Weekly Roundup: Rare Baseball Cards Make Antique Roadshow History; Picasso’s Granddaughter to Sell $290M of His Art; and a Biennial For Antarctica

Does Mars Have Oak Trees

In case you missed it, here’s what made headlines in the art world this week:

Sotheby’s offers ¬£20-30 million Monet in London
Sotheby’s forthcoming London Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on February 3rd will be led by an exceptionally rare and important view of Venice by Claude Monet, Le Grand Canal (1908), estimated at $30.6-$45.9 million. The piece has been exhibited around the world, most recently on loan to the National Gallery, London, for eight years (2006-2014). Prior to Sotheby’s auction of February 3rd, the painting will be exhibited in Taipei, Hong Kong, New York, and then London. [Art Market Monitor]

Picasso’s Granddaughter selling $290 million of art
Marina Picasso–the granddaughter of Pablo Picasso is selling at least seven of the artist’s works, including a 1923 portrait of Pablo’s first wife Olga, titled Portrait de femme (Olga) for about $60 million, a 1921 work titled “Maternit√©” for about $54 million, plus 1911’s Femme a la Mandoline (Mademoiselle Leonie assie) for around $60 million. The works date from 1905 through 1965 and are being sold directly by Marina, who will meet clients personally in Geneva. [Page Six]

Rare baseball cards make Antiques Roadshow history
A collection of rare cards featuring Boston Red Stockings players from the 1870’s received a $1 million appraisal at the Saturday taping of Antiques Roadshow, the highest antique appraisal ever to be made public on the TV show. The current owner inherited the cards from her great-great-grandmother who ran a Boston boarding house in the late 1800s that housed some of the first professional baseball players of the time. [CNBC]

Antarctica will host floating Biennale in 2016
A website dedicated to the Antarctic Pavilion has information about the biennale, which is planned for 2016. According to the site, the showcase is to be held aboard research ships which will sail from Argentina to the Falkland Islands, south Georgia, and through the Drake passage, to arrive in Antarctic. At each of these landings, artists will make and display objects, installations, and performances that are portable, weather-withstanding and casuse no hazard to the environment. Activities are expected to last from 12-15 days and to accommodate 50-100 explorers, half of whom will be artists. [artnet news]

Band members find $250,000 stolen painting
Members of the Punk band Stereo Fire Empire have found and returned a stolen $250,000 painting by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue hours after it was stolen from the Rodrigue Gallery in New Orleans. The 1997 painting, titled Wendy and Me depicts Rodrigue as the iconic blue dog standing next to his wife, Wendy. [The New Orleans Advocate]

JMW Turner home saved from destruction
A house designed and owned by JMW Turner is to be restored and opened to the public after receiving a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Turner built Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham, London, in 1813 and used it as his country retreat until 1826. It has only been open to the public one afternoon a month, but will be open for 46 weeks of the year in from 2016, once restoration work is finished. [BBC]

Image: George Rodrigue, Does Mars Have Oak Trees?, 1993