Auctions are the new sport from your sofa and you should not miss this week the sale by Ader Entreprises et Patrimoine of Palais de la Découverte’s (Museum of Science) old furniture and scientific instruments. It takes place on Saturday, November 21 at 5 pm and 130 lots will be auctioned on Drouot Live where you have to register beforehand. Some pieces have a unique aesthetics, others will be found a treasure by scientists and the photographs of the first steps on the moon are obviously extraordinary.
I liked some of the furniture which dates back from the 60’s like the bench with planet Mars, and the gigantic 2 m x 1 m Gorilla estimated 1 000 to 3 000€. Also the Millenial Jaeger Lecoultre clock from 1999 and the gigantic illuminated sign for the Astronomie section (100 to 300€) plus cost for taking it down (2000€).
You can find all the lots on the catalog here. There are 130 including 20 photographs.
Don’t miss, if you speak French the series on France Culture’s radio station “A Voix Nue” of Fabienne Servan Schreiber’s career. Every night at 8 pm from 16 to 20 November and in replay. From her bourgeois catholic childhood in the 7 th arrondissement, to her early marriage to famous caricaturist Wiaz, Pierre Wiazemsky, and her second life with political activist Henri Weber (who sadly left us last April 26), gave her a passion for political ideals. She went through many dramatic events, loosing three children and a half-brother, Edouard Stern, but accomplished much with her television production company Cinetévé. This promises to be a fascinating story.
As for Netflix which is sadly taking the place of movie theaters during lockdown, I quite enjoyed “The Queen’s Gambit” even though I have never played chess. But the performances of Anya Taylor Joy, Harry Melling, Moses Ingram and Marielle Heller are outstanding in this dark, often depressing, series set in the 60’s, where chess and drugs waltz together in Middle America. The great treat of the week is o course, the fourth season of “The Crown” which started exactly 4 years ago. It takes place between 1977 and 1990 and introduces Diana Spencer and Margaret Thatcher. Both are fascinating in their parts and the Scottish landscapes of the first episodes are glorious. Of course, the story has been partly fictionalized and the Royal family is not happy with some of the details.
It still is the major event of the week worldwide as is the launch of Barack Obama’s new book “A Promised Land” which is coming out simultaneously in every country. Fayard is the French publisher of this intimate Memoir and you can find both editions at W.H.Smith and Galignani.
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