The 35-carat pear-shaped diamond Marie de Medici wore at her coronation in 1610 fetched $9.7 million at auction in Geneva on May 15.
Sotheby’s has launched its own private-label champagne, the first from an auction house.
One of the most iconic images in art history – Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” – has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.
An extremely rare Chinese porcelain bowl fetched nearly $27 million in Hong Kong on Wednesday, smashing pre-sale estimates by about three times.
A painting by Pop Art king Andy Warhol depicting rock ‘n’ roll king Elvis Presley as a cowboy gunslinger is expected to fetch $30-$50 million when it goes on sale in May. “Double Elvis,” executed in black and silvery white in 1963, “is a seminal piece from the iconic series devoted to the singer,” Sotheby’s … Continued
A 110-carat yellow jewel called the Sun Drop Diamond, thought the biggest of its kind in the world, sold for a record 10 million francs ($10.9 million) at auction in Geneva. The gem was discovered in South Africa in 2010 and wowed visitors to London’s Natural History Museum where it was displayed earlier this year. … Continued
One of the world’s largest diamonds, a pear-shaped 110.3-carat yellow rock, will go under the hammer in Geneva in November expecting to fetch about $15 million. The Sun-Drop diamond, discovered in South Africa last year, is billed by Sotheby’s as the “world’s largest known pear-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond“. “This stone has immense presence and … Continued
Hailed the world’s most expensive and precious car model by Guinness World Records, this creation is based on the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. The car was crafted by Robert Gülpen — who has also created miniatures of the Mercedes Benz 500 SL and Aston Martin DB5 from precious metals and gems. The Lamborghini is made … Continued
A series of auctions of high-end goods from fine wine to Imperial Chinese ceramics goes into full swing this weekend in Hong Kong, as the city challenges the dominance of New York and London. The multi-million-dollar auctions are looking to cash in on the vast wealth of China’s growing number of millionaires keen to show … Continued
A dazzling tiara featuring emeralds believed to have belonged to Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, sold for a record 11.28 million Swiss francs ($12.80 million) to an anonymous buyer at Sotheby’s. The diamond and emerald tiara was commissioned by German prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck’s for his second wife Katharina. It was top lot at … Continued
An extremely rare translucent pink diamond fetched a price of $10.8 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Tuesday, the third-highest price ever paid for one of the pink stones at auction. “It is the third-highest price for a pink diamond at auction,” auctioneer David Bennett told journalists after the sale. The 10.99-carat, emerald-cut stone was … Continued
A celebrated masterpiece by Pablo Picasso has sold at Sotheby’s auction house in London for £25.2 million ($40,5 million), more than double its pre-auction valuation. “La Lecture” is a work from the Spanish painter’s “annus mirabilis,” 1932, and depicts the artist’s famous muse, Marie-Therese Walter. Seven bidders vied for the coveted Picasso work, the hammer … Continued
A Chinese face or two in the crowd at the world’s auction houses often means one thing: the gavel will fall on a price far beyond the seller’s wildest dreams. Fierce bidding by Chinese buyers for a vase at a small London auctioneer in November, for example, drove the price up nearly 40 times beyond … Continued
A sumptuous painting of the Madonna and child by Renaissance master Titian sold for a record $16,882,500 Thursday in New York. The Sotheby’s auction easily broke a 20-year-old record of $13.6 million for a Titian. The painting, “A Sacra Conversazione: The Madonna and Child with Saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria,” depicts the Virgin Mary … Continued
A rare copy of John James Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ set a new world record for a printed book at auction Tuesday, selling for 7.3 million pounds in London. The four-volume book was subject to competitive bidding on the phones and in Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries, and sold for 7,321,250 pounds. Originally estimated to … Continued
A bracelet owned by Wallis Simpson, whose affair with Edward VIII led to his abdication, has sold for a world record-breaking Â£4.5m ($7m) at auction. The diamond panther bracelet, was sold by Sothebyâ€™s. It was the most expensive bracelet and most expensive Cartier item to be sold at any auction. It was one of 20 … Continued
A rare pink diamond that is regarded as one of the most desirable and beautiful in the world was sold for a record 46.16 million dollars on Tuesday. Sothebyâ€™s had valued the 24.78 carat Fancy Intense Pink diamond mounted on a ring at 27 million to 38 million dollars ahead of the sale in a … Continued
An Andy Warhol canvas of a black-and-white Coke bottle has sold for $35.36m at an auction in New York. Sotheby’s said Coca-Cola  (Large Coca-Cola) “is a landmark in the artist’s creation of his pop art style”. Organizers reportedly whet the appetite of live bidders by serving small bottles of soda pop as guests mingled … Continued
A painting of a nude by Amedeo Modigliani fetched nearly 69 million dollars at a Sotheby’s auction in New York, setting a new record for the Italian painter. The circa 1917 canvas, titled “Nu assis sur un divan (La Belle Romaine),” had been estimated before the auction to go for more than 40 million dollars. … Continued
Three bottles of Chateau Lafiteâ€™s 1869 vintage each sold for a record price of HK$1.8 million ($230,000) at a sale in Hong Kong last saturday. All three were bought by the same Asian telephone bidder, said Sothebyâ€™s, which offered almost 2,000 bottles of Lafite shipped directly from the cellars of the chateau in Pauillac, near … Continued