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Classic Car: 1959 Peugeot 403 Convertible for Sale with French Auction House Ivoire Nimes

Chosen by actor Peter Falk, the 1959 Peugeot 403 Convertible was every bit as iconic as the policeman and though the French carmaker was not initially pleased with the roughly driven, worn-in look of the 403

Chosen by actor Peter Falk, the 1959 Peugeot 403 Convertible was every bit as iconic as the policeman and though the French carmaker was not initially pleased with the roughly driven, worn-in look of the 403

Styled by Pininfarina, the Peugeot 403 made its debut in saloon configuration in 1955 at the Trocadéro Palace in Paris. This collaboration with Pininfarina marked the start of  partnership which would see the Italian designer producing designs for Peugeot for more than fifty years. Produced between May 1955 and October 1966, the Peugeot 403 was the first model for the French carmaker to exceed 1 million production models across all variants – Saloon, Commercial, Cabriolet and Pickup editions. That said, there was a small quantity (around 2000 models) of 1953 Peugeot 403 Convertibles  that were produced in that time and one of the classic cars is coming up for sale with French auction house Ivoire Nimes.

Classic Car: 1959 Peugeot 403 Convertible for Sale with French Auction House Ivoire Nimes

Though it was eventually superseded by the Peugeot 404 in 1960, so popular was the 403 that it remained in production until 1966. As a car, it was popularised on the American TV series Colombo starring Peter Falk as the titular detective Lieutenant Colombo whose crumpled raincoat and cigar imagery was as popular as his shabby-looking Peugeot 403 Cabriolet convertible from 1959.

Chosen by Falk, the 1959 Peugeot 403 Convertible was every bit as iconic as the grizzled policeman and though Peugeot was not initially pleased with the roughly driven, worn-in look of the prop 403, the car became so beloved of the viewers that the company eventually came to bank on its popular appeal. Today, French auction house Ivoire Nimes will be selling a Peugeot 403 cabriolet soft-top classic car a few weeks from now on August 12th for an estimated £22,000 to £26,000 (Euro 25,000 to 30,000).

Only 2043 of the inline-four, 1468 c.c. engine producing 60 horse power Peugeot 403 Cabriolet Grand Luxe were produced from 1956, this model up for auction was owned by renowned Trumpeter Tony Canal

Only 2043 of the inline-four, 1468 c.c. engine producing 60 horse power Peugeot 403 Cabriolet Grand Luxe were produced from 1956, this model up for auction was owned by renowned Trumpeter Tony Canal

Initially launched with manual 4-speed all-synchromesh transmission, the Peugeot 403  was eventually given an optional paid upgrade in the form of an electro-magnetic Jaeger automatic clutch at the 1957 Paris Motor Show. The 1959 Peugeot up for auction by Ivoire Nimes is also know as the 403 Cabriolet Grand Luxe  with opening roof top and though the entire 403 range has produced 1,214,121 models, only 2043 of the inline-four, 1468 c.c. engine producing 60 horse power Peugeot 403 Cabriolet Grand Luxe were produced from 1956, the soft top models were much more expensive than the regular 403, likely the reason why there were so few models of the 403 Cabriolet Grand Luxe produced.

Sample interior of a rare red 1959 Peugeot 403

Sample interior of a rare red 1959 Peugeot 403

This classic car was owned by renowned trumpeter Tony Canal. A native of Nîmes. Peugeot offered eight shades for the 403 convertible including a red version which was rather unusual for the brand, and which is very popular today.

Christie’s Auction of The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank Realizes $379,500. You’d never believe who bought it.

On 21 June 2017, Christie’s Auction House announced that the highly watched Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank realized $379,500 at Rare Watches and American Icons New York auction only just after three minutes of bidding and over a dozen individual public and private bids.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank was gifted to the First Lady from brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill in on 23 February 1963, just nine months before 22 November 1963, when husband and President, John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank was gifted to the First Lady from brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill in on 23 February 1963

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank was gifted to the First Lady from brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill in on 23 February 1963

Christie’s Auction of The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank Realizes $379,500

Jackie Kennedy wore this Cartier Tank primarily during her life and she’s captured in many iconic photographs with the distinctively elegant Cartier Tank. The famed Cartier watch features caseback engraving “Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 am to 9:35 pm.” referring to the start and stop times of Prince Radziwill’s famous 50-Mile Hike in Palm Beach to promote health awareness and physical fitness.

Caseback engraving of The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank with engraving from Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill commemorating the 50-mile hike

Caseback engraving of The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank with engraving from Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill commemorating the 50-mile hike

President Kennedy had asked the American people to adopt a practice of mental and physical fitness by completing the challenge of walking 50-Miles regularly. it was a practice which became popular for a time, encouraged mostly by the popularity of the President and the example of the First family and friends. At the height of the short-fad for long distance walking, Jackie Kennedy made an original painting of Stas Radziwill and Chuck Spalding as a gift for Prince Radziwill in commemoration of the hike with the dedication “February 23, 1963 2:05 am to 9:35 pm / Jackie to Stas with love and admiration”.

Kim Kardashian bid and won First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank watch

Kim Kardashian placed the winning bid of US$379,500 for Jackie Kennedy's Cartier Tank

Kim Kardashian placed the winning bid of US$379,500 for Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank was estimated to fetch US$60,000 – $120,000 and according to TMZ, (editor’s note: Never would I imagine ever quoting TMZ as a source), the bid for Christie’s First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier watch was won by none other than Kim Kardashian. Apparently, after being robbed in Paris last year, Kardashian was looking to be “less flashy” – the Cartier Tank is widely considered to be an example of understated sophistication.

