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A Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime reference 6300A-010 wristwatch created specially for the 2019 Only Watch charity auction has smashed world records for any timepiece when it sold for CHF 31 million (around £23m). The annual charity event in Geneva was this year raising money for Muscular Dystrophy research, and 99 percent of the revenue of the auction goes to the charity. Two Dials The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime reference 6300A-010 was created specially for Only...

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French auction house Artcurial has three exceptional design sales scheduled for November 2019. Under the leadership of design experts Fabien Naudan and Emmanuel Bérard, the sales include Scandinavian Design on November 12th, French Masters on 19th November, and Italian Design on November 19th. Scandinavian design – 12th November 2019 Highlights of the sales include outstanding pieces by Hans J. Wegner, Alvar Aalto, Paavo Tynell and Poul Henningsen. Among those: Rare oak, cane and brass Dolphin...

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New titles from luxury book publisher The Folio Society include a children’s classic, a colourful social document and a kung fu bestseller. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk, is a glorious new gift edition of Lewis Carroll’s immortal tale. No artist is better suited to illustrate this extraordinary dream world than Charles van Sandwyk. A self-taught calligrapher and illustrator, he has been compared to artists as diverse as Arthur Rackham,...

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Wallace Chan’s first solo show in the UK, SHAPESHIFTER: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan, ran at Asia House in London from 14th-17th September 2019. Previewed at a busy launch event on 13th September, the exhibition featured 20 jewellery pieces realised using Wallace Chan’s latest innovation – a super-strength porcelain that is five times harder than steel. Also on show were 10 titanium sculptures, demonstrating the jewellery artist’s mastery of both materials. Ambition Tracing the development...

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Until the 2nd November 2019, the UK Colour Pencil Society is showing its 16th World of Coloured Pencil exhibition at the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick, Cumbria. The UKCPS has been exhibiting in the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick since the very early days of the society and Museum Manager, Tracy Strong, is among the judges for this year’s awards, which are sponsored by pencil manufacturer Derwent. This is a UKCPS members exhibition with the...

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The Omega Seamaster has long been the timepiece of choice for the world’s most beloved spy: James Bond. And this year, Omega is releasing a limited edition version of the Seamaster Diver to celebrate the 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Although perhaps not the fan favourite from the film franchise, the semicentennial occasion has provided an opportunity to admire anew the spy’s watch. Like Bond himself, Omega says that the watch is...

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A photography exhibition in Hong Kong will explore the past life of the harbour city between 1959 and 1960. A total of 130 photos will be shown at the F11 Foto Museum in the exhibition which will take place between the 3rd October 2019 and the 28th February 2020.  The show is called Ed Van der Elsken – Hong Kong the way it was. It will be the first time Elsken’s series will be shown in its...

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The International Mini Meeting (IMM) is the most anticipated and highly awaited annual Mini Event, visiting the UK only once every five years. This year, which coincides with the Mini’s 60th birthday, it opens on mid-day on Thursday 8th August, at Washingpool Farm, Easter Compton, Bristol, welcoming Mini and MINI owners from all over the World to the first ever South-West IMM. A 60th birthday party for the Mini will be held on Sunday 11th...

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Julien’s Auctions of California presents an online-only auction event of classic Marilyn Monroe photographs on August 5th 2019. This 11″ x 14″ photograph collection, beautifully represented in both colour and black and white prints, features timeless images of Marilyn Monroe taken mostly in 1962 during her now-iconic last photo sessions, harking back to her earlier days as a pin-up model on the beaches of Southern California. Other featured images depict Marilyn drinking champagne in the...

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During Japan’s Edo period, an era in which art and literature flourished, Kitagawa Utamaro (c.1754–1806) rose to fame as one of Japan’s most highly regarded artists and printmakers. Alongside his contemporaries Hiroshige and Hokusai, Utamaro was an acknowledged master of ukiyo-e (pictures of the Floating World). Now the Folio Society has produced a stunning limited edition facsimile of Utamaro’s work in a limited edition of 500 copies. Although he is now renowned for bijin ōkubi-e,...

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