Rembrandt van Rijn “A Beggar Seated on a Bank” (1630) (image courtesy Swann Galleries)

A Swann Galleries sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints hit over $398,000 in sales. Topping the lots were works by Rembrandt van Rijn, including an etching of “Pieter Haaring” (1655), which went for $81,250, and “A Beggar Seated on a Bank” (1630), which went for $60,000. An etching by Paul Klee, “Der Held mit dem Flügel–Inv. 2.” (1905), hit second place in the lots, selling for $75,000.

The Bern Museum of Fine Art will part with a painting by Édouard Manet, “Ships at Sea in Stormy Weather” (1873), for $4 million — one of the museum’s most valuable pieces from the artist that came from the collection of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt. Gurlitt’s collection is known for including several verified artworks looted by the Nazis, and when Gurlitt died in 2014, the museum inherited his collection along with the responsibility of restituting the works that were in fact looted. In order to sell this piece, the museum’s director Nina Zimmer told The Art Newspaper, “it had to be a work under no suspicion that it was looted by the Nazis.”

The iconic black outfit worn in the film Grease by Olivia Newton-John has sold for $405,700 in a Julien’s auction of the actress’s belongings, the BBC reported.  Newton-John famously sang and danced in the role opposite John Travolta, and other items sold include her shooting script for the film as well as the pink gown she wore to its premiere several decades ago.

A Christie’s online sale of Japanese and Korean Art reached a final sales receipt of $871,750. The top lot was a woodblock print of Katsuhika Hokusai’s “Kanagawa oki nami ura (Under the well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa),” which sold for $250,000.

A Christie’s sale of China Trade Paintings: Selections from the Kelton Collection totaled at £1,616,500 (~$2,071,868) before bidding ended. The top lot of the bunch: a scene credited to the Chinese School, “The Tea Warehouses at Canton: Tea being delivered to the warehouse; and Packing the tea chests for export” (circa 1820), which sold for £68,750 (~$88,121).

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