“The Titanic”

is Getting a Sequel


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August 10, 2020


Euro Souvenir banknote with the RMS Titanic




Limited edition “0 euro note” commemorates iconic ship with second printing

The sinking of the RMS Titanic is among the most recognizable moments of the 20th century – which is why it is no surprise that a commemorative “0 euro note” honoring the ship sold out almost immediately and is now getting a second printing.

Euro Note Souvenir created the first issuance of the note back in March. The note has been officially licensed by the European Central Bank and printed by Oberthur, the French facility that prints the euro. It has the look and feel of a euro, along with a watermark, holographic protection and UV-responsive tactile marks. On the front, the familiar image of the proud RMS Titanic at sea can be clearly seen. The first run of the note quickly sold its 5,000 copies, and so a second edition of 5,000 notes is being released.


The second printing of this limited-edition note will no doubt be a collector’s item to history buffs, as well as fans of the Oscar-winning James Cameron film “Titanic”. The 1999 film chronicled the ship’s doomed maiden voyage through the experiences of a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

“We knew that there was a lot of enthusiasm for a commemorative note for the Titanic, but even we were surprised by just how fast the first print sold out,” says Euro Note Souvenir Managing Director Peter Schneider. “We want to honor the value of the people who bought the first issuance of the note, but we also recognize that there are still a lot of people who want to own a copy of this note, so we felt like a separate second edition of the note was the best way to do both..”

Quantities of the second edition of “The RMS Titanic” Euro will also be limited to 5,000.

Source : Euro Note Souvenir 







“We want more people around the world to have access to great stories and have the chance to see their lives represented on screen. We also believe that great stories come from anywhere and can travel everywhere connecting with audiences far beyond their place or language of origin. We’re honored to share these classic and contemporary films with our members in the Arab world and globally, ” said Nuha El Tayeb, Director, Content Acquisitions, MENAT at Netflix.


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June 23, 2020

Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, is releasing a new catalogue of 44 movies blending iconic and Arabic contemporary films, including the works of notable directors like Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Nadine Labaki, Moustapha Akkad, Anne Marie Jacir, Laila Marrakchi and many more.

The new catalogue combines cinematic masterpieces with contemporary rising stars from the Arab world’s entertainment industry. Netflix members will have the opportunity to rediscover cinematic masterpieces that constitute an important part of the Arab world’s film heritage, bringing more Arabic films to the world and providing Arab talent and filmmakers with a platform to gain more fans globally. The stories come from the UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Algeria and Sudan.

Licensed from Front Row Filmed Entertainment, some of the films are already on the service and the majority will be available on Netflix starting on June 18th. Several titles will stream globally to 183 million members worldwide. All the films will include subtitles relevant to those countries where they are streaming in either English, Arabic or French.

Earlier in May, Netflix introduced its members to their most beloved comedy plays, just in time for Eid. The  collection of plays which includes El Eyal Kebret, Al Motzawgoon, Bye Bye London, Raya w Skeina, Morahek Fl Khamseen, Shahid Ma Shafsh Haga, Sok Ala Banatak, Madraset Almoshagbien, and Elwad Sayed Elshagal is available through a dedicated row on the service called “Arabic Nostalgia”. 

Source : Netflix







The Simon Law Firm’s “Heels in the Courtroom” Podcast Offers Mentorship and Community

for Female Professionals

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June 07, 2020

Heels in the Courtroom – Amy Gunn, Mary Simon, Erica Slater, Elizabeth McNulty and Liz Lenivy





Heels in the Courtroom, a new legal podcast hosted by the female trial attorneys at The Simon Law Firm in St. Louis, is gaining nationwide attention. Created to build a vibrant legal community with a female voice, this fresh and insightful podcast offers mentorship, connection and practical skills on how to successfully navigate a professional career and enjoy a rich, fulfilling life. “Our audience is anyone who encounters the struggle between work and self-care, old school and new world and/or internal versus external pressures to succeed,” says attorney Amy Gunn.  “Our message is, ‘You are not alone.'”

Finding mentorship and community can be a challenge for female professionals, and Heels in the Courtroom fills that gap. “It’s the quintessential ‘pay it forward,'” says attorney Erica Slater. “My female mentors made all the difference in my life and career. The more the leading voices in professional industries are women, the better those industries are for women.”

