The first auction devoted solely to contemporary design will take place at Christie’s in New York this autumn.
The drum skin used on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album has sold for Â£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 Pepperâ€™s Lonely Hearts Club Band was not only … Continued
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 … Continued
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 … Continued
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 … Continued
In late 18th century Philadelphia, Tufft was one of the cityâ€™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 Tufftâ€™s furniture. He typically chose a restrained … Continued
Two of the last ever shotguns developed by 200-year-old London luxury goods firm Asprey generated a sales of over $120,000 at Christieâ€™s. The extraordinarily delicate firearms exhibited at the Christieâ€™s Fine Sporting Guns and Rifles sale marked the end of a custom of faultlessly accomplished gun craft. Asprey engaged in supplying aristocracy and longtime holder … Continued
A blue diamond of 13.39 cts. became the most important color diamond sold at auction anywhere in the world during the past 10 years, according to Christie’s. Offered at auction house’s in Geneva location on Wednesday, it achieved a world record price of $8.9 million. “This impressive result is due to the scarcity of colored … Continued
A model poses with a tiara bearing a 101.27-carat shield-shaped diamond during a preview by the Christie’s auction house in Hong Kong on April 22, 2008. The tiara has an estimated value of 6-7.5 million USD) and will be auctioned at the company’s spring sale of jewels on May 28. Via AFP / USAtoday.
Christie’s will auction a collection of jewellery belonging to Christina Onassis, the daughter of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis who struggled to find happiness despite her family’s wealth. More than 40 pieces of jewellery from her collection will go under the hammer in London on June 11, the highlight of which is a pear-shaped, 38-carat … Continued
A classic Lucian Freud portrait of a rather plump lady, is predicted to break the world auction record for most expensive painting by a living artist. The elegantly constructed masterpiece is titled â€œBenefits Supervisor Sleepingâ€ named after the profession of the sitter. The painting which was completed in 1995 is expected to fetch $35 million … Continued
Rare collection of work by Charles Dickens will reach the Christieâ€™s auction block in New York on 2 April and is expected to fetch $2 million. This includes an alliance copy of â€œOliver Twist,â€ which is emblazoned by Dickens to a fellow author and is anticipated to generate $200,000-$300,000. Eyebrows are raised for high price … Continued
A nude portrait of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Carla Bruni will go under the hammer in New York next month, according to auctioneers Christie’s. The 13 x 10 1/8 inch gelatin silver black and white photograph was taken in 1993, when Bruni was one of the world’s top fashion models, and is being sold … Continued
A Francis Bacon painting depicting a man attacked by vultures may fetch a record $70 million when it is auctioned in New York in May, Sotheby’s said. Bacon’s 1976 triptych, painted while he was living in Paris, is being sold by a European collector who has owned it for more than 30 years, the auction … Continued
A wooden sculpture of the supreme Buddha sold for more than 14.3 million dollars in New York on Tuesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and setting a new record for a work of Japanese art. The 800-year-old depiction of the Dainichi Nyorai, attributed to the sculptor Unkei, was bought by the Japanese department store chain Mitsukoshi, … Continued
A triceratops skeleton is expected to fetch 500,000 euros at an upcoming Christie’s auction in Paris, where giant shark teeth and a sabre-toothed tiger skull are also up for bids. The skeleton of the three-horned dinosaur, from a private European collection, is the highlight of the April 16 auction. It will mark the first time … Continued