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Picasso sets a record at Rockefeller’s first auction sale

The opening evening sale of works from The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller has attracted much interest internationally, as avid art collectors big eagerly to new world auction records for a number of the most revered artists of the past 150 years.

Gallery assistants with the Picasso painting Young Girl with a Flower Basket, which fetched $115m, the second-highest price at auction for the artist. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/EPA

Campaigning the list was Picasso’s Young Girl with a Flower Basket, sold for US$115 million, part of the total $646m haul at the first day of the Rockefeller auction.

The Fillette à la corbeille fleurie, from 1905, is the artist’s second highest at auction. Initially sold by Picasso to famed writer Gertrude Stein, who lived in Paris in the early 1900s, this rare piece of art has befriended many famous painters and writers, before it arrived in David Rockefeller’s Manhattan townhouse in 1968 for the subsequent decades.

David Rockefeller was the last surviving grandson of the Standard Oil founder John D Rockefeller when he died in March 2017 at the age of 101, while Peggy passed in 1996. The couple that have married for more than half a century, amassed a celebrated collection of art, furniture, ceramics, statuary and decor, alongside items passed down from previous Rockefeller generations.

Claude Monet’s Nymphéas en fleur sold for $84,687,500 in The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: 19th and 20th Century Art,8 May at Christie’s in New York

Some of the most anticipated works on the auction list, including the Odalisque couchée aux magnolias by Henri Matisse and Nymphéas en fleur from the famed water series by Claude Monet also fetched incredible prices, both setting a new world auction records for the respective artists.

Christie’s employees taking bids. Most of the winner bid by phone or online. Credit: Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

The world-class private art collection raised over $646m in New York on Tuesday, with sales were due to continue on Wednesday and Thursday. The 3-day long auction has 1,600-items listed – a once-in-a-generation chance for global collectors to buy some of the most significant artworks still in private hands.

With a rough estimate of around 50 attendees at the bid, 30 or so Christie’s staff operated phone banks for those calling in. A screen at the back of the auction room indicated if the bid came online, along with the geographical origin of the bidder. Unsurprisingly, most of the winning bids came from outside the room.

“This is not just a New York event,” says Jonathan Rendell, Christie’s deputy chairman. “It’s a world event. It is an exceptional sale.”

The auction is estimated to raise US$1bn in total, the first of its kind to do so. All estate proceeds from the sales will benefit selected charities that Peggy and David supported in their lifetime.

The Grand Mazarin Sold at Christie’s

My Highlight of 2017: The Grand Mazarin

A dazzling historic coloured diamond, Le Grand Mazarin, was sold at a price of CHF14,375,000 recently at Christie’s in Geneva. Christie’s described the Mazarin diamond, as a “perfect 19.07 carat pink diamond” which was a royal treasure once owned by generations of French kings, queens, emperors and empresses, before disappearing into private hands.

Jean-Marc Lunel, Senior Jewellery Specialist at Christie’s in Geneva said they received a call one day, inviting them to view “an unspecified historic diamond” in a private house in Europe. “When the client unwrapped a piece of old parcel paper to reveal this beautiful pink diamond in front of my colleagues Jessica Koers and Max Fawcett, they were completely stunned,” recalled Lunel.

This brilliantly cut diamond was sourced from an old mine, Lunel recounted, “Mesmerised, our jewellery historian Vanessa Cron began looking through old family records, tracing the diamond’s history.”

Christie’s specialist discovered the importance of the stone’s rediscovery

For Lunel, being able to hold such an important piece of French royal history in his hands was unbelievable. The specialist continued to explain why this gem would be one of the most important stones they had ever offered.

“After spending 225 years as part of the French Crown Jewels, the stone was offered in an infamous 1887 sale, which saw the royal treasury broken up and dispersed. It had not been seen at public auction since.

“Although Christie’s has previously had the privilege of selling pieces that were at one point part of the French Crown Jewels, I knew this would be one of the most important stones we had ever offered,” said Lunel.

On the day of the auction, the atmosphere was intense as the hammer finally fell at USD14, 463,493 — underlining the stone’s allure.

The Art of de GRISOGONO, ‘Creation 1’ Necklace secured a Record price of USD 33,701,000 at the recent Christie’s Jewels sale

Fourteen highly-skilled artisans spent about 1,700 hours creating this astonishing necklace with Fawaz Gruosi guiding the process from the cutting of the rough stone to the sublimely luxurious. The final finish of this 163.41 carats emerald-cut diamond is GIA-certified.

Christie’s auction house broke the industry record as ‘The Art of de GRISOGONO, Creation 1’ necklace went through a hammer price level of CHF 33,500,000 (USD 33,701,000), at the recent magnificent Christie’s Jewels sale in Geneva.

Designed by Fawaz Gruosi, Founder and Creative Director of de GRISOGONO, this awe-inspiring and bedazzling masterpiece has impeccable credentials with traceable history from the mine to the completion of such masterpiece, and is compliant with the Kimberley Process certification authority.

The jewel features a 163.41-carat Flawless D-Colour diamond, cut from the historical 404-carat diamond and extracted from the Lulo mine in Angola, which is a listed Australian mining company called Lucapa Diamond Company.

While this sales break came as a celebratory news for de GRISOGONO as the company added another exciting milestone to its success, Fawaz Gruosi, Founder and Creative Director of de GRISOGONO enthused: “This auction marks a high point for de GRISOGONO and the team that have worked so tirelessly to bring this incredible stone to life in this beautiful piece, Creation 1.”

