Christie’s to offer The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection – New York – 15.06.2017 – 7535

Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Autograph manuscript signed for his piano sonata in A-flat major, D. 557, May 1817. 8 pages (240 x 320mm). Estimate: $350,000-500,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

Christie’s announces The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection, a dedicated auction of rare musical manuscripts and memorabilia, to take place in New York on June 15, 2017, with two exquisite pieces of jewelry to be sold in the Magnificent Jewels auction on June 20, 2017. Funds from the sale will benefit the Opera Guild and the Metropolitan Opera. Highlights will be previewed during a global tour with exhibitions in London and Hong Kong in April and May. The full collection will be on preview in New York June 10-14.

The collection includes approximately 90 lots and represents a selection of autograph material from some of the most important composers of the Western classical tradition spanning from the Baroque era to the 20th-century. The majority of manuscripts come from the carefully assembled gift of Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956), renowned American composer and trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera. The sale is led by the sole surviving autograph musical manuscript by Schubert for his Piano Sonata in A flat Major (estimate: $350,000-500,000). Additional highlights include annotated manuscripts and letters by the trinity of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Illuminating the sale are objets d’art with provenance grounded in opera and classical music including Enrico Caruso’s Cartier gold eyeglass case with glasses and Arturo Toscanini’s Gubelin open-faced pocket watch.

Sven Becker, Head of Books & Manuscripts, Christie’s New York, remarks: “Christie’s is honored to be entrusted with this special collection offering a concentration of fine musical autograph material. Collections such as this come to the market very infrequently; even more rarely do they bear the name of such a well-regarded American institution.”

“We are pleased to be working with Christie’s to present this auction at the time of two important milestones in 2016/7: the 60th anniversary of the death of Edwin Franko Goldman and the 50th anniversary of the Met Opera at Lincoln Center,” says Richard J. Miller Jr., President of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. “Funds generated from this sale will ensure that the Guild and the Metropolitan Opera are poised to continue fulfilling their respective missions for years to come.”

Cataloguing and complete details of the sale will be available in May 2017.

Global Tour Dates and Locations:
• London | Highlights Exhibition | April 19-27
• Hong Kong | Highlights Exhibition | May 26-29
• New York | Sale Preview | June 10-14

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Source : Artdaily

Masterworks by Moran, Sandzén, Couse, Rockwell highlight May 3 American Art Signature Auction – Dallas, TX – 03.05.2017 – 7534

Birger Sandzén (Swedish/American, 1871-1954), Creek at Twilight, 1927. Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches. Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000.

Continuing in its reputation for offering outstanding examples from virtually every category of American Art, Heritage Auctions’ American Art Signature Auction May 3 will feature masterworks by trailblazers such as Thomas Moran, E. Irving Couse, Birger Sandzén and Norman Rockwell. Additionally, a significant selection of Early American Modernist works on paper from the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry and May Ann Gans will prove a true highlight for savvy collectors.

WESTERN ART
Leading the sale is Thomas Moran’s Mountain Lion in Grand Canyon (Lair of the Mountain Lion) (est. $600,000-800,000). Previously owned by distinguished Western Art collector William Thomas Gilcrease, the painting’s impeccable provenance further underscores its importance within Moran’s oeuvre. Although Gilcrease donated the majority of his collection to his eponymous museum in Tulsa, he kept Mountain Lion in Grand Canyon for himself, ultimately gifting it to his daughter, Des Cygne. The painting has remained in the family of Des Cygne’s husband, the late Corwin D. Denney, a Gilcrease Museum board member and philanthropist in his own right.

“Once again, we have obtained a superb selection of American works from private sources, and we are thrilled to present fresh to market masterworks at various price points. Considered by many to be the premier painter of the American West, Thomas Moran captured the imagination of viewers at the turn of the century, and his works such as this helped inspire the creation of the National Park System,”said Aviva Lehmann, Heritage Auctions’ Director of American Art.

