Mandela film producer buys peace icon’s memorabilia

The producer of a new Nelson Mandela film bought Wednesday for 95,000 dollars a collection of the former South African president’s personal items, including his photograph with boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The successful bidder at 950,000 rand (70,000 euros), Anant Singh, is the producer of a long-awaited film, “Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom”, on the life of the anti-apartheid hero to be released on Thursday. The assortment of 79 signed mementos at the rare auction date from 1964 to 2010 and include the historic speech the peace icon delivered from the dock in 1964 during the Rivonia Trial that sent him to prison. “I think it’s a fair price. I think the seller got a good price, the buyer got a great price,” said Alan Demby, president of the Johannesburg-based auction house Stephan Welz & Co. “It’s more about what (Mandela) represents than the actual items. It’s not rare,

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project announces call for 2014 grant submissions

Bank of America Merrill Lynch today announced that its 2014 global Art Conservation Project is open for applications. Submissions are welcome from non-profit arts and cultural institutions that have significant works of art, across all media, requiring conservation. Submission deadline is 17 January 2014 and applicants can submit proposals here. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project is a unique programme that provides grants to non-profit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since the programme’s launch in 2010, the company has provided grants to museums in 25 countries for 57 conservation projects. These include Gustave Courbet’s monumental The Painter’s Studio at Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Pablo Picasso