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On 27 February 2019, Christie’s auction house will offer Le Lieu Commun (1964), one of the iconic ‘bowler hat’ Magritte masterpieces. Leading The Art of the Surreal sale, the painting is estimated to fetch between £15-25 million and is expected to set a new world auction record for the artist. This is the first time the work of art—which is considered to be one of the finest and largest examples of René Magritte’s bowler hat...

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The Moon of Baroda diamond—famously worn by Maharajas and Marilyn Monroe—will be auctioned by Christie’s on 27 November. In 1953 it was donned by Monroe when she sang the iconic song, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend whilst promoting the Howard Hawks film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Iconic Hollywood royalty, Marilyn Monroe reportedly exclaimed: ‘It’s gorgeous!’ upon setting eyes on the stone—it was the largest diamond she ever wore in her lifetime. A rich history...

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Rounding up the season’s auction highlights, covering the record-breaking, the eclectic and the unique; we bring you the latest from the world’s most renowned auction houses. Scrawled expression Even 30 years after his death, the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat is proving to be painfully relevant as ever. A creation from his breakthrough year, Untitled (1982), sold at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction this June for over £14 million—soaring beyond its pre-sale estimate of £7.5-10 million....

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Christie’s Geneva will auction the largest Fancy Vivid Pink diamond, The Pink Legacy, on 28 November 2018. Weighing just under 19 carats, the rectangular-cut gem is the highlight of the auction house’s Magnificent Jewels sale, which will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel de Bergues in Geneva. The Pink Legacy diamond descends from the Oppenheimer family—it is currently estimated to fetch from $30-50 U.S. million. A remarkable diamond Rahul Kadakia, international head of jewellery...

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The vast art collection amassed by David Rockefeller will go under the hammer at Christie’s New York from 8-10 May. The auction house is calling the three-day auction ‘the most anticipated art world event of the spring season’. The sale, which coincides with a substantial upswing in the art market, could make history by achieving the enormous sum of $1 billion. No other estate auction has ever surpassed that figure. All proceeds from the Christie’s auction,...

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King Farouk of Egypt’s Patek Philippe watch sold to an unidentified buyer for $912,500 at Christie’s in Dubai on Friday (23 March 2018).    The watch, made for the king in 1944 when he was just 25 years old, sold after nearly five minutes of intense bidding. It fetched a record sum for a timepiece auctioned in the Middle East. The 18-carat gold timepiece was estimated to be worth as much as $800,000 by the...

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A 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish Aston Martin belonging to James Bond actor Daniel Craig will be auctioned in April. The midnight-blue car, aptly numbered 007, is set to be the highlight of The Exceptional Sale at Christie’s New York on 20 April. It is one of only 100 examples of the model worldwide, which were created to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary. It is currently estimated to fetch around $400,000-$600,000, with all proceeds set to...

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Every year, Christie’s gathers horology experts and connoisseurs from far and wide to marvel at the stunning collectables at their watch auction in Dubai. It has been confirmed that Christie’s will auction King Farouk’s watch as part of the ostentatious event: the Patek Philippe Reference 1518 wristwatch. The British auction house will offer the personalised timepiece, formerly owned by King Farouk of Egypt and Sudan—who was also the great grandson of Muhammed Ali of Egypt—in...

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Rare Leonardo da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi (c.1500) sold at a Christie’s New York auction on 15 November for an astounding $450.3 million. The work shattered world records, almost doubling the price of any painting ever sold at auction, despite circulating doubts about its authenticity. Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who sold the painting, had bought it in a private sale back in 2013 for $127.5 million. Auctioneer and global president of Christie’s, Jussi Pylkkanen opened...

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Salvator Mundi (c.1490) by Leonardo da Vinci was the greatest art rediscovery of the 21st century. It is the only piece of known work created by the artist currently in private hands and will be presented for sale at a Christie’s auction in New York on 15 November 2017. Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) is one of the most famous artists of all time. While there are only a very small number of his works that...

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