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Look for more Marilyn Monroe material for sale on beginning Feb. 8, 2001, when the online auction house launches "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe: The Berniece and Mona Miracle Collection." Featuring gifts and special mementos given by Marilyn to her half-sister Berniece Miracle, the collection includes Norma Jean Baker's wedding dress from her first marriage at age 16 (est. $60,000-80,000) and a rare photo of Norma Jean and her then-husband James Dougherty (est. $6,000-8,000). Two of the most significant lots are a letter from the White House thanking Marilyn for agreeing to appear at JFK's 45th birthday party (est. $15,000-$20,000) and the Jean Louis costume design for the iconic dress that she wore, including a swatch of the material (est. $20,000-$30,000). The online auction concludes on Mar. 1, 2001. About 18 months ago, Christie's sold a much larger selection of Marilyn's property at its new Rockefeller Center headquarters in a sensational two-day sale, Oct. 27-28, 1999, that totaled over $13 million.

Sotheby's New York is auctioning art and furnishings from the Miami home of Gianni Versace, April 5-7, 2001. The collection ranges from 19th-century European antique furniture of paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme and Antoine Dubost, and includes a certain amount of material designed by Versace himself. The entire collection, which is to be exhibited in New York, Mar. 30-Apr. 5, carries a presale estimate of $5 million-$7 million. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to charity.

Look for a special installation by hot young designer Karim Rashid at the Rice University Art Gallery in Houston, Tex, Jan. 25-Feb. 25, 2001. "Pleasurescape," as it is dubbed, is an interior landscape with an undulating reconfigurable surface that "reflects Rashid's vision for the future as one where furniture and space merge." This looks like it might involve ... plastic! Rashid's product designs include the Oh-Chair and Garbo Can, both produced by Umbra.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden launches the first museum tour of work by the South African animation sensation William Kentridge, Feb. 28-May 6, 2001. The eponymous show features 11 films unspooling in six theaters, plus over 60 final-state drawings and a number of unfilmed images. The national tour is sponsored by Philip Morris and includes stops at the Art Institute of Chicago and the New Museum.

The barely perceptible relaxation of restrictions on commerce between Cuba and the U.S. is bearing artistic fruit. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens its first major show of Cuban photographers, "Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography After the Revolution," Apr. 15-July 1, 2001. The exhibition consists of three sections organized by generation, and ranges from portraits of Che and Fidel by Alberto Diaz Gutiérrez (Korda) and Socialist Realist images by Enrique de la Uz and Ivan Cañas to more contemporary work by Pedro Abascal, Manuel Piña and Abigail Gonzàlez. The show was organized by LACMA curator Tim B. Wride.

Mark your calendars and get out your checkbook. The hip West Village alternative space White Columns mounts its annual benefit exhibition and sale, featuring works by over 150 cutting-edge artists, on Feb. 17, 2001. The benefit ends Mar. 3 with a gala party and auction. For more info, email

The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has a new acquisition, just in time for George W. Bush and his team from Texas. Standing in the atrium of the museum's Café des Artistes is The Eye of the Beholder, a life-size bronze statue of a 19th-century French waiter (modeled after Manet's A Pére Lathuille's) crafted by Johnson + Johnson heir J. Seward Johnson. Also new to the Café is an improved menu including grilled rosemary chicken Caesar and salmon with raspberry garnish.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has named Morrison H. Heckscher as chair of its American wing. Heckscher has served for more than 30 years in key curatorial positions at the museum.

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has acquired Rembrandt van Rijn's St. Peter in Prison (The Apostle Peter Kneeling) (1631) as a gift from Judy and Michael Steinhardt. The work is the first painting by Rembrandt to enter the museum's collection.

The Yale University Art Gallery has appointed Denise Miller to the newly created position of deputy director for programs and external affairs. She was director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago for the past 16 years.

The Carnegie Museum of Art has initiated a new Irving and Aaronel de Roy Gruber Fund for Photography with the purchase of Chuck Close's 1999 Self Portrait. The fund is the Carnegie's first endowed fund for photo acquisitions.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has acquired The Last of the Tribes, (1867-74) by the 19th-century academic American sculptor Hiram Powers. The sculpture, which features a partially clad Indian maiden, was the last full-length sculpture created by Powers before his death.

Forum Gallery opens the first major New York exhibition in over a decade of work by Jules Pascin, Feb. 8-Mar. 10, 2001.

-- compiled by Sarah Stein
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