“Women aren’t limited to ‘a seat at the table,'” adds attorney Mary Simon.  “We’re here to fill every chair. If you are a female professional, or you have female colleagues, this podcast is for you.”

With a range of experience from seasoned trial attorney to recent law school grad, hosts Amy Gunn, Erica Slater, Liz Lenivy, Mary Simon and Elizabeth McNulty offer anecdotal insights on how to build your book of business, sharpen litigation skills, walk the line between aggressive and assertive, and explain why the phrase “work-life balance” is considered inadmissible at The Simon Law Firm. “One thing that makes Heels in the Courtroom so unique is that it can be relatable no matter where you are in your career,” says attorney Elizabeth McNulty. “We are all in different stages of our practice so we each bring different perspectives, struggles, and solutions.” 

The podcast is directed toward female trial attorneys and professionals but offers tangible insights for all. Attorney Liz Lenivy says, “I’ve gotten great feedback from women in other professional industries like engineering and financial services, and men who say this podcast helps them understand the experiences of their female colleagues better. Our audience is anyone and everyone.”















Astérix supports the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France

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May 18, 2020

To honor the memory of Albert Uderzo who passed away on March 24, his wife Ada Uderzo and his daughter Sylvie wanted to pay their respect to the French hospital staff by donating five original pages to be sold during a charity auction organized by Artcurial in Paris on May 26. Among them are three Astérix pages, a Tanguy et Laverdure page, and a page from Oumpah-Pah.








Lot 3

Albert UDERZO (1927-2020)
Astérix – Tome 29

Estimation 80,000 – 120,000 €


Lot 2

Albert UDERZO (1927-2020)
Astérix – Tome 31

Estimation 80,000 – 120,000 €


















My husband was deeply touched by the terrible healthcare crisis we are going through. A month after his passing, my daughter Sylvie and I were determined to carry out what he would have done himself by supporting and thanking caregivers, the new heroes in every French village!”, said Ada Uderzo.








organized by Artcurial in Paris on May 26, 2020

Artcurial, 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris

Five lots will be presented: three pages from the adventures of Astérix, a Tanguy and Laverdure page, and a page from Oumpah-Pah. The Astérix pages are all Indian ink on paper from the albums Astérix and Obélix All at Sea, Astérix and the Actress and Astérix and the Secret Weapon, each estimated at 80,000 – 120,000€. The Tanguy et Laverdure page is an Indian ink, pencil and blue coloured pencil on paper from the Escadrille des cigognes album published in 1964 and prepublished in the newspapers Pilote (estimation: 60,000 – 100,000€). The Oumpah-Pah page is an Indian ink on paper from the album Le Peau rouge published in 1961 by Lombard editions and prepublished in 1958 in Tintin magazine. It is estimated between 40,000 and 60,000€.

“Artcurial is delighted to promote this special sale as a testament to the generosity of Albert Uderzo, one of the greatest Comic Strips illustrator in the world.” Eric Leroy, Comic Strips expert, Artcurial

The funds collected will be donated to the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France. A Covid-19 emergency fund has been created within the HP-HF Foundation to support:

• Hospitals: the funds collected will help to purchase medical and paramedical equipments

• Medical staff: the funds will contribute to improving working conditions: hot meals delivery or assisting with the payement of various expenses (transportation, accomodation, child care)

• Patients: the funds will  help with the delivery of digital tablets to hospitals and retirement homes. Thus allowing patients to keep in touch with their family.

The Foundation was established in 1989 and has been chaired by Brigitte Macron since June 2019. Its aim is to turn healthcare facilities into living environments for fragile people in hospitals (children, teenagers, young adults and the elderly). The Foundation started the Pièces Jaunes (“small change”) campaign for children and teenagers in hospital and has given almost €150 million in grants for 15,419 projects so far. It has been registered as a charity since 1994 and is a member of the committee overseeing the code of conduct for organisations raising funds from the general public.






Artcurial’s New Auction Calendar

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May 18, 2020






Artcurial is reopening its doors and the teams welcome in the best possible conditions, while respecting the strictest hygiene measures.

In Paris, the building on the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées is now open.

The specialists can be reached by email and by phone for any information concerning upcoming sales.