The Flawless D-Colour diamond was the largest ever emerald-cut diamond offered at auction. “I am truly privileged to have had the opportunity to work with a historic stone of such perfection and would thank everyone who has taken part in this beautiful journey from mine to masterpiece,” he continued.

The previous breaking sales record price for a D Flawless Diamond was US$30,600,000, which was a 404-carat rough diamond acquired from the Lulo mine by de GRISOGONO’s strategic partner, international rough diamond trader Nemesis, who granted the marketing rights of this incredible stone to de GRISOGONO.

As part of de GRISOGONO’s partner, Nemesis will be donating one per cent of its total hammer price money collected from the sale of ‘Creation 1’ to the foundation Fundação Brilhante, as part of its effort in supporting the local communities in mining areas.

The foundation Fundação Brilhante is established as a unique channel to champion social change through corporate responsibility activities and create a strong synergy with its partners in areas of social and cultural causes.

View the short documentary demonstrating the various stages involved in the piece’s crafting and de GRISOGONO’s inimitable expertise at https://theartofdegrisogono.com.


Christie’s London Auction of the “The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn” Part I fetches over £6 million

An employee poses at a dressing table during a preview of Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection at Christie’s auction house in London.

Film scripts, Givenchy gowns and a Tiffany bangle engraved with a personal message from Steven Spielberg: these are some of the items that make up “The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn”, which went on sale at Christie’s auction house on September 27. The auction was only the first part of a two-part sale, but the featured 246 lots realized £4,635,500 ($6.21 million) altogether.

Hepburn’s belongings had been put up by her family after they scoured through the attic of the late actress’s Swiss home. Hepburn’s son, Luca Dotti, noted that his mother “was not a collector but she kept every little bits and pieces for sentimental reasons.”

The memorabilia made up for much more than a yard sale, however. Among the over 500 lots were an array of clothes and accessories such as earrings, gloves and sunglasses that belonged to Hepburn. This includes some of the Hollywood icon’s glamorous dresses that had been designed especially for her by Valentino and Givenchy, the latter with whom she had shared a close relationship.

Hepburn’s working script for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” sold for £632,750, breaking the world auction record for a film script.

The real stars of the auction were the British actress’s scripts for films that she is famous for, most notably the 1961 classic, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. The script for the film, which includes deleted scenes and hand-written notes by Hepburn in her signature turquoise ink, became the top-selling item when it was sold for £632,750 — breaking the world auction record for a film script. It far surpassed the range of £60,000 and £90,000 that it was estimated to make.

Hepburn’s working script for the 1964 film, “My Fair Lady”, fetched an impressive £206,250; a Cecil Beaton silver print photograph of the actress as Eliza Doolittle from the same film fetched £93,750, well above its estimate of £2,000 to £3,000.

The auction also featured more personal pieces. A 1969 oil on canvas painting by Hepburn entitled “My Garden Flowers” went for £224,750. The final lot of the night was an engraved Tiffany bangle from the late 1980s, given to Hepburn by film director Steven Spielberg, that bore the message “You are my ‘inspiration’ Always, Steven”. It fetched £332,750, almost a hundred times more than its estimated value of £3,000 to £5,000.

The Audrey Hepburn auction saw Christie’s highest online participation for any sale to date, while the London pre-sale exhibition of lots drew in more than 12,000 visitors. As stated by Christie’s director of private collections Adrian Hume-Sayer, “She is one of the greatest icons in the history of film and the incredible result so far, for part one of the collection, is a testament to her enduring appeal.”

The online bidding for the second part of the sale will remain open on Christie’s website until October 4.

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




Christie’s auction, Amsterdam: Former Kamerbeek Collection features Dutch painters

On June 12, Christie’s will hold an auction in Amsterdam to sell the Former Kamerbeek Collection, containing over 100 pieces by both well and lesser-known late 19th century and early 20th century Dutch painters.The Former Kamerbeek collection contains Impressionist, Modern, Romantic and a handful of Realist paintings. Built by Cees and Jarmila Kamerbeek with the intention of amassing a collection that would present an overview of 150 years of Dutch art, the Former Kamerbeek Collection is now being sold with a number of particularly exciting pieces.

Highlights of the sale

Bart van der Leck (1876 – 1958) | ‘Moeder met kind,’ 1921

Pieces by the De Stijl art movement founders Bart van der Leck (such as his 1921 piece “Moeder met kind” – Mother and Child) and Piet Mondrian (“Flowering tree” sketch, 1912), as well as work by the pioneering Post-Impressionist Jan Sluijters will be up for sale at the auction, but the true star of the show is set to be Isaac Israels’ “Café dansant, Moulin de la Galette,” estimated at €300,000 -500,000. Not only does the “Moulin” have a high estimate because of its painter, but because it depicts the famous Parisian dance hall often frequented by Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Other pieces by Israels to come under the hammer include “Sjaantje van Ingen reading” (estimated at €100-150,000) and “An elegant lady on the Thames” (estimated at €120-180,000.) Israels was the son of two of the Netherlands’ most respected artists, immediately becoming a child prodigy, entering art school in The Hague aged just 13. Israels‘ lifelong friend and fellow artist George Hendrik Breitner also has work in the Former Kamerbeek Collection.

Lesser known Dutch painters

The collection does not consist entirely of world-famous names, and as such still offers opportunities for amateur art enthusiasts. Albert Fiks, Hendrik Jan Wolter, Tony Offermans and Willem Carel Nakken, for example, may be known in their home country, but have yet to become names on the international art auction circuit.

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.

