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Princess Beatrice’s wedding hat sells for £81,100

The flamboyant hat worn by Princess Beatrice at last month’s royal wedding has been sold for the princely sum of £81,100 on internet auction site eBay. Proceeds from the sale of the hat, designed by Irish milliner Philip Treacy, will be split between two charities: the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and British charity Children … Continued

Rare pink diamond fetches $10.8 million

An extremely rare translucent pink diamond fetched a price of $10.8 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Tuesday, the third-highest price ever paid for one of the pink stones at auction. “It is the third-highest price for a pink diamond at auction,” auctioneer David Bennett told journalists after the sale. The 10.99-carat, emerald-cut stone was … Continued

Two Diana dresses sold for $276,000

Two dresses worn by the late princess Diana were sold at an auction house in Beverly Hills Sunday for a total of $276,000, Julien’s auction house announced. The first dress — a black crepe evening gown with diamante paste embroidery on the short-sleeved top inspired by Indian motifs — went for $144,000. It was purchased … Continued

World’s Oldest Champagne to be Auctioned

Two bottles of 200-year old champagne recently salvaged from a Baltic Sea shipwreck will be auctioned off in June. Finland’s autonomous province of Aaland “has decided that two bottles will be sold at an exclusive champagne auction held in (the capital) Mariehamn on June 3, 2011″. One of the auctioned bottles will be from the … Continued

Christie’s to Auction Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry

AFP has confirmed rumors that the late actress’s collection of baubles, estimated to be worth $150 million, will hit the auction block later this year. “Film icon Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of jewelry, artwork, clothing, and memorabilia will be sold at auction, according to Christie’s auction house“. A series of auctions will officially be announced this … Continued

Portrait Of Elizabeth Taylor To Sell For $30 Million

A portrait of Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor by Andy Warhol is expected to fetch up to $30m at an auction in New York. “Liz #5” is owned by hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen. The 1963 silkscreen will be sold at Phillips de Pury at its contemporary art sale on May 12. The portrait shows the legendary … Continued

“La Lecture” by Pablo Picasso sold for $ 40 million

A celebrated masterpiece by Pablo Picasso has sold at Sotheby’s auction house in London for £25.2 million ($40,5 million), more than double its pre-auction valuation. “La Lecture” is a work from the Spanish painter’s “annus mirabilis,” 1932, and depicts the artist’s famous muse, Marie-Therese Walter. Seven bidders vied for the coveted Picasso work, the hammer … Continued

Chinese boost prices in world’s auction houses

A Chinese face or two in the crowd at the world’s auction houses often means one thing: the gavel will fall on a price far beyond the seller’s wildest dreams. Fierce bidding by Chinese buyers for a vase at a small London auctioneer in November, for example, drove the price up nearly 40 times beyond … Continued

Auctioneers Christie’s notch up record year

Christie’s notched up the biggest sales figures in the art auction industry’s history last year, the firm announced Thursday, with record global sales of $5 billion. And Chinese collectors continued to increase their prominence in the auction rooms as the number of buyers from China, Taiwan and HK accounted for a fifth of the total. … Continued

Ahmadinejad’s Peugeot gets a million dollar offer

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 1977 Peugeot 504 has received a one million dollar bid after the car was put on an international auction Saturday Proceeds from the sale of the Peugeot 504 will go to a fund for homes for disabled people and to needy. Earlier, officials had said they hoped the car would fetch … Continued

Christie’s App for iPad

Christie’s International, the world’s leading art business, has launched its new, free App designed specifically for users of the Apple iPad. The new App takes users on a tour of Christie’s upcoming auctions and enables “at a glance” browsing of hundreds of luxury items and objects to be sold in the company’s salerooms worldwide. Christie’s … Continued

Dior Snaps up Avedon’s “Dovima” Photo

Christian Dior wins bid for one of the most famous fashion images of all time: Richard Avedon’s 1955 photo “Dovima With Elephants”. According to WWD, the image of Dovima, dressed in a Dior evening gown at the Cirque d’Hiver, went for 841,000 euros, ($1,148,910). This sale more than doubles Avedon’s previous auction record of $457,000 … Continued

Andy Warhol Coke bottle sells for $35 million

An Andy Warhol canvas of a black-and-white Coke bottle has sold for $35.36m at an auction in New York. Sotheby’s said Coca-Cola [4] (Large Coca-Cola) “is a landmark in the artist’s creation of his pop art style”. Organizers reportedly whet the appetite of live bidders by serving small bottles of soda pop as guests mingled … Continued

Bid on Burberry, Oscar de la Renta and Chanel

In the market for a dazzling designer gown? Bid on a Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress or a festive Dolce & Gabbana cocktail number on charitybuzz.com. Women’s Wear Daily, the esteemed retail, beauty and fashion trade publication, is celebrating its 100th year in circulation with an online charity sale offering designer apparel, handbags and luxury … Continued

James Bond Aston Martin DB5 sells for $4.1 million

A US car enthusiast has bought James Bond’s famous Aston Martin car at auction in London for more than four million dollars. The 1964 silver Aston Martin DB5 was driven by Sean Connery when he played the fictional British spy in the films “Goldfinger” (1964) and “Thunderball” (1965). US collector Harry Yeaggy flew into Britain … Continued

Rare Pink Diamond to be Auctioned by Sotheby’s

An exceptinally rare pink stone is set to break the record for being the world’s most expensive diamond ever. The pink stone is estimated to be worth $27-38 million when it goes under the hammer on November 16 at Sotheby’s in Geneva It is classified as ‘fancy intense pink’ – the most perfect pink colour … Continued

Blue diamond sets auction record

A rare, two-stone ring set a new record price per carat for a blue diamond at auction when it sold for $15.7 million to an Asian collector. The ring features a 9.87 carat colorless triangular-shaped diamond paired with a triangular 10.95 carat “Fancy Vivid” blue diamond, the largest such blue diamond of this cut ever … Continued

Bonhams to Sell Elvis Presley’s Mercedes-Benz 600

A Mercedes-Benz 600 that was purchased by Elvis Presley in 1970 will be auctioned on December 6 at Bonhams in Weybridge, England. One of only a handful of cars that Presley registered in his name, the Mercedes-Benz has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £150,000 – 200,000. Presley kept the car, which was one of two … Continued

Statue of Liberty’s Nose Up for Auction

A copper chunk of nose, crafted to fit Lady Liberty’s face during her 1980s restoration, will be auctioned next month. “It’s the tip of the nose with the area around the nostrils. It doesn’t sound like it would be, but it’s fairly attractive looking,” said Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey’s Auction House. President Arlan Ettinger … Continued

Louis Vuitton Vintage Pieces at Christie’s

On September 28th Christie’s in London will offer an incredible collection of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage during its Interiors: Style & Spirit sale. Over 20 original pieces from the famed French luxury goods house dating from the late 19th century to the 1940s will go on the block.