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Lennon’s Gretsch Guitar Up For Auction

Who will be the winning bidder? John Lennon’s Gretsch 6120 guitar, which he used to record The Beatles “Paperback Writer,” is up for auction—for an estimated $1 million! While filming the upcoming documentary on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, GREAT MUSEUMS caught a glimpse of the same guitar while it was on loan

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Filming The Islamic Masterpieces

FILMING THE ISLAMIC MASTERPIECES Pictured Above: Jean-Luc Martinez (President-Director of The Louvre Museum) being interviewed by Philippe de Montebello, with Marc Doyle in the foreground.     We started developing the Great Museums episode on Islamic Masterpieces more than three years ago. It has been an extraordinary adventure filled with various twists and turns. Today,

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Filming The High Line: Rain Or Shine On The High Line

Undaunted by the rain, High Line devotees stroll on crossing over 20th St. The Friends of the High Line offices are just below. Some weather reports predicted that the rain would hold off til the evening, so despite the early morning clouds, we started our day optimistically, just north of the Chelsea Market Passage. Our

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Filming On The High Line: Looking North To Section 3

Peter Mullan, VP, Planning/Design for the High Line, gives the Great Museums film crew a tour of Section 3 and the Rail Yards GROUNDBREAKING AND BREATHTAKING! Sections 1 and 2 of the High Line are beautiful, but Section 3 is going to be SPECTACULAR. Today the Great Museums team got a private tour of the

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Marc Doyle Reflects on Meeting David Rockefeller at MoMa

Ten years ago, I had the honor of spending a couple of hours at the Museum of Modern Art with David Rockefeller. At the time, he was 90 and was in a league by himself; one of the great collectors, philanthropists and business leaders of his time. MoMA closed off the upstairs galleries that house

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Marc Doyle: Meeting Chuck Close

 When GREAT MUSEUMS was producing its episode on the Museum of Modern Art, in NYC, I had the pleasure of spending a day with Chuck Close, interviewing him in his Greenwich Village studio. That day he shared w me a group of photos he had recently taken of President Obama, from which he was going to paint a portrait.

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