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Legendary Blue Diamond of Royal Descend sells for 6.7 million

The pear-shaped, dark grey-blue gem, known as The Farnese Blue, was sold after a mere four minutes of bidding at the Sotheby’s auction.

Found at India’s Golconda mines, the Farnese diamond was a gift to the daughter of the Duke of Parma in 1715 to mark her marriage to King Philip V of Spain.

One of the most significant historical gems still in private hands, the Geneva auction marks the first time the Farnese Blue diamond was put up for sale.

The auction performed exceptionally well, with the final bid way of the Farnese Blue surpassing the auction house’s initial estimate of $3.5m-$5m.

“We were expecting a good result but we started from $3.5m and we ended up with $6.7m, so we exceeded our expectation,” said Sotheby’s jewellery specialist, Daniela Mascetti.
“Good jewels, well-designed, well-made, with a signature, with a perfect slot in time, in age, do very well.”

Philip V and Elisabeth in 1739.

Despite the royal history of this gem, its whereabouts and existence was kept hushed to an exclusive circle. The Farnese Blue was originally a gift to Queen of Spain Elisabeth Farnese by the Philippines to celebrate her marriage to King Philip in 1714, the blue diamond was subsequently passed down to a descendant of France’s last queen, Marie Antoinette.

Over the next 300 centuries, the Farnese Blue was furtively passed down through four European royal families. All this while, the 6.16-carat blue diamond was hidden in a jewellery box in a casket as it traveled through Spain, France, Italy, and Austria.

Found from India’s Golconda mines, this gem holds an incredible pedigree. In fact, this region was the go-to source for exceptional colored diamonds, such as the Hope Diamond, until the 1720s when mining shifted to Brazil.

The first time The Farnese Blue, passed down through European royalty, went on sale.

“With its incredible pedigree, the Farnese Blue ranks among the most important historic diamonds in the world,” said Dr. Philipp Herzog von Württemberg, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and managing director of Germany, in a statement from the auction house. “From the first minute I saw the stone, I could not resist its magic, and as such, it is a huge privilege to have been entrusted with this sale.”

Among the other magnificent gems in the list of the Sotheby’s auction includes a 51.71 carats round diamond ring that went for $9.2 million, and a 50.39-carat oval diamond ring that was sold for $8.1 million.

The identity of the Farnese Blue buyer is unrevealed by Sotheby’s.

Pope’s Lamborghini Huracán: Auction Proceeds donated for charity

As one would expect from His Holiness Pope Francis, who had auctioned off his gift of a Harley Davidson Motorbike in 2014, has yet again decided to benefit charities by putting up his Lamborghini Huracán for sale at Sotheby’s.

The Lamborghini Huracán RWD Coupé, previously donated to His Holiness Pope Francis by Automobili Lamborghini was sold for the astonishing figure of US$855,615 at the RM Sotheby auction held on May 12 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, coinciding with the Historic Grand Prix.

Pope’s Heavenly Lamborghini Huracán: Auction Proceeds donated for charity

Fully customised and built to European specifications by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program, the unique model of Huracán RWD was painted in Bianco Monocerus (white) and finished with Giallo Tiberino (yellow) stripes running along the rims of the ride made to reference the colours of the Vatican City flag. To top of its exclusivity, the Lamborghini Huracán RWD was personally autographed by Pope Francis when the car was first unveiled to him on November 27, 2017.

The sale of this Huracán signifies an opportunity to acquire a custom-designed special edition of a Lamborghini for a worthy cause in the name of His Holiness, as all the proceeds from the sale will be handed the Holy Father, who will then allocate the proceeds into four deserving charities entities near and dear to his heart: 70% to aid the rebuild of church the city of Nineveh, Iraq (a city heavily besieged by ISIS), 10% to the Pope John XXIII Community, 10% to “Progetto Casa Papa Francesco” (Pope Francis House Project) and 10% to “Amici per il Centrafrica” (Friends of Central Africa), which has been working with projects primarily dedicated to women and children for years.

Sotheby is knowned to have hosted the auctions of rare collectibles and the Holy Lamborghini certainly makes it in the top 10.