“Today’s New York sale of The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank was a thrilling auction moment for our watch department and for the thousands of people that have been following the journey of this watch from its discovery to the monumental sale today. After three minutes of spirited bidding in the saleroom, online and by phone, the sale ultimately concluded at $379,500. The story of this watch is full of emotion, love and history and will surely be remembered for years to come. This watch is a true American Icon.” – John Reardon, International Head of Christie’s Watches

Kim Kardashian placed a secret bid for First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier watch, eventually winning the historic tank watch with a bid of US$379,500! Additionally, Kim Kardashian also placed bids for the accompanying Stas Radziwill and Chuck Spalding hike painting which was previously unknown to the public. Christie’s considers the Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier tank and painting to be two of the most important historical artifacts to surface in recent years from the golden era of the Kennedy Presidency.

Jackie Kennedy made an original painting of Stas Radziwill and Chuck Spalding as a gift for Prince Radziwill in commemoration of the hike

Jackie Kennedy made an original painting of Stas Radziwill and Chuck Spalding as a gift for Prince Radziwill in commemoration of the hike

 

 

 

Highlights of Rare Watches from Antiquorum’s June Auction in New York

With preview from 19 June leading up the June 22nd auction of “Important Modern and Vintage Timpieces”, collectors from all over the world can now participate in Antiquorum’s auction online or in person at Antiquorum’s offices located at 805 Third Avenue in New York City. Meanwhile, here are some of the Highlights of Rare Watches from Antiquorum’s June Auction in New York with prime horological exemplars including Rolex, Patek Philippe and particularly significant A. Lange & Sohne.

Highlights of Rare Watches from Antiquorum’s June Auction in New York (and available online)

Perhaps, due to the ubiquity and almost universal love for Rolex in the watch collecting world, it’s almost inevitable that a Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman naturally headlines the sale of most watch auctions, Antiquorum’s including. Come 22 June, the Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman with Tropical Dial in Steel, unarguably one of the most  sought-after vintage Rolex sports model today goes on sale. Antiquorum’s own appraisers believe that it is sure to attract worldwide attention due to the striking “tropical” subdials, naturally faded into a soft and creamy chocolate color, enhancing the exceptional beauty of this vintage Rolex Daytona. Sans screw-down pushers, this rare and desirable vintage Rolex Daytona made circa 1965 is accompanied by service papers dated May 30, 1995.

1. Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman with Tropical Dial in Steel

This Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman with Tropical Dial in Steel, unarguably one of the most sought-after vintage Rolex sports model today goes on sale at Antiquorum's Important Modern and Vintage Timpieces, this June in New York. Estimated auction price: $70,000 -$100,000

This Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman with Tropical Dial in Steel, unarguably one of the most sought-after vintage Rolex sports model today goes on sale at Antiquorum’s Important Modern and Vintage Timpieces, this June in New York. Estimated auction price: $70,000 -$100,000

Another extraordinary highlight of the  “Important Modern and Vintage Timpieces” Antiquorum auction is the Patek Philippe Ref. 5078 Minute-Repeater with Black Dial in Platinum. Sold in 2010, one of the lesser known but more charming attributes of a Patek Philippe Ref. in platinum is a small diamond in the mid-case at 6 o’clock, differentiating a watch of exceptional material from the more commonplace white gold (or God forbid, mistaken for mirror polished steel) – a visual reminder of the superior exclusivity of this Patek Philippe Minute-Repeater with black lacquer dial. This Patek Ref. 5078 is accompanied by a certificate of origin and a solid platinum case back, which unfortunately, would obscure the view of the superlative finishing (Geneva stripes, guilloche, graining and chamfering of the various components) of the Calibre 27 R PS.

2. Patek Philippe Ref. 5078 Minute-Repeater with Black Dial in Platinum

This Patek Philippe Ref. 5078 Minute-Repeater with Black Dial in Platinum from the Antiquorum auction "Important Modern and Vintage Timpieces" is accompanied by a certificate of origin and a solid platinum case back, which unfortunately, would obscure the view of the superlative finishing on the chiming calibre. Estimated auction price: $250,000 - $350,000

This Patek Philippe Ref. 5078 Minute-Repeater with Black Dial in Platinum from the Antiquorum auction “Important Modern and Vintage Timpieces” is accompanied by a certificate of origin and a solid platinum case back, which unfortunately, would obscure the view of the superlative finishing on the chiming calibre. Estimated auction price: $250,000 – $350,000

Connoisseurs of A. Lange & Sohne will be chomping at the bit for this Antiquorum auction piece, up for grabs – an A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Ref. 704025 Tourbillon in Platinum with Special Ordered Blue Steel Hands. Why? Because this  A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Ref. 704025 is a bonafide rare highlight, the only known example in platinum fitted with blue steel hands. Apparently, it was a bespoke custom order ordained by the late honorary Chairman Walter Lange himself for a special customer. The provenance of this piece is impeccable – from manufacture documentation of special dispensation for this unique A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 reference, preserved in pristine unworn condition complete with original accessories, acquisition of this Lange 1 is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

3. A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Ref. 704025 Tourbillon in Platinum with Special Ordered Blue Steel Hands

Made in 2011, this is an extremely rare A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Ref. 704025 Tourbillon in Platinum with Special Ordered Blue Steel Hands is a unique piece ordained by Walter Lange himself for a special customer. It is the only known example in platinum fitted with blue steel hands; and it can be yours thanks to this Antiquorum auction in June. Estimated auction price: $100,000 - $150,000

Made in 2011, this is an extremely rare A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Ref. 704025 Tourbillon in Platinum with Special Ordered Blue Steel Hands is a unique piece ordained by Walter Lange himself for a special customer. It is the only known example in platinum fitted with blue steel hands; and it can be yours thanks to this Antiquorum auction in June. Estimated auction price: $100,000 – $150,000

Also for sale at the June Antiquorum auction in New York is an unopen and unworn Patek Philippe Ref. 5970 Chronograph Perpetual Calendar in Yellow Gold. Widely considered to be the best watch Patek Philippe ever made due to its balanced proportions, it had a relatively short run from 2004 to 2011 due to the introduction of the in-house calibre 5270. Sold in 2008, this Lemania-based Patek Philippe Ref. 5970 Chronograph Perpetual Calendar in 18K yellow gold with perpetual calendar, moon phases, chronograph and tachymeter is considered by watch collectors to be one of the safer investments when it comes to watch collecting (the piece previously hammered north of US$89 thousand, now they cost double now at Gemnation). The lot offered by Antiquorum comes with the original wooden box, Certificate of Origin, solid 18K yellow gold caseback, setting pin and booklets.

