What We're Reading: November 18th

Photo by Alan Kozlowski / Credit South Asia Institute and the Ravi Shankar Foundation

Ravi Shankar Retrospective on Display at South Asia Institute

The Beatles, jazz great John Coltrane, composer Philip Glass – all of these music giants and many more felt the influence of Ravi Shankar. “Chicago Tonight” toured a pandemic-delayed exhibition about the sitar virtuoso. 

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Auctioneer Oliver Barker conducts Sotheby’s first sale of the Macklowe collection in New York on 15 November 2021. Photo courtesy Sotheby’s

Macklowe collection auction brings $646m, the highest sale total in Sotheby’s history

Divorce, one of the three “Ds” that result in major art collections going to auction, brought a deluge of another “D”—dollars—to Sotheby’s at the first of two court-ordered auctions of Linda and Harry Macklowe’s art collection on Monday night in New York. All 35 lots found buyers, making for a white glove sale that brought in a total hammer price of $588.7m, near the high end of the pre-sale estimate of $439.4m-$618.9m (estimates do not include the buyer’s premium). With fees, the evening’s total take was $676.1m, making it the most valuable sale in Sotheby’s 277-year history.

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Credit: Sotheby's

Frida Kahlo self-portrait fetches a record $34.9 million

A self-portrait by Frida Kahlo has become the most expensive work by a Latin American artist ever to sell at auction, fetching $34.9 million in New York on Tuesday.

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