Kenzo Auctions Contents of Paris House

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada will auction off some of the art that inspired his East-meets-West style, as he trades his plush Paris mansion for smaller digs on the Seine River. The announcement came a month after the late Yves Saint-Laurent’s art collection was put up for auction by his partner Pierre Berge, a 373.5-million-euro … Continued

Old Japanese Tortoiseshell Box Up For Auction

An 8th-century tortoiseshell vanity box, said to be a gift from the Tang Dynasty palace to Japan’s Emperor Shomu, will be auctioned in Hong Kong and may fetch more than HK$40 million ($5 million). The octagonal box, measuring 35.6 centimeters across and embedded with mother-of-pearl and amber in shapes of flowers, is the highlight of … Continued

Sotheby’s Versace villa sale beats estimates

Artworks belonging to the late Gianni Versace sold at a London auction for more than twice the presale estimate, the second time in a month the public sale of a famed fashion designer’s items had defied the economic slump. The 545-lot sale of the contents of Villa Fontanelle, Versace’s early 19th-century mansion on the shores … Continued

$317,200 for Superman first adventure

According to the art website Artdaily, the owner of Torpedo Comics has paid $ 317,200 at auction for the first edition of Action Comics, featuring the debut adventures of Superman. John Dolmayan, drummer for System of a Down and owner of Torpedo Comics, is now the owner of the first edition of Action Comics, from … Continued

ToysRUs pays $5m for toys domain

Toy retailer ToysRUs has paid $5.1m for the domain name. It is believed to be the biggest payout for a domain this year but has some way to go to beat the $14m paid for in 2007 or the $9.5m paid for “ is going to put them in the top search … Continued

“Kennedy Onassis” Wristwatch

Antiquorum Auctioneers sale of Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks realized the impressive sum of $8,707,724. “Our March 4th and 5th auction confirms the continuous enthusiasm on behalf of collectors for watches with historical significance and exceptional timepieces. Despite continued global economic concern, we have achieved tremendous results for our first auction of 2009,” … Continued

Gianni Versace Designed Tiara Goes For Auction

On March 23rd, online jewelry retailer will auction off a gold and diamond tiara designed by the late Gianni Versace to benefit the Aid for AIDS charity, with an opening bid of $699,000 US Dollars. The one-of-a-kind tiara, which contains over 1,200 diamonds and is worth an estimated $3 million, has been worn by … Continued

Gandhi auction items sold for $1.8m

After high drama, Mahatma Gandhi’s five personal items, including the iconic round eye glasses, finally went under the hammer and were bought for $1.8 million by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya. The US sale of the national leader’s glasses, sandals, watch and bowl had caused an outcry in Gandhi’s homeland. The Indian government said the auction … Continued

Chinese Buyer of YSL’s Qing Bronzes Refuses to Pay

Cai Mingchao, a Chinese antique collector and an adviser to the National Treasures Fund, said he placed the winning bid for the two Qing bronzes auctioned in Paris last week and won’t be paying. The National Treasures Fund is a group backed by the Chinese Ministry of Culture that pools donations to retrieve relics abroad. … Continued

Rare comic that launched Superman to be auctioned

A very rare version of Action Comics issue #1, known famously as the issue that launched Superman, is up for auction and is expected to fetch a bidding price of $400,000. The particular issue up for auction is an “unrestored” version of the comic and is worth considerably more than the remaining Action Comics #1 … Continued

Yves Saint Laurent Sale Sets Many Records

The three-day sale of the magnificent Collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge at the Grand Palais, offered by Christie’s in association with Pierre Berge & Associates auctioneers, realised in total $483,835,144. A remarkable 95.5% of lots sold by lot, and 93% sold by value, ArtDaily reports. This historic sale set a world record … Continued

Yves Saint Laurent’s Art Auction

The private collection amassed by the fashion designer and his partner Pierre Berge is considered one of the finest in the world. Labeled the “sale of the century” by Christie’s, it will include over 700 lots with an estimated total value of €200 million to €300 million ($255 million to $380 million). Berges and Saint Laurent … Continued

Japanese Castle Love Hotel For Sale

A Japanese Castle, which was operated as a “love hotel,” in Matsuyama city, Ehime prefecture, Japan, has been placed up for sale on Yahoo Japan’s auction site. Opening bid is 145 million yen (around $1.5 million), although it is expected to sell for considerably more. Included in the auction are the 30-room castle, several other … Continued

Lincoln speech manuscript sells for $3.4 million

A rare manuscript of a speech by Abraham Lincoln calling on the country to unite amid civil war in 1864 sold at auction Thursday for 3.4 million dollars. The sale, held at Christie’s in New York on the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, was a record for a US historical manuscript, according to the auction … Continued

Marilyn Monroe photographs on auction

Artnet, online auctions, launches sale of legendary Marilyn Monroe photographs featuring 60 works by 15 famous photographers. The auction will be on-line between February 10 and February 24 and photographs’ price estimates range between $500 and $30,000. There will be also 9 limited edition Bert Stern prints from “The Lost Sitting”, a collection that have been … Continued

Claude Monet’s painting ‘Dans La Prairie’ goes under the hammer

A painting by Claude Monet, which is said to have started the new trend of ‘Impressionism’ with its colour-filled canvas, built with darting brushstrokes, is to go under the hammer next month. The painting, Dans La Prairie, painted in 1876 and first shown at an exhibition in Paris in 1877, features the artist’s wife Camille … Continued

Christie’s about to come under the hammer

It’s just a whisper at the moment but it may well be the case that Francois Pinault is considering the sale of his Christie’s auction house which he bought in May 1998 for $1.2 billion. The speculation is based on one obvious fact: at circa €4.7bn, Artemis, Mr Pinault’s holding company, is carrying too much … Continued

Wittelsbach diamond breaks world records

Christie’s on Wednesday sold an extremely rare, 17th century fancy deep grayish-blue diamond for $24.3 million, a world record price for any diamond or jewelry sold at auction in London. The 35.56-ct. Wittelsbach diamond was once owned by King Philip IV of Spain, who purchased for his daughter, Margarita Teresa, for her engagement to Leopold … Continued

White Album sells for $30,000

A numbered copy of The Beatles self-titled album (aka The White Album) has sold for £19,201 (nearly US $30,000) on eBay. An unknown seller out of Linz, Austria sold the album. It is numbered 0000005. The original numbered 1-4 were given to the individual Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Designer … Continued