4. Patek Philippe Ref. 5970 Chronograph Perpetual Calendar in 18K yellow gold

The Lemania-based Patek Philippe Ref. 5970 Chronograph Perpetual Calendar in 18K yellow gold is considered by many watch collectors to be one of the safer "investment pieces". Case in point, auction prices have risen from each subsequent auction. Estimated Antiquorum auction price: $90,000 -$130,000

The Lemania-based Patek Philippe Ref. 5970 Chronograph Perpetual Calendar in 18K yellow gold is considered by many watch collectors to be one of the safer “investment pieces”. Case in point, auction prices have risen from each subsequent auction. Estimated Antiquorum auction price: $90,000 -$130,000

Next up, not the most auction friendly (in terms of value appreciation) but definitely one of the more interesting timepieces for bids at Antiquorum’s online auction, the Jean Dunand Shabaka Piece Unique in White Gold, made circa 2007. We find the Jean Dunand Shabaka particularly appealing due to the unique roller-system to indicate calendar information. Its art deco aesthetic is undeniable as is its geometric and angular case. That’s not even counting the minute repeater function. This unusual Antiquorum auction piece is available in large 18K white gold and originally retailed for $515,000. Though it’s not expected to fetch a wealth of bids, it does come as a complete set with original box, certificate, setting tool and instruction set.

5. Jean Dunand Shabaka Piece Unique in White Gold

Not the most auction friendly (in terms of value appreciation) but definitely one of the more interesting timepieces for bids at Antiquorum's online auction, the Jean Dunand Shabaka Piece Unique in White Gold originally retailed for US$515,000 but it's estimated to fetch: $80,000 - $120,000

Not the most auction friendly (in terms of value appreciation) but definitely one of the more interesting timepieces for bids at Antiquorum’s online auction, the Jean Dunand Shabaka Piece Unique in White Gold originally retailed for US$515,000 but it’s estimated to fetch: $80,000 – $120,000

One of the outstanding highlights of rare watches from Antiquorum’s June auction in New York is this amazing openworked Christophe Claret Piece Unique Tourbillon De La Roche In Platinum. A unique piece inspired by Christophe Claret’s acquisition of Chateau De La Roche in the Besancon region of France in September 2005, the Christophe Claret Piece Unique Tourbillon De La Roche is so named for the property of Baron Othon De La Roche, Duke of Athens and a knight of the fourth crusade. Made circa 2005, this is a unique and stunning, platinum and sapphire-set tourbillon wristwatch with a visible one-minute tourbillon regulator movement is made especially intriguing thanks to visible gearwork unobstructed by a dial.

6. Christophe Claret Piece Unique Tourbillon De La Roche In Platinum

The Christophe Claret Piece Unique Tourbillon De La Roche is so named for the property of Baron Othon De La Roche, Duke of Athens and a knight of the fourth crusade. One of the outstanding highlights of rare watches from Antiquorum’s June auction in New York, estimated to fetch $55,000 to $85,000

The Christophe Claret Piece Unique Tourbillon De La Roche is so named for the property of Baron Othon De La Roche, Duke of Athens and a knight of the fourth crusade. One of the outstanding highlights of rare watches from Antiquorum’s June auction in New York, estimated to fetch $55,000 to $85,000

Not exactly a highlight (due to relative availability as far as rare watches go), not exactly a staple but a fan favourite at many rare watch auctions and perhaps one of the most affordable “panda” style Rolex 6263s, Antiquorum has a Rolex Ref. 6263 Big Red in Steel up for bids this June. You’d be remiss to lose out, considering it’s a piece of history at a smidgen more than the price of the new ceramic Daytonas.

7. Rolex Ref. 6263 Big Red in Steel

The June Antiquorum auction in New York has a Rolex Ref. 6263 Big Red in Steel up for bids this June estimated to fetch: $25,000 – 35,000.

The June Antiquorum auction in New York has a Rolex Ref. 6263 Big Red in Steel up for bids this June estimated to fetch: $25,000 – 35,000.

No one ever says no to a Pepsi, especially when it comes in Rolex GMT form, even a Coke fan will acquiesce. A rare and definitely interesting highlight is this Rolex Ref. 6542 GMT Bakelite Bezel with Gilt Tropical Dial in Steel. Made in 1955, it’s in pretty good shape considering that Bakelite bezels have become extremely rare due to their fragility and were often replaced with later metal inserts. This Antiquorum lot up for auction in June still retains its original Bakelite bezel and the dial has turned a beautiful brown color.

8. Rolex Ref. 6542 GMT Bakelite Bezel with Gilt Tropical Dial in Steel

This Antiquorum lot Rolex Ref. 6542 GMT with Gilt Tropical Dial in Steel up for auction in June still retains its original Bakelite bezel and the dial has turned a beautiful brown color. Estimated auction price: $15,000 - $35,000

This Antiquorum lot Rolex Ref. 6542 GMT with Gilt Tropical Dial in Steel up for auction in June still retains its original Bakelite bezel and the dial has turned a beautiful brown color. Estimated auction price: $15,000 – $35,000

Something for the ladies too…

A 1970s, Patek Philippe Ref. 4347 Lady’s Diamond & Yellow Gold wristwatch. The rare and not exactly rectangular, cushion-shaped, 18K yellow gold and diamond lady’s wristwatch with a stunning turquoise dial and integrated 18K yellow gold woven Patek Philippe mesh bracelet.

