“Star of India” Rolls Royce Up for Auction

Last month we wrote about the famed “Star of India” 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II convertible custom made for an Indian Maharaja. Now the incredible car has been listed for sale via online global luxury marketplace JamesList for £8 million, or about $13 million. The 7.7-liter V8-engined car is currently owned by German collector Hans-Gunther Zach, … Continued

Rare T Rex skeleton to go under hammer

A 66 million-year-old skeleton of one of the largest known Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever discovered will be up for sale at an auction in LasVegas on October 3. The rare skeleton – dubbed ‘Samson’ – is arguably one of the three most complete specimens to have been discovered, auction house Bonhams said. Native to North … Continued

Christie’s to Open Storage Warehouse in Brooklyn

The famed art auctioneer has signed a lease for 235,000 square feet of warehouse space in Brooklyn. Christie’s will store fine art in the waterfront building. Christie’s expects to occupy the six-story warehouse building early next year, according to a company spokeswoman. The company would not say how much it paid for the space, but … Continued

Bugatti Type 18 on the Auction Block

One of the earliest Bugatti racing cars is expected to fetch up to 2.4 million euros ($3.4 million) at a sale in France, said auction house Bonhams. Built in 1912, it was raced by by the manufacturer’s eponymous founder, Ettore, at Le Mans and on the Mont Ventoux. Compared to the other Bugattis of the … Continued

Second Yves Saint Laurent art sale

A second group of artworks from the collection of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge is expected to fetch up to 4 million euros ($5.7 million) when it appears for sale in November. Christie’s International’s YSL Part II sale, held in collaboration with Pierre Berge, will take place at … Continued

Rare vivid pink diamond could break sale record

A five-carat cushion-cut pink diamond known as “The Vivid Pink” is set to lead Christie’s Hong Kong sale this fall. According to a media release, the Vivid Pink is the largest potentially flawless fancy-vivid-pink diamond ever offered for sale at auction. Property of a private collector and set in a ring by renowned jeweler Laurence … Continued

Property in Dubai offered for as little as $100

An expat couple who are leaving Dubai for good are offering their four-bedroom apartmentfor as little as $100 through an online auction site. The couple, who are planning to return to the UK after some 18 years in Dubai, have set up the auction following their difficulties in finding a buyer. Steve and Arti Halligan … Continued

Christie’s to sell rare Annenberg diamond

A giant gem will hit the auction block in New York this autumn with the sale of the 32-carat emerald-cut Annenberg diamond, which is expected to fetch as much at $5 million. The flawless ring-mounted diamond, owned by philanthropist Lee Annenberg, widow of publishing magnate Walter Annenberg, leads the auction house’s magnificent jewels sale on … Continued

Biblical Manuscript For Sale at Sotheby’s

Forbes reports that Sotheby’s is offering a 1,500-year-old biblical document that includes layers of text and meaning–in three languages. Known as the Codex Climaci Rescriptus, the piece was written over the span of three centuries and stowed in a sacred monastery until landing in the hands of a pair of British twins by way of … Continued

Picasso musketeer sells for $11.5M in London

A late “musketeer” painting by Pablo Picasso sold for 7 million pounds ($11.5 million) at Sotheby’s last night as buyers looked for value in the contracted auction market for Impressionist art. The 1969 work dates to a period late in Picasso’s life when he was obsessed with floppy-hatted swashbucklers and their Casanova lifestyles. In this … Continued

Undrcrwn Nooka watch

Footwear and clothing company Undrcrwn have teamed up with cool-watch designers Nooka to produce a very colourful watch! The watch features a striped polyurethane band with a black ZenV display. Nooka is now taking presale orders for the watch and the orders will ship out June 29th. Only 200 watches available – $275

Print of iconic photo of Einstein sells for $74k

An iconic photograph of Albert Einstein was sold by a New Hampshire auction company Friday for $74,324, making it the most expensive Einstein photograph ever sold at auction, according to the auctioneers. The photograph was taken in 1951 while Einstein was celebrating his birthday at Princeton University. Photographer Arthur Sasse tried to convince Einstein to … Continued

Rodin’s Thinker sets auction record

One of the Thinker sculptures by French master Auguste Rodin has been sold at auction for more than 3 million euros ($5.2 million) in Paris, Reuters reports. The bronze, just 72.5 centimetres high, set a record for any of the Thinkers – a series of 21 sculptures made by Rodin in the late 19th century … Continued

Beijing hosts China’s first fine French wine auction

From famous chateaux ranging from Lafite to Margaux and Mouton, wine lovers had a chance to bid for top French wine in Beijing on Friday at the first wine auction yet on the Chinese mainland. Around 1,000 bottles of fine wine from France’s renowned Bordeaux area were on auction with a starting price of several … Continued

Great Gatsby Rolls-Royce up for Auction

This June 7 Bonham’s will auction off the 1928 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Ascot Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton with coachwork by Brewster that starred in the 1974 movie version of The Great Gatsby. The sale will take place during the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut and the car is expected to fetch anywhere between $150,000 … Continued

Rare blue diamond sells for record $9.5 million

A flawless blue diamond weighing 7.03 carats has sold for a record 10.5 million Swiss francs ($9.49 million), the highest price paid per carat for any gemstone at auction, Sotheby’s said. The rectangular-shaped blue stone, mounted on a platinum ring, is the rarest to enter the international market this year. The anonymous phone bidder, who … Continued

Lincoln stamp trove scores nearly $2M at auction

A Georgia man’s collection of more than 10,000 Abraham Lincoln stamps has sold at auction in New York City for a total of nearly $2 million. The collection was amassed by William Ainsworth, a retired executive from the consulting and accounting firm KPMG. He inherited his father’s stamp collection more than 40 years ago. Until … Continued

Iridescent Ammonite Fossil

Christie’s is offering a rare, 100-million-year-old petrified shell of an extinct Canadian marine creature. This fossilized ammonite is expected to fetch $70,000 at an auction next week in France. The fossil has naturally occurring iridescent colors created when the original shell substance turned into a mineral called aragonite.

14th century bucket sells for £1.6m at Sotheby’s

A medieval Islamic glass vessel sold in London yesterday for 1.6 million pounds ($2.3 million), more than 20 times as much as it fetched less than a decade ago, when it was dismissed as a fake. The 8-inch-high “Rothschild Bucket” was offered in Sotheby’s “Arts of the Islamic World” sale as a mid-14th-century piece, Bloomberg … Continued

License Plate “1D” fetches record price at auction

A Lebanese property developer living in England has paid 352,411 pounds (US$509,768) for license plate number “1D”, a new record in the world of collectible British license plates. At an auction held by the DVLA, the agency which regulates British vehicle registration, the highly-coveted plate sold for a total of 285,000 pounds, but fees and … Continued