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$1.5b Paul G. Allen Auction Sets New Record for Christie’s

Achieving $1.5 billion in a single evening, Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection has become the biggest sale in auction history, setting a record for a single-session, single-owner sale. It trumped, for instance Sotheby’s $676.1m Macklowe collection evening sale in November 2021, and the 9th November sale was only Part 1 of the Visionary event. Fueled by record-breaking masterworks spanning 500 years of artistic innovation, the Paul G. Allen collection, amassed by the co-founder of...

Christie’s Sells ‘Fortune Pink’ Diamond for CHF 28.4m

Christie’s Geneva auctioned The Fortune Pink as part of its November 8th Magnificent Jewels sale, which takes place twice each year. The Fortune Pink – the largest vivid pink pear-shaped diamond ever to be sold at auction – had an estimate of CHF25-35m, but reached CHF28,436,500 (£25,353,336). The pink diamond was undoubtedly the star of the show, though it was sold alongside impressive pieces from Van Cleef and Arpels, Harry Winston, Bulgari, Graff and Cartier....

Christie’s Partners with Galerie Steinitz on Blockchain-Recorded Sale

Christie’s auction house has partnered up with renowned French antiques dealer of 18th and 19th century furniture and sculpture, Benjamin Steinitz, in a first for classic art: all 58 lots offered in the live auction Provenance Revealed: Galerie Steinitz on 21st September in London will be registered and secured on the Blockchain through Artory, a world leader in art tech and the blockchain-secured registration of physical artworks and collectibles. Provenance Revealed: Galerie Steinitz presents a remarkable opportunity for collectors to acquire a wide variety of objects...

Sean Connery’s 1964 Aston Martin Fetches $2.2m at Auction

An Aston Martin DB5 owned by the late James Bond actor, Sir Sean Connery, has been sold for $2.2m (£1.9m) at an auction in California. The family of the legendary Scottish actor, who died in October 2020 at the age of 90, sold the 1964 classic car to raise money for the Sean Connery Philanthropy Fund. This commitment will continue the legacy of giving that Connery started in 1971 when he donated his entire $1,000,000...

‘Buzz’ Aldrin’s Apollo 11 Jacket Fetches a Record $2.7m at Auction

The jacket worn by astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin on his first mission to the moon has sold for a record-breaking $2.77m (£2.3m), becoming the most valuable American space artifact ever sold at auction. The spaceflight jacket, sold by Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday 26th July, was worn by Aldrin in the famous Apollo 11 mission in 1969 where he was alongside Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins. Key features of the jacket include Aldrin’s name...

Distillery Donates £1m to Local Community Following World Record Whisky Cask Sale

Distillery Ardbeg Islay has donated £1 million to its local community for their “patience” following a world record sale of a “vanishingly rare” single malt cask to a mystery collector. Generations of distillery workers at Ardbeg Islay were acknowledged for their work in producing the 1975 cask of whisky which was sold at auction for £16 million – shattering the previous record of £1 million. A large amount of the Scotch distilled at the distillery...

Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies Collaborate to Present “Hollywood Legends”

Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) have announced an exclusive joint collaboration which will combine the rich legacies of the acclaimed auction house to the stars and the industry revered programming brand, to offer classic movie fans and memorabilia collectors a unique and dynamic destination like no other. “Julien’s Auctions and TCM Presents” will showcase some of the most iconic and fascinating objects ever used by Hollywood’s biggest stars and legends in the greatest films...

Sotheby’s Auctions Two of the Rarest ‘Ghost Whisky’ Casks

Diageo and Sotheby’s have announced the opening of a sale of two of the rarest and most valuable casks of Single Malt Scotch Whisky in existence, sourced directly from the dwindling original ‘ghost’ stocks of the iconic distilleries Brora and Port Ellen. Each cask comes with the opportunity to collaborate on a commission with an internationally acclaimed artist, creating one-off pieces that reflect the distilleries and their whisky. Offered as part of the celebrations for...

Iconic Dorchester Hotel to Auction Off Its Pre-Renovation Contents

One of London’s most legendary hotels is set to auction more than 2,000 items next month, as part of a huge phased renovation project. Located in the heart of London’s Mayfair and overlooking Hyde Park, The Dorchester will be selling furnishings, artworks and accessories all reflecting its breath-taking grandeur. As part of a two-day sale spearheaded by hospitality auctioneer Pro Auction, buyers will be able to acquire the trappings of a five-star lifestyle as The...

Kurt Cobain’s Guitar Stars in Julien’s Auctions’ Music Icons Auction Event

Julien’s Auctions’ blockbuster three-day music auction event Music Icons held from Friday, May 20th – Sunday, May 22nd 2022 culminated in the highly anticipated sale of the iconic electric guitar that changed music and the world: Kurt Cobain’s 1969 Fender Mustang played in Nirvana’s breakthrough hit and landmark 1991 music video, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” One of the most important and iconic guitars owned and played by Kurt Cobain ever to come to auction sold for $4.5 million,...

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