1970s, Patek Philippe Ref. 4347 Lady’s Diamond & Yellow Gold wristwatch

The Antiquorum for Lots 1-208 will begin at Thursday, June 22, 10am Eastern Daylight Time. You can bid online or attend the preview from 19 to 21 June (11am to 7pm) or be present at the live auction at this address on 22 June:

Antiquorum Auctioneers
805 Third Avenue, 10 fl
New York, NY 10022
Tel (212) 750 -1103
Email: [email protected]

Sotheby’s to auction 26-carat cushion cut diamond from London junk sale

A diamond ring bought for next to nothing in a London junk sale is expected to fetch up to £350,000 ($455,000, 405,000 euros), said Sotheby’s auction house. The owner bought the 26-carat, white diamond ring for £10 in the 1980s and wore it while doing shopping and chores, thinking it was costume jewellery, Sotheby’s said.

“The owner would wear it out shopping, wear it day-to-day. It’s a good-looking ring,” said Jessica Wyndham, head of Sotheby’s London jewellery department. “No one had any idea it had any intrinsic value at all. The majority of us can’t even begin to dream of owning a diamond that large.”

The diamond is thought to have been cut in the 19th century, when the style was to cut to conserve the weight rather than to make it as sparkly as possible, hence its relatively dull brilliance. “It could trick people into thinking it’s not a genuine stone,” said Wyndham. She said the owner, who does not want to be named, brought the ring in after a jeweller told them it could be worth something. She said the owner was “incredibly excited. Anyone would be in this position: it’s a life-changing amount of money. “This is a one-off windfall, an amazing find.”

The ring will be auctioned on June 7 and is expected to fetch between £250,000 and £350,000. Sotheby’s said the owner came forward in the past few months seeking a valuation. “Much to the owner’s surprise, the ring turned out to be a genuine cushion-shaped diamond weighing 26.27 carats with an attractive colour grade of I and impressive clarity grade of VVS2,” the auctioneers said.

The clarity grade “Very, very slightly included 2” is the fourth-highest out of 11, while a colour grading of I means it is near colourless, on the scale from D to Z.

World’s most expensive luxury handbag: Christie’s auctions rare Hermès Birkin Bag for US$380,000

Hermes’ Birkin bags are one of the most highlight sought after luxury fashion items in the world. Hence, there’s no surprise that a diamond-encrusted crocodile-skin Hermes Birkin handbag with white gold details has broken the record for the world’s most expensive ever sold at auction, fetching nearly US$380,000 at a Hong Kong sale. The rare Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 30 went to an unknown phone bidder Wednesday for HK$2.94 million after intense bidding, a spokeswoman for auction house Christie’s told AFP. The new record beat one set last year, also in Hong Kong, by an identical Hermes bag that sold for HK$2.32 million.

Only one or two Diamond Himalayas are created each year globally, making it one of the rarest production runs for handbags, according to Christie’s. “It actually has been rumoured that they will discontinue Himalayas altogether this year, which may be part of the reason that we’ve seen the increase in the value this season,” Matthew Rubinger, Christie’s international head of handbags and accessories division, told AFP.

Designer handbags are increasingly seen as investment opportunities and have become a craze for collectors, taking global auction houses by storm and scoring record prices.

The handmade bag—described by the London-based auctioneers as “the most desirable handbag in existence”—is encrusted with diamonds, while the buckle and trademark mini Hermes padlock are from 18 carat white gold.

The bag was made in 2014 and is from Hermes’ “Birkin” series named after actress and singer Jane Birkin, who was born in Britain and lives in France.

Apollo and Artemis diamond earrings fetch record-breaking $57.4 million at Sotheby’s auction

We previously wrote that this pair of earrings were likely to be the most valuable earrings to appear in auction—and we were right. Two spectacular diamonds— the Apollo Blue and Artemis Pink—mounted as earrings fetched a record $57.4-million (51.8 million euros) at auction on May 16 in Geneva, with an unnamed Asia-based buyer netting both, Sotheby’s said.

After protracted bidding, the flawless and vivid Type IIb diamond “The Apollo Blue” fetched $42.087-million. The equally intensely luminescent “The Artemis Pink” went for $15.33-million, buyers premium included. The earrings were sold as separate lots.

The earrings, named after the twin Greek gods, had respectively been valued at between $38-million and $50-million and $12.5-million and $18-million.The 14.54-carat “Apollo Blue” is the largest gemstone in its category ever to be auctioned and has been cut and polished to a pear shape.

The 16-carat “Artemis Pink” is near identical in shape. It is also one of the world’s most “chemically pure” diamonds, according to the Gemological Institute of America, which experts say gives the stone such a high degree of transparency.

Guernsey auction house sells musician Jerry Garcia’s guitar for charity

One of Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia’s most famous guitars is going back on auction, where it could fetch more than $1 million to back a civil rights group. Known as Wolf, the electric guitar was custom-made by luthier Doug Irwin. Garcia debuted it at a 1973 concert in New York before the instrument — along with Hell’s Angels bikers — became ever-present during the Dead’s perpetual touring.

Dan Pritzker, a music-loving philanthropist who is an heir to the wealthy Chicago family known for the Hyatt hotel chain, bought Wolf for $789,500 from the auction house Guernsey’s in 2002. Pritzker, who occasionally loaned the guitar to musicians, decided to put it back on auction, announcing that all proceeds would go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which wages legal battles against white supremacists and other hate groups.

