Bill Rau


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The Rumble Heard Around the World: Muhammad Ali Memorabilia

September 12th, 2013

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.” –Muhammad Ali Gifted athlete. Magnetic personality. A true champion. With a quick tongue and left jab to match, Muhammad Ali could dispose of an opponent even before stepping into the boxing ring. His uncanny ability to posture himself as “The People’s Champion” proved […]

The Work of a Master:18th-Century Pedestal Desk by Thomas Chippendale

August 23rd, 2013

Finding an 18th-century furnishing that can be attributed to Thomas Chippendale is like finding the “holy grail” of antique furniture. This George III Mahogany Twin Pedestal Desk is just such a treasure. Every inch of this spectacular desk bears qualities synonymous with Chippendale’s signature craftsmanship. A letter of authenticity by appraiser Gary Fowler notates seven […]

First Steps To Greatness: An Early Rubens Masterpiece

June 14th, 2013

Emotional. Mesmerizing. Profound. All of these words and more have been used over the centuries to describe the work of Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens. We’re all familiar with the spiritually charged, vibrant canvases that grace the collections of major museums throughout the world. Too seldom do art lovers get the chance to see a […]

Beauty Set In Stone: The Art of Pietre Dure

May 1st, 2013

Pietre dure is one of the oldest decorative arts. With a meticulous eye and steady hand, a master of this hardstone inlay technique can literally “paint” a picture in stone. The art form developed in ancient Rome in the 4th century where the technique was known as opus sectile (“carved and cut work”). Much like […]

What’s In A Name?: Marilyn Monroe Photographs by Lawrence Schille

April 19th, 2013

Few names evoke thoughts of feminine beauty and Hollywood glamour quite like Marilyn Monroe. Arguably one of the most famous Americans in modern history, she captured hearts and imaginations around the world through the memorable characters she portrayed on the silver screen. Now, nearly 50 years later, it is the enduring images in these signed, […]

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