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Wake Up, America! 1917. James Montgomery Flagg.

27 ¾ x 40 3/8 in./70.4 x 102.7 cm

In a memorable image directed towards public awareness, Flagg exhorts America – depicted as Columbia dozing in false security on a front-porch rocker – to rouse itself against the war’s threat to free civilization in Europe. One of the best and rarest of World War I posters.

The Marilyn Monroe Auction

I was approached by a lovely follower of mine and she offered to send me pictures from the Marilyn Monroe exhibition from London. So please take a small glimpse of some of Marilyn Monroe personal belongings that soon will be auctioned off in LA

Marilyn Monroe Minaudiere
A ladies evening minaudiere with original box reading “Pandora by Wandsworth.” The small evening compact features three compartments. When opened, the centre features a loose powder compartment and original cotton buffer with mirror; the top compartment features a lipstick holder; with a tube of lipstick, a clear plastic comb and two loose mercury dimes dated 1943 and 1945. The lower department contains 8 Philip Morris cigarettes. Each end of the gold metal case is embellished with a citrine crystal floret. The compact is accompanied by a black velvet and white silk carrying case terminating in a black tassel. The case features a gold metal ring, which slides down below the wrist to hold the case in place. Case 4 ½ inches. $15,000-20,000

Dear Kiki , 

xoxo Paul 

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Times of the Day. 1899. Alphonse Mucha.

Each: 14 ½ x 40 ½ in./36.7 x 103 cm

In subdued pastels, this “quartet of barefoot young ladies represents the different times of the day. The borders are decorated in identical patterns … and the crisscross areas at the top have different floral panels. Each girl appears in an outdoor setting, with slender trees or tall flowers emphasizing her slim figure … The borders are worked out in such an exquisite pattern that each picture appears to be mounted in an elaborate frame of its own, or else seen through a decorated window. Quite possibly Mucha’s whole concept for the series was that of gothic stained-glass windows” (Rennert/Weill, p. 232). This larger-format variant does not include the bottom text indicating the individual time of day.

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Oh good, the members of the Society for Wearing Your Underwear on the Outside of Your Pants have all arrived on time for their meeting.

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October 26, 2016 attending the Walk of Shame Spring 2016 show in Moscow 

Ulyana is wearing

  • Walk of Shame Spring 2016 dress ($1,195)
  • Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2014 capsule collection satin pants
  • 1964 Van Cleef & Arpels emerald and diamond necklace/brooch in the Moghul style (sold for $237,627 at a Christie’s auction May 16, 2007 in Geneva presumably to her now ex-husband for her)
  • Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps ($675)