The TAG Heuer Watch Built to Celebrate Success

Jack Heuer, great-grandson of luxury watchmaker Edouard Heuer, kept the tradition of superior watchmaking alive when he took over the wheel of TAG Heuer in 1962. Beyond the world of watches, he has also left a legacy in the wheelhouse.

This Carrera watch is engraved with a message that reads : “Success – Ronnie Peterson from Jack W. Heuer.”

In 1972, this 18-karat gold Carrera watch was created exclusively as a gift for the Formula One racer known affectionately as “SuperSwede,” Ronnie Peterson, for his performance in the German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring circuit. A replica of the same watch is now going to auction, and race fans have a golden opportunity to purchase a piece of history.

A speed-enthusiast himself, Jack brought TAG Heuer into the race world with innumerable sponsorship of Formula One races during his tenure as CEO. The TAG Heuer Carrera watch is a racing chronograph of exceptional quality, conceptualized during Jack’s reign – the physical embodiment of TAG Heuer’s support and close ties with motor racing.

Also known as the “Driver’s watch,” the Carrera marked TAG Heuer’s first venture into racing – one that will span for next fifty and more years, up to the present day. The brilliant design features a 38 mm case around a champagne dial, with applied gold sticks to mark your lap time. The original watch is now on display in the TAG Heuer Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary since Mr Peterson’s unfortunate death in a crash at Monza in 1978, TAG Heuer has created a re-edition of the watch for the first time.

The almost perfect facsimile of the original watch will be up at Bonhams auction, expected to sell for SGD $32,000 – $48,000. Proceeds will go to the Ronnie Peterson Memorial foundation, a charity that aims to foster future talents in motor sports.

The auction list also includes the car that propelled Peterson’s career to international fame, the 1969 Tecno-Novamotor Ford 69 Formula 3 Single Seater, that led the racer to campaign 16 races including the 1969 Monaco Formula 3 GP.

More details on the bid are available on Bonham’s website here.

The Cheetah Uncaged for Guernsey’s Auction

A true icon amongst car enthusiasts, the Cheetah is one of the rarest and most sought after racing cars. With such an iconic car taking the centre stage of Guernsey’s Auction House event in May, the event is a must visit for any petrolhead.

Envious of Ford’s successful foray into racing with the Carroll Shelby’s Cobra, General Motors manufactured The Cheetah, their first foray into the production of competitive automobiles. Production ran from 1963 to 1966, with only 23 manufactured worldwide (some believe numbers are even less).

With so few made, and even less surviving, Guernsey’s upcoming auction is one of the only times such a piece of racing history has been up for auction under the public eye. Guernsey’s auctions have been known for its range of exclusive and precious items set for auction.

Beyond the rarity of the car due to the low numbers that were manufactured, the Cheetah’s name is also known as a record-breaker. In 1964, the race car broke the top speed record at the Daytona Challenge Cup at an astounding 215 miles-per-hour.

This particular Cheetah has had one owner since 1965 and was described as “a fine example of racing history and a beautiful original car” by Ruth Engineering & Racing, a company whospecialize in the restoration of vintage racing cars. According to the company, this Cheetah model is “the most original and unmolested example of a Bill Thomas Motors’ Cheetah” with all repairs made using “period correct, exacting components”.

Guernsey’s will display The Cheetah at Lime Rock between May 4th and 5th before it is delivered to 93rd Street and Park Avenue in New York where it will be on view from May 10th until 6pm when the auction begins.

For more details on the auction, visit guernseys.com

Own the home of America’s most infamous Mobster, Al Capone

Created in 1919 by developer developer Locke Highleyman, Palm Island is revered as one of Miami Beach’s most luxurious man-made islands. It was later bought by prohibition-era gangster Al Capone in 1928, where he died at in 1947.

Located in the exclusive Miami Beach’s Palm Island, the ex-sunshine retreat of Al Capone sits on the waterfront of Biscayne Bay. With 24 hours security surveillance, Palm Island is a sophisticated yet peaceful luxury residential area.

In 2013, the villa underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation after Miami-based MB America bought it for $8 million. The villa is now released onto the market, priced at US$14.9 million.

