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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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Christie’s presents Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection at auction. There are few names that encapsulate classic Hollywood—Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Marlon Brandon—but few have the intrigue of Audrey Hepburn. The British actress rose to stardom incredibly quickly in her career and captured the hearts of millions. A sale of her private collection will be held at Christie’s in September, giving a view into her life beyond the silver screen. Audrey Hepburn is probably best known for...

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From eclectic memorabilia to record-breaking gems, we bring you the latest results from the world’s biggest auction houses. Lennon’s Locks A lock of John Lennon’s hair has sold at Heritage Auctions in Dallas for $35,000. A German barber cut the stands from the Beatle’s hair in 1966, one month after the release of album Revolver, and just before Lennon appeared in the black comedy film, How I Won the War. The winning bidder, Paul Fraser,...

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Remarkable record-breaking prices keep happening with rarity being a coveted trait. We bring you the latest from the world’s biggest auction houses. The Blue Moon A new world record was set at Sotheby’s in November 2015, as a 12.03-carat blue diamond was sold for $48 million—an auction record for any diamond, of any colour. The striking blue diamond, dubbed ‘The Blue Moon’, was bought by Hong Kong tycoon Joseph Lau for his daughter, and he...

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