Framed to be made into a feature film

FRAMED was first released in the UK in 2002 (Cutting Edge Press / Mainstream Publishing). Mainstream, directed by Bill Campbell leading European publishers based in London and Edinburgh, also published 'Catch Me If You Can', 'Braveheart' among other sensational best sellers.

The US Edition of FRAMED was released through ECW Press, Toronto, in 2003 and was immediately featured in Barnes & Noble, Borders and other leading bookstores throughout America. Weingrad, Ginzburg Volpe Productions is set to develop and produce FRAMED as a feature film written by Terence Winter, Golden Globe/Emmy winning writer producer of Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos. Terence Winter's 'Cold Front Productions' is also producing.

Framed is Executive Produced by Howard Schuster, Major Studio Partners in association with Harris Tulchin, Tulchin Entertainment and Darlene Winter AGV Productions

Tod co-starred and Art Consulted in "Who the $#&% is Jackson Pollock" New Line Cinema Don Hewitt, Steve Hewitt - Producers, Harry Moses - Director
The film was nominated for an award in "Premiere" class at the Southwest Film Festival in March/2006, Austin,Texas. Screened in Pleasantville, Provincetown Film Festival, and at HBO in NYC the film was well received by all. Premiered on November 15, 2006, at IFC Film Center in NY to leading theaters in America and Europe and the film won critical acclaim at the Deuville Film Festival.

Tod has been featured on NBC 'The Today Show', MSNBC 'The Dan Abrams Report', Channel 9 'Eyewitness News', 'The Montel Williams Show', Montreal Global Morning News, Mystery Inc., BBC, "Between Ourselves", Channel 11 News, Nancy Grace, etc.

Featured stories on Framed and Tod's career in the art world have been in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Magazine, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent etc.

Tod is one of the foremost authorities on the arts for feature film, documentary and television production. He is available for consultations and speaking engagements on buying and selling art for public and private investors and corporate placement.


Magical Carpet Set To Fetch Millions

A rug made entirely of jewels is the star of Sotheby's
first-ever auctions in Doha, Qatar.

When Sotheby's kicks off its inaugural series of four auctions in Doha, Qatar, on March 18, the worldwide auction house hopes to find a bright spot in a depressed art and collectibles market. Sotheby's stock has tumbled to a recent $9 from a high of $57 in October 2007.

One item on the block may help. A unique throw-rug-sized carpet made of pearls, diamonds, rubies and emeralds--the highlight of Sotheby's (nyse: BID - news - people ) Doha auctions--could fetch as much as $20 million, according to Sotheby's Henry Howard-Sneyd, the house's deputy chairman for Europe and Asia and international director of new markets.

Bidding will start at $5 million, says Howard-Sneyd, who has already fielded inquiries from private clients in India and the Middle East interested in the piece.

Crafted in the 1860s as a gift for the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad in Medina, Saudi Arabia, the carpet was created under the auspices of Gaekwar Kande Rao, the maharajah of Baroda, a former kingdom in northwest India that is now part of Gujarat state.

It took five years of labor by hundreds of craftsmen. Some 2 million seed pearls and colored glass beads and gems set in a gold foil background make up the swirling rosette design.

The carpet was never bestowed on Muhammad's tomb and instead remained in the maharajah's family until 1988.

In the mid-20th century the carpet wound up in the hands of Sita Devi, a woman some refer to as the Wallis Simpson of India. Her husband, Prattapsingh Gaekwar, maharajah of Baroda, scandalized Indian society when he dumped his first wife in favor of the much younger Devi in 1943.

Devi promptly transferred many of the family jewels to her homes in Paris and London, and later to Monaco, where the pair lived together before separating in 1956.

The carpet remained in her estate until after her death in 1986.

Sotheby's is keeping mum about the seller except to say that the owner is a private entity.

While rival Christie's has set up shop in Dubai as an outpost for its auctions geared toward the Middle East market, Sotheby's is betting on Qatar, a tiny nation the size of Connecticut that sits on vast oil wealth. The auction house hopes to capitalize on the region's resource riches and its recent investment in art and culture.

In November, Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, opened the I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art, a $300 million, five-story structure on an artificial island in the Gulf. Qatar is hoping that art-loving tourists will help diversify its oil-centric economy.

Howard-Sneyd says that Sotheby's began planning its Doha auctions before the financial markets started their plunge and that the auction house has scaled back its offerings and estimates accordingly.

Still, Sotheby's total estimate on its two days of Doha sales is $30 million. The pearl carpet of Baroda could account for the lion's share of that amount.

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