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With the sad death of Sir Sean Connery, and the 100th birthday of the character James Bond coming up, the secret agent has never been more in the spotlight, or under the hammer. So is now a good time to buy James Bond Memorabilia at auction? Sir Sean Connery’s sad death in October 2020 reminded us all that the character of James Bond remains as entertaining, controversial, and stylish as ever. With the 100th anniversary...

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As 2020 draws to a close, the international auction house looks back to discover some of the incredible moments and insights that defined this time of change. Online is where the action is Sharing the beauty of art and objects from afar brought us together in new and exciting ways, and led to memorable seasons underscored by innovation, adaptation and market leadership. The marketplace swiftly pivoted online, in 2020 70% of all auctions took place...

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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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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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A 102.39 carat D Flawless oval diamond auctioned by Sotheby’s Hong Kong has sold for what experts call a ‘bargain price’ of US$15.7 million. The sale has broken the world record for the highest value ever bid for a jewel in an online auction. The highest price previously paid for a jewel in an online auction was $2.1 million at Christie’s in July for a 28.86 carat diamond. The 102.39-carat diamond sold by Sotheby’s is described...

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On October 5th 2020, Sotheby’s presents one of the rarest and most coveted wonders of nature: a highly important 102.39 carat D Colour Flawless Oval Diamond. See also: Sotheby’s Diamond Goes for “Bargain Price” Only seven D colour Internally Flawless or Flawless white diamonds over 100 carats have been sold at auction, making this the eighth. In an unprecedented move, this perfect diamond will be offered without reserve. This approach marks the first time in...

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The collection of one of Britain’s most iconic female sculptors, Dame Elisabeth Frink, is being sold at auction in Salisbury, after 25 years of lying undiscovered in a barn. The paintings, ceramics and other artworks that inspired Dame Elisabeth Frink, who died in 1993, were packed away in the mid-1990s and only revisited in the last couple of years, following the sudden death of her son and heir, Lin Jammet, in 2017. Over 100 lots...

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Nike Air Jordan 1 sneakers game-worn by basketball hero Michael Jordan in 1985 sold at auction at Sotheby’s for $560,000 – the new world auction record for any pair of sneakers, surpassing the previous record set at Sotheby’s for the Nike 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat ‘Moon Shoe’ sold for $437,500 in July 2019. Following a bidding war which drove the value up by $300,000 within the final twenty minutes of the sale, the pair...

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It’s 80 years since Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain, and Sotheby’s is marking the turbulent years of the great man with an online auction of many of his personal effects in New York from 10th-20th of May. Sir Winston Churchill is remembered as one of the greatest leaders and politicians to ever lead a nation, and his clear-headedness, resolution and rhetorical skills are regarded as major elements in the struggle for victory...

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