Marron Collection and Mona Lisa Made from Rubik's Cube

A couple of interesting items happening withint the art world. First, the Marron  which is being privately sold through Gagosian, Pace and Aquavella has, according to artnet news sold two Picasos to Steve Wynn for $105 million. There are reports that more than $200 million worth of art has already been sold.
Steve Wynn Paid More Than $100 Million for Marron’s Picassos – The casino mogul is reported to have snapped up two Picassos, Woman With Beret and Collar (1937) and the 1962 portrait Seated Woman (Jacqueline), from the estate of the late Don Marron for $105 million. Wynn is believed to have already told friends about the purchase, though a spokesperson for his art business did not confirm or deny the sale. Another collector who was offered works from the estate, which is being sold by Gagosian, Pace, and Aquavella galleries, says that artworks worth more than $200 million from the collection have already found new homes. (Wall Street Journal
 Source: artnet news 

CNA reports on a 2005 art project of the Mona Lisa made from 300 Rubik's cubes sold at auction for over $500,000.

CNA reports
PARIS: A Mona Lisa as puzzling as the smile of Leonardo da Vinci's muse - made out of nearly 300 Rubik's Cubes - sold for nearly half a million euros at an auction in Paris on Sunday (Feb 24).

Created by the French street artist Franck Slama, famous for the pixellated Space Invader mosaics that have popped up on city streets around the world, the "Rubik Mona Lisa" sold for 480,000 euros (US$521,000), a record for the artist, Artcurial auction house said.

Its guide price was 120,000 to 150,000 euros.

Slama, who works under the pseudonym "Invader", has playfully styled himself the founder of a new school of art that uses the iconic 1980s puzzle as the medium: "Rubikcubism."

The 2005 "Rubik Mona Lisa" was the first in a series of pieces inspired by the great paintings in history.

Slama has also produced pixellated reproductions of Edouard Manet's 1863 masterpiece "Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe" (The Luncheon on the Grass) as well as Gustave Courbet's "L'Origine du Monde" (The Origin of the World).
Source: CNA 

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