10 rules for acquiring art from curators, art experts and auctioneers in Asia

Nick Knight “Jill Sander, 1992”

An agent of aesthetic pleasure, a symbolic reflection of personal psyche, cultural and historical context, and even a secure store of value resistant to economic fluctuations, art is an epitome of financial success and the harbourer of emotional and intellectual reward.

The art world today has undergone many changes from times past. Traditional epicentres such as New York and Paris, are giving way to new hubs across in the East where Asian art is quickly seeing a rise in prominence and significance. Collectors themselves are developing greater interest and participation in the international art market, traversing from fair to fair, to biennials, galleries and auctions. The industry has gone global, and the process of selecting art can be a daunting one for both the novice and the expert. After all, what is one to do with a growing circuit of exhibitions, events and artists each presenting a vast collection of creative and exemplary work?

As we enter a new calendar, and season, of exciting showcases both regionally and abroad, PALACE speaks to the experts to find out what the leaders in the industry have to say about how best to purchase and collect art. From consulting with art specialists and advisors to gallerists and auction professionals, we hope that you’ll be inspired with our guide of 10 golden rules to acquiring art right.


Buying or collecting art can be regarded as a journey and process that can enrich one’s life, and create new, meaningful memories according to Sandy Ma, Head of Phillips’ Hong Kong Evening Sale. As a specialist in Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art, she advises that rather than thinking of art solely as an investment piece, “be sure to buy something you love and would want to live with; something of the greatest possible quality”. For Nicole Tee, General Manager of Christie’s South East Asia, buying art should be a form of “passion investment”. “We recommend buyers or collectors to pick pieces that they would get aesthetic pleasure from”, she says. “That way”, she adds, “the piece of art will have ‘longevity’ in the eyes of the collector”.

Another important thing is to buy the best within your budget. “Different artists or art styles command different price bands, and it is far better to buy the top pieces of a certain artist (even if he or she may be less well-known) than the lower-quality pieces of the hottest artist”, says Nicole. Though another benefit of collecting art may be the prospect of a good investment return, it is best to buy for love and according to Lee, to view any investment upside as a plus.


Japan and Hong Kong have always been strong art markets, and in more recent years, China”, observes Stéphane Le Pelletier, Director of Opera Gallery Asian Pacific. He cites South East Asian art in particular, traditionally dominated by Indonesian art, as increasingly gaining attention in the international art market. Additionally, Ma notes that over at Phillips’ Hong Kong, “we are seeing an ever-growing demand for contemporary art in the region, as demonstrated by the proliferation of private museums in China, with international institutions, mega-galleries and leading art fairs bringing the highest quality works to the region”.

With the continued globalisation of the art market, collectors themselves are becoming progressively sophisticated, causing traditional boundaries within art to blur. “We see them going for cross-category works from diverse areas such as, Impressionist and Modern pictures, Post-War Contemporary Art, 20th Century Decorative Art, and Asian Art, just to name a few”, says Lee. “Lovers of Chinese contemporary art are increasingly open to contemporary art of other regions, as they start to appreciate the cross-regional themes, and view this genre of artwork as merely ‘contemporary’ (vs. Post-War Contemporary, SE Asian Contemporary, etc.)”, she explains.

Andre Braseilier, “Chevaux Sous Les Arbes”


There is no fixed formula to purchasing art, though building one’s knowledge is crucial to making informed acquisitions. “Educating oneself comes first”, Ma emphasises. “Start by exploring, visit museums, galleries, fairs and auctions to figure out what style you like. Research is also essential and it is important to read up on an artist to see if they have sales history”, she adds.

Having a good eye is also an important aspect according to Emily Johnston, Managing Director of Larkspur Art Specialists. “Training your eye comes from looking at a great range of art and looking closely enough to understand how the artwork was made”, she says. That way, one acquires a good instinct for what is trending, and it would be simpler to identify things like when an emerging artist or art movement is in demand.


Everyone could use some expert help, especially when it comes to selecting valuable art pieces or expanding a collection, something that Ma believes occurs naturally for a collection represents different stages of a collector’s life, and recurring themes may sometimes require some assessing.

“When you begin to spend a decent amount on art, you should hire a consultant”, Johnston says. “It takes time to navigate the intricacies of the market and work out whether something will make a good purchase. Art consultants are independent and their job is to show you a wide range of art and to do thorough research so that you can make a well-informed decision. They should also be able to negotiate a discount on your behalf”.

Similarly, art specialists offer invaluable advice from evaluating works of art, to providing in-depth colour of the artist and where the piece of work falls within his oeuvre, to offering price guidance, says Lee. Gallerists can also assist clients in looking for art specific to their liking, and are extremely useful for those looking to develop their collection. “To progress from collecting out of liking to collecting with a consideration of the investment value of the artwork requires in-depth knowledge of the artists and their portfolio, supply and demand etc.”, says Le Pelletier. “All these require time and effort to monitor, and the expertise to analyse the information, so expert advice from a gallerist will be preferred”, he concurs.


Nicole Lee highlights some key factors to take note of before making an art purchase.

MEDIUM – The materials used can determine the value of an art piece. For example, oil paintings are generally more valuable than works on paper and prints.

CONDITION – Look at the condition of pieces and request for condition reports. Make sure that the art you are looking at is in good condition and built to last.

PERIOD – Identify the period or movement an art piece is from, and consider if it was created when the artist was at his/her peak, or when they were not at their best, or even during an iconic period from the artist.

FRESHNESS TO THE MARKET – The art market is affected by the primary art market, where new art comes to the market for the first time, and the secondary market, for existing art that has been sold at least once before. The prices for which a work was sold in the primary market usually has a direct bearing on the work’s value in the secondary market.

