The art stories from around the world that caught our attention this week.
1. The Upper East side building that once functioned as Andy Warhol’s first studio in the 1960’s has come up on the market for almost $10 million, $9,975,000, to be exact. During his time there Warhol created two of his most famous works, the Marilyn Diptych and Liz, depictions of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Tyler. The two-story studio was built in 1910, in 1965, “the fire house only cost $150 a month, but it was a wreck, with leaks in the roof and holes in the floors, but it was better than trying to make serious paintings in the wood-paneled living-room of his Victorian townhouse, as he'd done for the previous couple of years," Gopnik said. “Andy moved into the firehouse on January 1, 1963, and his lease on it was terminated the following May—leaving a gap of more than half a year before he moves into the famous Silver Factory." (via Art Net)
2. The chair J K Rowling wrote Harry Potter on has sold at auction for $394,000 at an auction in New York. The chair, a non-descript 1930’s oak piece, was given to Rowling while she was a single mother in a council flat Edinburgh, writing the first Harry Potter books. Rowling first sold the chair in 2002, at a small auction called Chair-ish a Child, in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, where it raised £15,000, and for which Rowling decorated the chair, inscribing it with: “You may not find me/ pretty ~ but / don’t judge / on what you see. / I wrote / Harry Potter / while sitting/on this chair”. (via The Guardian)
3. The Leopold Museum in Vienna will return two watercolours by Egon Schiele that were considered “degenerate” by the Nazis and looted. The two water colours will return to Eva Zirkl, the 95-year-old descendent of Karl Maylaender, who was deported to Lodz in Poland from Austria, and later killed. She has been campaign for the watercolours return for the last 20 years. Three of the other watercolours originally belonging to Maylaender will remain at the museum, which has one of the largest collections of works by Schiele. (via Arts Beat)
4. The annual Royal College of Arts aunnual auction began this week with fans having camped outside for up to 10 days to bid on an exhibition of almost 2,000 works by the likes of Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor. The “secret” part of the auction is that the bidders don’t know who the artist behind their prize is until after the auction has finished. Anne Duffy, head of communications at the RCA told artnet News: "What's so unique about the event is that everyone has fun, whether making the artworks or buying the artworks," The profits of the auction go to the RCA fund, which offers scholarships for students who are facing financial hardship. (via Art Net)
5. Anonymous French street artist JR and Os Gemeos, two Portuguese brothers, have created murals in the basement of the Palais de Tokyo in memory of the Nazi occupation in Paris, which saw a total of 2,000 grand pianos stolen by the Nazis and stored there. The Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) was in operation throughout Europe, with the aim of appropriate cultural property for the enrichment of the Third Reich. Though public access is restricted due to “safety reasons”, as JR said, “It will stay there forever”. Read more about this story here.