“Binoche et Giquello”

Rare Tuareg auction sale at Drouot

Paris, 20 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). At Drouot on 1 March, the Binoche & Giquello Society of Voluntary Sales will be auctioning over 100 items from the Claude Brignone collection of Tuareg art. This collection is comprised of jewellery, leather objects, weapons, carpets and a few canvases estimated at about €200 to €6,000. Tuareg art is not yet popular and this auction sale will be the first one dedicated to the theme. As the descendent of a Sicilian family that settled in Tunisia in the 18th century, Claude Brigone was born in 1930 in Sousse, located in the Sahel region of Tunisia. Although having a military career, he was also an artist and his travels through the desert as well as his knowledge of the nomadic population allowed him to collect unique objects, many of which are rare and hard to find. The auction sale will be extended to African, Oceanian and Amazonian art from Bordier’s and Marcel Isy-Schwart’s collections, as well as from divers private French collections, along with items from Native American...

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Maya sculpture sold at Binoche et Giquello authenticated by experts

Paris, 2 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Mayan god sold for €2,912,000 in March at Drouot by auction house Binoche et Giquello is authentic, according to an expert report. The Mexican authorities – the Mexican Minstry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute of Anthropology and History – have cast doubt on the authenticity of the “seated divinity”, sold in Paris at Drouot on 21 March 2011.  These accusations were made at a critical moment in the two countries’ diplomatic relations, following the incarceration of Frenchwomen Florence Cassez, convicted in Mexico of belonging to a kidnapping gang, and the Année Mexique (Year of Mexico) in France. A French mycroanalysis laboratory that specializes in cultural heritage pieces, has confirmed that the statuette dates from the Classic period of Maya civilization, between 500 and 950 CE.  This confirms the age of the object, but not necessarily its artistic style. The Mexican authorities claim that the leather straps attached to the shoes as well as the statuette’s bent legs are not characteristic of Mayan art. The question will be settled once the Mexican authorities have announced whether they accept the expert report....

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John G. Morris Photo Collection auctioned by Drouot

Paris, 19 April 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The auction of the John G. Morris collection will be one of the most extraordinary events in the history of photojournalism, according to the auction house Binoche et Giquello.  The session will start on Saturday, 30 April 2011 at 3:15pm after a two-day exhibition at Drouot Montaigne.  This sale is indicative of Paris’s influential role in the photography market. The significance of the sale is due not only to the outstanding quality of the photographs, but also their provenance: John G. Morris was himself a photographer as well as a photo editor and he worked with the biggest names in the field of photojournalism.  About 20 of the 230 lots are Morris’s own photographs and the rest are images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, Dorothea Lange, George Rodger, Eugene Smith, Willy Ronis, René Burri, Otto Hagel and Hansel Mieth, Marc Riboud, Lisa Larsen, Alfred Eisenstaedt and Philip Jones Griffiths, amongst others. A rare photograph by Capa, depicting a tzigane marriage in Slovakia, should be sold for up to €9,000. John G. Morris, now aged 94 years, lives in Paris and hopes that after this auction, photojournalism will be perceived as an art form of the same value as fine art photography, which has been dominating the photography market for some time. The Galerie de l’Instant, situated in the third arondissement of Paris, will present, for the third year running, an exhibition on photojournalism.  The exhibition is entitled “Photojournalistes 3” and is on till 11 May 2011....

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