The vivid history and glamour of the villa has set it as one of the most exclusive scene for a wide range of photo and video productions. In fact, after the estate was unveiled in 2015 after renovations, it was announced as a production, filming and photo shoot venue.

Composed by 3 buildings, the property houses four-bedrooms, a 6,100-square-foot main house, and a two-story pool cabana. There is also a spacious guesthouse with two bedrooms and a bath, converted from the original gatehouse Capone installed. The main villa also features the original black and gold Art Deco powder room, ceiling lights from the 1920s, an original fireplace and porch. The 30,000-square-foot property has about 100 feet of waterfront.

The Italian family that currently owns Capone’s former Miami house has also owned other event venues and retreats in the area, including the Orchid House, a Mediterranean villa at 1350 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.

Dinosaur skeletons are the latest must-haves for your home

Dinosaur skeletons are gracing collectors’ cabinets, with two huge dinosaur skeletons,  an allosaurus and a diplodocus, go up for auction in Paris this week.

The skeletons of an allosaurus and a diplodocus are up for auction in Paris this week, marketed as trendy interior design objects

“The fossil market is no longer just for scientists,” said Iacopo Briano of Binoche et Giquello, the auction house for the two dinosaurs. The Italian expert claims that they have became “real objects of decoration, like paintings”, citing Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicolas Cage as fans of such ornaments.

Going on sale on Wednesday among 87 lots of natural artefacts, the diplodocus is expected to cost around £480,000 and the allosaurus up to £650,000. In an upcoming auction in June, there will be another huge skeleton of a theropod, expected to auction for up to 1.5 million euros.

The allosaurus is 3.8 meter long and expected to fetch up to £567,000

While the rarity, verification and completeness of these collections are common determinants of the price they fetchy, there are a few more that affect the auction.

Carnivores such as the allosaurus fetch more than herbivores such as the diplodocus due to their prominent sharp teeth. Consider the price of the allosaurus that is considered “small” at 3.8 metres long compared to its fellow auction member diplodocus that stands at thrice the size at 12 metres long.

The diplodocus, measuring 12 meter long from nose to tail, is being assembled in the auction house

Mickler, a natural history expert for the Aguttes auction house, explains that traces of a violent fight or an incurable illness on the fossils also increases their auction value. Furthermore, a collection becomes a lot more attractive if it includes an exceptional piece, such as a particularly impressive skull.

A scientific consultant checks the teeth of the allosaurus

With an increasing fan base notably the Chinese, these new bidders are now competing against multinational corporations, the “typical” buyers of dinosaur skeletons. In 1997, McDonald’s and Walt Disney were among donors who contributed to the €6.75 million to buy Sue – the most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex – for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. ‘Millions of people come to see it, it’s incredible publicity for companies,’ said Eric Mickeler, a natural history expert.

Around five dinosaur skeletons go to auction around the world each year.

A Masterwork by Emperor Qianlong’s Favourite Painter to Auction Off

Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

A Rediscovered Imperial Heirloom

Kept in the Forbidden City for generations until it reached the last emperor, now this highly important handscroll, said to be the greatest masterpiece created by the renowned Imperial Court painter Qian Weicheng, has gained prominence once more after a hundred years.

According to history, Qian Weicheng was the highest-ranking candidate in the official examinations, and also a favourite painter of the Qianlong Emperor, who was always selected to accompany him on the official inspection tours.

With the imperial heirloom rediscovered – the present scroll – was originally kept in the Ningshou Gong of the Forbidden City, was given by the last Emperor Puyi to his younger brother Pujie in the early 1920s.

A Masterwork by Emperor Qianlong’s Favourite Painter to Auction Off

Created by Qian Weicheng between 1720-1772, this handscroll on auction depicts ten auspicious landscapes of Taishan bears the impression of the imperial seal and has also been inscribed with poems written by the Qianlong Emperor.

This scroll, complete with ink and colour on paper and measuring 33.7 cm by 458 cm, is now going on auction at Sotheby’s for approximately SGD 8.5 million to SGD 11.8 million.


