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Although Ian Fleming did not provide James Bond with a birth date, John Pearson’s official fictional biography of the agent does, and it turns out that 007 would have turned 100 on November 11th, 2020. Coinciding with the centenary and the passing of Sean Connery aged 90 is Ewbank’s Auctions’ James Bond memorabilia sale, aptly titled A Time To Buy, on November 20. Ewbank’s have been holding dedicated Bond auctions for some time, with additional...

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Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 auction on November 2nd-3rd includes important works by both Archibald Knox (1864-1933) and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). The Live Online auction will be on view in the company’s historic Edinburgh saleroom. Archibald Knox’s designs for Liberty & Co. are very well documented, especially his designs for their Tudric and Cymric ranges (top of page). They enjoy a global reputation. Famously, Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is a fan...

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Celebrating the best of European design from pottery by Hans Coper to jewellery by Henning Koppel and furniture by John Makepeace, Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made auction on October 23rd brings to market important works from across the European design canon. (All images courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull) Works by Modern British artists are headlined by The Red Curtain, a key Camden Town school oil by William Ratcliffe (1870-1955). Dated to c.1916 (it was included...

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A considerable collection of Modern Art and Design collectibles including furniture by visionary designer Philippe Starck, pottery by Dame Lucie Rie and Edmund de Waal, and lighting and art by popular household names will go up for auction on Tuesday 27th October at Chorley’s of Gloucestershire. Furniture by visionary designer Philippe Starck in the sale includes a pair of Cam El Eon bar stools (image top of page), grey plastic moulded seats on aluminium frame...

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From 16th to 22nd October 2020, Artcurial will hold a sale and exhibition of the Jeanne Moreau Collection, comprising nearly 300 lots, including wardrobe items, jewellery and unpublished photographs. Jeanne Moreau, who died in 2017, was an actress in the theatre and cinema, a director, author and performer. The tribute sale comprising nearly 300 lots comes largely from the artist’s wardrobe as worn in films and at award evenings. There will also be items of...

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The Folio Society brings Robin Hobb’s genre favourite fantasy novels The Farseer Trilogy to life in a spectacular three-volume set, with an introduction specially commissioned by the author, and fifteen ethereal illustrations by award-winning fantasy artist, David Palumbo. Bringing together Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest, this trilogy includes illustrations depicting Robin Hobb’s fascinating characters and vast landscapes with exquisite detail, delivering a realistic medieval tone within a rich tapestry of magic and otherworldliness....

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It’s a challenging time for the luxury watch market, with sales dipping in the face of the coronavirus lockdown, new product releases delayed, and trade show Baselworld collapsing. But all this doesn’t necessarily impact the secondary market, and David Hurley, executive vice president for The Watches of Switzerland Group in the United States, says that investment-grade timepieces are still much sought-after: “During Covid, it seems people have doubled down on purchases that hold and grow...

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The future of Baselworld, the high-end watch and jewellery trade show held annually since 1917, is in doubt with the defection of major exhibitors including Rolex, Swatch, Chopard, Chanel and Tudor. Organised by the MCH Group which also organises Art Basel in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, Baselworld was already ailing due to the high-profile exit of Swatch in 2019 citing issues including costs, and the loss of others including Dior, Seiko and Breitling....

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A limited edition of Jean de Brunhoff’s children’s classic The Story of Babar has been produced by The Folio Society. Limited to 750 copies, the edition features specially commissioned essays, archive material, sketches and a maquette. The Story of Babar follows the incredible journey of ‘le petit éléphant’ from bedtime tale to one of the most memorable and loved children’s stories of all time. Jean de Brunhoff ’s original artwork for Histoire de Babar is...

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A new exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s ceramics opens in March 2020 at Huxley-Parlour Gallery. It is the first time the artist’s ceramics will be exhibited as a solo show in a commercial gallery in London. Pablo Picasso’s ceramic works have generated significant interest in recent years. With subjects varying from Greek mythological figures, animals, faces and even scenes of the Spanish corrida, his pieces are united by an accessible and playful aesthetic that carries the...

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