Birger Sandzén’s Creek at Twilight (est. $300,000-500,000) from 1927 is a large-scale example of the artist’s painterly virtuoso. Exemplifying his hallmark Fauvist palette and bold, energized brushwork, this monumental example showcases the artist’s ability to truly dazzle his viewer. Purchased in 1927 directly from the artist’s trunk by the graduating class of Washington High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Creek at Twilight has remained in the school’s possession to this day. Appearing at auction directly from the Washington High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation, proceeds from the sale will benefit the foundation’s Continuing Education Scholarship Fund. Continue reading “Masterworks by Moran, Sandzén, Couse, Rockwell highlight May 3 American Art Signature Auction – Dallas, TX – 03.05.2017 – 7534”

Christie’s Geneva announces first ever dedicated Rolex auction session – 15.05.2017 – 7533

Rolex. A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Green « Khanjar » Symbol, presented by the Sultan of Oman to the current owner in 1974, Oyster Chromograph, Daytona Model, REF. 6263, Circa 1972. Estimate: CHF/US$320,000 – 420,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

Christie’s Geneva will dedicate the afternoon session of its Important Watches auction on 15 May entirely to Rolex by offering 116 watches of 55 different references, retracing the history of this watchmaker from the 1930s to the latest models introduced to the market. This is the largest gathering of Rolex timepieces any auction house has ever offered in one single afternoon, with estimates ranging from CHF/US$2,000 to CHF/US$ 500,000 and we are delighted to take young as well as established collectors and watch enthusiasts on a discovery tour:

ROLEX. A POSSIBLY UNIQUE 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TROPICAL LEMON DIAL AND WHITE NUMERALS INSIDE THE SUBSIDIARY DIALS, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6264, CIRCA 1970
A new discovery and entirely fresh to the market with only two previous owners, the Rolex gold 6264 Paul Newman tropical lemon dial is a watch that almost nobody knew existed until recently. What really sets the pulse racing when one is first confronted with this watch is the realization that both the outer minute/fifths of a second ring and all three subsidiary dials have tropicalized from black to an even rich chocolate brown. This incredible tropicalization comes on top of the fact that the dial is an extremely rare variant in its own right. The so-called “lemon” Paul Newman refers to the pale hue of the background colour, very few examples are known and the shade can vary from pale straw to almost yellow. Only four examples of the 18K gold reference 6264 are known publically with a lemon dial with white printed subsidiary numerals, of these four, one other example is known to be tropicalized. Estimate: CHF/US$500,000 – 800,000.

ROLEX. A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH GREEN « KHANJAR » SYMBOL, PRESENTED BY THE SULTAN OF OMAN TO THE CURRENT OWNER IN 1974, OYSTER COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 6263, CIRCA 1972
The present watch is from the exceedingly small series of so-called “Green Khanjar” Daytonas made for the Sultan of Oman, to be presented as token of appreciation. To date, less than 10 examples of this model in stainless steel are known to exist, references 6263 and 6265, featuring silvered or black dials. The present specimen bearing serial number 3’048’923 is believed to be the earliest known “Green Khanjar” Daytona known to date. Very recently discovered and one of the exceedingly few true “hidden treasures” to appear in public in recent years. Estimate: CHF/US$320,000 – 420,000. Continue reading “Christie’s Geneva announces first ever dedicated Rolex auction session – 15.05.2017 – 7533”

Important Asian works of art auction to be held April 23rd by Tremont Auctions – Newton, MASS – 7532

Pair of Japanese cloisonné vases with silver wire work, decorations showing landscapes and geese with flowers and borders of floral scrolling.

A monumental Chinese porcelain palace vase made around 1870 with lovely pate-sur-pate pagoda decoration, and three miniature Persian paintings executed in the early 17th century during the Safavid period, are expected top achievers in an important Asian works of art auction scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd, by Tremont Auctions, online and in the firm’s gallery.

