George Washington letter sells for $3.2M

A letter penned by George Washington praising the new Constitution sold for $3.2 million at an auction, the highest price for a letter by America’s first president. The four-page letter was written in 1787 to the president’s nephew, Bushrod Washington, and urges adoption of the country’s new constitution. Last year, a 1864 letter in which [...]


“Vivid pink” diamond sells for record $10.8 million

A ring with a pink diamond the size of a chickpea was auctioned off for a record HK$83.5 million ($10.8 million) in Hong Kong on Tuesday. “Vivid Pink,” as it’s called, is a five-carat stone flanked by two white diamonds and set in a ring by elite jeweler Graff. It hails from a private collection. [...]


Second Largest Pearl Auctioned Off by Bonhams

Bonhams will auction off what is believed to be the world’s second-largest documented pearl, a five-pound gem found off the coast of the Philippines. Dubbed the “Palawan Princess,” the gem is next to the 14-pound “Pearl of Allah” in size that was also found off the coastal waters of the Philippines. The natural non-nacreous pearl [...]

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White Truffle Sold in Italy for a Record $150,000

A 750-gramme white truffle from northern Italy sold for 100,000 euros ($150,000) during an auction at the end of the 79th White Truffle Festival of Alba. The Piedmont region, where Alba is located, is considered to have the best ‘tartufo bianco’ (white truffles) in the world.


Ferrari 599 China Edition Auctioned in Beijing

A one-off Ferrari on which we reported last month has been auctioned off for $1.77 million, including taxes. The Ferrari 599 China was snapped up by an anonymous, silent auction participant based in Shanghai. The one-off Fiorano was hand painted by Chinese artist Lu Hao with a pattern reminiscent of the sought-after Ge Liln porcelain [...]


La Tour d’Argent’s Big Wine Auction

The Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris is to sell 18,000 bottles of wine and spirits in an auction which is expected to raise about a million euros.

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