PROVENANCE – Ensure that the provenance of the piece has been verified before you proceed with a purchase. Good provenance increases an art piece’s collectability, desirability, market value, and also proves that it is by the artist.


There is no fixed philosophy to building an art collection, though having strategy and a focus on aspects such as a common theme or subject matter, is key. Johnston urges collectors to specialise in art from a region, or from a particular period. “Without specialising”, she adds, “it can be difficult to develop your expertise and your art collection will feel disconnected. By specialising you will also form good relationships with the most relevant dealers”.

Alternatively, a collection can be motivated by links between artists. “My collecting philosophy is more focused on breadth than depth”, Lee comments. “I am particularly passionate about pieces where you see the soul of the artist reflected, for example, the vitality and energy of abstract artists like Richter and de Kooning manifested in their techniques; the angst of artists like Hendra Gunawan that reflect in the subject matter of their work; or the mental state of Yayoi Kusama that drove her to create her iconic Infinity Nets motif”.


“Anyone buying art should be driven first and foremost by the art itself, and we highly encourage collectors to live with their artworks”, says Ma. However, it is also important that artworks are displayed in an appropriate setting, be it indoors or outdoors. For works on paper, it is important that the artworks are framed using acid-free mounts, says Johnston. “These mounts reduce the amount of moisture entering the paper and prevents discolouration”, she explains. Le Pelletier also recommends storing and displaying art in a well ventilated or even air-conditioned environment x to counter the humidity of the South east Asian climate. Most importantly, he cautions, “do not expose artwork to direct sunlight”. To protect art pieces, consider having a UV Plexiglas when getting them framed in order to impede colour fading.

Another thing, glaringly obvious perhaps, but be sure to have the right property and space for your art. When displaying pieces in the home, consider the total height of the work, any adjustments to be made for furniture, as well as the overall space that you envision the piece to be placed in. Larger artworks may be a more suitable focal point in bigger areas and on wider walls. For smaller works, experiment with a salon-style arrangement modelled after 18th and 19th century Parisian salons, where individual pieces are hung in a cohesive cluster with the central frame as the main focus. This way, attention is given to the collective effect as a whole.

Alternatively, try out a geometric- style with same size works and frames laid out symmetrically and precisely on a wall. Ultimately, displaying a mix of large and smaller art pieces creates a more interactive experience for the viewer, with certain works requiring closer attention in order for its intricacies to be fully appreciated.


Lin Fengmian, “Fishing Harvest”

Auctions are excellent platforms for purchasing art, and are perfect for every level of buyer. They are a curated selection of art pieces that represent a certain level of quality and recognition in the art world, and “with online auctions growing in importance, new collectors have growing accessibility to a repertoire of offerings across different categories (prints, photographs, interiors, paintings, etc.) and price points”, explains Lee.

In order to become familiar with the auction process, do spend time researching on categories or pieces of work that catch your interest. Start by visiting auction sites to see what is coming up for sale, and browse auction house catalogues for information about the pieces that are up for bidding, says Nicole. It is also advisable to view the items you are interested in. Public viewing usually takes place three to four days before the sale date, and interested buyers are welcome to preview the lots and speak to specialists to get further information and perspectives.

For seasoned collectors looking for certain art pieces to complete their collection, auctions are useful channels into the secondary market, with auction houses bearing an extensive client network. Should you have a specific work in mind, private sales can be arranged by an auction house as well, where buyer and seller are connected outside of the auction room, and the details of the process remains undisclosed. Private sales are conducted with a tailored approach and can happen at all times of the year, while auctions are held at specific timings, says Lee.


Looking around art fairs and exhibitions is important for those who desire to hone or fine-tune their taste and preference for art. They provide excellent exposure for both artists and galleries alike, enabling them to reach out to a wider group of art lovers and collectors, says Le Pelletier.

The international art calendar is filled with plenty of such events bringing together hundreds of dealers and exhibitors in one location. A good place to start is at major art fairs both in the region and overseas. For example, Art Stage Singapore (January), TEFAF (March, May, October), Art Basel (March), the original Art Basel in Switzerland (June), Frieze London (October), and Art Stage Jakarta (August). For those interested in auctions, Nicole recommends Christie’s First Open in Hong Kong in March, where emerging artists and artworks are offered at accessible price points.


 The rapid growth of the digital marketplace has changed the way that art is being viewed, marketed, and acquired. Information is now instantaneously shared to a global audience via social media platforms like Instagram and WeChat, and E-commerce as well as digital sales have become effective methods of connecting to international art buyers. For example, “through Christie’s LIVE, clients can bid in a live auction via their computers”, shares Lee. Collectrium, a leading digital art collection management service acquired by Christie’s, “is the only platform in existence that integrates all collection tips, care and management tools into a single experience that is comprehensive, mobile, and secure”, she adds. With the advent of the digital age, acquiring art has never been so globalised and convenient.

This article was first published in Palace 18. 

Art auction in London, United Kingdom: Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s self portrait goes up for sale at Christie’s

Jean-Michel Basquiat ‘Untitled'(1982) Oil Stick on Paper

On March 7, auction house Christie’s will present an Untitled self-portrait by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat for sale. Estimated to reach up to £1,500,000, the painting will be part of the upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction. Held for over 25-years in U2’s Bassist Adam Clayton’s personal collection, the self-portrait depicts the late neo-expressionist artist as a martyr, as described by Christie’s. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled will be on view as part of a global tour to Shanghai (February 8), Beijing (February 11-13), New York (February 24-26) and London (from March 3) ahead of the auction at Christie’s King Street, London.

