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Known for its breathtaking beaches and beautiful landscapes, Barbados brims with a rich and vibrant artistic heritage. The birthplace of musical icon Rihanna and legendary cricketing giant Sir Garfield Sobers, this 166 square mile jewel in the Caribbean Sea is a treasure-trove of creatives, whose talents are not only reflected within its shores but have also made waves around the globe. While culturally Barbados was born out of a blending of West African and British...

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The following statement from Sotheby’s was distributed today, Monday 16th March 2020: An Update from Charles F. Stewart, CEO “Needless to say, the last few weeks have been very challenging as we grapple with the health, safety and market effects of the COVID-19 virus spread. Our top priority has been to ensure the safety of our employees and clients, and we are responding accordingly. As a global business, we have been reacting to the virus...

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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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As we usher in a new year, international auction house Sotheby’s has previewed 20 sales to look for in the first quarter of 2020. 1. RM Sotheby’s: Arizona, Phoenix, 16th–17th January Kicking off the collector car auction season, RM Sotheby’s returns to the stunning grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, 16th–17th January, for its 21st annual Arizona sale. The auction will feature sub-$100,000 collectible cars, as well as sports and GT...

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Olyvia Kwok made her debut in the art world when she purchased a Chinese scroll painting at an auction for $33,000 and later sold it at a Hong Kong auction house for $220,000. She was just 22 years old at the time. Today, Kwok has accumulated over 15 years experience in art collection and has founded her own firm, Willstone Management, where she now offers bespoke art investment services. In this exclusive interview, Olyvia Kwok...

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Sotheby’s New York’s “Selling Exhibition” celebrates the art of collecting with an assemblage of artworks and sculptures inspired by the tastes of two most influential lines of collectors, the Chatsworth and Cavendish families. Inspired by Chatsworth: A Selling Exhibition revisits the country house aesthetic, via its splendid collection of 18thcentury silver, commissioned portraits of nobility, captivating biblical paintings, diamond jewellery and domestic items. Original Compositions Giovanni Battista di Jacopo Rosso, otherwise referred to as Rosso...

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An extremely rare medieval chess piece, one of the five missing Lewis Chessmen, has been sold at a Sotheby’s auction to an anonymous buyer for £735,000. The 900 year-old Lewis Chessmen hoard was discovered on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 and includes some 93 pieces, most of which are now to be found in the British Museum.  The newly re-discovered piece, found in a drawer in an Edinburgh home, is a warder (the medieval...

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An extremely valuable medieval chess piece, one of the five missing Lewis Chessmen, has recently been discovered in a drawer by a family in Edinburgh.  The 900 year-old Lewis Chessmen hoard was discovered on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 and includes some 93 pieces, most of which are now to be found in the British Museum.  The newly re-discovered piece is a warder (the medieval equivalent of a rook) in the form of an...

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The enormous success of 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger also marked the beginning of long association with British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin. The Aston Martin DB5, the model most associated with James Bond, is now one of the world’s most iconic cars, and in an auction at Sotheby’s California in August, you could buy one of the few remaining vehicles with a direct association with James Bond. The vehicle for sale is a 1965...

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A painting by Claude Monet, one of the Meules (Haystacks) series, depicting rural life near his home in the Normandy region, has set world records by selling for $110.7m (£85.7m). Shortly after, a sculpture by US pop artist Jeff Koons sold for $91.1m (£71m), breaking the record price for a work by a living artist. The Monet painting from 1890 was the first Impressionist work to achieve over $100m. It was last auctioned in 1986,...

Unique in its broad international coverage of both arts and cultural events, Arts & Collections covers fine art from antiquity to modern times, auction records, a special sale preview by Sotheby’s, as well as market trends that inform collectors of the world’s finest items.

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