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World’s most expensive tiara

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 [...]

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Rare pink diamond fetches $10.8 million

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 [...]

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“La Lecture” by Pablo Picasso sold for $ 40 million

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 [...]

Antique collector Chan Fo-kwan

Chinese boost prices in world’s auction houses

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 [...]

A Sacra Conversazione Titian

Titian painting auctions for record $16.8 mln

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 [...]

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Bird book sets new world record at London auction

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 [...]

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