Well, how exactly did Clayton come to have this piece? Clayton comments on his attraction to Basquiat’s pieces: “The idea that these young painters without any gallery experience could make their mark on the streets of New York, could go to the hippest night clubs, could mix with musical culture — was very exciting to me. It was where I came from — I always thought music and art went hand in hand together…”

Clayton acquired the painting upon first arriving in New York in 1990 while recording the band’s seventh studio album “Achtung Baby” and it remained in his collection for over two decades. In addition, the band also another large painting by Basquiat that was subsequently installed in their studio at that time. The musician is selling the piece in celebration of the 30th anniversary of U2’s “Joshua Tree” album. 

Basquiat (1960 – 1988) first appeared on the artistic scene as part of the graffiti duo SAMO©, based around the Lower East Side of Manhattan, in the late 1970s. He quickly rose to fame for his works, dichotomies and amalgamations that used a variety of creative genres (poetry, sketches, paintings etc.) to offer social commentary. Basquiat is considered the grandchild of Andy Warhol, with whom he collaborated for a handful of projects.His work is largely known for its rawness which undoubtedly propelled him from an anonymous street artist to an international star. 

The rare self-portrait, “Untitled,” will be presented by Christie’s as a major highlight of the auction house’s “Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction” on March 7, London.

Original Tintin Drawing Sets New Auction Record

Original Tintin Drawing Sets New Auction Record

An original drawing from the popular Tintin adventure “Explorers on the Moon” sold for a record 1.55 million euros at a Paris auction on Saturday, auction house Artcurial announced.

The 50 cm X 35 cm drawing in Chinese ink by the Belgian cartoonist known as Herge shows the boy reporter, his dog Snowy and crusty sailor Captain Haddock wearing spacesuits and walking on the moon while looking at Earth.

It had been expected to sell for between 700,000 and 900,000 euros ($741,00 and $952,000).

“It’s simply fantastic! It’s an exceptional price for an exceptional piece,” said Artcurial’s comics expert Eric Leroy.

He described the “Explorers on the Moon” as “a key moment in the history of comic book art… it has become legendary for many lovers and collectors of comic strips.

“It is one of the most important from Herge’s postwar period, on the same level as ‘Tintin in Tibet’ and ‘The Castafiore Emerald’,” he added.

World Record

The 1954 book is viewed as one of Herge’s masterpieces. Saturday’s sale was a record for a single cartoon drawing. In 2012, the 1932 cover illustration of “Tintin in America” fetched 1.3 million euros.

Herge already holds the world record for the sale of a comic strip.

A double-page ink drawing that served as the inside cover for all the Tintin adventures published between 1937 and 1958, sold for 2.65 million euros ($3.58 million at that time) to an American fan two years ago.

Original Tintin comic book drawings have been fetching millions at auctions over the last few years.

In February 2015, the original cover design for “The Shooting Star” almost matched the record when it was sold for 2.5 million euros.

Back in May, the original artwork for the last two pages of the “King Ottokar’s Sceptre” book sold for $1.2 million while in October of last year a double page slate from the same Tintin book fetched more than 1.5 million euros.

That same month, an Asian investor paid $1.2 million for a drawing from “The Blue Lotus” book, published in 1936, of Tintin and Snowy in Shanghai.

Alongside the moon drawings, Artcurial also sold 20 ink sketches Herge created for a series of New Year’s greeting cards known as his “snow cards”.

The drawings, including Tintin and Snowy skiing, or hapless detectives the Thompson twins ice-skating, brought in 1.2 million euros.

Unfinished Thermozero

Prices for cartoon art have multiplied tenfold in the last decade, according to gallery owner Daniel Maghen, who also works with comic art.

Rival auction house Christie’s is putting drawings from another rare Herge strip up for sale later in the day in Paris.

It said the page from the unfinished story “Tintin and the Thermozero” – estimated at 250,000 euros – was the first ever to come to market.

Why the artist never finished the tale of espionage and a terrifying secret weapon set against the backdrop of the Cold War, is one of the great mysteries for Tintin-ologists.

The 1954 “Explorers on the Moon” completes the lunar adventure started in “Destination Moon” (1953) and features several hilarious episodes including Haddock getting drunk on whisky and floating off into space to briefly become a satellite of the asteroid Adonis.

It turns on Tintin foiling a plot to hijack the rocket by the evil stowaway spy Colonel Jorgen, who is backed by a mysterious foreign power.

The sales come as Tintinmania again grips the French capital, with Herge currently the subject of a huge retrospective exhibition at the Grand Palais.

Herge sold some 230 million Tintin albums by the time of his death in 1983.

blue diamond sotheby's

Rare Blue Diamond Sold for $17.1 million: Sotheby’s

Earlier this week, a rare blue diamond was sold for $17.1 million during Sotheby’s autumn jewel auctions in Geneva. The 8.01-carat diamond, appropriately named “Sky Blue” and presented in a Cartier setting was valued at $15-25 million by the auction house and had been previously sold in 2012 for $12.8 million – gaining 33 percent in value in four years.

Despite this success, “Sky Blue” pales in comparison with another blue diamond sold by Christie’s, highlighting the intense rivalry between Sotheby’s and Christie’s. The 14.62-carat  “Oppenheimer Blue”, sold in May at a Christie’s auction for $57.54 million – which remains the world record price.