5 Fine Timepieces to Buy for HIM

Whether it’s through auctions, selling exhibitions or private sales, Sotheby’s offers buyers the simplest and most reliable place to buy and sell highly valuable, unique objects. Looking for watches to buy online? Sotheby’s BidNow programme allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. With about 11 more days to bid, browse these five exquisite timepieces that we have selected FOR HIM.

5 Fine Timepieces For HIM (Online-Only Auction)


Estimate: CHF15,000 – CHF20,000
Current Bid:

This watch uses the calibre 4130 automatic lever movement, with a 40 mm case and black ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated to 400 units. It has screw down chronograph pushers, crown and back as well as a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp. The black dial features applied luminescent baton indexes, subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers, including 44 jewels  to complete this version of the Rolex Daytona Circa 2016 (Reference 116500LN). Accompanied by a Rolex guarantee card, instruction booklet and presentation case.


Estimate: CHF2,000 – CHF4,000
Current Bid:

The Rolex (Reference 14270) Explorer Circa 2000 features an in-house manufactured calibre 3000 automatic lever movement, a 35 mm case, fitted with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp. This version of the iconic Rolex Explorer Circa 2000 will appeal to future buyer for its simple and luxurious design. On black dial showcases 27 jewels, applied luminescent Arabic numerals and baton indexes. Overall, the dial and hands are said to be in very good condition with minor scuffs and scratches of the case and bracelet.

Lot 6: Audemars Piguet

Estimate: CHF12,000 – CHF16,000
Current Bid:

The Royal Oak Circa 2012 (Reference 26320ST.00.1220ST.01 MVT) uses calibre 2385, automatic lever movement with a 41 mm stainless steel  Royal Oak case and octagonal bezel, with caseback secured by 8 screws. The design of this Royal Oak Circa 2012 timepiece features a black tapisserie dial, showcasing 37 jewels,  applied luminescent indexes, subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers, and aperture for date. It has a stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet with double folding clasp. Buyer of this watch will receive the Audemars Piguet certificate booklet, instruction manual, and a presentation case.

Lot 13: Franck Muller

Estimate: CHF4,000 – CHF6,000
Current Bid:

The 18k pink-gold Franck Muller timepiece uses an in-house manufactured calibre 2800MB (eta 2892/2) has a gold tonneau-form case with an 18k pink gold  Franck Muller buckle. This watch features an automatic centre seconds and has 21 jewels, a silvered dial with Arabic numerals and an aperture for date. The caseback is secured by 4 screws. The buyer of this exquisite timepiece will receive the Franck Muller Certificate of Origin.

Lot 14: Cartier

Estimate: CHF2,000 – CHF4,000
Current Bid:

Framed by a DLC-coated titanium square case and the bezel and caseback secured by (8 screws on each side), the watch is fitted with a DLC-coated titanium and stainless steel Cartier double folding clasp. On the black dial shows the automatic Chronograph wristwatch with registers and date reference 3104 case 184611PX Santos 100 Circa 2010. Featuring Calibre 8630, automatic movement and 27 jewels, the black dial has Roman numerals and secret signature at VII. The dial and hands are in excellent condition, with minor scuffs and scratches on the case.


Very Rare Qing Dynasty Bowl Could Fetch USD 26.5 Million

Very Rare Qing Dynasty Bowl Could Fetch USD 26.5 Million

From diamonds and handbags to ancient ceramics, Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction houses have seen some of it most exquisite items sold at record-breaking prices among Asian buyers at auctions in recent years.

This extremely rare bowl used by the Kangxi Emperor in the 1720s, could fetch a shattering price of approximately USD25.6 million at Sotheby’s when it goes on auction in Hong Kong on April 3.

“It could even surpass the record for Chinese ceramics, auction house Sotheby’s said.

Measuring at 14.7 cm in diameter, the dainty pink bowl is decorated with falangcai (painted enamels combining Chinese and Western techniques) and flowers, including daffodils which are not typically depicted on Chinese porcelain.

“Definitely we will see the most important collectors of Chinese porcelain active,” deputy chairman for Sotheby’s Asia Nicolas Chow said in a preview Thursday.

