Titian painting auctions for record $16.8 mln

A sumptuous painting of the Madonna and child by Renaissance master Titian sold for a record $16,882,500 Thursday in New York. The Sotheby’s auction easily broke a 20-year-old record of $13.6 million for a Titian. The painting, “A Sacra Conversazione: The Madonna and Child with Saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria,” depicts the Virgin Mary … Continued

Trash hotel opens in Madrid

Mexican beer brand Corona has launched a new hotel in Madrid, called “Save the Beach hotel” and made entirely of rubbish. It is constructed out of 12 tons of items found littered on Europe’s beaches and is designed to raise awareness of the plight of coastlines and seas around the world. Designed by German artist … Continued

Warhol portraits of Charles and Diana go on sale

Two matching portraits of princess Diana and Prince Charles by pop art icon Andy Warhol have gone on display for the first time since 1982, ahead of being sold. The paintings show Charles in naval attire against a blue background. His first wife Diana wears a formal dress and is pictured against a pink background. … Continued

Gauguin work expected to fetch £10 mn in London

A painting of sunflowers and a nude by French artist Paul Gauguin is expected to fetch up to 10 million pounds at auction next month, Christie’s said Friday. Gauguin’s Nature morte à l’Esperance, a still life painted in 1901 when he was living in Tahiti, will be the star lot of a sale of impressionist … Continued

Leica M9 “Titan” Audi

Designed by the Walter de’Silva, the man behind the curves of Audi A5, the Leica M9 “Titan” Audi comes in pure titanium and bold Audi leather. Available at a cost of 22 000 euros, only 500 cameras have been produced and the piece is yet a collector very thought after by Leica and Audi lifestyle … Continued

Tod’s Launches Second iPad App – An Italian Dream

“An Italian Dream” is the second app for the iPad launched by Tod’s. “My Life is in This Bag” was their first app which was unveiled in August. It celebrated the world of Tod’s and allowed the visitors to browse collections and view virtual themed lifestyles. Now, you can discover the Tod’s new application ‘An … Continued

Assouline Leather Trunk by MCM

This custom-made trunk was created in collaboration with the famous craftsman MCM specially for Assouline. Each trunk houses 40 of Assouline’s signature Memoires on fashion, art, and design, making it the ultimate in chic – $4,995.

Picasso treasure trove surfaces in France

Hundreds of unknown Pablo Picasso works worth tens of millions of euros have surfaced in France in the hands of a 71-year-old retired electrician who says they were gifts from the master. Dating from the first third of the 20th century — considered Picasso’s most fertile period — the 271 pieces are valued by experts … Continued

Xu Lei Designs Mouton Rothschild’s Label

Mouton-Rothschild has asked a Beijing artist, Xu Lei, to design the label for its 2008 vintage, in the footsteps of Georges Braque, Salvador Dali or Joan Miro. Kept under wraps until the last moment, the predominantly blue painting features a ram standing on a rock and was chosen by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, owner of … Continued

Sergio Rossi Boots By Claude Viallat

Sergio Rossi has teamed up with French painter Claude Viallat to design three sets of six pairs of boots, each of unique style and beauty. The collection has been presented in Paris during an exclusive event at Bernard Ceysson Gallery in conjunction with Fiac, Parisian contemporary art fair.

$49 million Matisse sets new record

A large bronze sculpture of a woman’s back by Henri Matisse sold Wednesday for nearly 49 million dollars, setting a new record for the French impressionist. Measuring 74.5 inches (189.2 cm), “Nu de dos” was the star of the auction at Christie’s in New York. It went under the hammer just a day after rival … Continued

New Record for a Modigliani at Sotheby’s

A painting of a nude by Amedeo Modigliani fetched nearly 69 million dollars at a Sotheby’s auction in New York, setting a new record for the Italian painter. The circa 1917 canvas, titled “Nu assis sur un divan (La Belle Romaine),” had been estimated before the auction to go for more than 40 million dollars. … Continued

Louis Vuitton 100 Postcards Box Set

As part of the 2011 update to Louis Vuitton‘s City Guide, illustrator Ruben Toledo has been commissioned to create this beautiful series of 100 postcards. Illustrated in black and white and accented with vibrant fluorescent colors, each image aims to capture the unique experience of the depicted destination. Ruben Toledo was born in Havana, Cuba, … Continued

Chanel’s Mobile Art Pavilion Settles in Paris

Chanel is to donate the exhibition pavilion designed by Iraqi-born British architect, Zaha Hadid, to the Arab World Institute. The pavilion showcased artworks by contemporary artists inspired by Chanel’s iconic 2.55 handbag in 2008. Chanel will thereby perpetuate this work designed by one of the greatest contemporary architects.

Range Rover Evoque Art In Paris

Range Rover is to become the latest auto brand to enter the world of pop-up art, commissioning a series of installations on the streets of Paris. The four installations have been created by French artists to celebrate the launch of the Range Rover Evoque at the Paris Motor Show. The concept is reminiscent of the … Continued

Dior Homme – Un Rendez Vous by Guy Ritchie

After announcing the teaser for the new ad campaign for Dior Homme cologne signed by director Guy Ritchie, here is the full commercial starring Jude Law. The ad also includes Slovak fashion model Michaela Kocianova, and the music of Muse as the musical background for the Parisian setting.

Largest Picasso painting exhibited in London

Pablo Picasso‘s largest-ever painting, a 10.4 metre-by-11.7 metre cloth used in a performance of the Ballets Russes in 1924, went on exhibition for the first time in London on Thursday. The canvas, designed and signed by Picasso but finished by seven other artists, was used in a performance of the one-act ballet “Le train bleu” … Continued

Lehman Brothers Art Work Under the Hammer

Artwork from the European branches of the collapsed US investment bank Lehman Brothers will go under the hammer in London next month in a two-million-pound auction, administrators said Sunday. Works by Lucian Freud and Gary Hume will figure at the sale at Christie’s auction house on September 29, which comes two years after the bank’s … Continued

Devil wears Prada, Virgin Mary wears Louis Vuitton

The devil may well wear Prada, but at a biennial exhibition of sacred art in Italy, a statue of the Virgin Mary is donning Louis Vuitton. The veil traditionally covering the Virgin’s head bears the French luxury brand’s trademark “LV” logo in golden letters. Francesco De Molfetta, 31, said he created the work to “denounce … Continued

Turner painting sells for record 29.7 million pounds

A view over Rome painted by artist JMW Turner was sold for 29.7 million pounds in London, setting a new record at auction for the British master. “Modern Rome — Campo Vaccino” was bought Wednesday for the equivalent of 44.9 million dollars at Sotheby’s by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The previous … Continued