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Mirabelle Marden, an artist by practice, trade and lineage, continues to toy with nostalgic elements of the retail experience.
Today she will reveal a new shoppable installation, “Garage Sale,” inside her gallery Plain Pleasures, which is located on the second floor of an unnamed Chinatown mall in Manhattan. Over the last two years, the two-story building at 75 East Broadway has evolved into a nexus for experimental retail, spearheaded by artists, designers and thinkers.
Marden opened her first effort there, called Plain Pleasures Market in December — setting a colorful holiday souk stuffed with traveled souvenirs, friends’ craftworks and vintage odds and ends. In the months since, her mall space has become a revolving door of art shows and guest pop-up shops from friends like Stella Schnabel.
For Marden, keeping store at Plain Pleasures is about replicating travel experiences and “creating an environment. I’m making an expression of how I see things. Whenever I go somewhere I like to look at the markets and everyday stores — they let you experience a place.”
Garage Sale will include items sourced and rummaged on trips to Lisbon, Nevis, Marrakesh, Mexico City and Paris. “I wanted it to look like a storage space, I hung up old
Shopping at garage sales can be hit or miss, but one lucky customer is cashing in on a major find.
Sotheby’s will auction off a sparkly cocktail ring a woman bought at a car boot sale in 1980s England next month with a starting bid of £250,000 (roughly $ 325,000). She had thought for decades that it was costume jewelry and wore it without a care in the world, revealed the owner, who declined to be named publicly, the auction house said this week.
The woman had purchased the piece for £10 at a garage sale at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth in west London, according to Sotheby’s. She decided in recent months to have the ring appraised after a jeweler said the stone could be real.
Sotheby’s Jewelry in London confirmed the stone’s authenticity ― a 19th century 26.27-carat, cushion-shaped white diamond. The auction house added that the stone has a color grade of I and an impressive clarity grade of VVS2. The ring could go for as much as £350,000 (about $ 450,000).
“We confirmed that it was indeed a diamond. We got it tested with the Gemological Institute of America … and that then dictated the price,” said Sotheby’s Jessica Wyndham, who heads the auction house’s jewelry department.
In the interview in the video above, Wyndham added that it was understandable the owner did not know the ring held a real diamond.
“It was in an antique style mount, so it was quite heavy,” she said. “It is mounted in silver around the top and when silver becomes tarnished it becomes quite black. And that mixed with the cut of the stone probably would have meant that it didn’t sparkle very much, and if it was all dirty, you just wouldn’t think that was real.”
The ring will hit auction on June 7.
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A Sacramento, California father, who allegedly attempted to kill himself and his two sons by poisoning them with car exhaust fumes pleaded guilty on Monday, PEOPLE confirms.
Charles Lee Ewers, 39, will be sentenced to 22 years to life in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted murder, and also admitting to causing great bodily injury and using of a deadly weapon, according to a statement from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Ewers is currently in Sacramento County Jail and is scheduled to be sentenced June 6.
His lawyer was unavailable for comment on Monday afternoon.
Authorities said they received a call on April 4, 2015 from Ewers’ estranged wife after her two sons didn’t return home from their visit with Ewers, according to the statement.
Deputies went to his home and heard the sound of a running car motor in the garage. The deputies forced entry and found yellow hoses attached from the exhaust pipe leading into a small opening through a window, according to the statement.
Inside the car, deputies found the two boys, ages 8 and 10, with “bloodied head and faces,” according to the statement.
Ewers was seated in the driver’s seat. A replica airsoft gun was by his side.
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Ewers later admitted to deputies that he had drugged the two boys with Ambien with the goal of using carbon monoxide poisoning to suffocate them. However, the boys didn’t fall asleep so he beat them multiple times in the head with a mallet, causing them serious injury, the statement says.
After the beating, he forced them inside his running car and told them that they were all “going to Heaven,” according to the statement.
Ewers told police he was “sad” that his plan wasn’t successful.
“I am in control,” he allegedly told deputies. “I am not in a rage. I am in control and I am sad that it didn’t work out. If I could try again, I would.”
Ewers said that he had planned the killings for several months and was just waiting for the “right time.”
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Garage Sale & Flea Market Annual is bursting on the collectibles scene in an exciting new format. For the first time ever it will be presented as a paperback book. Think of how much easier that will be to carry along on your flea market and garage sale trips. And if that isn’t enough (and it isn t), the seventeenth edition is in full color! Who says you can’t take the best and make it better? We have kept your favorite parts of the book: the editors tips on successful bargain hunting and holding your own garage sales; hundreds of categories, including many brand new ones, with new listings and updated prices; and the directories of contributors, auction houses, and clubs and newsletters. Be sure to check out our new style. Electronic Book (e-Book) Policy: Purchaser of this e-Book may not sell, rent, lease, transfer, lend or share the e-Book. Digital download of this e-book is offered in a PDF format and is best viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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LAPO GOES CUSTOM: Lapo Elkann has launched a new project in the automotive business. Following the “Tailor-Made” service he developed for the Ferrari brand in 2011, the Fiat scion founded Garage Italia Customs, a Milan-based company specializing in vehicle customization.
Under the guide of Elkann and the company’s creative director Carlo Borromeo, the brother of Elkann’s sister-in-law Lavinia Borromeo and husband of fashion designer Marta Ferri, the company offers a complete service to customize cars’ exteriors and interiors. In particular, Garage Italia Customs uses not only classic techniques, such as bodywork, painting and upholstery, but also introduced a range of more affordable and innovative services, including wrapping and wrap-paint which allows an infinite number of personalized solutions.
Last week at the Geneva Motor Show, Garage Italia Customs presented its Fiat 500X “Black Tie,” which was wrap-painted to obtain a herringbone effect. The car was also customized with leather-trimmed cashmere sun visors and denim seats.
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A tongue-in-cheek guide to the connections between contemporary reality and the past; If art imitated capitalism, it would look like Borges’ Travel, Hemingway’s Garage. In this secret guide to culture, Mark Axelrod has scoured Europe and the Americas photographing products and businesses that bear the great names of Western civilization and then has recounted the little-known turns of fate by which our immortals ended up in these mundane straits. For those who lament our culture’s prostitution to capital, Borges’ Travel, Hemingway’s Garage offers definitive proof that art lives on. Learn the untold history of Rembrandt’s Toothpaste, Van Gogh’s Potatoes, Lautrec Handbags, and Kipling’s Rucksacks. Dine on Fellini’s Pollo La Strada in Brussels. Hear the great Czech fabulist kibitzing with his cooks at Kafka’s Cafe, and find out about Christ’s ‘hidden years’ at the Taverne Chez Jesus,
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