FrontRunners: Heavy Reading

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Italian publishing house Gruppo FMR’s new release, Michelangelo: La Dotta Mano (www.fmr?online.com), is intended more as a work of art than as a book—thus its $150,000 price tag. Michelangelo weighs in at 50 pounds, much of that heft contributed by the book’s marble cover, a bas-relief reproduction of the artist’s Madonna della Scala. Beyond the cover are reproductions of Michelangelo’s sketches, copies of his essays, and 83 photos of his sculptures by Italian photographer Aurelio Amendola. The publisher will produce 99 examples of the book, each of which will have a 500-year warranty, suggesting that Michelangelo the book will be as enduring as Michelangelo’s art.

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…