin of its type, during a public auction of rare U.S. Coins held Thursday, April 25, 2019, by Heritage Auctions. The rare example of the rather common piece of pocket change is one of about a dozen special issues struck in 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper for special coin sets issued by the U.S. Mint during the mid-1960s. The sale smashed the $47,000 previous world record price, set by Heritage Auctions in 2016. Both the seller and the winning bidder wish to remain anonymous at this time. Heritage Auctions presented the coin at an auction during the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) Convention just outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Illinois. “This the ‘king of Kennedy half dollars,’” said Todd Imhof, Vice President at Heritage Auctions,

Mingei partners with designers to build “Installations at the Station”

Mingei International Museum announced that artist-designers Miki Iwasaki and Jason Xavier Lane were selected by NTC Foundation's Art in Public Places Committee, to participate in the rotating public art program “Installations at the Station.” Their projects are helping to transform the historic 100-acre former Naval Training Center site into a thriving arts and culture destination for the community. Mingei reached out to Iwasaki and Lane to bring to life folk art, craft and design through site-specific outdoor art installations in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station with the assistance of arts organization Set & Drift. In collaborating with these artists, Mingei aims to promote the work of contemporary living designers that reflect the Mingei philosophy, a joy in making by hand useful objects of timeless beauty, and to incite conversations about

The Workshop and Fann A Porter present ‘Gusts of Wind’ by Shereen Shalhoub

With a series of experimental sculptural clay works, The Workshop and Fann A Porter present Gusts of Wind, the first Dubai solo exhibition of Shereen Shalhoub. The artist, who trained at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York and lives and works in Dubai. She participated in last year’s Sikka Art Fair as well as exhibiting an installation at Al Jalilah Cultural Center in Dubai and now presents a body of work using clay and a variety of techniques to probe the nature of what it means to be human. Many pieces in the exhibition reveal varying perceptions of bird’s wings, which the artist is using as a symbol for human experience. In some, the visible details of feathers are clear and others are more abstract and fluid, a result achieved through piping. The free-flowing forms are made by piping clay as slip - a medium used for moulding and casting the material.

Asia Society announces inaugural Triennial of Asia

In the spring of 2020, Asia Society will launch the inaugural Triennial of Asia, a festival of art, ideas, and innovation. This first edition of the Triennial, themed We Do Not Dream Alone, will be composed of a multi-venue exhibition, policy discussions, forums, and performances. The festival will bring together around forty artists with scientists, historians, policy analysts, and thought leaders from countries spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. Beginning in spring 2020, programming will introduce the ideas and issues of the Triennial. The centerpiece of the Triennial, an exhibition entitled We Do Not Dream Alone, will open to the public on June 5, 2020 and continue through August 9. It is being conceived of as a multi-venue initiative that includes Asia Society and other sites across New York City. Artists in the exhibition

Two Pussy Riot members granted asylum in Sweden

Sweden on Tuesday granted political asylum to two activist members of the Russian protest collective Pussy Riot who had feared being arrested if they had returned to Moscow, Swedish public television SVT reported. The pair, Lusine Djanyan and Alexey Knedlyakovsky, parents of two children, initially lodged asylum claims in 2017 , citing harassment and death threats in Russia as a result of their direct action and anti-government concerts. These claims were rejected by Sweden's immigration office but the couple appealed the decision. "I am very happy that my children will be able to grow up in security, in particular in view of what has been going on (in Russia)" Djanyan told SVT after the immigration tribunal granted their asylum appeal. The anarchist Pussy Riot collective -- often decked out in neon balaclavas