Modern Collectables

World Record Timepiece Auction Price Smashed By Patek Philippe For Only Watch Charity

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...

French Auction House Artcurial Announces Three Outstanding Design Sales

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...

Folio Society Titles Range from Alice In Wonderland to Kung Fu

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,...

Wallace Chan’s First UK Solo Show Highlights Innovations In Ceramic Jewellery

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...
UK Colour Pencil Society Draws Artists to Derwent Pencil Museum

Modern CollectablesUK Colour Pencil Society Draws Artists to Derwent Pencil Museum

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...
Omega Releases Special Edition James Bond Seamaster Watch

Modern CollectablesOmega Releases Special Edition James Bond Seamaster Watch

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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