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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. 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 auction history that a diamond of this calibre,...

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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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Like many another auction house, Lyon & Turnbull is coping with the coronavirus lockdown by taking its sales online. A sale of 19th and 20th century works of art on April 1st, the firm’s first using the ‘live online’ format, proved a success and showed that the format can work despite the technical challenges. Although held ‘behind closed doors’ in Edinburgh, the sale titled Decorative Arts: Design from 1860 attracted close to 1,400 registered bidders...

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A Whisky Auctioneer auction has broken records as a valuable and rare 1926 Macallan sold for $1,072,000 (£825,000), which broke the previous sale record of $912,000 in 2018. The whiskies up for sale, described as the ‘Perfect Collection’ had already sparked global interest before the auction started. This was the first online whisky auction that saw a bottle sell for a million dollars. Bids came in from 56 countries all over the world, with 1,642...

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On 10th March 2020, Bonhams is to present property from the Estate of award-winning entertainer Diahann Carroll, which will be sold at auction in Los Angeles. The collection will feature 150 items, including furniture, personal items, photos, clothing, shoes, handbags and jewellery. Head of Jewellery at Bonhams, Emily Waterfall said: “This sale encapsulates Diahann’s legacy through her personal memorabilia and offers a glimpse into her iconic lifestyle. We are thrilled to offer this special collection...

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International car auctioneer RM Sotheby’s kicked off its 2020 calendar with its 21st annual Arizona auction, bringing in a total of $30.4 million in sales, with 90 percent of all lots sold. The two-night auction, held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix during Arizona Car Week, saw bidders from 26 countries in the room and via phone and internet, 25 percent of them registering to bid with RM Sotheby’s for the first time. The top...

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A lost painting by artist L.S Lowry has sold at auction for £2.65 million. The painting, which sold at a Christie’s Auction on Tuesday, had been lost after Lowry gave the artwork to medical researcher Leonard D Hamilton 70 years ago. Art experts only came to know of its existence after Hamilton’s death. See Also: Teenage Mozart Painting Rockets Past Estimated Price at Christie’s Auction  Hamilton took the painting with him when he moved to...

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Artcurial’s Winter sales at the Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo return on the 14th-16th January 2020, offering a striking array of luxury collectables, from fine watches and Hermès handbags to rare jewellery and stones including Lalique. Jewellery sale highlights (15th Jan) include: An opal-set Lalique neck plate from the Maurice Rheims collection (estimate: €150,000 – 200,000) A pink gold pendant necklace made of a square-cut blue-green diamond, a pear-cut yellow diamond and eight pear-cut pink diamonds...

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