Missing Lewis Chessmen Piece Sells For £735,000 at Auction

Made from Walrus ivory in the 12th or 13th century, this chess piece went missing from a medieval-era set and then bounced between owners before being sold at auction this past week. Acquired for just £5 in 1964, the piece was passed down through family generations, until it was taken to Sotheby’s to be appraised. While “a little bit bashed up,” the ancient item fetched …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to two cultural pioneers, debunking myths about women's bodies, our co-founder at SXSW and more

Four New Statues of Women for NYC While NYC is scattered with statues of notable men, there are very few of women—just five, in fact. She Built NYC is commissioning four new statues of historical and influential women: Billie Holiday, Dr Helen Rodríguez Trías, Elizabeth Jennings Graham and Katherine Walker. Each statue will be placed in the borough that each woman called home—from the Bronx …

Highlights From Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Tasting + Auction

187 lots of the region's finest sell to benefit the non-profit Napa Valley Vintners

For the 23rd time, a weekend in February saw key players in the wine world descend upon St Helena, California for an auction of epic proportions: Premiere Napa Valley (PNV). Hundreds gathered within the stony walls of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone to taste 187 lots and take a chance on their value. All proceeds from the event go to the non-profit Napa …