“We will see quite a battle this season,” Chow added.

The bowl was created in an imperial workshop within Beijing’s Forbidden City by a small team of craftsmen, with the help of Jesuits from Europe who had brought over new techniques and materials, according to Sotheby’s.

Last year, a 1,000-year-old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty sold for US$37.7 million, setting a record for Chinese ceramics.

That sale surpassed the previous record of $36.05 million set in 2014 for a Ming Dynasty wine cup which was snapped up by a Shanghai tycoon famous for making eye-watering bids.

(Source: AFP)

The 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

The 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

This 14th of just 19 tailor-made 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato with a chassis number 0186 is unquestionably an attractive iteration, taking cue after the vaunted DB4. During its racing career, the Zagato has been honoured with awards at numerous European and American concours events. After it went through a restoration by marque specialist Richard Williams and Carrozzeria Zagato, the DB4GT Zagato was delivered new to its first lucky owner and a very successful businessman in Australia, who had a penchant for car racing. Moreover, he owned a handful of grand prix cars.

Boasting a slightly elongated shark-like nose, the tail lights of the Zagato were set into the fenders. The C-pillar was reduced by featuring a larger rear windshield. Under the hood, the DB4GT is powered by 314bhp, 3,670cc DOHC twin-plug alloy inline six-cylinder engine.

There’s the triple Weber 45DCOE carburetors, four-speed synchromemesh alloy-cased manual transmission with overdrive, front and rear coil-spring suspension, and four–wheel Girling hydraulic disc brakes, as well as a wheelbase size of 95-inch.

While the DB4GT was already a highly attractive automobile, the Zagato coachwork brought out the voluptuous appeal of the Aston Martin, smoothing out the harder edges in favour of a more dynamic and fluid shape. Changes were more than just skin deep, as Zagato and Aston Martin also endeavoured to make this car faster than its standard brethren, reducing nearly 50kg of weight and adding 12 horsepower to the total output.

More details on the car model can be found at RM Sotheby’s. The next auction will take place on Amelia’s Island in Florida on March 10. Visit the site to view more cars available for bidding.

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra in Midnight Blue

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra in Midnight Blue

Bearing the car serial number CSX2135, the stunning 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 listed for sale is finished in Mercedes midnight blue with black leather, rack and pinion car with roll bar, side pipes, Webers and Halibrands at an estimated cost of $167,500.

Prior to this, Shelby had gone through several hats and received different paint styles in White Lucite, including five new 6-inch painted wire wheels installed, with new carpets, soft top, side curtains and seat belts; a new windshield, rear bumper overriders and mufflers, all at an estimated cost of $1,125.

The CSX2135 was purchased by Milton Janzen of San Francisco in 1989, and the owner commenced a restoration that included refinishing the Cobra in Dark Blue paint with a contrasting Saddle leather interior and fitting Weber downdraft carburetors and PSE reproduction Halibrand 6-spoke knock-off wheels. In June 1993 the car was purchased by John Duffield of Bakersfield, who changed the upholstery to Black.

After remaining California for 35 years, Cobra found a new home in the hands of Jim Carrolo of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, who bought it as a regular driver. In 2006 the original 289 HiPo engine was replaced by a 347 CI “fun motor” and the 289 was placed in proper storage.

Today CSX2135 is presented in beautifully pristine condition, completely ready for its new home with a committed Shelby Cobra enthusiast. The original 289 CI engine as well as a set of 5.5-inch Shelby knock-off wire wheels are included with this exceptional and rare early rack-and-pinion demonstration Cobra.

Browse for more cars on auction at the following website: www.mecum.com

7 Luxury Pieces Up For Grabs at the Paris Ritz Furniture Auction


For more information about the auction and schedule, please visit Artcurial here.

Andy Warhol: Apple’s Classic Macintosh Logo to Auction

Andy Warhol Ads Portfolio, 1985 to sell at Auction

Woodshed Art Auctions will be putting up a gouache painting on paper for auction starting February 1. The artwork features Apple’s classic Macintosh logo designed by Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Measuring 8 by 8 inches and surrounded by a 16.5 by 16.5 inches frame, with Warhol’s signature on the front and back, the painting is said to be in “very good condition” with archival corners and no adhesives touching.

