February 10th, 2021

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The legendary Alfa Romeo B.A.T. cars join Sotheby's October Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Sotheby’s announced that it will offer the Alfa Romeo Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica Concepts, a trio of incredible automotive and sculptural design that were produced by Bertone for the Turin auto salons across 1953, 1954 and 1955. The vaunted trio of Alfa Romeos will be offered as a single lot at the forthcoming Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 28 October. Regarded by many as the seminal vehicle designs of the 20th century, B.A.T. 5, 7, & 9 were presented to the public over three consecutive years and have firmly lodged themselves amongst the most spectacular and memorable automotive designs ever produced.

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Alejandro Santiago

This group of 2501 lifesize ceramic statues is in the plaza in front of the Santo Domingo church and spread out in the surrounding streets. They represent the people who migrated from one village to the US and other parts of Mexico, plus the sculptor. Each if different, and have different unrealistic faces, and explicit genitals.

Santiago said the idea to make 2,500 statues was inspired by the mass emigration of the villagers and also by the number of crosses he saw on a fence at the US & Mexican border (one for every person who died trying to cross). The 2,501st figure symbolized how there is always one more person willing to risk his life in the hope of finding a better one. He also said the extra sculpture represented his own migration.









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Over the Top

How many French factory workers does it take to screw in 220 light bulbs?

Just one, according to Jérôme de Lavergnolle, chief executive of the crystal company Saint-Louis, describing the final step in making a bespoke chandelier for a client in Russia.

But it took 25 craftsmen to shape and cut the stupendous metal structure with its 3,000 mouth-blown crystal pieces, Mr. de Lavergnolle said. The glittering behemoth, designed for the stairwell of a private home, was 30 feet high with 12 tiers and weighed more than 5,500 pounds.