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Sotheby's New York, in the middle of an expansion of its York Avenue digs, has found an unusual place for a presale exhibition -- the windows of Bergdorf Goodman Men's Store on Fifth Avenue and 58th Street. From Aug. 3-16, over 100 items from the baseball memorabilia collection of Barry Halper are on view in Bergdorf's windows and display cases, exquisitely matched with dark wool suits and colorful neckties. Among the items on view are Babe Ruth's last game bat (est. $20,000-$30,000), a signed Mickey Mantle Yankees jersey from 1956 (est. $25,000-$35,000) and Joe DiMaggio's glove from his rookie year (est. $10,000-$15,000). Over 2,600 lots from Halper's collection go on sale at Sotheby's Sept. 23-29, with an online auction of lesser-priced items scheduled as the inaugural effort of Sotheby' sometime later in the fall. The three-volume slipcased Halper catalogue -- a collectible in its own right -- can be ordered for $100 by calling (800) 601-6155.

The Casa Lamm, the Mexico City art institute named after architect Lewis Lamm, has entered into a 25-year agreement with the Televisa Cultural Foundation to manage the 1,800-work modern art collection formerly housed in the Cultural Center for Contemporary Art in the Mexican capital. Casa Lamm will lend the works to museums in Mexico and elsewhere; its curator is Victor Zamudio Taylor. Casa Lamm is erecting a new building to house the photos in the collection, which Zamudio Taylor plans to digitalize and put on the Web. The facility is also to house Televisa's 15,000-volume library on contemporary art. Televisa magnate Emilio Azcarraga opened the original Cultural Center in 1986 and made Robert R. Littman its director; the center was closed after Azcarraga died in 1997.

The first piece of Nazi art loot to turn up in a British museum has allegedly been discovered at the Tate Gallery in London. The family of a Jewish banker murdered by the Nazis has claimed ownership of View of Hampton Court Palace by the 18th-century Dutch artist Jan Griffier. The painting is valued at 160,000. The anonymous heirs have photos of the painting taken by their father in their Dusseldorf home in 1937. Tate head Nicolas Serota said that the museum had bought the painting from a London dealer who had acquired it at auction in southern Germany in 1955. "We will have to proceed carefully," he said. Stay tuned.

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's the Allen Foundation of the Arts has donated $4 million to the Seattle Art Museum to purchase land for a new sculpture garden -- matching the $4 million donated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The $17-million, six-acre plot is the last undeveloped lot in downtown Seattle. According to the New York Times, SAM doesn't yet have a specific design for the project.

American artist Mark di Suvero has erected a 71-foot-tall sculpture entitled Tyne Anew in a shipyard in northern England. Di Suvero's work is a mere 10 miles away from Antony Gormley's monument, Angel of the North -- and it's six feet taller. The $1 million di Suvero is visible to passengers who use the Port of Tyne ferry.

London's Tate Gallery has joined with the "Do it yourself" superchain Homebase to create affordable household goods designed by nine contemporary artists. Professor Colin Painter from the Wimbledon School of the Arts came up with the idea of getting Antony Gormley to craft a $10 coat peg and Tony Cragg to devise garden tools that can double as yard ornaments. Lamps, bath towels and fruit bowls are among the items priced under $80 designed by Anish Kapoor, Alison Wilding, Richard Deacon, Richard Wentworth, Permindar Kaur, Angela Bulloch and David Mach.

Boston University professor Caroline Jones has been awarded the 1999 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for distinguished scholarship in American art for her book, Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist (1997). The prize is given by the Smithsonian's American Art Museum (formerly known as the National Museum of American Art) in Washington, D.C.

Munich gallery owner Otto van de Loo was awarded the 1999 Art Cologne Prize of DM 20,000 by the German Gallery Association for his contributions to post-war German art. Van de Loo opened his first gallery in 1957 in Essen and exhibited works by the CoBrA group.

Thomas Healy, who recently closed his avant-garde gallery in New York's Chelsea art district, is the new board chairman of Creative Time, the public-art organization whose projects include the annual summer show in the anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge. Healy is also on the boards of NYU's Grey Art Gallery, the AIDS Action Foundation in Washington and the steering committee of Al Gore's 2000 campaign. Other new Creative Time boardmembers are art historian Michael Brenson, lawyer Stephen Kramarsky, corporate financier Barry Wishow and MacArthur Award recipient Elizabeth Streb.

Kim Evans, the head of BBC arts, has called it quits after six years on the job. Evans is reported to be frustrated with increased cuts in the BBC arts budget. She has been offered a new job as executive director of arts at the Arts Council.

Rudy Burckhardt, 85, renowned New York filmmaker and photographer, drowned on Aug. 1 in Searsmont, Me. A spokesperson at his New York dealer, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, said Burckhardt had committed suicide. Burckhardt moved to New York in the 1930s and counted among his circle artists and writers such as Edwin Denby, Willem de Kooning, Alex Katz and John Ashbery. Burckhardt had exhibited his paintings at Tibor de Nagy last spring.

The Mexican surrealist painter Alberto Gironella, 70, died of bone marrow cancer on Aug. 2. Founder of the leftist paper La Journada, Gironella eventually split from political artists such as Diego Rivera.
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