“Given the rarity of blue diamonds of this size and quality which have ever been unearthed, you’d expect every auction of this kind to be a dogfight,” said Tobias Kormind, head of 77 Diamonds, Europe’s biggest online diamond jewellery retailer.

It wasn’t all sunny skies at Sotheby’s though, as the auction house did not manage to find buyers for two valuable items.

First is a parure that used to belong to Russian empress Catherine I. Valued at $3-5 million, it features diamonds and has, shall we say, a quite interesting story.

The other unsold piece also belonged to the Russian imperial family, this time Catherine II, also called Catherine the Great. The diamond necklace, fitted with a detachable clasps, was valued at $5 million and you can read more about it in our earlier story via the link above.

Christie’s, which opened the season on Tuesday with 167 lots, achieved $97 million in sales, and beat its pre-auction estimate of $80 million. Sotheby’s, on the other hand, were expecting total sales in excess of $100 million this season.

New Auction High for Monet Haystack: Christie’s

New Auction High for Monet Haystack: Christie’s

A Claude Monet painting, “Meule,” part of his famous grainstack series, sold at auction in New York Wednesday for $81.4 million, a record for the French master, Christie’s said.

The previous record was in June 2008. At the time, “Bassin aux nympheas” (“Water Lilies”) took $80.4 million at a sale in London. The final price, which includes fees and commission, crushed Christie’s pre-sale estimate of $45 million.

The auction lasted nearly 15 minutes, an unusual length for a sale of this format.

A woman in the room stayed in the running for some time before making a last offer of $53 million and leaving it to buyers being handled over the phone.

This painting, of just one haystack with a conical top, at twilight, is part of the series of grainstacks painted by Monet during the winter of 1890-1891 from his house in Giverny, Normandy. It is one of the rare works in this series to still be in private hands, Christie’s said.

Most of the others are in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or the Art Institute of Chicago. This painting was acquired in September 1891 by the Knoedler & Co. art gallery, which brought it to the United States.

In recent years, prices for works by Monet or other celebrated Impressionists have shot through the roof.

De Kooning Painting Sets Auction Record

Willem de Kooning’s “Untitled XXV” was sold late Tuesday at Christie’s in New York for $66.3 million, a record for a work by the abstract artist and for post-war contemporary art.

The imposing work, which measures 7 by 6.5 feet (2 x 2.2 meters), was painted by the Dutch-American artist in 1977 and is emblematic of the energetic, multicolor brush strokes he used in his work of the mid 1970s.

Christie’s auction house initially valued “Untitled XXV” at $40 million (37 million euros). When the same painting was auctioned ten years ago it went for $27.1 million, a record at the time.

The bid was placed in a phone call, and the buyer’s identity was not revealed.

New York’s fall auction season kicked off this week with an array of masterpieces, drawing bidders from around the world at Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses.

Late Monday Edvard Munch’s “Girls on the Bridge” sold for $54.5 million, the second-highest auction price paid for a work by the Norwegian painter, Sotheby’s said.

The 1902 painting depicting women in colorful dresses fetched a price higher than the auction house’s estimate of above $50 million.

There’s no shortage of bidders in the United States, Paris, London – and increasingly Asia, with growing Chinese fortunes spent on internationally recognized works at both major auction houses.

The sales will serve as a barometer of the global art market, which did well during this year’s spring auctions despite a slow 2015.

Pioneers: Christie’s Hong Kong Asian Art Auction

Auction house Christie’s will hold an autumn sale titled ‘The Pioneers’ on 26 November at Hong Kong. The sale will be the first to commemorate notable contemporary Asian artists while also celebrating Christie’s 250th anniversary. 

Avid collectors will be able to get their hands on works of influential, avant-garde Asian artists from the 20th and 21st century, including Sanyu, Zao Wou-ki, Zhang Daqian, Wu Guanzhong, Lin Fengmian and Kim Whan-ki.

CHU TEH-CHUN (ZHU DEQUN, France/China, 1920-2014) VERTIGE NEIGEUX (SNOWY VERTIGO) Oil on canvas Each: 200 x 200 cm. (78 ¾ x 78 ¾ in.) (2) Overall: 200 x 400 cm. (78 ¾ x 157 ½ in.)

CHU TEH-CHUN (ZHU DEQUN, France/China, 1920-2014)
Oil on canvas
Each: 200 x 200 cm. (78 ¾ x 78 ¾ in.) (2)
Overall: 200 x 400 cm. (78 ¾ x 157 ½ in.)

A number of the artists have actually lived abroad for some time of their lives, allowing them to blend their Eastern heritage with Western art techniques and philosophies, thus shaping an innovative art style.  

The cultural fusion is also reflected through the chosen auction venue of Hong Kong, which Rebecca Wei, president of Christie’s Asia, described as “a point of confluence between Western and Eastern philosophies”.

RYUZABURO UMEHARA (Japanese, 1888-1986) CANNES oil on canvas 129 x 95 cm. (50 ¾ x 37 ⅜ in.) Painted in 1961-1963 HK$ 10,000,000 - 16,000,000 US$ 1,285,400 - 2,056,600

RYUZABURO UMEHARA (Japanese, 1888-1986)
oil on canvas
129 x 95 cm. (50 ¾ x 37 ⅜ in.)
Painted in 1961-1963
HK$ 10,000,000 – 16,000,000
US$ 1,285,400 – 2,056,600

Jonathan Stone, chairman of Asian Art at Christie’s, adds: “Hosting the sale in Hong Kong stays true to our continued belief in championing innovation and presenting on the world stage artist of the highest cultural and artistic accomplishment.”