Some of the iconic pieces in the original Ads Series by the late artist were inspired by fashion, movies, technology, of which Warhol had turned those every day production works into colourful imagery. Pictured above, the imagery includes Paramount, Blackglama (Judy Garland), Rebel without a Cause (James Dean), Chanel, The New Spirit (Donald Duck), Life Savers, Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan), Mobil, and Volkswagen.

This Warhol’s Ad painting is estimated to fetch a price between $20,000 to $30,000 with the starting bid at $5,000.

Live Bidding begins Feb 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM EST on Woodshed Art Auctions website.

Johnny Hallyday’s 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C to Auction

The 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C is estimated to go on sale between €2,500,000 and €3,000,000 at RM Sotheby’s Paris 2018 on February 7. Formerly owned by Johnny Hallyday, also dubbed the French ‘Elvis Presley’ by Financial Times, Hallyday was a popular French rock star and model. For some, it might be worth waiting for…

Johnny Hallyday’s 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C to Auction

In the photographs (above), Hallyday was pictured in and around the car, with Parisian temporary registration 7381 WW 75, in Paris, France, in late 1964 and early 1965.

During Hallyday’s reign, he sold more than 100 million record sales in his 50-year career and appeared in more than 30 films. A large part of his commercial success were attributed to his ability to interpret the rock and roll classics in French for a French audience. And if the French adored him, it is precisely because he represented a fantasy of America: successful, fast, furious and yet vulnerable. In other words, heroic.

Made by Carrozzeria Sports Cars of Piero Drogo in Modena, the Iso Grifo A3/Cs has delivered two consecutive wins at Le Mans in 1964 and 1965. Constructed using duralumin that were, too, used in aviation applications, the body exterior of this A3/Cs allowed the car to be exceptionally lightweight, tipping the scales at 969 kg.

Of the eighth of 10 such examples built in 1964, only a few did survive and come to the market. Known from history, when the car model was sold to a buyer in 2009, as per French regulation, performed on 21 February 2009, and at that time the car displayed only 25,484 km, believed to be original.

After Hallyday’s ownership, the car was sold in 1992 and the new owner got the car re-sprayed in ‘Ferrari Red’ and displayed the car in his museum, Manoire de l’Automobile in Loéhac, Brittany, France with a car plate number 728 GFS 75, even though it had never been registered with this number.

Still retaining its original interior, it was bought by Pascal Perrier in 2012 before its acquisition by the current owner in 2014. At the 2017 Chantilly Concours, it was exhibited in the Great Musicians’ Cars class, where it garnered the ‘Special Award.’

Today, these early ‘riveted’ Iso Grifo A3/Cs are highly coveted as only a handful did actually survive and seldom come to market, according to the auction house. Chassis number B 0209 is especially appealing as it has always been in France, with unbroken provenance back to the first owner, one of France’s most beloved figures.

Visit RM Sotheby’s for more details on the bid.

Corvette Roadster de 1961 for Sale

Mark your calendar this coming February as British auction house, Bonhams will be holding a prestigious annual auction at the Grand Palais in Paris. The auction house will put up no fewer than 135 collectors’ cars for sale dating from 1904 to 2017.

Especially this unique 1961 Corvette car model purchased at a charity event, carries the signatures of some 20 Hollywood’s biggest stars of the moment on the dashboard is set to take centre stage at the auction. It is estimated to sell between €85,000 and €120,000.

20 Hollywood Stars have signed the dashboard of this unique Corvette Roadster: Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Orlando Bloom, Adrien Brody, Matt Damon, Benicio Del Toro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hardy, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon

To catch one final glimpse of this Corvette Roadster before it is passed into the hands of a new owner, visit the French capital’s Grand Palais exhibition centre from February 7-8, before the sale starts at 2pm.

