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Is there anything more exciting than a concert violinist standing in front of a full symphony orchestra, ready to share with the world the beauty of Tchaikovsky? Perhaps a soloist playing on their own beautifully hand-crafted instrument. Once a violinist reaches a certain level of expertise, the next step in their career is to locate a violin made specifically to suit their requirements. We round up places to find elegant and excellent violins around the...

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A monumental fresco on the Champ de Mars in Paris was inaugurated on Saturday, June 15th to mark World Refugee Day. The work of ‘land-artist’ Saype, a native of Franche-Comté in Eastern France, the work, Derrière les Murs (Beyond Walls) is 600 metres long and 25 metres wide, and its full scale can be appreciated only from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Inaugurated by the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, the fresco, spray-painted with...

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World-leading auction house Sotheby’s has been sold for $3.7b to French-Israeli telecomms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi. Shares in the auction house had dropped by 40 percent in the past year, and Philip Hoffman, chief executive officer of the Fine Art Fund and former Christie’s CEO, said “It was ripe for Sotheby’s to go private. Christie’s has more advantages being run privately and not having public quarterly reporting that puts pressure on their ability to do deals.”...

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The unparalleled beauty of the  pearl has become a metaphor for perfection, rarity and passion. Efectively the first discovered ‘gem’, though it’s organic rather than mineral, no accounts exist of the earliest human use of the pearl. Presumably, man first discovered it while hunting for food along the coasts, beginning a long-standing appreciation for one of humanity’s most coveted precious objects. Fit For a Queen Until recently, ownership of pearls was reserved exclusively for the...

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The Art Car Boot Fair’s mid-summer art “love-in” will take over Lewis Cubitt Square in King’s Cross on 23rd June. This is a unique chance to meet and barter with over 120 renowned artists, invited to create artworks specially for the day and to come along to sell them in person. The theme of the summer fair is love: love for the planet, love for each other and love of art. Famed for its festival...

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While investment in stocks, shares and bonds remains an uncertain option, alternative investments, such as art, cars, coins and stamps, have become increasingly attractive. The rate of return can be spectacular, and this is true nowhere more than in the world of wine bottles. Between 2012 and 2017, for instance, the Petit Mouton 2011 vintage appreciated from £690 per case to £1,831, an increase of 165 percent.  Last year, two of just 600 surviving bottles...

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The enormous success of 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger also marked the beginning of long association with British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin. The Aston Martin DB5, the model most associated with James Bond, is now one of the world’s most iconic cars, and in an auction at Sotheby’s California in August, you could buy one of the few remaining vehicles with a direct association with James Bond. The vehicle for sale is a 1965...

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Opera Gallery celebrates its 25th anniversary as one the leading dealers of contemporary art at this year’s Masterpiece London event, taking place from 27th June to 3rd July in Chelsea, London. The gallery will present an impressive selection of contemporary art by some of the most established artists of the 20th century, including Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder and Henri Matisse. Two previously unseen works by the iconic American painter Keith Haring will also be for...

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing this July, the exhibition The Mapping of the Moon: 1669-1969 at The Map House, London, marks 300 years of lunar and celestial cartography. Taking place from June 21st to August 21st 2019, the exhibition celebrates the work of early astronomers in the 17th century to the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 and beyond. Highlights from the exhibition include signed memorabilia by astronauts...

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Audrey Hepburn, who was at the peak of her fame in the 1950s and ‘60s, is remembered for movies as diverse as Roman Holiday, Sabrina, The Nun’s Tale, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady. She became not only a world-celebrated actress, but also a style icon, her images reproduced thousands of times.  Added to the International Best Dressed List in 1961, Hepburn was associated with a minimalistic style, usually wearing clothes with simple silhouettes...

Unique in its broad international coverage of both arts and cultural events, Arts & Collections covers fine art from antiquity to modern times, auction records, a special sale preview by Sotheby’s, as well as market trends that inform collectors of the world’s finest items.

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