$400,000,000 Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi record price at Christie’s Auction tonight!

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Confidence was in the room for the Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Salvator Mundi, painting which climbed from a starting bid of $75,000,000 to $400,000,000 (hammer price) at Christie’s Contemporary art sale Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Mona Lisa value has climbed tonight as well.

The buyer’s premium for Salvator Mundi will bring the sale to $450,312,500.

Hammer price is the highest bid announced by the auctioneer just before the gavel drops. Additional charges include fees such as buyers premium, taxes, etc added to the hammer price.

Prior record private sales for a William de Kooning (Interchange) and Paul Gauguin (Nafea Faa Ipoipo) reached 300 million. This Christie’s auction sale is public.

The da Vinci was the 9th lot in a sale featuring 58 lots. Prior to the da Vinci excitement a Kerry James Marshall did quite well.

Live Sale still in process. Hammer prices so far

1B Adam Pendleton $180,000
2B Philippe Parreno $420,000 (est $250,000-$350,000 )
3B Kerry James Marshall $4.2 million (est. 1-1.5 million)
4B Frank Stella $3.2 million (est 2.2 – 2.8 million)
5B Eva Hesse $900,000 (est $800,000-$1.2 million)
6B Rothko  $28.5 million (est $25 million – 35 million)
7B Bourgeois $7.5 million (est $10 million-$15 million)
8B Vija Celmins  $3,500,000 (est $1,500,000-2,500,000)
9B   LEONARDO DA VINCI
10B Jean Michel Basquit PASSED
11B Keith Haring sold $3,500,000
12B John Currin PASSED
13B Andy Warhol sold $56,000,000

28B Milton Avery Pale Field, Dark Mountain 1959 approx 40 x 54 oil  hammer price was $1,300,000

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AN OTTERLY DELICIOUS BREAKFAST!

The North American River Otter is making an amazing comeback, not just on Cape Ann and all around Massachusetts, but in many regions throughout the United States. River Otters need unpolluted wetlands, streams, rivers, and ponds to survive, along with secluded places to den. Hollows in the banks of ponds and rivers make excellent dens and so do former Beaver lodges. As the perpetually-lodge-building Beaver has returned, so has the North American River Otter.

River Otters also need plenty of prey. Locally, they eat fish, frogs, snakes, and EELS!

This summer over in West Gloucester there appeared to be two Otter families, one mama with three pups and another mama with four pups. After watching the romp of Otters eat tadpoles and frogs early in the summer, by midsummer they had graduated to American Eels. I at first could not figure out what they were doing skirmishing around in the tall grass at the pond bank. Compared to diving and resurfacing with a mouthful of frog, this was entirely new behavior. There was much excited chortling when one of the pups caught an eel, which then seemed to set off a chain of eel ambushing and eating. One morning I had the great fun of observing three otter siblings chomping down on an otterly delicious breakfast!

First one pup catches an eel and brings it to the old wooden perch, which is also the otters favorite place to play hide and seek with each other.

Then the second pup, and soon all three were chowing down on eels!

The first one was getting jostled by his siblings and sought out more private room in which to dine.

 

American Eels can grow up to five feet long and weigh as much as 16 pounds. These Eels were about three to four feet long. American Eels spend most of their lives in freshwater and only return to saltwater to spawn and then die.

The pups deftly use their feet to hold fast the slippery eel.

Photographed on a different day, I think this pup is eating a snake. Notice the tapering tail in the above photo. 

Why is clean water so important for River Otters? Pesticides, industrial pollution run off such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and mercury are absorbed by the River Otters prey. The chemicals accumulate in the River Otters, causing illness and death.

From The Archives: December 7, 2010

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Since I’m housebound for a while, this is a good opportunity to take another look at some of the thousands of photos I’ve shot for GMG (not all were posted) over the past 7 1/2 years.

This is the Pinky Schooner Ardelle in its 15th week of construction at the Harold Burnham boatyard in Essex.

Saturday Clean Up

First and most exciting, BANNING THE BAG… so exciting..

Saturday clean up

Where:                 Horton Street, we can park at the Ocean Alliance

Time:                    08:00 – 09:00

When:                  Saturday, November 18, 2017

I will not be able to attend since doing the Women’s Community Club of Magnolia show

Thanks all and take care

Donna

 

 

 

Honkytonk Women tonight with Fly Amero 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 11.15.2017

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, November 15th – 7pm
My Musical Guests: HONKYTONK WOMEN!

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Order a whiskey and hang onto yer holsters! The Honkytonk Women are
takin’ over the Rhumb Line Saloon this Wednesday. It’s a-gonna be a wild,
wild ride! Starts at 7, as always. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Finishing up 2017…
11/22 – Thanksgiving Eve Band: Monkeywax 8:30-12:30 (Fly is off)

11/29 – Charlee Bianchini

12/06 – Ed Daley

12/13 – Jon Butcher

12/20 – Amero Family Christmas

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church

Gloucester oldest church building (1806) located at 19 Church Street facing Middle Street it was America’s first Universalist Society founded by Rev. John Murray in 1779, it was and still is a welcoming community, open to all.  Fondly called the UU by locals they sponsor concerts and many other community events through the year!

👏 #GloucesterMA: Dawn’s Studio dance students sparkled on the Walt Disney Stage @WaltDisneyWorld FLA

Gloucester Dawn Studio of Dance student dancers perform at Walt Disney World 2017 449
Photo caption: children from Gloucester MA performed with Dawn’s Studio of Dance at Walt Disney World November 7, 2017. Photos shared from participating families 

On November 7, 2017, 19 children from Gloucester performed with Dawn’s Studio of Dance at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Gloucester dancers did a fantatstic job performing with Disney Performing Arts under the direction of Gloucester’s instructors, Dawn Koller and Tiffany Smith. The 2017 dancers were a multi-age group, includingseniors from Gloucester High School as well as students from O’Maley and some of the local elementary schools. Many friends and family from Gloucester watched the performance and were thrilled to see Gloucester “sparkle on the Disney stage.” Dawn’s has been bringing dancers for years and some of these kids have performed at Disney World many times before. About 4 years ago, they were chosen to lead the parade at Magic Kingdom over all the other dance studios that were there to be in the parade.

Congratulations to all the dancers! A couple of more photos:
Continue reading “👏 #GloucesterMA: Dawn’s Studio dance students sparkled on the Walt Disney Stage @WaltDisneyWorld FLA”

LAST DAY TO SAVE!

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Lunch at Zeke’s

Stopped at Zeke’s for lunch. It’s a little like eating at your grandmother’s: retired men enjoying a meal; breakfast available anytime; curtains on the windows and a refrigerator covered with crayoned masterpieces. Featured artists include Phyllis A Paster, Nancy Alimansky, David Keller and Alyssa Joe.

Great lunch too!

SUPER EXCITING NEWS: SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS BANNED!!!

Ainsley Smith from Clean Gloucester writes, “We’ve got some great news! Gloucester is now Massachusetts’ 57th municipality to reduce our reliance on plastic bags! Thank you to everyone who came out and spoke in support or sent in emails. We look forward to working with our City Council on successfully rolling out this ordinance and related education to all of Gloucester’s residents.” The vote was passed seven to one.Gloucester Clean City Commissioners Nick Lilades, Ainsley Smith, Eric Magers, Councilor Melissa Cox, and Bev Low