After banning vendors near tourist traps like the Colosseum, Roman government officials are now fiercely regulating the number of street artists allowed to hawk their paintings to visiting sightseers. Permits will be handed out according to technical skill, to be judged by a panel of experts. [The Art Newspaper]
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John Constable’s The Lock will be sold at a Christie’s auction on July 3 in London, estimated at £20m-£25 million (about $30-$38 million). The work is being sold by Baroness Carmen “Tita” Thyssen, the widow and last of the five wives of collector Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (fantastic names in this family). Their massive art collection was purchased by the Spanish government for about $461 million in 1993 and has been the source of a large amount of family drama basically ever since.