In addition to the Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, several cars are also going out on display, such as a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400/S (estimated at €1.2-€1.4 million), a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Tourist Trophy Torpedo (€780,000-€1.3M) and a 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SLS (€900,000-€1.2M). These car models are speculated to surpass the symbolic one million euro mark.

The Bonhams “Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais” auction is held Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Grand Palais, Paris.

For more information on the Corvette Roadster and other car models for sale or to get in touch, please visit bonhams.com.

1951 Chevrolet Styleline Convertible

1951 Chevrolet Styleline Convertible featured in “The Hunter”

Offered by Barrett-Jackson: 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona auction sale, here’s your chance to bid for the car before the deal ends on 21 January, 2018. This 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe convertible in pale yellow finish was driven frequently by Hollywood’s legendary Steve McQueen in the final movie of his memorable career “The Hunter”.

Steve McQueen in Bullitt, 1968 | Image courtesy of REX

Right after the completion of the filming McQueen bought it over and added it to his personal car inventory. At Detroit’s Motor Show, the 1968 green “Bullitt” Ford Mustang, driven by the same actor in a chase scene in a classic 1968 movie, is on display. The actor tried to buy it from Bullitt twice, but was an unsuccessful battle.

However, for this Styeline, today, it features the important original factory specifications and the buyer of this car model will see that it has an older restoration, and it is said that the paint exhibited some flaws as would be anticipated with a restoration of this age. Under the bonnet, the Styleline convertible is powered by a 6-cylinder engine with 92 horsepower and 3-speed manual transmission with column-mounted shift.

This pale yellow Styleline is documented by the original McQueen Certificate of Authenticity to prove that the car was once owned by film star Steve McQueen and the same car had been put up for sale at the actor’s estate auction held in Las Vegas, in 1984. In addition to its history, the document was not only signed by the actors children Terry and Chad,  the Styleline also came out in the 2007 book McQueens Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon by Matt Stone.


*The descriptions of this vehicle will be provided exclusively by the consignor. Barrett-Jackson does not make representations or warranties about vehicles offered for sale at auction. To bid for the car, please visit Barrett-Jackson to make enquiries.

Portrait of Picasso’s ‘Golden Muse’ to go on Auction

Pablo Picasso – A vivid, poignant and intense image of his ‘golden muse’ Marie-Thérèse Walter.

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

One of Pablo Picasso’s defining portrait “La Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter)” will  lead the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, held on February 28 in London.

Held by auction house Sotheby’s, the portrait is offered at auction for the very first time and is one of Picasso’s muses, Marie-Thérèse Walter, his “Golden Muse.” The painting was completed in 1937, a year during which Picasso also painted his monumental masterpiece “Guernica”.

The former belongs to a prolific period of the artist’s career in which his relationship with Marie-Thérèse was complicated by his falling in love with Dora Maar, providing the impetus for a stream of portraits of both of his lovers, according to a statement by the auction house.

“With such a strong appetite for Picasso’s work from across the globe, this defining portrait from a pivotal year in the oeuvre of the most globally recognised artist is the perfect piece to headline our first major auction season of 2018,” commented Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department & Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe.

She added that “It is all the more remarkable to be able to offer a painting of this calibre that has never been seen on the market before.”

The painting will go on display from January 30 to February 2 in Hong Kong, February 6 to 7 in Taipei, February 12 to 14 in New York before going on showcase in London from February 22 to 28.

An exhibition themed on Pablo Picasso’s work in the year 1932, “The Ey Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy” opens March 8 at London’s Tate Modern.

Click here to view other artworks offered at the upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale.

1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe by Pinin Farina

Made from 1951 to 1953, just 78 examples of the 212 Inter were manufactured; 26 of the final 29 cars received the EU chassis designation as Europas. The 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe offered (estimated cost of $1.3 million to $1.6 million) here was the third of 11 such coupes built by Pinin Farina and the 15th from final car built on the 212 platform.

This Ferrari 212 Europa was completed in late 1952 and was used by the company for exhibition, including the Turin Motor Show in 1953. The 212 was reportedly the first Ferrari to have scored 100 points at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and had been the recipient of numerous FCA awards, made multiple appearances at the Cavallino Classic and featured in Prancing Horse, Cavallino as well as Forza.

