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Tamara de Lempicka at Sotheby’s New York

Sotheby’s New York is pleased to present The World of Tamara: A Celebration of Lempicka and Art Deco, a selling exhibition dedicated to the true pioneer and decisive arbiter of Art Deco painting. Tamara de Lempicka’s cosmopolitan portraits are imbued with the opulence and liberated boldness of the années folles: the golden age that overtook Europe in the 1920s and 30s. Tamara Łempicka, born Tamara Rozalia Gurwik-Górska on16th May 1898, better known as Tamara de Lempicka, was a...

Sotheby’s Guide to LA Frieze Week

Sotheby’s has previewed Frieze Los Angeles, which takes place from February 29th – March 3rd, 2024 at Santa Monica Airport. The fair returns to Santa Monica Airport for its fifth edition with new public spaces, a new Focus curator, and new local and international exhibitors. A Letter from Sotheby’s Elizabeth Beaman, Senior Vice President, Head of Southern California, said: “Los Angeles has truly become the other art world capital of the United States. While L.A....

Sotheby’s Vision of America

This January, Sotheby’s has announced Visions of America, a celebration of American craftsmanship and culture filled with auctions, events, and experiences. Spanning three floors of gallery space at its New York headquarters, Visions of America presents “unparalleled examples of American art and objects spanning the 17th century to today”. The auctions include a diverse array of superlative fine art, furniture, fashion, decorative arts, folk art, historic maps, books, whiskey, manuscripts, and more. Thom Browne, the...

Michael Jordan Sneakers Set World Auction Record

A pair of sneakers worn by basketball icon Michael Jordan at the 1998 NBA finals have achieved more than $2.2m (£1.8m) in an auction at Sotheby’s, making them the most expensive pair of trainers ever sold. The Air Jordans beat the previous record of $1.8m (£1.45 million) held by a pair of Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1s. The Air Jordan 13s were worn by Michael Jordan for the second game of the finals during...

‘Buzz’ Aldrin’s Apollo 11 Jacket Fetches a Record $2.7m at Auction

The jacket worn by astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin on his first mission to the moon has sold for a record-breaking $2.77m (£2.3m), becoming the most valuable American space artifact ever sold at auction. The spaceflight jacket, sold by Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday 26th July, was worn by Aldrin in the famous Apollo 11 mission in 1969 where he was alongside Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins. Key features of the jacket include Aldrin’s name...

Sotheby’s Auctions Two of the Rarest ‘Ghost Whisky’ Casks

Diageo and Sotheby’s have announced the opening of a sale of two of the rarest and most valuable casks of Single Malt Scotch Whisky in existence, sourced directly from the dwindling original ‘ghost’ stocks of the iconic distilleries Brora and Port Ellen. Each cask comes with the opportunity to collaborate on a commission with an internationally acclaimed artist, creating one-off pieces that reflect the distilleries and their whisky. Offered as part of the celebrations for...

Sotheby’s Sells World’s Largest Cut Diamond for £3.2m

The world’s largest cut diamond, thought to have come from outer space, has been sold by Sotheby’s for £3.2m. The billion-year-old, 555.55 carat black diamond entitled ‘the Enigma’, went under the hammer on the Sotheby’s online auction taking place from 3rd – 9th February. It didn’t achieve the stellar price expected, selling for £3.2m ($4.3m) on an estimate of $4m to $7m. Enigma, which possesses 55 facets, is designed in honour of the Middle Eastern...

Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Bin’ Sells for a Record £18.6m at Sotheby’s

The world-renowned partially shredded Banksy artwork, Love is in the Bin, previously known as Girl with Balloon prior to the self-destruction, has sold for a record-breaking £18,582,000 at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday. The original piece had attracted attention from all across the world three years ago, when the artist went on to operate the shredding mechanism of the artwork after it went under the hammer for £1m in 2018. Love is In the Bin...

The Dalmore Decades Secures Over £800,000 at Sotheby’s

The Dalmore Decades Highland Single Malt has achieved a record sale of HK$8,750,000/US$1,124,000 for a one-of-one, exceedingly rare collection of six extraordinary whiskies at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The Dalmore Decades No.6 Collection, the only complete set of The Dalmore Decades, sold as a dedicated single lot auction. This price achieved represents the highest value for a whisky lot sold at Sotheby’s so far this year and the most valuable whisky lot ever sold by...

Sotheby’s Announces Dates For Macklowe Collection Sale

This morning, Thursday 9th September, at a global livestream event, Sotheby’s revealed details of the forthcoming landmark sales of The Macklowe Collection – one of the most important art collections, of any kind, ever to come to the market. See also: Macklowe Collection Auction Smashes Records for Sotheby’s Each of the 65 works is a consummate masterpiece in its own right; together they constitute an unrivalled ensemble that charts the high points of Western artistic...

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