Internet Curation 12.16.11

Here are some of my favorite history and material culture-related links floating about the internet this week. 

Christie’s is auctioning The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor all this week, and it’s fascinating to the see liquidation of an old Hollywood royal estate.

The Telegraph’s fashion section has some very entertaining accounts of Tuesday’s world record setting jewelry sale and of curating the contents of Taylor’s closet. Oh, and there is a slideshow of some of her greatest bling.  

If you really want to feel like a millionaire I suggest browsing the full online auction catalogs. I had no idea she collected Art Nouveau artwork like this print.

Lot 806: “Laurel” by Alphonse Mucha. lithograph in colors, 1901, on wove paper, with margins Image 22¼ x 15½ in. (56.5 x 39.3 cm.) Estimated price: $3,000 – 5,000. Realized price: $10,625.

One particularly random gem was this English delft posset pot, dated 1743. Michael Jackson gave it to Liz in 2000. Did he have her name splashed across the the front like that? Public History Ryan Gosling and I are not thrilled.

Lot 879: A Bristol Delft Named and Dated Posset Pot, Dated 1743. Estimated price: $8,000 - 12,000
Lot 879: A Bristol Delft Named and Dated Posset Pot, Dated 1743. Estimated price: $8,000 – 12,000

In other news, a new place in DC, The Federalist Restaurant, aims to offer food inspired by the 18th century palate. I’m very curious. At first glance, the interior and menu seem to be more 21st century colonial revival than actual time travel. They offer syllabubs, but also burgers.

Geeky comic XKCD graphed the dates of popular Christmas songs. “An ‘American tradition’ is anything that happened to a baby boomer twice.”

This adorable Illinois couple won the lottery after filing for bankruptcy. She wants to use some of the money to visit “the Little House on the Prairie in Walnut Grove, in Minnesota, you know?”

What happens when you put American religion and patriotic memory in a blender? This snarky discussion of George Washington Tebowing at Valley Forge that made me chuckle.

In a dazzling discussion of modern design that I wish were a full-length Verncular Architecture Forum conference presentation, rapper Ice Cube gives a tour of the Eames House in Los Angeles. It’s the best thing you will see in the New York Times this month.