Auctions will be held as of 19th May, notably with sales dedicated to Classical Art ,and Art and Decorative Arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Artcurial will end the spring season with its prestigious auctions of luxury goods, to be held in Monaco.

The Monaco office is currently open and is available to answer requests. Auctions will be held at the Hôtel Hermitage from 19th to 21st July 2020. In addition to the auctions dedicated to ewellery, Collectors’ Clocks and Watches and items from the prestigious brand Hermès, specialists from Artcurial Motorcars Department will be holding a Classic Car auction on 21st July 2020.

The Morocco office will reopen on 1st June, it can be contacted by e-mail and by telephone. Preparations are already underway for auctions planned to be held at the Mamounia in Marrakech this coming October and December – themes will include international and pan-African contemporary art, modern Moroccan art and Orientalist paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The representative offices in Europe are also available to assist. Some of them are already open to welcome on appointment, such as Artcurial Belgium, Artcurial Germany and Artcurial Italy. The Austria office, in Vienna, can be contacted by e-mail or telephone to arrange appointments.




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April 23, 2020



Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications celebrating its 25th year, announced on April 23 the launch of its latest Reportage Grant series centered around COVID-19-related stories. Understanding that COVID-19 and the resulting travel restrictions have presented photographers worldwide with immense obstacles as to how and where they work, as well as opportunities to convey the wide-ranging impact of the pandemic and also inform the public, Getty Images wishes to support them in their efforts to do so safely.


“In the midst of global uncertainties presenting unprecedented challenges, storytelling becomes more important than ever, as visual content is uniquely able to demonstrate how this particular virus is affecting daily lives around the world,” said Ken Mainardis, Senior Vice President for Content, Getty Images. “While the COVID-19 pandemic looks different depending on the locality, it’s clear that the effects of this virus will outlast the immediate public health emergency, creating significant need for stories detailing socioeconomic, social and wellness implications, as well as innovation in terms of science and technology.”
For over 15 years, the Getty Images Grants program has supported independent photographers as they strive to tell in-depth stories of both personal and journalistic importance, awarding in excess of $1.7 million to date. The 2020 Reportage Grants, each valued at $5,000, will be awarded to eight photographers safely reporting stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular consideration given to those working in their home locations or immediate regions. Recipients will be selected from a global pool of entrants and judged by an esteemed panel of photographers, journalists and creatives.
Health and safety remain a priority, and Getty Images asks that all applicants abide by local and national laws governing how journalists work and travel amid quarantine restrictions. Submissions will close on Friday, May 15 at midnight EST. For more information, visit Where we Stand.

Source : Getty Images





3D, virtual exhibits, apps…

4 ways to visit museums differently


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April 9, 2020






As the containment due to the health crisis continues, the Ministry of Culture has launched the operation #culturecheznous, a platform intended to highlight the exceptional wealth of its digital offering as well as that of its operators. This week, four ways to visit museums differently.

Museums, due to collections that are often a dream field of application for new technologies, have always been pioneers in terms of online content. The abundant offer offered in the #Culturecheznous framework proves it once again. Illustration through four examples.


Visit the Musée du Louvre differently with «Le Louvre à la loupe» and «Questions d’enfants»


The «works with a magnifying glass» of the Musée du Louvre bear their name. This original digital proposal promises the public to look differently at the museum’s iconic works. Demonstration with the latest, the Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour (1755) by Maurice-Quentin de La Tour. Painting organized around the pyramidal pattern formed by the marquee and its dress, chromatic harmony, exceptional dimension of this pastel of the eighteenth century, prints exceeding a drawing board, partitions, connected works…. Thanks to a subtle combination of animations and comments, nothing is missing, on the form as on the background, to this evocation of the woman of mind. It is up to you to discover the following works. They are named the Victory of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa… !

What are they playing at?” , “You see there’s money on the table”, “the character on the right is the only one watching his deck of cards”, “the man is cheating, he has cards behind his back”… Suffice to say that Le Tricheur à l’ace de carreau by Georges de la Tour inspires the children of the fifth grade class of the primary school at 104 rue de Belleville in Paris. They play the Prime game. It takes the ace, six and seven of the same color to win. This is what the cheat who shoots the ace of diamonds hidden under his belt will do,” says Sonia Brunel, a speaker at the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais. The playful and amazing sequence – nothing escapes the eyes of the children – is taken from one of the many “Children’s Issues” videos, which link kindergarten to college classes with Louvre specialists who answer students’ questions about the museum and its works.