The gallery address is 26 Ossipee Road in Newton (zip 02464). Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and the Chinese platform Artfox.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted, for select lots. The auction will begin promptly at 10:30 am Eastern time. In all, around 600 premier lots, all of them Asian and mostly Chinese, will be sold.

The Chinese temple vase, monumental at 48 inches in height, comes with a superb provenance, having descended through the family of the American banker and philanthropist Morris Ketchum Jesup (1830-1908), who also served as president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The vase was kept at Jesup’s summer home in Lenox, Mass., called Belvoir Terrace.

The vase is pear-shaped, with a trumpet mouth. The pate-sur-pate decorations are of pagodas, figures, animals and flowers, in a white slip of slate blue ground. It is estimated to sell for $10,000-$15,000.

The three miniature Persian paintings, to be sold as individual lots, were done in the early 1600s using ink, colors and gilt on heavy paper. All three are framed and glazed and have an average size of 12 inches by 7 ¼ inches. One depicts a combat scene from a Shahnama, one a scene of Sultan Sanjar and his Vizier, and one a scene of The Fire Ordeal of Siyavush, from a Shahnama. The paintings come from the collection of an octogenarian collector in Boston’s Back Bay area. Continue reading “Important Asian works of art auction to be held April 23rd by Tremont Auctions – Newton, MASS – 7532”

Christie’s to offer works from the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Collection – New York – 17.05.2017- 5730

Andy Warhol, Last Supper (Pink) synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas Executed in 1986. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

Christie’s has been entrusted with Visionaries: Works from the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Collection. The Spiegels were internationally recognized as vanguard collectors of Post-War and Contemporary Art, who devoted the last thirty years of their lives to the patronage of and philanthropy to the arts. The Spiegels’ legendary collection of painting, sculpture, and photography comprises over 100 works, and will represent the first 26 lots of the Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale in New York on May 17. Additional works will be included throughout the Day sales and in a dedicated auction of photography, which will take place in New York this October. Together, the collection is expected to realize in excess of $100 million. Highlights will be on view at Christie’s London April 6-11.

Alex Rotter, Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art, remarked “The Collection of Emily and Jerry Spiegel is one of the great examples of visionary collecting in Post-War America. The Spiegels bought Wool, Sherman, Koons, Polke and Kiefer when very few collectors had the guts to do so, and acquired works that were considered incredibly radical and fierce at the time. As a testament to their foresight, these works are just as poignant today – only now they are among the most sought after examples of contemporary art in private hands. However, the Spiegels didn’t restrict their collecting to new artists. They successfully combined threads of Pop, Minimalism and photography with cutting edge contemporary to form a collection that conveyed a deep representation of post-war art.”

From humble origins working on his uncle’s Long Island farm, Jerry Spiegel rose to become one of Long Island’s most enterprising real estate developers. Sharing Mr. Spiegel’s passion for visionary thinking was his beloved wife, Emily—a singular spirit renowned for her vivacity, intelligence, and dedication to art. Continue reading “Christie’s to offer works from the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Collection – New York – 17.05.2017- 5730”

Matisse masterpiece leads Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in New York – 17.05.2017 – 7528

Arbre de Neige by Henri Matisse. Estimated at $800,000-1,200,000. Photo: Bonhams.

Arbre de Neige, a vibrant and important cutout by the French painter Henri Matisse, leads Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in New York on Wednesday 17 May 2017. It is estimated at $800,000-1,200,000.

Matisse’s cutouts are now among his most recognizable works. They combine the fluid line of his drawings with the brilliant color sense of his paintings, as the recent landmark exhibition at the Tate and MoMA demonstrated so memorably. The location of Arbre de Neige was not known to the curators of that show as it has been in a Canadian private collection since 1968. It was sold in that year by the celebrated Swedish collector Theodor Ahrenberg, a great connoisseur of Matisse’s work, who had acquired it directly from the artist through Heinz Berggruen.