1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe by Pinin Farina

Following its display, the car was sold and had come into the possession of a private owner, Paris resident Pierre Guilherme. Under the hood, the fully restored 212 includes a 170 bhp, SOHC V12 engine with five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and parallel trailing arms, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes and wheelbase of 102.4-inch.

*Internet bidding is not available for this lot. Interested parties that are unable to attend the sale may register to bid by telephone or place a commission bid online at rmsothebys.com.

Tucker’s Tucker 48 Up for Auction

Tucker’s Tucker number 48, with the chassis number 1029 up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix 2018

The Tucker 48 was one of the surviving examples of the 51 cars ever built by the manufacturer, and “47 of them are still around,” according to AFP Relaxer “and partly because of its very special pedigree.”

This Preston Tucker’s Tucker number 48, with the chassis number 1029 was a family owned car and it had also made an appearance in the 1988 Francis Ford Coppola film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” which starred Jeff Bridges.

The Tucker fastback sedan had also gone through the hands of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller, who served as the governor of Arkansas between 1967 and 1971.

The Tucker has been privately owned since 2004. At one stage, it was owned by Jack Bar, before it was repainted sometime in the 1970s or 1980s and reupholstered.

Other than that, the car is said to be intact, original, and generally very well cared-for. It is believed it has just 19,199 miles on the clock.

“It is, in every way, the ultimate Tucker automobile.” – RM Sotheby’s said of the car.

Sold at 2017 Arizona auction sales – 1948 Tucker 48

The 1948 Tucker 48 sold at 2017 Arizona auction sales

Interior view of the 1948 Tucker 48

Along with the early or rare models from major brands such as Aston Martin and Ferrari sold at Arizona auction sale in 2017, the 1948 Tucker 48 was a recent “barn find,” unseen for 33 years. It was sold for over $13 million, offered from the personal collection of a marque specialist.

The surviving examples are among the most valuable and desirable American cars ever built by the manufacturer. According the RM Sotheby’s, “they often draw the most attention and crowds to any museum, including such venerable halls as the Henry Ford, the Petersen Automotive Museum, the National Automobile Museum, and the Nethercutt Museum, or at which the cars are displayed.

“The Tucker fastback sedan are the trophies of renowned collectors who consider their fleets of Duesenbergs, Isottas, and Ferraris simply otherwise incomplete without The Car of Tomorrow.”

Tucker’s Tucker number 48, with the chassis number 1029 up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix 2018

At the upcoming 19th annual Arizona sale at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, running from January 18–19, here’s your chance to buy a Tucker, which is undergoing the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction. This Tucker is expected to go for somewhere between $1.25 million and $1.5 million and it will be sold with no reserve.

For more details on the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona auction 2018, please visit here.

A 1954 Plymouth Concept Car to Look Out for in 2018

Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

This 1954 Plymouth Belmont concept could be yours if you were to win the bid at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in Arizona. For the last 46 years, enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked to the Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions.

Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, there will be many other rare and classic cars going under hammer. But this car example is unique that’s because it never went into production since it made last appearance at the 1954 New York Auto Show.

A lot of concepts displayed at the motor show are often seen as promising and innovative, but very few of those concepts were close to being production-ready models. In fact, this curvaceous 1954 roadster is purely a one-off, which was once owned by famed Chrysler designer, Virgil Exner.

A 1954 Plymouth Concept Car to Look Out for in 2018

Under the elongated hood, the 1954 roadster features a 241 cubic-inch V8 engine with very modest 157 horsepower and a three-speed automatic gearbox, making the car very unlikely to go as fast as it appears.

But it will certainly not deprive onlookers of the car’s incredibly stunning bodywork. Other than the shut lines of the doors and the lack of door handles to be seen, the flanks are distinctive, marked by its sweeping curves, smooth and clean lines.

It is not known how much this 1954 Plymouth concept car would cost as the price will be publicly quoted by Barrett-Jackson. Hint: there is a reserve price, so this one isn’t likely to go cheap.

The Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction will take place between January 13 and 21 in Arizona. For more information about the car auctions, please visit here.