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As the containment due to the health crisis continues, the Ministry of Culture has launched the operation #culturecheznous, a platform intended to highlight the exceptional wealth of its digital offering as well as that of its operators. This week, four ways to visit museums differently.

Museums, due to collections that are often a dream field of application for new technologies, have always been pioneers in terms of online content. The abundant offer offered in the #Culturecheznous framework proves it once again. Illustration through four examples.








Search for works from the Musée d’Orsay with the «Petits M’O»


«Discover the works of the Musée d’Orsay and the Orangerie scattered throughout Paris!» , announces the homepage of Les Petits M’O, the children’s website of the Musée d’Orsay, which features its two mascots, the Pompon bear, emblematic sculpture of artist François Pompon preserved at the Musée d’Orsay, and the frog Lily, escaped from Claude Monet’s Water Lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie. Kids, we’re taking bets, we’re not gonna get it repeated twice!

They can have fun discovering works on an attractive interactive map, or more classically under the heading «works», and even know everything about the work of the month, at the moment, Edgar Degas’ Opera Orchestra. They can discover the people who created them, listen to podcasts – “In the land of monsters”, the nice monsters of Léopold Chauveau with Claude Ponti, “Promenades imaginaires” – don’t miss out on the news of Les Petits M’O thanks to La Gazette des M’O… And what to say about the routes: portraits of artists, small and big beasts, family portraits, primitivism, decorative arts, water lilies, landscapes of painters, Degas at the opera, there is something for all tastes! Icing on the cake: each child has the opportunity to create his personal space and record his favorite works among others. It is thus a whole history of visits and formation of taste that is memorized!



Capture the works of the Cluny Museum in 3 D


What if you discovered the works of the Middle Ages in a new way? This is the proposal of the Cluny Museum, which houses one of the world’s most important collections of medieval artefacts and works of art, under the title «Our 3D Collections». The photographic agency of the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais has been carrying out campaigns since 2014 to digitize the museum’s collections in 3D. The result is simply stunning. Through an experience that renews and enriches the gaze, the viewer can rotate or zoom in on the works as he or she sees fit.

Illustration with L’Adam, probably sculpted by Pierre de Montreuil in the middle of the thirteenth century, initially located on the south façade of the transept of Notre-Dame de Paris. This two-metre-high masterpiece of Gothic sculpture can be seen from head to toe, and it has never been so sensitive to the aesthetic canons of antiquity from which he draws his inspiration. With her strong hip, counterbalanced by an opposite movement of the shoulders, the opposition between her left bent knee and the right knee remained extended, her left hand delicately brought back in front of the fig leaf she holds and her right hand raised in front of the chest, the Adam is obviously inspired, in his general position, by the ancient type of the Venus pudiques». We no longer read these words of presentation in the catalogue of the Réunion des musées nationaux in the same way. And what about the embroidered lily flowers on the chasuble of Saint-Denis, sculpture of the fifteenth century; or the slight smile that is sketched on the face of the Saint holding a book (sculpture of the fourteenth century), the numerous folds of his coat, colors, the blue, the red that still appears in places, splendours!



Discover the virtual exhibitions of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine


21, this is the number – which already testifies to the richness of the offer – of virtual exhibitions proposed by the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine on its site, among which are the exhibitions that are digital versions of physical exhibitions shown by the institution and virtual exhibitions mounted from all rooms in-house. This medium, she says, must be, in the same way as a traditional exhibition, rich in information, captivating, attractive and interactive in order to preserve the interest of the visitor.” Challenge met with flying colors. Proof with two examples.

Greenhouses, patios, terraces, gardens and urban parks… the wide variety of projects and documents, at the building or city level, that accompany “From the garden to the landscape, the plant in 20th century architecture” give its flesh to an exhibition that shows how architects and urban planners have used plant material to design and enrich modern urban and architectural spaces. For the second example, let’s face it, it is the black and white image of a swimming pool and a building with clean lines accompanied by some of its occupants on the home page of the virtual exhibitions that put us in the mouth. A few clicks further, we know not only more about the place – this is the hotel «Caravelle» in Sainte-Anne in Guadeloupe photographed in 1961 – but also about its amazing and exciting creator, André Bruyère (1912 – 1998), to which the exhibition «André Bruyère. Projects and words» pays tribute.