‘The Pioneers’ sale will be held on 26 November 2016, at the James Christie’s Room, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai.’

Invest in These: 4 Most Expensive Homes

Forget those expensive cars that would turn heads on the road. The Palace team picks out four of the most expensive homes from around the world that you can add to your property portfolio. We’re be adding a little more depth to each item here now that we are no longer constrained by print pages.

Le Palais Bulles, France $456 million (Main Picture)
Located in Théoule-sur-Mer, South-eastern France, this ‘Bubble Palace’ by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag features a 13,000 sq. ft. main residence with 10 bedroom suites, three swimming pools, a 500-seat auditorium, and views of the Mediterranean. If you must ask, even after taking a good long look at the place, the bubble palace is like a tribute to round shapes and is owned by Pierre Cardin. Fashion legend Cardin is of course famous for the bubble dress so there is a correlation to his choice of design for his home, and indeed his choice of architect in Lovag. A man who famously believed that the straight line was “an aggression against nature,” Lovag was just to guy to hire if you wanted a home or building that was mainly round. Built in 1979 and owned by Cardin since then, this six-level property has hosted many star-studded events, including the 2016 Dior Resort Show, and is available through Christie’s.

Sky Penthouse, Monaco $400 millionSky Penthouse, Monaco

Providing stunning views of the Mediterranean, this massive 35,500 sq. ft. Sky Penthouse crowns the Tour Odéon, a 170-meter twin-skyscraper residence that is the first high-rise to be built in Monaco since the 1980s. High-rises were deemed architecturally undesirable in the 1980s and this new effort has encountered some of the same obstacles. Nevertheless, Prince Albert appears quite prepared to see it through so it will indeed become a major landmark in the famously land-scarce city-state. The Tour Odéon or Odeon Tower will be the tallest building in Monaco and the second highest on the Mediterranean. Located near the Place du Casino, Hôtel de Paris and Hôtel Hermitage, the home includes a cinema, library, gym and a infinity pool with a waterslide. Scheduled for 2018 completion, the home – the Daily Mail called it the world’s most expensive apartment – is available through Knight Frank.

Great Island, U.S.A $175 million001_greatisland

Tucked in the affluent Darien suburb of the Long Island Sound, this 63-acre estate, owned by the family of industrialist William Ziegler, is one of the most expensive properties in the US. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, if sold for its list price of $175 million, it will officially be the most expensive home sold in the USA. This stunning opportunity is apparently now available for the first time in more than a century. Built in the 1900s, the property includes a main residence with six bedrooms, staff and guest quarters, a private beach and dock, small waterfront cottages, and equestrian facilities. An hour from Manhattan, the property provides superb waterfront views and is available through Christie’s.

Palazzo di Amore, U.S.A $149 millionpalazzo-di-amore

Designed by developer Mohamed Hadid (father of supermodel Gigi Hadid), this 25-acre property in Beverly Hills features a 35,000 sq. ft. main residence and a guest home. This one was originally listed for $195 million in 2014 by current owner, real estate investor Jeff Greene so the current price might be considered a steal. The main residence features 12 bedrooms – including the 5,000 sqf master – and a whopping 23 bathrooms. The estate also includes a 15,000 sq. ft. entertainment complex with a ballroom, revolving dance floor, a 50-seat theatre, and a bowling alley. There is also a 27-car garage, a working vineyard producing six types of wine, and even an organic farm. Available through Coldwell Banker Previews International.

This article first appeared in Palace Magazine.

Christie’s Forecasts Realistic Auction Prices

Christie’s Forecasts Realistic Auction Prices

The world has gotten used to ever increasing values for virtually all categories of so-called investments of passion over the last few years. Nevertheless, Christie’s is cautioning that “selective demand” and the global slump in demand is pushing the auction house to seek more “realistic estimates” on their offerings in the coming auction season.

“This year the market is not at the same level as it was one year or two years ago. We are facing a more challenging market,” Guillaume Cerruti, Christie’s president for Europe, the Middle East, Russia and India, told journalists in Dubai.

“To face this situation, the key word for us is selectivity,” he said, announcing two auctions this week in the glitzy Gulf emirate, one on Modern and Contemporary Art and another showcasing Important Watches.

“We want to have sales that are well curated, sales with maybe less objects but of high quality at… realistic estimates,” he said.

Displaying a distinct preference for finding an upside, he did not provide specific figures on the fall in overall sales. Instead, he said that online-only sales “have been a real success.”

“For the first six months of the year, we have sold through our online-only sales of 20 million pounds ($24.4 million) around the world,” a 100-percent over the same period of 2015, he added.

“We’re making sure that we find good quality of works that are well priced to ride through this more challenging period,” said Christie’s Middle East managing director, Michael Jeha.

In an auction on Tuesday of 113 artworks, the highest estimated price has been set at $180,000, far below the $400,000 price tag on paintings sold in March this year. Around 150 watches go up for auction on Wednesday, with estimated prices reaching $250,000.

Among them are two Patek Philippe 18K white gold automatic wristwatches with the Iraqi coat of arms and the name “Saddam”, after executed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein who ordered the watches in 1974 and 1980 as gifts. Their prices are estimated at $10,000 and $18,000 each.

London-based Christie’s, which celebrates its 250th anniversary on December 5, says its sales at Dubai auctions have exceeded $300 million since it opened a branch in the emirate 10 years ago.

Monet Haystack Painting Set for Christie’s Auction

Monet Haystack Painting Set for Christie’s Auction

One of Claude Monet’s celebrated “Haystack” paintings – estimated at $45 million – is coming up for sale at the Christie’s auction house in New York City. If it achieves or exceeds the estimate, it will confirm that Impressionist art still moves collectors.

