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YES I WOULD CALL THAT SOLID !

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 In what dealers and collectors hailed as a solid auction that all the same may indicate a correction to an overheated market, Sotheby's New York totalled $294.9 million at its Wednesday night sale of post-war and contemporary art. The night was led by a Cy Twombly canvas that set an auction record for the artist at $70.5 million. The total took the house to the upper end of the $254–$313.7 million estimate for the evening, and 44 of 54 works, or 82 percent, found buyers. The nearly two-hour sale also achieved a new $3-million auction record for Mike Kelley. The same sale last ye...
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THAT'S A LOT OF BLING

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The top lot of Christie’s Geneva auction of Magnificent Jewels was a cushion-shaped Fancy Vivid Pink diamond, the largest to be offered at auction. It sold for € 26,484,450, setting a new auction record for any vivid pink diamond and prompting a burst of applause in the sale room. The stone, which is set as a ring with a double row of pavé-set white diamonds which surround and highlight the main stone, with a third row of small pink diamonds underneath, was bought by a private Asian buyer, who named it ‘Sweet Josephine’ immediately after the sale. ‘We hav...
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NAKED LADY MAKES MILLIONS

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A painting of a naked lady by Artist Amedeo Modigliani, which sparked outrage at the time has just sold for a whopping £133million. Nu Couche which means Reclining Nude, threw artist Amedeo Modigliani into controversy when it was produced in 1917. His masterpiece was one of a series of nude paintings commissioned by Leopold Zboroswki, a Polish art dealer of the time. The painting sparked protests when it was first put out on display at the Galerie Berthe Weill in Paris. Locals gathered outside the gallery to demonstrate, which ended in police ordering the exhibition be shut down!! T...
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THAT'S A VERY BIG CUP SIZE !

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The highest valued treasure in the Antiques Roadshow's 38-year history is rumoured to be a replica of the FA Cup. Experts on the show made their highest ever valuation of over £1 million while filming in Harrogate. Previously the most expensive item on the show was a model of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North in 2008 valued at least £1million. Former Leeds United footballer Eddie Gray and TV presenter Gabby Logan brought it to be valued during filming of the show. The replica of the original 1871 cup was presented to Mr Gray and his teammates when they beat Arsenal in 1972, an...
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BARNWELL CASTLE, THE EARLY YEARS

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Barnwell Castle is a ruined castle, south of the town of Oundle, and west of the village of Barnwell, Northamptonshire. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building, and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. A motte and bailey castle was erected in 1132. The stone castle was built during the reign of King Henry III by the family of Berengar Le Moyne. In the English Civil War it was used by its owner, Sir Edward Montagu, as an arsenal for the Royal cause. After the civil war the Montagu family built a substantial manor house, Barnwell Manor, near the castle. Substantial...
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BACK TO THE PAST WITH JIMI

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Jimi Hendrix’s former London flat will open its doors next year as a permanent museum. The third-floor property at 23 Brook Street, which the rock icon described as his ‘first real home’, has undergone a £2.4 million restoration to resemble how it looked during Hendrix’s time there between 1968 and 1969. Until now, the blue-plaque flat has housed the offices of the Handel House Trust, which looks after composer Frideric Handel’s house and museum next door at 25 Brook Street. ‘It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration...
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VERY SHARP PRACTICE

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Antiques Roadshow, that cosy Sunday night programme you watch until the show you’re actually waiting for starts, gave everyone a bit of a shock last month. The latest episode took place at Broughton Castle, where the usual myriad dusty objects were paraded in front of Fiona Bruce. This beautiful, Swiss musical penknife was brought in by a man who said it belonged to his daughter-in-law, who couldn’t appear on the show herself as she’d just had a baby. The knife was hand-enamelled with two blades and was inlaid with pearls on the handle. It also contained a small mechanism ...
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SWAN GETS HIT AGAIN

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Police are appealing for information after a gang of raiders bulldozed into Oxfordshire antiques centre The Swan at Tetsworth last weekend. The offenders rammed a Caterpillar forklift truck into a wall, causing heavy damage to the building before removing a door and gaining access to the premises. Police believe three men were involved, all wearing dark clothing. The incident took place in the early hours of October 24 after the forklift truck had been stolen earlier that night from a farm shed in Clare Hill, Pyrton where a green Land Rover Discovery was also taken from the nearby yard. Tom...
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TITANIC PRICES TAKE THE BISCUIT

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A "remarkable" photograph purportedly of the iceberg which sank the Titanic has sold at auction for £21,000. A Spillers and Bakers "Pilot" biscuit which was on board a lifeboat was bought for £15,000. The grainy iceberg picture, which was expected to fetch more than £10,000, was taken on the morning of 15 April, 1912, several hours after the historic collision that happened just before midnight. Auctioneers said the original image was captured by the chief steward of the steamer Prinz Adalbert which passed the iceberg. There was reportedly red paint on ...
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THAT'S WHAT I CALL A COOL PRICE !

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“It is the most exciting piece of stoneware I’ve ever seen,” said Tony Zipp at the podium before the Crocker Farm auction on October 17, concerning the opening lot. His sentiment was not mere hyperbole, as the firm was about to sell a seven-gallon stoneware cooler with an incised Federal eagle design for a new world auction record of $483,000. The cooler was attributed to either Henry Remmey Sr. or Jr. and made in Baltimore between the years 1812 and 1829. The buyer was collector Jerry Lauren bidding by phone. The underbidder was dealer Kelly Kinzle bidding in the salesroo...

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