The Cinémathèque française

at the time of the confinement

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April 6, 2020

A true guardian of the treasures of the 7th art, the French Cinematheque, as part of the #culturecheznous operation, uses an original digital offering to continue reaching a large audience. Interview with Frédéric Bonnaud, his director.

Since its creation in 1936, the Cinémathèque française has defended a resolutely cultural approach to cinema. How does this approach differ from the «consumption» of images which is one of the markers of our time?

“La Folie des grandeurs” by Gérard Oury 1971 Gaumont


A film remains the contemporary of those who watch it

The Cinémathèque française is, as you pointed out, quite the opposite of a place where images are «consumed». This is for several reasons. First, because cinema is, beyond the image, a form of writing – a visual writing and, often, a way of telling a story in images. This dimension is essential to understand our approach. Second, because our job is to preserve and promote film heritage.

At the end of the 1920s, with the appearance of speech, silent films fell into disuse. It is this heritage that Henri Langlois and the founders of the Cinémathèque française first sought to preserve. Today, we have a fifth of the film production from 1895 – 1930. Everything else was definitely lost. The exceptions are notable: Charlie Chaplin’s films, for example, have endured because of their commercial success.

This is an essential question, and it does not only apply to silent films since the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image (CNC) now considers all films before the year 2000 to be heritage films. For our part, we consider that a film remains the contemporary of the spectators who watch it. The “All the Memory of the World” festival is one of the ways in which we can make today’s audience – and especially the young audience – contemporary with this restored cinematographic heritage.

The cardinal mission of the Cinémathèque is to show tirelessly the works of the great authors, from the 1910s to the present day, to prove that their films are not “old films”. This notion of “old films” is detestable: when you read a book by Balzac you do not say that you are reading an old book! Similarly, when faced with a Jean Renoir film, we do not watch an old film, we watch a film, and that is proof that it is still our contemporary.











Frédéric BONNAUD

The Cinematheque’s offer on the internet highlights specific digital content, oriented towards the big but also, it is very important, towards the young audience. In what spirit did you design this offer?

The history of cinema, with its 125 years of existence and its tens of thousands of films, is now substantial and diverse. We deploy educational treasures to make this historical depth accessible to young audiences. How to explain to children that the cinema was silent? In black and white? What is obvious to us is not necessarily obvious to the younger generations. Hence the importance of our transmission work. Our digital offer, which is based on an essentially oral pedagogical action, has won, at a time when the French have no access to the Cinémathèque or the cinemas, an even sharper success than usual.

During this period of confinement, the Cinémathèque française is pursuing one of its essential missions: to make discover to a large public the richness of its collections on the world cinematographic heritage. What content do you propose for the #culturecheznous operation?

In the “Discover” section, the public can find an original offer of nearly 800 videos, including film lessons with iconic personalities of the 7th art, and more than 500 articles. In addition to this, there are about fifty specific digital content developed by our teams, which puts our particularly rich collection of costumes, sets, posters, scenarios, etc.

Another new offer: from Thursday, April 9, we will offer every day rare films that we have restored in the last twenty years and of which we are the rights holders. The number of these films will remain limited, of course, because we do not own the vast majority of the works we keep, but I am sure that the public will be at the rendezvous of this new platform called Henri, wink to Henri Langlois, the founding father of the Cinémathèque. And to begin with, we propose a masterpiece of 1928 by Jean Epstein after a short story by Edgar Poe: The fall of the Usher house.



The Cinémathèque française

at the service of authors



The retrospectives, very complete, that we regularly organize – like the one dedicated to Jean-Luc Godard at the beginning of the year – allow us to show all the works of an author, in optimal conditions. We tend to think that all films are available on the internet or exist on DVD, but that is absolutely false. If we want to keep them alive, we must make a gesture of programming: it is the role of the cinematheque that seeks, with its integral retrospectives and its major exhibitions, to go a little further with the work of authors who are not necessarily as well known as we think. Louis de Funès is a very good example. A big exhibition that should have started on April 1st, was about to show how this awesome clown became the author – and the most interesting element – of the films in which he played»



