Unknown Maker, “Untitled (Surveyor)” (1854), daguerreotype, 10.7 x 8.2 cm (4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches, plate) (The W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Collection, restricted gift of The Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust)

The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired the W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Collection of 19-century American photography — a cache of nearly 500 works of daguerrotype and other formats. The subjects range from unnamed laborers and craftsmen to babies and other children posing for their first photos to President Zachary Taylor. The gift was made possible by the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust.

David Bowie‘s prized Tintoretto painting, “The Angel Foretelling Saint Catherine of Alexandria of Her Martyrdom” (late 1570s) will go on view in Venice after its recent purchase by the collector Marnix Neerman, who acquired the work at Sotheby’s for £191,000 ($237,432). Purchased by Bowie in 1987, the altarpiece was one of the musician’s first art acquisitions.

One of the works to be displayed at the Stamelos Gallery Center (image courtesy Stamelos Gallery Center)

The University of Michigan-Dearborn will open a new art center thanks to a $1 million donation from the estate of William and Electra Stamelos. The on-campus Stamelos Gallery Center will officially open September 12 with a ceremony and exhibition titled Electra and Bill: Honoring an Immeasurable Contribution, which will feature work by Electra as well as art donated from the family’s collection.

Sotheby’s brought back its online sale of Original Film Posters, including a selection of old-school blockbusters, sci-fi, epics, and animation classics. The top lot when bidding closed was a poster of the film King Kong (1933).

A Christie’s sale, “The Art of China: Featuring The Arnhold Collection,” closed its bidding at a total of £754,250 (~$929,462) and featured art and artifacts from the collection of Gerard Arnhold, a Jewish collector whose family left Germany as the Nazis seized power in the ’30s. The sale included carvings made of jade, rock crystal, agate and bamboo, as well as lacquerware and cloisonné enamel vessels. The top lot was a two-piece set of a beige jade pierced “dragonfish” plaque and a pale greenish-white jade carving of a goose — which sold together for £56,250 (~$69,303).

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Eric Vilas-Boas is the former managing editor of Hyperallergic. He has previously worked at Thrillist, Esquire, SPIN, Donorschoose.org, and his writing has appeared at Vulture, Slashfilm, Lit Hub, Paste,...