Castello de Castagneto Po, the childhood home of French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is up on the market again, and with 40 rooms and 175 acres of lavish landscape, this is one fairy tale home.
A Rembrandt masterpiece is expected to fetch up to Â£25 million ($41 million) when it goes under the hammer at Christie’s on December 8, 2009. The painting could break the record price for a Rembrandt, which currently stands at Â£19,800,000 paid for Portrait Of A Lady Aged 62, in December 2003. The painting, titled “Portrait … Continued
The famed art auctioneer has signed a lease for 235,000 square feet of warehouse space in Brooklyn. Christie’s will store fine art in the waterfront building. Christieâ€™s expects to occupy the six-story warehouse building early next year, according to a company spokeswoman. The company would not say how much it paid for the space, but … Continued
A second group of artworks from the collection of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge is expected to fetch up to 4 million euros ($5.7 million) when it appears for sale in November. Christieâ€™s Internationalâ€™s YSL Part II sale, held in collaboration with Pierre Berge, will take place at … Continued
A five-carat cushion-cut pink diamond known as “The Vivid Pink” is set to lead Christie’s Hong Kong sale this fall. According to a media release, the Vivid Pink is the largest potentially flawless fancy-vivid-pink diamond ever offered for sale at auction. Property of a private collector and set in a ring by renowned jeweler Laurence … Continued
A giant gem will hit the auction block in New York this autumn with the sale of the 32-carat emerald-cut Annenberg diamond, which is expected to fetch as much at $5 million. The flawless ring-mounted diamond, owned by philanthropist Lee Annenberg, widow of publishing magnate Walter Annenberg, leads the auction house’s magnificent jewels sale on … Continued
A painting by Chinese artist Sanyu fetched a record HK$42.1 ($5.4 million) at a Hong Kong auction as bidders fought for lots, betting that the worst of Asiaâ€™s art-market slump is over. Of the 38 lots offered last week at Christieâ€™s Internationalâ€™s top selection of Asian art, 34 sold, raising a combined HK$181.7 million, according … Continued
Christieâ€™s is offering a rare, 100-million-year-old petrified shell of an extinct Canadian marine creature. This fossilized ammonite is expected to fetch $70,000 at an auction next week in France. The fossil has naturally occurring iridescent colors created when the original shell substance turned into a mineral called aragonite.
A small brown leather armchair once owned by Yves Saint Laurent has reportedly sold for Â£19.4 million (nearly $28 million), making it the most expensive piece of 20th-century design to ever be auctioned. The armchair, by Irish designer Eileen Gray was only expected to reach around Â£3 mllion at Christie’s in Paris. It was bought … Continued
Cai Mingchao, a Chinese antique collector and an adviser to the National Treasures Fund, said he placed the winning bid for the two Qing bronzes auctioned in Paris last week and won’t be paying. The National Treasures Fund is a group backed by the Chinese Ministry of Culture that pools donations to retrieve relics abroad. … Continued
The private collection amassed by the fashion designer and his partner Pierre Berge is considered one of the finest in the world. Labeled the “sale of the century” by Christie’s, it will include over 700 lots with an estimated total value of â‚¬200 million to â‚¬300 million ($255 million to $380Â million). Berges and Saint Laurent … Continued
A rare manuscript of a speech by Abraham Lincoln calling on the country to unite amid civil war in 1864 sold at auction Thursday for 3.4 million dollars. The sale, held at Christie’s in New York on the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, was a record for a US historical manuscript, according to the auction … Continued
A 20 year old nude photo of Madonna will be on auction at Christie’s house in New York, February 12. The photograph titled ‘Nude’, which earned Madonna a $25 modeling fee, is expected to sell for $10,000, at the very least. Itâ€™s a full frontal image, taken by Lee Friedlander in 1979 and published in … Continued
The rare, 101.27-carat diamond sold at Christie’s spring 2008 Hong Kong auction is now known as “The Shizuka Diamond,” Christie’s announced on Thursday. The giant stone’s owner selected the name as a gift for his wife of 16 years. The Shizuka diamond netted $6.2 million at “Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale” in May 2008 and … Continued
A painting by Claude Monet, which is said to have started the new trend of ‘Impressionism’ with its colour-filled canvas, built with darting brushstrokes, is to go under the hammer next month. The painting, Dans La Prairie, painted in 1876 and first shown at an exhibition in Paris in 1877, features the artist’s wife Camille … Continued
Itâ€™s just a whisper at the moment but it may well be the case that Francois Pinault is considering the sale of his Christieâ€™s auction house which he bought in May 1998 for $1.2 billion. The speculation is based on one obvious fact: at circa â‚¬4.7bn, Artemis, Mr Pinaultâ€™s holding company, is carrying too much … Continued
Christieâ€™s on Wednesday sold an extremely rare, 17th century fancy deep grayish-blue diamond for $24.3 million, a world record price for any diamond or jewelry sold at auction in London. The 35.56-ct. Wittelsbach diamond was once owned by King Philip IV of Spain, who purchased for his daughter, Margarita Teresa, for her engagement to Leopold … Continued
This extraordinary blue-gray diamond (on the picture above) was given to Infanta Margarita Teresa by her father King Philip IV of Spain, on her engagement to her uncle Leopold I of Austria-one of the most historic events in European history. This girl was the portrayed in Las Meninas), the most famous painting by Spaniard Diego … Continued
After an absence of seven years, Christieâ€™s wine department will be back in Asia for an auction on 29 Nov 2008 at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre and it will open Christie’s Hong Kong Fall 2008 Sale Season. Christie’s International Wine Department will conduct a focused sale of fine wine including select offerings … Continued
The first auction devoted solely to contemporary design will take place at Christie’s in New York this autumn.