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March 20, 2020


– Salvator Rosa’s A Rocky Coast, with Soldiers Studying a Plan (1640s) © Christ Church, Oxford University
– Antony Van Dyck’s A Soldier on Horseback (around 1616) © Christ Church, Oxford University
– Annibale Carracci’s A Boy Drinking (around 1580) © Christ Church, Oxford University






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March 20, 2020


Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) was only 20 years old when he painted this work, « The Mathematician ». The Spanish born artist was yet to achieve his renown as the great painter of Naples, the city considered to be one of the most important artistic centers of the 17th century. It is in Rome, before this Neapolitan period, in around 1610, that Ribera paints this sin- gular and striking allegory of Knowledge. The painting is unrecorded and was unknown to Ribera specialists. Now authenticated by Stéphane Pinta from the Cabinet Turquin, the work was to be sold at auction at Drouot on 27 March 2020 by the auction house Daguerre with an estimate of 200,000 to 300,000 Euros.


Source : Maison de ventes Daguerre

Jusepe de Ribera (Játiva 1591 – Naples 1652)

The Mathematician

100 × 75,5 cm
Estimate: 200 000 / 300 000 €

© Studio Christian Baraja


The safety, health and well-being of our customers and employees remain our priority.

In accordance with government guidelines for the protection of public health, Artcurial is suspending its auctions and closing its doors to the public as of today and until further notice.

The auctions scheduled for the coming weeks will therefore be postponed to later dates. The auction house is also suspending all its public events throughout the world (sales, exhibitions, bookstore, events, etc.).



Regarding the online only auctions, they will be maintained since bidding online does not require physical presence. On the other hand, the removal of lots will be possible as soon as the situation returns to normal.

Despite this exceptional situation, the employees of Artcurial France, Artcurial Monaco and Morocco subsidiaries and the Artcurial Europe teams – Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy – can still be contacted by telephone and email for any requests and will continue to provide the usual free and confidential estimate services as far as possible

Source : Artcurial





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March 16, 2020






Artcurial is temporary closed to public but remain at your disposal upon requests




The U.S. Postal Service dedication of the Maine Statehood Forever stamp, scheduled for March 15, 2020, will be delayed due to the postponement of the host event, the Maine Statehood Day Ceremony in Augusta, ME. The Maine Statehood Forever stamp will still be available for purchase starting Sunday, March 15.


The Maine Bicentennial Commission noted that it would reschedule the Statehood celebration for a date when everyone can safely come together to join in observing 200 years of Maine statehood.


The Postal Service will schedule a special dedication for the Maine Statehood Forever stamp at a later date that will likely coincide with the Statehood Day ceremony as planned.


Customers may still purchase the stamps starting Sunday, March 15 through The Postal Store at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic  and at Post Office locations nationwide starting Monday, March 16.


How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:  Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office or at The Postal Store website at They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Maine Statehood Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by July 15, 2020.

How to Order First-Day Covers:  The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the USA Philatelic catalog and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic catalog online at First Day of Issue cancellations will be available


The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations


Maine Statehood Stamp Dedication

Ceremony Postponed


Stamp will still be available for purchase starting Sunday, March 15


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March 13, 2020







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February 26, 2020


This is the First Comic Book of this Kind of (hopefully) a long series… Covering lots of family, professional and sentimental Twists. The Story and plots take place right in Grasse (the Iconic Capital City of Perfumery)…. The Goal of this Book is to allow the General Public and Comic Book Lovers to discover the inner workings of this Prestigious Industry.
Christophe Mot is a Swiss Expert in Luxury Beauty and has 25 years of Experience in that Field. Eric Corbeyran is a French very prolific Comic Book Writer. Piotr Kowalski is a Famous Cartoon Designer. The three of them joined their respected Talent to create Exceptional Characters involved in the Great City of Grasse, so famous for being the Land of Creativity and Wonders…

Source : Robinson Editions

“LA MAISON DES FRAGRANCES – Tome I – Le Parfum Du Pouvoir” Comic Book published in FRANCE on February 26, 2020 is all about the tourmented life of People working in the field of Haute-Parfumerie. It is the first time such a Project was undertaken and it is due to the collaboration of Three Exceptional Personalities : Éric Corbeyran (co-writer), Christophe Mot (co-writer) and Piotr Kowalski (designer).


