A $300,000 Polished steel sofa

The first auction devoted solely to contemporary design will take place at Christie’s in New York this autumn. “It really is an increasingly popular market,” said Carina Villinger, design specialist of Christie’s New York. “There is a huge overlap with contemporary art. It has got to the point where we need a separate auction. The [...]

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Sgt Pepper Drum Skin Sells At Auction

The drum skin used on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album has sold for £541,250 ($1.07m) at auction in London, almost four times the estimate. The skin was a hand-painted item that was only ever used for the cover of the classic 1967 album. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was not only [...]

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World record price for Jeff Koon

Christie’s sold last week Jeff Koon’s Ballon Flower (Magenta) for $25,752,051, a world record price for the artist at auction. This work is one of five unique versions: Magenta, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Red and was executed between 1995 and 1999. Balloon Flower (Magenta) 1995-2000 is from a top Dallas art collector who paid less than [...]

Titanic life jacket sells for $70k

An unused life jacket from the doomed transatlantic cruise ship “Titanic,” which struck an iceberg in 1912 and sank, fetched 68,500 dollars at auction at Christie’s in New York late Wednesday. The cork-filled life preserver – still largely intact, but stained and torn in parts – was thought to have been found by farmer John [...]

Onassis Jewelry Sale

A diamond necklace that used to belong to Christina Onassis, daughter of Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, sold at auction on Wednesday for $7.1 million. The necklace, with a 38-carat pear-shaped diamond, was the highlight of the Onassis jewelery auction at Christie’s in London. It is a reminder of the glamour associated with the Onassis family [...]

Most expensive table

In late 18th century Philadelphia, Tufft was one of the city’s most prosperous cabinetmakers. While his shop was not as large or prolific as that of his contemporaries Benjamin Randolph and Thomas Affleck, his rank was likely that of their equal. Elegance, grace, and delicate carving characterize Thomas Tufft’s furniture. He typically chose a restrained [...]

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