Arbre de Neige was created in 1947 as one of a series of small scale works in richly colored paper with which the artist covered the walls of his studio at the Villa Le Rêve at Vence, in the south of France. Matisse had first used the technique to stunning effect in designing his pivotal print series Jazz, conceived during the war and published in 1947. Each element was cut with masterful certainty into heavy paper, a technique Matisse described as “drawing with scissors”. The cutouts were then pinned against sheets of complementary colors and arranged on the wall at the artist’s direction. The loosely affixed elements and their delicate organic shapes reacted to the shifting light and gentle breezes to create an exotic indoor garden. Continue reading “Matisse masterpiece leads Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in New York – 17.05.2017 – 7528”

One of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands to be sold at Sotheby’s – London – 05.07.2017 – 7527

J.M.W. Turner, Ehrenbreitstein, 1835. Estimate: £15-25 million (US$18.7-31.2m / €17.3-28.9m). Photo: Sotheby’s.

In July this year, Sotheby’s will offer for sale one of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands. Painted in 1835, Ehrenbreitstein is a late work, dating from a period that is widely considered Turner’s best: other works from this time now hang in the world’s greatest museums, with only a minute number of this importance and quality remaining in private ownership. The subject of enormous critical acclaim when it was first exhibited in 1835, the painting depicts the ruined fortress of Ehrenbreitstein near Coblenz – a place of special significance for Turner. Though he made many drawings and watercolours of German views, this is the most important oil painting of a German subject that Turner ever painted. The picture will be offered at Sotheby’s in London on 5th July with an estimate of £15-25 million (US$18.7-31.2m / €17.3 – 28.9m)

Often referred to as the ‘painter of light’, Turner is widely regarded as Britain’s foremost artist, whose unique and unprecedented style not only had a profound and lasting impact on British art, but was also a vital precursor to both the Impressionist and the much later Abstract Expressionist movements. (Monet openly acknowledged his indebtedness to Turner.) Major works of such astounding quality by Turner are rare on the international market. The last example to be offered (Rome, from Mount Aventine, painted in the same year as Ehrenbreitstein and offered at Sotheby’s in 2014) made a record £30.3 million/ $47.6 million – the highest price ever achieved for any British-born artist at auction, and placing Turner alongside Rubens and Raphael as one of just three artists from the pre-Impressionist era to have achieved prices at this level. Continue reading “One of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands to be sold at Sotheby’s – London – 05.07.2017 – 7527”

Christie’s announces highlights from its annual Milan Modern and Contemporary auction – Milan – 27 & 28.04.2017 – 7526

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca. Acrylic on canvas. Executed in 1987, 150×200 cm. Estimate: €500,000-800,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

Christie’s will present the annual Milan Modern and Contemporary auction on 27 and 28 April. An essential date in the auction calendar, the Milan Modern and Contemporary sale provides an opportunity for international collectors to acquire the best of 20th century Italian art. This year’s sale will feature works by the most acclaimed Italian artists, including Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani, Alberto Burri and Fausto Melotti, alongside a special section showcasing 1960s Italian Pop Art with key names such as Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Franco Angeli, Mimmo Rotella and Mario Schifano. As Miart confirms Milan as a cultural hub during this period, we are also pleased to be showcasing international highlights such as key jewellery highlights from our upcoming sale in Geneva on 17 May 2017.

Renato Pennisi, Director and Senior Specialist, Head of Sale, Christie’s Italy: “This season, our curated auction will offer a wide range of works of art, from Spatialism to the Pop art movement, passing through rediscovered masterpieces by Castellani, Uncini, Leoncillo, and Licini. We are pleased to present such a great variety of 20th century Italian art movements in Milan, as this city continues to be a key location to buy the very best of Italian Art”.