“He called me three months ago to say he was concerned about the divisive things that are going on in the country and wanted to do something meaningful,” Guernsey’s president Arlan Ettinger said. The Southern Poverty Law Center has voiced alarm at a spike in hate crimes, especially targeting immigrants and Muslims, since President Donald Trump launched his campaign in 2015.

“As extremism moves from the fringe to the mainstream, we have a lot of work to do,” the Alabama-based center’s president, Richard Cohen, said in a statement. “This remarkable act of generosity only strengthens our resolve,” he added of the guitar sale.

Guernsey’s will sell Wolf at a May 31 concert at the Brooklyn Bowl music venue, to which the auction house is hoping to draw major artists. Online bids will also be accepted. Ettinger said it was difficult to estimate Wolf’s sale price, but that it could near record territory.

Wolf was last sold alongside another guitar Irwin made for Garcia, Tiger, which fetched just under $1 million, a record at the time. In 2015, the Gibson on which John Lennon played “Love Me Do” and other early Beatles songs sold for $2.4 million, another record for a historic guitar.

Formed near San Francisco, The Grateful Dead became one of the emblematic bands of the hippie era, drawing “Deadhead” fans who found a sense of community traveling from show to show to experience the ever-evolving jam rock.

Garcia, who died in 1995, bequeathed his famous guitars to Irwin, who had become destitute. After initial objections from the rest of the band, the luthier took control and put the instruments on auction.

Jewellery auctions in Geneva: Christie’s sells heart-shaped diamond $15 million

The largest flawless heart-shaped diamond has sold for nearly $15 million in Geneva on May 17, breaking a world record in its category, auction house Christie’s said.The 92-carat diamond forms the centrepiece of a necklace of cultured pearls.

The sale price of around $14.99 million (around 13.45 million euros) is a world record for heart shaped diamonds, Christie’s spokeswoman Alexandra Kindermann told AFP.

The piece was designed by Boehmer et Bassenge who have taken over the name of one of the greatest French jewellers of the 18th century. It is now run by an Antwerp-based diamond merchant.

The previous record for a heart-shaped diamond was set in 2011 when a 56.15-carat rock sold for $10.9 million.

Bonham’s auctions Mercedes Benz 300SL for over a million in Belgium

The Mercedes-Benz has long been a classic car favourite, boasting sleek lines and finishes that are iconic even today. In true classic car fashion, a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster fetched an astonishing €1,127,000 at a recent Bonhams auction held alongside the Spa-Classic meeting at the Spa-Francorchamps motor racing circuit in Belgium. Originally estimated at €600,000 to €800,000, it is the only model to have broken the €1 million mark.

The 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster was part of a prestigious collection of 12 cars recently discovered in a Swiss château. All of the models were snapped up, for a total of more than two million euros. As well as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, the collection included a 1969 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9-Litre Coupé (which sold for €174,800), a 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible (€172,500) and a 1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Roadster (€111,550).

Of all the lots in the sale, Porsche models reached particularly dizzying heights, with sales including a 1958 356A Super Speedster (€322,000), a 1989 911 3.2-Litre Speedster (€280,000) and a 1993 911 Turbo 3.6-Litre Type 964 Coupé (€195,500). A few Ferraris also changed hands, including a 2006 575 Superamerica F1 (€293,250) and a 1996 F355 Challenge Coupé (€158,500).

The next Bonhams car auction will be held at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, June 30, 2017.

Constantin Brancusi bronze sculpture auctioned for $57 million by Christie’s New York

Sold for an astonishing $57.37 million in New York on Monday was a bronze sculpture welded by Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi. The sculpture of a sleeping woman’s head—”La muse endormie”— by the pioneer of modernism sold after nine minutes of bidding at Christie’s impressionist and modern art sale, kicking off a week of high-profile art auctions expected to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars.

The 1913 sculpture was cast by Constantin Brancusi who spent most of his working career in Paris. Despite being valued pre-sale at $25-35 million, it was snapped up by an anonymous bidder for twice its intended price.

The second top selling lot was a Picasso portrait of his mistress, Dora Maar, called “Femme assise, robe bleue,” painted on the Spanish master’s 58th birthday, which sold for $45 million, Christie’s said.

The oil painting was originally owned by the artist’s friend and gallerist Paul Rosenberg, before being confiscated by the Nazis and being discovered and rescued by Rosenberg’s son.

It was later acquired by US financier, industrialist and art collector George David Thompson. It was valued pre-sale at $35-50 million.

Christie’s and Sotheby’s—the esteemed houses founded in 18th century London—are chasing combined sales of at least $1.1 billion in offering for auction hundreds of contemporary, modern and impressionist works of art this week in New York.

The top estimate for the week is a 1982 “Untitled” by Jean-Michel Basquiat—a skull-like head on a giant canvas in oil-stick, acrylic and spray paint—for which Sotheby’s hopes to smash a new auction record for the US artist at more than $60 million.

Much of the art being offered this season is fresh to market—84 percent of the works offered by Christie’s on Monday had never been offered at auction or have been off the market for 20 years or more. Christie’s said the evening sale of impressionist and modern greats, including Monet, Chagall and Fernand Leger, fetched $289 million.

Buyers from 35 countries registered to bid, with 42 percent American and 23 percent Asian buying by lot, said Jessica Fertig, senior Christie’s specialist in impressionist and modern art.

Picasso holds the world record for the most expensive piece of art sold at auction with his “The Women of Algiers (Version 0)” fetching $179.4 million at Christie’s in New York in 2015.

