News Recap: December 16, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Graham Short's Jane Austen micro-engraving. Courtesy of Graham Short.

Graham Short's Jane Austen micro-engraving. Courtesy of Graham Short.

Artist Adds Hidden Jane Austen Engravings to £5 Notes, Now Worth Thousands
Graham Short is a micro-engraver known for his minuscule works of art. He recently engraved five £5 notes with a tiny portrait of Jane Austen. The engravings were inspired by the golden tickets in Willie Wonka’s chocolate bars and have increased the value of the notes to $62,000.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

J.K. Rowling's Hand-Illustrated Manuscript Sells at Auction for $467,000
After the release of the final Harry Potter book, J.K. Rowling created seven hand-illustrated copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. One was a gift for Rowling’s first editor Barry Cunningham, and the other six were gifted to those instrumental in the books’ publication, except for one, which was sold to benefit Rowling’s charity, Lumos. Recently, Cunningham’s volume sold at auction for $467,000. The manuscript is bound in Moroccan leather with rhodochrosite stones set in hand-chased silver ornaments, and features a skull in the center of the cover. The inscription reads, “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell…THANK YOU.”
Read the full story (BBC News)

David Hamilton Dies at 83
British photographer David Hamilton was found dead in his home at the age of 83. Hamilton was a controversial photographer, best known for his 1980s book Age of Innocence, featuring young nymph-like girls. Hamilton grew up in London and had aspirations of being an architect, but moved to Paris at the age of 20 to work at French Elle, later becoming the art director of the Printemps. At this time, Hamilton developed a signature style of ethereal, gauzy photographs of pre-pubescent girls, often nude, or in transparent dresses. Just before his death, which was ruled a suicide; allegations that Hamilton had raped several of his models had resurfaced.
Read the full story (The Guardian)