POST-WAR ITALIAN CLASSICS
Collectors and enthusiasts of Lucio Fontana’s work will be presented with a strong group of works by the artist, including key pieces from the Concetto Spaziale series. The four slashes in the pure white canvas of Concetto spaziale, Attese (1963-64), illustrated on page 1 left, captures Fontana’s pioneering concept of Spatialism with a pristine order and elegance (estimate: €500,000-700,000). In 1966, Fontana transcended the surface of another Concetto Spaziale, Attese, this time on a red canvas, (estimate: €1,000,000-1,500,000). ‘My cuts are above all a philosophical statement,’ said the artist. Further works by the artist, offered at all price points, will be offered, such as Concetto spaziale, attesa, from 1961 (estimate: €200,000-300,000). Continue reading “Christie’s announces highlights from its annual Milan Modern and Contemporary auction – Milan – 27 & 28.04.2017 – 7526”

Christie’s to offer highlights from the collection of Greta Garbo -New York – 15.05.2017 – 7525

Alexej Von Jawlensky (1864-1941), Das blasse Mädchen mit Grauen Zopfen, signed ‘A. Jawlensky’ (lower left), oil on linen-finish paper laid down on board, 25 x 19 ½ in. (63.5 x 49.5 cm.). Painted circa 1916. Estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

On May 15, Christie’s will offer Property from the Collection of Greta Garbo in its Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, including prime examples from artists including Jan Alexej Von Jawlensky, Chaim Soutine and Robert Delaunay. In the history of cinema, few individuals remain as enigmatic and iconic as the actress Greta Garbo. “Of all the stars who have ever fired the imaginations of audiences,” film historian Ephraim Katz wrote, “none has quite projected a magnetism and a mystique equal to [hers].”

Derek Reisfield, Greta Garbo’s great nephew, remarked: “Greta Garbo had a real love of art and paintings, and she was very passionate about certain artists and pictures. She was particularly enamored with these three canvases, which offer a particularly modern representation of women, especially for their time. This was a concept that that really resonated with her. Another factor that drove her collecting tastes was color. She was absolutely entranced by the vibrancy of the Delaunay. It was the central focal point of her living room in New York, and all of the furniture that she chose to surround the canvas played into its incredible colors. In essence, when we talk about Garbo we call her the first ‘modern woman,’ and I think that these three works speak to both her fundamental strength and striking aesthetic.” Continue reading “Christie’s to offer highlights from the collection of Greta Garbo -New York – 15.05.2017 – 7525”

Portrait of a young Elizabeth, future Empress of Austria for sale at Dorotheum – Vienna – 27.04.2017 – 7522

Historical photograph of Emperor Franz Joseph’s bed room with the Sisi-Painting (habsburger.net).

Hung above Emperor Franz Joseph I’s bed until his dying day, this painting is of great historic significance and was owned privately by the Habsburgs for more than 150 years.

The painting, which was given as a Christmas present to Emperor Franz Joseph I by none other than Elizabeth (Sisi), the soon to be empress, during the year of their engagement 1853, will be up for auction on the 27th April 2017.

The image captures the 15-year-old duchess on horseback, in front of the castle Possenhofen and the Starnberg lake.This portrait hung above the Emperor’s bed at the Vienna Hofburg for about sixty years – which only goes to emphasise its immense importance.

Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, Sisi’s father, commissioned two of the most distinguished artists of the time to create the artwork: Carl Theodor von Piloty who was famous for his paintings of historical subjects, and Franz Adam, who was renowned for his equine depictions.

A later version of the painting can be found in the Thurn and Taxis art collection, whilst a replica of the portrait is shown at the Wiener Hofburg, hung exactly where it was previously located.