Christie’s New York auctions Jackie Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank watch

22nd December 1969: Jackie Onassis (1929 – 1994), wife of Greek ship-owner Aristotle Onassis and widow of US president John F Kennedy. (Photo by David Cairns/Express/Getty Images)

The Kennedys are possibly the closest thing that  Americans can call royalty. Having left an undeniable mark in the world of politics, at least one of their members cemented her role as a style star. As one of the most famous and often admired women anything that was once owned by this Kennedy family member is bound to illicit the attention of many. On June 21, Chrisite’s will auction off theJackie Kennedy-Onassis Cartier Tank watch that was once worn by America’s most revered  First Ladies of all time. The timepiece will be a part of the auction house’s Rare Watches and American Icons New York sale.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s timelessness is evident in her classic Cartier Tank, having been gifted to her by her brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill in 1963. The timepiece is a design first created 100 years ago by Louis Cartier, and is engraved with the words “Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 am to 9:35 pm.” The time refers to the start and stop times of the famous 50-Mile Hike in Palm Beach in 1963. Despite the dial having aged and the watch case appearing softer after time, the yellow gold Tank highlights the frequency at which Onassis wore the watch. The watch has been photographed on Onassis‘s wrist an abundance of times while she was alive.

The watch will be auctioned alongside an original painting made by the former First Lady as a gift to her brother-in-law in 1963. Likewise, the painting celebrates the hike as well, mirroring the words on the watch with “February 23, 1963 2:05 am to 9:35 pm / Jackie to Stas with love and admiration”. Both the watch and the painting are the newest artefacts to surface from the Kennedy Presidency in recent years.

John Reardon, International Head of Christie’s Watches comments, “The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank is a watch full of emotion, love and history. Together with Jackie’s painting, these two objects capture the spirit of another era, a time where friendship and the “can-do” optimism of the generation seemed to make anything possible. In this spirit, the consignor has offered to donate a portion of the proceeds to the National Endowment for the Arts. Christie’s Watches proudly offers this truly iconic timepiece and painting on June 21 in our New York Rockefeller Center Saleroom.”

While the estimate for the watch is 60,000—120,000 dollars, it seems likely that it will go for a much higher price.

For more information not he Rare Watches and American Icons event, do visit Christie’s.

Collectible car auction: Porsche reved up their engine at Place Vauban in Paris, France

The finesse of German engineering has created Porsches that are phenomenal fun to drive. However, they have never performed phenomenally well at auctions. Although the technology helps them get around a track quickly, it also ensures that they do not disintegrate into rust. As a result, 86% of all 911s ever built are still on the road. Porsches simply aren’t as elusive as their counterparts, and that’s why the marque has yet to reach the same classic car heights as Ferrari or Aston Martin.

However, all of that is changing. Of the 76 automotive lots included in last week’s sale at Place Vauban in Paris‘s well-heeled seventh arrondissement, 26 were Porsches — the oldest a 1955 356 Pre-A 1600 Speedster and the newest, a 2016 911R with just delivery mileage on the clock. But regardless of age, all of the Porsches up for auction generated huge bidding battles and set records in the process.

An ultra-rare 1988 Porsche 959 Sport went under the hammer for a world record figure of €1,960,000. A prototype convertible 901 from 1964 (the year before Peugeot forced Porsche to rename the car the 911 because of potential copyright infringement) secured a winning bid of €649,600. And the aforementioned speedster also achieved a €369,600 sale price.

However, the big surprises came when essentially modern cars form Stuttgart were offered. A 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3.6 fetched €901,600; a 2010 911 GT3 RSR went for €470.400 (two times its estimate); and a 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet for a phenomenal €1,344,000.

Even a 2016 911R — which six months ago was bought from Porsche for €150,000 — sold for €515,200. “Clearly, Porsche is still the star marque in the ascendance,” said Peter Wallman, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s Europe, referencing the company’s recent London sale last September where a collection of perfectly preserved Porsche 911s went for huge sums.

“That sale was a game changer for Porsche,” explains RM Sotheby’s spokesperson Peter Hynes “Those cars went for what can only be described as ‘crazy money,’ the likes of which the market had never seen before.”

Wednesday’s results suggest that the London sale was no flash in the pan and that demand for Porsche is about to hit a peak. And we won’t have to wait long to see if this trend is set to continue. At Amelia Island, on March 10-11 there will be a further 22 Porsches going up for auction.

Auctions in Paris, France: Piasa to sell furniture, paintings and sculptures by famous artists and designers

Luis Barragán furniture set (Photo credit: Piasa)

On 22 February 2017, Parisian auction house Piasa will sell a private Belgian collection packed with treasures from some of the biggest names in art and design. All of the items up for sale can be viewed at the auctioneer’s premises in the French capital from 16 to 22 February.

Luis Barragán

The most exceptional lot in the sale is without a doubt a rare set of two benches and a table by Luis Barragán, the Mexican architect who died in 1988 and who won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1980. The set of furniture comes from his most iconic project “La Cuadra San Cristobal,” an estate with a main house and stables. The benches are estimated at €25,000 to €35,000 each and the table is estimated at between €70,000 and €90,000.

Franz West

The work of Franz West is partway between furniture and sculpture. One of his standout pieces, the “Swivel” office chair, is estimated to fetch €10,000 to €15,000 when it goes under the hammer.

“Flag Halyard Chair” by Hans Wegner (Photo credit: Piasa)

Hans J. Wegner

Work from Danish designer Hans J. Wegner also features in the catalog, with two armchairs up for grabs. “Valet Chair” is estimated at €6,000 to €9,000 while “Flag Halyard Chair” is estimated at €8,000 to €12,000.

Carl Auböck

Carl Auböck was one of the main icons of Austrian modernism. This former Bauhaus student, who died in 1957, stood out by crafting small items in a style far removed from the dominant Art Deco look that was fashionable in the 1920s.

Andy Warhol

The few artworks in the collection include Warhol‘s instantly recognizable “Campbell’s Tomato Soup,” estimated to sell for €20,000 to €30,000.

Takis

The sale also features work by less well-known artists, such as the sculptor Takis, whose two light-based creations are estimated to sell for €5,000 to €9,000.

