Beastie Boys’ Mike D to sell mother’s art collection

The personal collection of Hester Diamond will be offered during Sotheby’s annual Master Week sales in January 2021. Image: Sotheby’s and Carla van de Puttelaar via AFP Relaxnews.

A “sure shot” for Sotheby’s. The auction house will offer the eclectic collection of New York interior designer and philanthropist, Hester Diamond, in January 2021, as part of its annual Master Week sales. Some 60 lots will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s, including Old Masters paintings and sculptures, contemporary art, contemporary furniture and books.

Among them is a rare sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his father Pietro, titled “Autumn,” which is estimated to fetch between $8 million and $12 million (approx. P388.4 to P582.6 million). The work on offer is one of only a handful of sculptures by the Italian sculptor and his father that remain in private hands.

While Bernini’s work very rarely comes up for auction, “Autumn” is poised to establish a new auction record for the Italian artist. The title holder is “Il Moro,” a terracotta bozzetto that sold for a record-breaking $3.2 million (around P155.3 million) in 2002 at Sotheby’s London.

Also hitting the auction block in “Fearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond” are masterworks by European Old Masters Jörg Lederer, Girolamo Della Robbia, Filippino Lippi and Dosso Dossi.

Pieter Coecke van Aelst will also be included in the sale with “The Nativity, The Adoration of The Magi, The Presentation in The Temple,” which is estimated to sell between $2.5 million and $3.5 million (approx. P121.3 million to P169.9 million). This impressive triptych was notably the centerpiece of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry” in 2014.

Diamond’s interest in Old Masters blossomed after the passing of her first husband, Harold, in 1982. She then began to seriously

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Denice Zamboanga ready for her biggest challenge yet

Denice Zamboanga. Photo from ONE Championship

MANILA, Philippines — Putting her animosity with Angela Lee aside, Denice Zamboanga is raring to get her campaign going in next year’s Atomweight World Grand Prix.

Zamboanga and Lee recently exchanged jabs on social media, but the undefeated Filipino knows the only way to settle the score is to win the Grand Prix tournament and challenge for the crown.

“I am so pumped for this tournament. I’m looking forward to competing for this ultra prestigious title. This will be the most challenging competition that no female fighter in ONE Championship history has ever faced,” said Zamboanga.

“To all the other female fighters who will be competing, it will be an honor to face you all in this tournament. A lot of people want to see me and Angela fight, so I will get the Grand Prix belt and then I’m on to the Atomweight World Title at the end of 2021.”

The 23-year-old Zamboanga is already the No. 1 ranked contender but Lee’s pregnancy forced ONE Championship founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong to announce a Grand Prix instead with Lee unable to defend her belt for the foreseeable future.

Zamboanga is 5-0, including a 3-0 record since making his ONE debut back in 2019. She last fought in August where she scored a first-round submission over Watsyapinya Kaewkhong.


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Egyptian grandfather becomes world’s oldest football pro

Ezzeldin Bahader, a 74-years-old Egyptian football player of 6th October Club is seen in action during a fooball match against El Ayat Sports Club of Egypt’s third division league at the Olympic Stadium in the Cairo suburb of Maadi, Egypt October 17, 2020. Picture taken October 17, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO—Egyptian grandfather Ezzeldin Bahader has been recognized as the world’s oldest professional football player after completing a second full match just short of his 75th birthday.

Bahader was awarded the title by Guinness World Records on Saturday evening after missing a penalty kick as his team, 6th October, lost 3-2 to El Ayat Sports club in the Egyptian third division.

The former amateur player, who turns 75 on Nov. 3, scored a goal from the penalty spot in his debut match on March. He planned to play a second 90-minute match the same month to claim his record, but the suspension of sports activities to contain the spread of the coronavirus put his plans on hold.

Bahader had previously told media he was 75, which he attributed to “rounding up”. Having him on the team had allowed 6th October to gain sponsors and publicity, he said.

Some of Bahader’s six grandchildren attended Saturday’s match, chanting “Come on, Grandpa” from the touchline.

“I dream of being able to break my own record one more time, just to make the competition a little harder,” Bahader said, though he is now out of contract.

The record was previously held by 73-year-old Israeli Isaak Hayik.


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