  Ahead of International Women’s Day, LVMH inaugurates second edition of “Une Journée Pour Soi”

with Secours Populaire at Château de Versailles

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March 06, 2020

Following the success of the first edition of “Une Journée Pour Soi” (“A Day All Your Own”) organized by LVMH with French charity Secours Populaire, the Group continues its commitment to women in vulnerable situations, renewing the initiative in six French cities this year. The program was launched on March 6th at the Château de Versailles, which welcomed 400 women receiving aid from Secours Populaire. This second edition will continue with events in Cognac, Lyon, Angers, Grasse and Lens. 



In 2019, LVMH and Secours Populaire inaugurated a social solidarity initiative called “Une Journée Pour Soi” (“A Day All Your Own”). The event provides support for women aided by the charity to help them regain self-esteem and free them for a short time from their challenging daily lives. The first edition of “Une Journée Pour Soi” welcomed over 400 women in Saint-Denis, Marseille, Roubaix, Paris, Reims and Carcassonne.

Following the success with the women invited of last year’s events, LVMH has decided to anchor this commitment to solidarity for the long term, scheduling six dates in March 2020, a month dedicated to women by LVMH. Some 700 women receiving aid from Secours Populaire will be welcomed by LVMH and Secours Populaire teams in Versailles, Cognac, Lyon, Angers, Grasse and Lens.



Participants will be taken on guided tours of cultural heritage jewels in each city: the Château de Versailles, Château de Bagnolet (owned by Hennessy) in Cognac, the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, the Château d’Angers, Les Fontaines Parfumées in Grasse and the Louvre-Lens museum.

A special reception awaits the women in each city. In addition to visits to exceptional sites, Secours Populaire is organizing beauty workshops with makeup artists from LVMH Maisons Sephora, Make Up Forever, Givenchy Parfums and Benefit Cosmetics. This well-being treatment will be captured during photo sessions with professional photographers, who will give the women copies of the photos to remember the day.






There will also be coaching workshops centered on well-being and self-esteem to facilitate a return to employment, organized with the association Mindfulness Solidaire. Every aspect of the program is designed to let the women take advantage of their special day to help restore their self-confidence.

The second edition of “Une Journée Pour Soi” was inaugurated on March 6th in the majestic setting of the Château de Versailles. In a convivial atmosphere, the 400 women thoroughly enjoyed the beauty workshops, photo shoots and well-being sessions, as well as having a chance to visit the stunning Queen’s Apartments during a guided tour rich in history.



Source : LVMH –  © Boris Allin



The Postal Service will be dedicating the Maine Statehood  stamp on March 15 in Augusta at the Maine Statehood Ceremony.






The Postal Service printed 20 million of these stamps!


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The artwork on the stamp is by the famous American artist Edward Hopper.


Another painting of Hopper’s was used on the Maine Statehood stamp in 1970 to commemorate  the 150th anniversary of the great state of Maine.

Source : U.S. Postal Service, Washington DC




Jusepe de Ribera (Játiva 1591 – Naples 1652)

The Mathematician

100 × 75,5 cm
Estimate: 200 000 / 300 000 €

© Studio Christian Baraja 


Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) was only 20 years old when he painted this work, « The Mathematician ». The Spanish born artist was yet to achieve his renown as the great painter of Naples, the city considered to be one of the most important artistic centers of the 17th century. It is in Rome, before this Neapolitan period, in around 1610, that Ribera paints this sin- gular and striking allegory of Knowledge. The painting is unrecorded and was unknown to Ribera specialists. Now authenticated by Stéphane Pinta from the Cabinet Turquin, the work is to be sold at auction at Drouot on 27 March 2020 by the auction house Daguerre with an estimate of 200,000 to 300,000 Euros.