With wealthy Chinese collectors expressing keen interest in such works, the painting – part of a series of haystack pictures painted by Monet during the winter of 1890-91 from his French home in Giverny – will first be presented next week in Hong Kong. It will then be shown in London before returning to New York in early November.

This canvas, representing a simple cone-shaped haystack at dusk, is one of the rare works in this series to still be in private hands, Christie’s said.

Most of the others are in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or the Art Institute of Chicago. This painting, to be auctioned on November 16, was acquired in September 1891 by the Knoedler & Co. art gallery, which brought it to the United States.

In recent years, prices for works by Monet or other celebrated Impressionists have shot through the roof.

The record for a Monet was set in June 2008, when a work from his “Water Lilies” series – “Le Bassin aux Nympheas” – was sold by Christie’s in London for GBP40.9 million ($80.1 million).

Comics & Illustrations Auction By Christie’s

On Saturday, November 19, Christie’s Paris, in partnership with specialized gallerist and publisher Galerie Daniel Maghen, will host the second ‘Comics & Illustrations’ auction of the year. One month prior, a medley of these auction items will be on view in London (October 4-12) and Amsterdam (October 19-24) as a free public showcase before landing in Paris.

The selection of European comics on display spotlights beloved adventurers and heroes such as the unvanquishable Gaul Astérix; the scientist/captain duo Blake & Mortimer; the intrepid sailor Corto Maltese, the boyish, perpetually red-clad Spirou, and the forest-dwelling blue-hued community of Smurfs.

Albert Uderzo, ASTÉRIX, 'Astérix In Spain.' Original page n°16. Estimate: €170.000-190.000 © 2016 Goscinny - Uderzo Use only Galerie Daniel Maghen with Christie's

Albert Uderzo, ASTÉRIX, ‘Astérix In Spain.’ Original page n°16. Estimate: €170.000-190.000

Hergé — born Georges Remi — has been part of the popular imagination for over half a century with his ‘ligne claire’ style, and is currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris. His work is represented in the showcase here by a double-page spread from his first published series, “Quick and Flupke,” dated from 1930 (estimate: €90,000-100,000). In addition, an Hergé sketch for the 1957 calendar in ‘Le Journal de Tintin’ spotlights the 12 main characters from ‘The Adventures of Tintin’, seen dancing like mad (estimate: €110,000-120,000).

Edgar P. Jacobs, 'Blake et Mortimer, La Marque Jaune' (The Yellow M). Original page n°6. Estimate: €120.000-140.000 © © Studio Jacobs / Editions Blake & Mortimer, 2016 Use only Galerie Daniel Maghen with Christie's

Edgar P. Jacobs, ‘Blake et Mortimer, La Marque Jaune’ (The Yellow M). Original page n°6. Estimate: €120.000-140.000

“I believe that the subject of comics and graphic novels is no longer a niche. Over the last ten years, the demand has considerably grown and many galleries and institutions have organised exhibitions in response,” noted Daniel Maghen of the medium’s new wave of relevance. Moreover, he notes the changing regard is also affected by the nostalgia factor of a grown-up generations of young readers. “I think that when one buys an original page from his [or her] favorite adventure, it is above all motivated by the feeling of a nice memory that is materialized by a piece.”

There will be a special focus — for both the sale and the exhibition tour — on French graphic novelist Jean-Pierre Gibrat. This marks the first time that Christie’s Paris will devote an auction catalog to a contemporary artist. The tome features 17 full-page comics and original drawings, as well as a Q&A with the author, who noted that “the detail is what drives the composition.”

Jean-Pierre Gibrat, 'Le Sursis,' Original page n°24. Estimate: 35.000-40.000 © Gibrat Use only Galerie Daniel Maghen with Christie's

Jean-Pierre Gibrat, ‘Le Sursis,’ Original page n°24. Estimate: 35.000-40.000

Gibrat will attend the London and Amsterdam exhibitions and present his work to the public. They will draw from the seven volumes that constitute his celebrated publications: “Le Sursis” (1999), “Le vol du Corbeau” (2002 and 2005), “Mattéo” (2008, 2010, and 2014).

Additional contemporary figures like Moebius, Bilal, Vance, Rosinski, Guarnido, and Loisel are being shown as well.

Christie’s Auctions 108 Rare Michelin Guides

International auction house Christie’s is set to auction off 108 rare Michelin Guides on December 5 in Paris. The guides, some dating as far back as 1900, are set to attract collectors and perhaps food historians as they go under the hammer. The oldest of the lot (and all the guides will be sold as a single lot) was printed at the turn of the 20th century and was published with the intention of providing motorists with as much information as possible. The original guides included information on motoring services such as mechanics and gas stations as well as places to stay and eat.

One edition set to attract a lot of attention from collectors and history buffs is the rare 1939 Guide that was reprinted in 1943 by the American Army. The reprinted guide was used to help soldiers find their way around Normandy beaches after the Allied landings! That is a true story, as far as we can tell. Lovers of gastronomy will be more curious to take a closer look at the 1923 Guide. That marked the beginning of Michelin attributing stars to the establishments listed in its “Recommended Hotels and Restaurants” section.

Nearly a decade later, it developed into a ranking system with the introduction of two and three star categories before being finalized two years later. The rare collection will be up for auction as a single lot with an estimated value of $22,476 to $33,711. Before the collection goes under the hammer, it will be on public display at Christie’s Paris until December 4.