Morning Links: Buzz Aldrin Edition

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At Christie’s London last night, a prime 1928 Magritte, Les Jours Gigantesques, was purchased by New Yorker financier Wilbur Ross for $11.3 million, almost five times its high estimate. [ArtsBeat]

William Grimes writes the obituary for LeRoy Neiman, the artist who made his fame and fortune depicting athletic scenes and served as a painter for the Playboy empire. He was 91. “Playboy made the good life a reality for me and made it the subject matter of my paintings—not affluence and luxury as such, but joie de vivre itself,” he told a magazine in 1962. [NYT]

The recent record-setting Joan Miró is just one of many indications that the artist’s market has been strengthening over the past decade. [Artnet] 

Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon, pays a visit to Tom Sachs’s Space Program. [WSJ]

Obama wins support of the art world reports clearly non-U.S. paper. [The Art Newspaper]

Police in China lift Ai Weiwei’s strict bail conditions. [The Independent]

Norton Museum acquires 39 Annie Leibovitz photographs ahead of its retrospective. [In the Air]

Royal Albert Memorial Museum wins Art Fund Prize. [The Art Newspaper]

Syrian cartoonist talks about having his hands broken. [Guardian]