Designer bicycle: Limited edition Gucci ‘Guccissima’ bicycle from 2005 goes up for sale

For those who remember a time when Tom Ford was the creative mind behind Gucci, you may recall that the designer had created more than just designer clothes. Prior to his departure from the Italian label, the designer produced what is now known as the Gucci ‘Guccissima’ Limited Edition 2005 bicycle. For those who would love to get their hands on anything vintage and unique, then this may just be your chance.

According to Cope & Cabrera, who happens to have just one of the bicycle’s as a part of its private collection, this is the first time that one is up for auction. Hand-crafted and a work of art that few will be able to call their own, the bicycle features all the signature Gucci characteristics. From the signature leather seat that showcases the chocolate brown shade that Gucci is known for to the seat pack that is fitted with a buckle enclosure and a double pannier travel bag, no detail has been left to chance.

The metallic bronze frame of the bicycle also displays the signature stripes of Gucci and has the large double-G emblems throughout. If that was not enough, the brand even engraved ‘GG’ on the bell. The bicycle has been on display for eight years now and is said to be in near perfect condition Though, should you wish to own the Gucci ‘Guccissima’ bicycle, be sure to part with a cool US$11,676 — a small price really for something that is expertly crafted.

To learn more about how to get your hands on the Gucci ‘Guccissima’ bicycle, visit Vestiaire Collective for more information.

Emperor Qianlong’s Chinese imperial seal from the 18th century sells for 21 million euros at auction

The auction house of Drouot recently announced the sale of an 18th century Chinese imperial seal that made the headlines for more than just its historical value. Fetching 21 million euros, the rare stamp in red and beige nephrite jade had a final price tag that was over 20 times its estimate.

Believed to have been from the Qianlong period between 1736 to 1795, the stamp was owned by Emperor Qianlong, the longest serving emperor in chinese history. Nine dragons on the sides of the seal symbolise the emperor’s masculine power and imperial authority. The new owner happens to be an unnamed Chinese collector who won a furious bidding war.

The seal was acquired in the late 19th century by a young French naval doctor in China and had remained in the family since. The doctor built an impressive collection during his many visits to China. Other items that went under the hammer from the same collection, included two paintings from Japanese master Katsushika Hokusai. The paintings, “36 views of Mount Fiji” and “Big wave at Kanagawa” were expected to fetch 30,000 euros.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: Rare Harry Potter book handwritten by J.K. Rowling auctioned for $467,000

A rare collection of fairytales handwritten by J.K. Rowling as a gift to her “Harry Potter” publisher sold for nearly £370,000 at a UK auction.

The copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard reached $467,000 (£368,750 or 439,700 euros) in the sale at Sotheby’s auction house in London on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. The collection of fairytales was given to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and contained clues that helped the Harry Potter and his friends defeat the evil Lord Voldemort.

The copy auctioned this week was given in 2007 to publisher Barry Cunningham, who gave his backing to the first “Harry Potter” book and thus launched a global literary craze.

“To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell… THANK YOU,” Rowling wrote at the front of the book.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: Hand-Written Harry Potter History (Credit: Sothesby's)

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: Hand-Written Harry Potter History (Credit: Sothesby’s)

The collection is bejewelled with semi-precious stones and features a sterling silver mounted skull on the cover.

Rowling wrote a total of six copies of the tales by hand, which were given to those most closely connected to the “Harry Potter” series, while a seventh book was written for sale at a charity auction.

That copy raised £1.95 million at the Sotheby’s auction in 2007, which was donated to Rowling’s children’s charity Lumos.

Intense interest in the wizarding world continues nearly two decades after Rowling’s first of seven volumes, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, was published in 1997.

Earlier this year a 1930s-era oak chair on which Rowling sat while writing the first two “Harry Potter” books sold for $394,000 through Heritage Auctions.

Rowling received the chair — one of a mismatched set of four — free when she was a young single mother living in subsidised housing in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.

Watch Sotheby’s wizardly storyteller read from The Tales of Beedle the Bard below:

Artcurial Rétromobile 2017 Auction

Eight of the vehicles going under the hammer this year come from the prestigious collection of Hervé and Martine Ogliastro. These include an exceptional Delahaye 135 Sport Roadster by Figoli & Falaschi (estimated at €1.2 to €1.8 million) and a Bugatti 57 Atalante convertible (estimated at €1 to €1.5 million).

Other outstanding classic cars expected to break the €1 million mark include a 1939 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet by Figoni & Falaschi (estimated at €1.2 to €1.6 million) and a 1936 Talbot T150C (estimated at €1 to €1.5 million). Fans of sporty rides can snap up a 1957 Osca 273 S Spider (estimated at €500,000 to €800,000) or the famous Renault 5 Turbo with which Jean Ragnotti won the Tour de Corse rally on the island of Corsica in 1982 (estimated at €300,000 to €500,000).

1939 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet

This 1939 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet by Figoni & Falaschi is estimated at €1.2 to €1.6 million.

However, the model that’s really expected to send bids through the roof is a 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa Scaglietti, a competition racer previously driven by champions such as Giuseppe “Nino” Farina and Raymond Sommer. Artcurial hasn’t yet provided a price estimate for this model.

Visitors to the Rétromobile classic car show in the French capital will be able to admire all these vehicles at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition center from February 8 to 10, 2017.

1957 Osca 273 S Spider

This 1957 Osca 273 S Spider is estimated at €500,000 to €800,000.
© Artcurial
Artcurial Motorcars – Vente Rétromobile du 10 février 2017

Other models are likely to be added to the sale before the catalog listing closes December 15, 2016.

In 2016, the Artcurial auction at Rétromobile set a new worldwide auction record when a 1957 Ferrari 335 S sold for €32.1 million (including costs and taxes).

