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Council vandalises Banksy’s latest masterpiece

A new stencil by Banksy, possibly worth over £100,000 , has been painted over by the local council .
Last year, Islington Council had a policy of protecting Banksy’s work . It compiled a list of works by Banksy in their area to prevent them being painted over by clean-up teams. But the council now seems to have had a change of heart and said: ‘It’s graffiti and we treat it that way, whether it’s Banksy or not. Residents in the houses opposite complained and we covered it up.’

Banksy’s work has been bought by Hollywood film stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. At an auction in New York earlier this year, a piece sold for £950,000.
The 4ft by 4ft stencil, set on a lime green background, depicted two young girls sitting at a desk with a Kalashnikov rifle, playing with bullets rather than pencils. The elusive Banksy, with his face hidden, was spotted painting the scene towards the end of last month. But the mural was painted over with masonry paint, after residents complained.

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Art reaches new heights

Andre Zlattinger is a senior director in the British paintings department at Sotheby’s and, as head of Scottish sales, handled record-breaking auctions such as Jack Vettriano’s The Singing Butler. In his spare time he is a keen mountaineer and last month he was on the edge of Everest’s “death zone”, preparing to strike out for the mountain’s summit on an expedition to raise funds for the hospital where his mother was treated for cancer before her death.He’s a regular visitor to the Highlands and Islands, and has also climbed in the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas. On 1 May, Sotheby’s latest Edinburgh sale netted more than £4 million. From the Everest base camp, a delighted Mr Zlattinger said it showed the “real depth” of the Scottish market and “renewed interest in the Glasgow school“. He will be back in Scotland for his firm’s sale at Gleneagles in August.

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Beryl Cook’s Big Olives, Little Olives and the Dolphin

Big Olives, Little OlivesFriends of artist Beryl Cook are planning a wake at the Dolphin , the pub that inspired many of her works.
Cook, who died aged 81 on Wednesday, was a regular at the Dolphin on Plymouth’s Barbican.

Dolphin landlord Billy Holmes said: “Me and a friend were performing cartwheels in the pub. I told Beryl about it one night and the next thing I knew, she’d painted it.”

The pub’s characters were the subject of many of her paintings, several of which line its walls.
Cook’s agent Robbie Hodges said: “I still think of her more as a friend than someone who was my business. She was very shy and unassuming, which is what people in here respected about her.Big Olives, Little Olives

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Banksy’s Fragile Silence on the move for £500,000

Banksy‘s latest work to go on sale is likely to move quickly – it’s on the side of a lorry trailer. Fragile Silence is likely to sell for £500,000. Owners Maeve Neal and Nathan Welland have known Banksy for 12 years .Banksy completed the work before the Glastonbury festival in 1998 .The couple sell tents at festivals all over the UK. The trailer has 2 bedrooms and is refrigerated .Norfolk dealer William Burroughs is selling the work. A wall featuring Banksy‘s work sold for £208,000 and a painting Space Girl and Bird , sold for £288,000

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A PAINTING bought in a market for 50p has been sold for £35,000 at auction.

The work, Chopping Logs Outside A Snow Covered Cabin, was found buried under junk in Glasgow’s Barras market 30 years ago.

But the piece, by Cornelius Krieghoff, was expected to fetch 100,000 times its original price when it goes under the hammer later this month.

The painting’s owner, who wants to remain anonymous, had no idea of its worth. He bought it for “10 bob” – because he liked it.

He said: “I often browse through the Barras and bought the painting because it was a great picture.

“I am surprised and delighted that my find has turned out to be such a worthwhile investment.”

The retired owner, who now lives abroad, added the Krieghoff to his collection of favourite paintings and thought nothing more about it until he began researching different artists and realised it was an original.

He took it to experts who valued it between £30,000 and £50,000.

Amsterdam-born Krieghoff, who died in 1872 at the age of 56, made his name painting Canadian landscapes and life outdoors, particularly in winter

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Beryl Cook dies , aged 81

Painter Beryl Cook has died , aged 81. She has been ill for some time.She died peacefully at her home in Plymouth on Wednesday with her husband and family at her side. She leaves behind a legacy of a wide range of paintings in her own unique style. Beryl Cook was born between the two world wars, she eventually left Kendrick School in Reading at the age of 15, where she went to secretarial school and then into an insurance office. After moving to London and then Hampton, she eventually married her next door neighbour from Reading, John Cook. He was an officer in the Merchant Navy and after he left the sea in 1956, they bought a pub for a year before John took a job in Southern Rhodesia with a motor company.

Beryl Cook was born between the two world wars, she eventually left Kendrick School in Reading at the age of 15, where she went to secretarial school and then into an insurance office. After moving to London and then Hampton, she eventually married her next door neighbour from Reading, John Cook. He was an officer in the Merchant Navy and after he left the sea in 1956, they bought a pub for a year before John took a job in Southern Rhodesia with a motor company. ” target=”_self”>Beryl Cook bought their young son a box of watercolours, and when showing him how to use it, she decided that she herself quite enjoyed painting. John subsequently bought her a child’s painting set for her birthday and it was with this that she produced her first significant work, a half-length portrait of a dark-skinned lady with a vacant expression and large drooping breasts. It was aptly named ‘Hangover’ by Beryl’s husband

BBC – Beryl Cook news

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Sweet Bird of Youth by Jack Vettriano

Sweet Bird of youth , Jack vettrianoSweet Bird of Youth is unique among Jack Vettriano prints because it has been an open and a limited edition print . Normally an image either one or the other . Sweet Bird of Youth was published as a limited edition lithograph by Jack Vettriano in one of his first sets of limited editions . The print is still popular in both formats . This week also saw the unveiling of Vettriano’s newest work based on the theme of the Monaco Grand Prix 1971 .Former world champion racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart has said it was a “great honour” to be painted by artist Jack Vettriano.
Vettriano, one of the world’s best selling artists, has completed a new series of three pictures featuring Sir Jackie and his wife Helen. The triptych of paintings tell the story of the Scottish racing driver’s third victory at the Monaco grand prix in 1971.
The pictures, titled Tension, Timing, Triumph – Monaco 1971, were unveiled by Prince Albert at a reception in Monaco on Wednesday.