The painting’s estimated value lies between 300,000 and 350,000 Euros. Continue reading “Portrait of a young Elizabeth, future Empress of Austria for sale at Dorotheum – Vienna – 27.04.2017 – 7522”

Christie’s to offer Picasso’s consummate portrait of Dora Maar – New York – 15.05.2017- 7521

Pablo Picasso, Femme assise, robe bleue, oil on canvas, Painted on 25 October 1939. (Estimate: $35,000,000-50,000,000). © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

On May 15, Christie’s will offer Femme assise, robe bleue by Pablo Picasso as a highlight of its Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale (Estimate: $35,000,000-50,000,000). Painted on 25 October 1939, Femme assise, robe bleue is a searing portrait of Picasso’s lover, Dora Maar. Painted on the artist’s birthday just after the beginning of the World War II, the work is filled with the unique character, distortions and tension that mark Picasso’s greatest portraits of Dora; at the same time, there is a tender sensuality present in the organic, curvaceous forms of the face which provides some insight into their relationship. This picture was formerly owned by G. David Thompson, to whom the great curator and art historian Alfred H. Barr, Jr. referred as, ‘one of the great collectors of the art of our time.’ (A.H. Barr, Jr., ‘Foreword’, auction catalogue, Parke-Bernet, New York, 1966, n.p.).

Giovanna Bertazzoni, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, remarked, “Femme assise, robe bleue is an extraordinary portrait of Picasso’s great Muse and love, Dora Maar. It exhibits all of the most exhilarating qualities that Dora brought out in Picasso’s work: the striking palette, ornate headwear, and remarkable complexity conveyed by Dora’s distorted features. The rich, thick twirls of oil depicting the mass of her hair (which Picasso was mesmerised by) and the shapes of her hat convey ‎the impetus and passion at the core of this portrait. We are bringing Femme assise, robe bleue to the market at a time when the demand for Picasso’s portraits of one of his greatest subjects, Dora Maar, is at an all-time high. The canvas is a powerful example of Picasso’s creative imagination and the passion which Dora inspired in him.” Continue reading “Christie’s to offer Picasso’s consummate portrait of Dora Maar – New York – 15.05.2017- 7521”

JFK’s ‘Only’ Diary for sale by his former research assistant at live auction in Boston – 26.04.2017 – 7520

The diary was consigned by Deirdre Henderson, who began working for Senator Kennedy in 1959.

As we near the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth, Boston-based RR Auction announces the manuscript: Prelude to Leadership – JFK’s Summer Diary of 1945 will be featured in an upcoming live auction on April 26, 2017.

This 61-page diary, written as a Hearst newspaper war correspondent, captures a moment in time perhaps never before fully appreciated, and only now, 71 years later, officially being offered at auction.

The diary is compromised of 61 loose-leaf pages, bound in a premium black leather cowhide binder. Twelve of the pages were handwritten by Kennedy and he typed forty-nine pages on his personal typewriter.

The diary was consigned by Deirdre Henderson, who began working for Senator Kennedy in 1959 as his research assistant in his run for the Presidency. She worked closely with him and his academic advisory group on position papers for his campaign, and the President-elect asked her to stay on during the transition period. Deirdre was on the White House staff before moving on to the State Department.

“It was a privilege to work as research assistant to Senator John F. Kennedy in his run for the Presidency. He gave me his 1945 diary so I could better understand his views,” said Deirdre Henderson.

He was not yet thirty, and—unbeknownst to himself and the world—the courageous PT-109 veteran was forging his path to greatness. Germany had just surrendered, and over a brief two months during the summer of 1945, he served as a witness to history, traveling World War II-torn Europe: England, Ireland, France, finally Germany. There, shoulder to shoulder with presidents, prime ministers, and generals, he experienced firsthand the end of WWII and the ominous creeping of the iron curtain.