The 42nd Rétromobile classic car show runs February 8 to 12, 2017, at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, France.

For Sale by Swann Galleries: Rare Le Corbusier Book

The first edition of Polychromie Architecturale: Die Farbenklaviaturen by acclaimed architect Le Corbusier will be up for auction Thursday, December 1 at Swann Galleries in New York.

Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier became one of the most influential figures in the design industry. Even in the contemporary age, his reputation is still very much evident, with 17 of his constructions added to UNESCO’s heritage list this year.

Polychromie Architecturale: Die Farbenklaviaturen, Le Corbusier’s collection of ‘color keyboards’, was initially published in the 1920s. The publication acted as a color guide for customers of Swiss wallpaper manufacturer Salubra so that they could find and match colors for their interior designs. Inside the book are wallpaper samples and 12 pages dedicated to 43 color shades, with interactive sliding panels so readers can visualize the combinations of different hues.

Le Corbusier, Die Farbenklaviaturen von Le Corbusier, color sample book, first edition, Basel, 1931. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500. © Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.

Le Corbusier, Die Farbenklaviaturen von Le Corbusier, color sample book, first edition, Basel, 1931. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.
© Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.

Le Corbusier had his own unique color theory, which suggested that colors can be divided into three groups. Constructive natural pigments, which helped to change space perceptions, Dynamic synthetic pigments for emotional contrast and Transitional transparent synthetic colors that could change appearance without affecting volume.

Each color was believed to have its own function, from weight, depth perception and unity to psychological effects. Le Corbusier would use these color theories to create two series for the Swiss wallpaper company, one featuring plain color combinations and the other with bold, large-scale graphic shapes.

Le Corbusier, Die Farbenklaviaturen von Le Corbusier, color sample book, first edition, Basel, 1931. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500. © Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.

Le Corbusier, Die Farbenklaviaturen von Le Corbusier, color sample book, first edition, Basel, 1931. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.
© Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.

The Swann Galleries in New York are confident of a successful sale of the rare “Polychromie Architecturale: Die Farbenklaviaturen,” expected to go for up to $3,500.

www.swanngalleries.com/news/2016/11/le-corbusier-color-theory-sample-book/

Anne Frank Poem Fetches $148,400: Dutch Auction

Anne Frank Poem Fetches $148,400: Dutch Auction

A very rare handwritten poem by Jewish diarist Anne Frank was sold for 140,000 euros ($148,400) to an unnamed online bidder Wednesday, fetching almost three times its reserve price.

Auctioneers closed the sale after just two minutes of tense bidding at the Bubb Kuyper auction house in the western Dutch city of Haarlem.

Around 20 collectors took their seats in a sales room decorated with antique books, maps and illustrations while others bid by telephone and online.

The reserve price was set at 30,000 euros ($31,000).

“Over the last 40 years, only four or five documents signed by the teenager have gone under the hammer,” Bubb Kuyper co-director Thys Blankevoort said.

Dedicated to “Dear Cri-cri,” the poem, written in Dutch in black ink on a notebook-size piece of white paper which has slightly discoloured with age, is signed “in memory, from Anne Frank.”

Frank wrote the 12-line text, dated March 28, 1942, in a friendship book belonging to the older sister of her best friend only three months before she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

“The Diary of a Young Girl,” which Frank penned while in hiding from June 1942 to August 1944 has sold more than 30 million copies in 67 languages.

She died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany in early 1945 less than a year after the Nazis captured her and just before the end of World War II.

A series of letters between Anne and her sister Margot with American penpals sold for $165,000 in 1988. And a 1925 edition of Grimm’s fairy tales, with both girls’ names written on the title page, went for $62,500 in May in a New York auction — fetching twice the estimated price.

Most Expensive: Eiffel Tower Stairs Set Record

Most Expensive: Eiffel Tower Stairs Set Record

A section of stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris sold for more than half a million euros, auctioneers said Wednesday – more than 10 times the pre-sale estimate. Yes, the estimate on this was 40,000 euros.

The 14 wrought-iron steps from a winding staircase between the second and third floors of the Paris landmark went for 523,800 euros ($556,000) after furious bidding at the sale in the French capital.

Auction house Artcurial said the dramatic sale on Tuesday had “unleashed the passions” of several international buyers, with bids rising rapidly from 20,000 euros, leaving the aforementioned 40,000 euro estimate far behind.

The prize eventually fell to a telephone bid from an Asian buyer.

Auctioneer Francois Tajan said “the battle over the phone and in the auction room for the stairs showed the profound attachment there is for a monument that is so emblematic of French culture.”

The stairs date from 1889 when the legendary French engineer Gustave Eiffel built the 324-meter (1,063-foot) edifice as the centerpiece of the Paris Universal Exhibition.

It soon became the most iconic feature on the Paris skyline, and is France’s most visited monument despite suffering calls for its demolition in the years after the exhibition.

It is still the country’s third tallest structure, and was the highest building in the world for 41 years until the construction of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930.

The stairs were removed from the tower in 1983 to make way for a lift and cut into 24 sections, ranging from two to nine meters high.

Several were bought by museums while others ended up in the gardens of the Yoshii Foundation at Yamanashi in Japan, beside the Statue of Liberty in New York and at Walt Disney World in Florida, next to its copy of the Eiffel Tower.

Artcurial sold a larger 3.5-meter section of 19 steps for 220,000 euros in 2013.

Tajan said he was particularly “moved by the sale… having watched the first sale of the staircases in 1983 which was presided over by my father Jacques Tajan.”

Although the Eiffel Tower stairs fetched “an exceptional price”, the highest from the sale of Art Deco artifacts was four monumental sculptures by Georges Saupique which went for 1.24 million euros.

Saupique is best known for his bust of Marianne, the woman who symbolizes the French republic.