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June
2016
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JEFF KOONS..ASTONISHING

03 June 2016 | 0 COMMENTS
 Damien Hirst was just a second year student at Goldsmiths when he recalls being “blown away” by the early work of Jeff Koons, which was having its UK debut in a 1987 show of New York Art Now at the original Saatchi Gallery in Swiss Cottage. Wind the clock forward more than three decades, and the multimillionaire Hirst is now a major Koons collector with his own extensive quasi-institutional private space – itself profoundly inspired by the Boundary Road Saatchi Gallery. Next week Hirst’s Newport Street gallery unveils its second exhibition, a major survey show ...
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May
2016
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

13 May 2016 | 0 COMMENTS
An incredibly rare first-edition copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland could sell for sell for up to $3 million at Christie's next month. With just a handful of copies still in existence, the rare copy is expected to sell at a standalone sale in New York for $2-$3 million. "Seeing an 1865 Alice is a very special thing," said Francis Wahlgren, Christie’s International Director of Science & Books. "This book is extremely rare, and really epitomises why I do my job and why I’m here at Christie’s." When the children's classic rolled off the presses i...
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April
2016
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PICASSO SILVER PLATES.FROM HIS OWN COLLECTION

29 April 2016 | 1 COMMENTS
Offered as a single lot, the 24-plate set will cross the auction block as part of the Boundless Sale in Hong Kong with an estimate of HK$12-$18 million (US$1.55-$2.33 million). Although Picasso produced hundreds of ceramic pieces throughout his life, he created silver plates in just 24 different designs, which were then cast by the acclaimed French silversmith François Hugo and his son Pierre Hugo between 1954 and 1967. These 24 different designs featured a number of Picasso's favourite themes and subjects, including fellow artist Henri Matisse, bullfights and his second wife and mus...
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April
2016
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GOT A COOL $35 MILLION ?

18 April 2016 | 0 COMMENTS
Sotheby's are auctioning the 9.54-carat ring it says belonged to Shirley Temple, the movie star-turned-diplomat who appeared in films such as "Bright Eyes" and "Curly Top." Child star Shirley Temple started performing in films at age 3. After leaving Hollywood, she entered politics and took on several ambassador positions overseas. The cushion-cut stone was a gift from her father in 1940, Sotheby's said in a statement. At the time, she was 12 and her movie, "The Blue Bird," had just premiered. The ring will be auctioned on April 19, and is estimated to fetch b...
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April
2016
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NOW THAT'S MAGIC !!

07 April 2016 | 0 COMMENTS
 Chair given free to JK Rowling that she used while writing the first two Harry Potter novels in Edinburgh council flat has been auctioned in New York An oak chair that JK Rowling used while writing the first two books of the Harry Potter series has sold for $394,000 (£278,000). The 1930s chair was one of four mismatched chairs given free to the then little-known writer for her council flat in Edinburgh. She wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while sitting on the chair. Before the Heritage Auctions sale in New York on ...
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April
2016
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REMBRANDT..PAINT BY NUMBERS

06 April 2016 | 1 COMMENTS
 A team of technologists working with Microsoft and others have produced a 3D-printed painting in the style of Dutch master Rembrandt. The portrait was created after existing works by the artist were analysed by a computer. A new work was then designed to look as much like a Rembrandt as possible - while remaining an original portrait. It was then 3D-printed to give it the same texture as an oil painting. "We really wanted to understand what makes a face look like a Rembrandt," Emmanuel Flores, director of technology for the project, told the BBC. After they had been digitall...
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April
2016
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THE MYSTERY IS HOW MUCH ?

05 April 2016 | 0 COMMENTS
A handwritten draft of a Sherlock Holmes mystery from 1893 is to be sold at a fine literature auction in New York – with estimates suggesting it could go for up to £300,000. The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter is one of the 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about the detective Sherlock Holmes. The story is best known for the first appearance of Holmes’s older brother, Mycroft. Several other Sherlock Holmes manuscripts will also be on sale at Bonhams auction house in New York on 11 April. The sale also includes a handwritten page from The Hound of the B...
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March
2016
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BOX WITH A CODE

14 March 2016 | 0 COMMENTS
 At first glance, it appears little more than a pretty trinket: a Georgian cosmetic box given as a token from a gentleman to his lover. But a secret code hidden within a unique 1785 box has finally been cracked, after it left experts on the Antiques Roadshow flummoxed. An amateur sleuth has solved a 230-year-old mystery to reveal a sweet message between lovers, devising a system to turn a 26-digit code into words. Paul Wisken, a 61-year-old retired IT support engineer, has revealed a message reading “the gift is small but love is all”, which could shed light on an intriguin...
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March
2016
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HENRY'S LAST STAND TOMORROW

01 March 2016 | 0 COMMENTS
Henry Wyndham, the charismatic and suave chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, is the latest in a growing list of high profile staff to decide to leave the auction house. Wyndham, an Old Masters expert, is also one of the art world’s few star auctioneers, having first taken to the rostrum when at Christie’s in 1977. He was at the helm for the Sotheby’s sale of Giacometti’s L’Homme Qui Marche I (1961), which sold for a £58m hammer price (£65m with premium) in eight minutes of Wyndham’s bid-taking in 2010 and was, at the time, the highest price pa...
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February
2016
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AND IT'S NEARLY 60 YEARS OLD !

19 February 2016 | 0 COMMENTS
This 1957 Ferrari 355 S Scaglietti sold at the Artcurial Motorcars auction for £ 24.700,000 with premium to an international collector after “a tense, 11-minute bidding battle”. The auction was part of the Rétromobile car show in Paris, from February 3-7. The car has a 3.8-litre V-12 engine and its first race was the Sebring 12 Hours where it finished sixth. It came second in the 1957 Mille Miglia, won the 1958 Cuba Grand Prix and broke the lap record at the 24 Hours of LeMans before retiring in 1960. Auctioneers Artcurial said: "This exceptional motor car be...

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