In the wake of his elder brother’s valiant death soaring over the British Channel, the Harvard graduate left his twenty-something scholarly dreams behind, and picked up the mantle of his storied family dynasty. Continue reading “JFK’s ‘Only’ Diary for sale by his former research assistant at live auction in Boston – 26.04.2017 – 7520”

Secret Swiss ‘castle find’ collection to be offered at Bonhams Spa Classic sale – Spa-Stavelot -21.05.2017 – 7517

Barn finds have long been considered the holy grail of motoring discoveries, but a ‘castle find’ is in an altogether different league. A collection of 12 classic motor cars has been unearthed in a Swiss schloss and will be offered, all without reserve, at Bonhams Spa Classic sale on 21 May at the legendary Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

Amongst the 12-strong collection are examples of some of the world’s most iconic classic models, including a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster (€600,000-800,000). The model celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017, and remains arguably one of the most influential post-war sports cars ever created. It was originally developed as a road-going version of Mercedes’ hugely successful W194 racing car. Losing the ‘gullwing’ doors allowed the roadster to develop in to a truly driveable supercar with improved handling, access and suspension. Continue reading “Secret Swiss ‘castle find’ collection to be offered at Bonhams Spa Classic sale – Spa-Stavelot -21.05.2017 – 7517”

Julien’s Auctions kicks off 2017 with property from the Estate of Patrick Swayze – Los Angeles, CA – 28-29.04.2017 – 7514

Julien’s Auctions has announced the first auction event of their 2017 season — Property from the Estate of Patrick Swayze. The auction will take place April 28-29, 2017 at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Swayze, cherished by fans and remembered by Hollywood, is often referred to as an inspiration and a rare and beautiful combination of masculinity, grace and a tender heart.Patrick Swayze was the beloved actor and three-time Golden Globe nominee who died too early in 2009. He became an instant celebrity in 1987 when he starred as the misunderstood dance instructor Johnny Castle in the surprise hit Dirty Dancing. The movie established Swayze as Hollywood’s hottest new heartthrob. The actor, dancer and singer-songwriter was married to the love-of-his-life, Lisa Niemi, whom he met when she was just 16. Together they would become one of Hollywood’s most revered and admired couples. Swayze’s other love affair was dance which he took up as early as grade school. This would later lead him to New York where he trained with the Harkness and Joffrey Ballet companies and, soon afterwards, was hired as a principle dancer with the Elliot Feld Ballet Company. Continue reading “Julien’s Auctions kicks off 2017 with property from the Estate of Patrick Swayze – Los Angeles, CA – 28-29.04.2017 – 7514”

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Alfonso Garcia Robles to highlight Christie’s April auction – New York – 28.04.2017 – 7513

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The Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded in 1982 to Alfonso Garcia Robles (1911-1991), driving force behind the Treaty of Tlatelolco that made Latin America and the Caribbean a nuclear-free zone. 18 carat gold, 2.5 inches (66 mm.) diameter Estimate: $400,000 to $600,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.
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Christie’s announced that the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Alfonso Garcia Robles in 1982 for his pioneering work in nuclear disarmament will be offered for auction. Garcia Robles was the driving force behind the Treaty of Tlatelolco, opened for signing 50 years ago on February 14, 1967, and significant for keeping Latin America and the Caribbean nuclear-free to this day. The Nobel Peace Prize medal is 18 carat gold and 2.5 inches diameter, estimated at $400,000 – $600,000, and will be included in The Exceptional Sale on April 28 in New York.“We are thrilled and honored to be offering this tangible symbol of mankind’s struggle for peace,” remarks Becky MacGuire, specialist of The Exceptional Sale. “In 1962 Alfonso Garcia Robles watched the Cuban missile crisis unfold a mere 1,500 miles off Mexico, and he resolved to put an end to the horrific nuclear threat for his beloved country and the entire region. His unwavering dedication to the cause of disarmament resulted in the groundbreaking Treaty that did end that threat. The Nobel Peace Prize honoring Garcia Robles reminds us of the very best in humanity, just as great, transformative works of art do.” Continue reading “Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Alfonso Garcia Robles to highlight Christie’s April auction – New York – 28.04.2017 – 7513”