Discovery of a previously unknown pain- ting by Ribera, a major 17th century artist


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4 key facts to understand the painting
1.This discovery sheds new light on the artist’s early period that today lies at the heart of research being done on his oeuvre.
2.The painting portrays one of the artist’s favorite models, one that he placed in six other works from his Roman period.
3. In this painting, Ribera gives us one of his most surprising and colorful gures; revealing a sense of humor that was quite original for the time.
4. His experimenting with light and his choosing of a coarse and unfortunate sort of character to represent a savant echo both the chiaroscuro and the provocative art of Caravaggio.The two painters were both living in Rome in the beginning of the 1600’s. Ribera would always reclaim his Spanish birth, signing his paintings “Ju- sepe de Ribera Spaniard”.
Friday 27 March 2020, at Drouot, Paris.
Expert : Cabinet Turquin


Source : Maison de ventes Daguerre







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Sotheby’s is pleased to open their 2019 Auctions of Contemporary Art with Contemporary Curated on 1 March in New York. Reflecting a Diverse Ensemble of Works from the Post-War and Contemporary Periods, with many Exceptional Highlights appearing at Auction for the First Time, this Season’s Offering is accented by an Outstanding Group of Works by African American and Women Artists, with Examples by Olga de Amaral, Louise Bourgeois, Sam Gilliam, Eva Hesse, Yayoi Kusama, Kerry James Marshall and Faith Ringgold, among others.

Estimated to achieve more than $22.5 million, the March Auction marks the Highest-Ever Pre-Sale Estimate in the SalesSseries’ nearly Six-Year History.


Highlights from the Sale include George Condo’s Smiling Girl with Black Hair (estimate $1/1.5 million) – a Highly Refined Example of his Ability to manipulate theTtraditional Notions of Portraiture – Sean Scully’s Monumental Wall of Light Pink Grey Sky from the Artist’s celebrated Wall of Light Series (estimate $800,000/1.2 million); Ad Reinhardt Resplendent No. 12 from 1950 (estimate $600/800,000); and Yayoi Kusama’s Dots Obsession from 2005 – a Remarkably Complex Example of the Artist’s most Personal and Renowned Body of Work (estimate $450/650,000).

Preceding the Bi-Annual Auction is By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women – the First-Ever All-Women Artist Benefit Auction at a Major Auction House. Over the Course of Several Months, 40 Pieces by 38 Pioneering Women Artists have been donated to create this Distinct Offering of Modern and Contemporary Works, with Full Proceeds to support FinancialAaid that enables Emerging Female Leaders to attend Miss Porter’s School, the Nation’s Leading, All-Girls Private Boarding School.

The Contemporary Curated Pre-Sale Exhibition opens to the Public this Friday, 22 February, alongside works from By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women, and the Contemporary Art Onlineaauctions, open for bidding from 22 February – 8 March.

Sotheby’s Auctions of Contemporary Art continue with Contemporary Art Online (22 February – 7 March) and a Dedicated Online-Only Sale, The Form of Ideas (22 February – 8 March).


Photo Cover : Sotheby’s 2019 Contemporary Art season opens in New York on March 1st with ‘Contemporary Curated’, featuring co-curators Agnes Gund and Oprah Winfrey, pictured here with Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Untitled (Painter)’ from 2008, which is estimated to sell for $1.8/2.5 million. The entire auction is estimated to achieve more than $22.5 million, the highest-ever pre-sale estimate in the series’ nearly six-year history.

“On the heels of our highest-ever sale total thisppast September, we are thrilled to present the Contemporary Curated Auction this March. Included in the Sale are Several ParadigmSshifting and Groundbreaking, Fresh-To-Market Works by Artists who have played Pivotal Roles in the Contemporary Art Historical Cannon. Some of these Examples include the IntimateCcirca 1945 Alice Neel Portrait Connie, aFformative Painting by Eva Hesse from the late 1950s, a 1970 intricately collaged, Vibrant Romare Bearden entitled The Unforgotten and the Groundbreaking 1974 Slab Painting Special Checking by Jack Whitten, the first from this Series to appear atAauction by the Artist.


“In addition to these Exceptional Works we are thrilled to offer a Selection Works by theAartists Active today, led by theEexquisitely Painted 2008 Untitled (Painter) by Kerry James Marshall which addresses theTtenets of Race and Representation as well as the Act of Painting and the History of Cultural Production. Many of the Exceptional Works in the Curated Sale are by Artists Historically Underrepresented in the Secondary Market which is a Wonderful Complement to the Charity Component of our Sale Series this Season as we are honored to partner with Miss Porter’s School on the By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women Auction co-chaired by Agnes Gund and Oprah Winfrey. We are thrilled to be collaborating on the Sale which will raise Money for Financial Aid at the School and know that the Auction will celebrate and promote the Vital Contributions that Female Artists have made, and will continue to make, to Art-Making and to ourCculture at Large.”

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