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AUCTIONS A series of panel designs that helped Alphonse Mucha establish himself as the master of Art Nouveau will appear in Swann Auction Galleries’ Vintage Posters sale on August 1 with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. “Times of the Day”, from 1899, was the fourth of six panel series that Mucha created from 1896 to 1902, starting with The Seasons and ending with The Moon and the Stars. In typical style, they depict beautiful young women draped loosely in flowing robes, surrounded by flowers in nature and framed with decorative motifs. Ranging from Morning Awakening (Eveil du Matin) to Rest at Night (Repos de Nuit), the four lithographs lead a Mucha offering at the Swann Galleries sale that also includes a poster for the 1921 Mucha Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (estimate $10,000 to $15,000), as well as advertising posters for the Salon des Cents from 1896 and Bières…

McLaren Automotive, creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars, has for the very first time, donated a bespoke McLaren 570S Spider to the Elton John AIDS Foundation which was auctioned at the Argento Ball in association with BVLGARI & Bob and Tamar Manoukian on Wednesday, June 27 2018. Charitable Giving Every pound of the £725,000 it raised will be going to the Foundation to help with its goal of creating an AIDS-free future for everybody. The ball took place at Elton John’s home, Woodside in Berkshire UK, with Graham Norton as master of ceremonies and Ed Sheeran giving a special performance. Distinctive Bespoke Car with Enhancements To mark the unique occasion and to celebrate the Argento Ball’s silver anniversary, the special 570S Spider is hand-sprayed in special metallic ‘Blade Silver’. The 10-spoke lightweight alloy wheels are in contrasting Stealth finish while the carbon ceramic brake callipers are picked out in…

AUCTION Bonhams shares highlights from the upcoming auction of Modern Decorative Art + Design, which will take place on June 7 at 2pm. The sale encompasses over 130 lots and includes a broad selection of works from renowned designers such as Harry Bertoia, George Nakashima, Frank Lloyd Wright, Claude Lalanne, and Carlo Scarpa. Additional highlights include a Robert Goossens chandelier that was a special commission by fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Jeanneret armchairs directly from Chandigarh, a rare wall light attributed to Gino Sarfatti, and an exquisite enamel centrepiece by Thorolf Holmboe, circa 1907. Eclectic Sculptures Highlighting the sale is an eclectic collection of ten sculptures by Harry Bertoia that were mostly gifted from the artist to Michael Hall, a family friend. The works span the spectrum of Bertoia’s career from the 1950s to the 1970s and leading the collection is Untitled (Bush Form) circa 1970 (estimate: $80,000-120,000). This magnificent full-bodied piece was inspired by the…

Date of Auction, 3 April, Hong Kong Masterworks: Imperial Alchemy – A Rare Falangcai Bowl This bowl was thrown and fired at the Imperial kilns and painted at the Forbidden City’s workshops. The gold-pink rare falangcai bowl is among the very finest enamelled porcelains made for the personal use of the Kangxi emperor. It was once owned by celebrated collector Henry M. Knight. This is its first appearance on the market in over thirty years and is a highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming sale Imperial Alchemy The H.M. Knight Falangcai Bowl (3 April, Hong Kong).

Kaigai is a Tokyo-based wine auction house and wholesale distributor of rare and fine wines. The company was part of a larger organisation as a wine division since 1964 and became a stand-alone company to focus on the fine and rare wines since 1991. It is one of the leading wine auction house in Japan with an extensive track record as a wine distributor and auction house. The company holds auctions twice per year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Kaigai Fine Wine Asia will also be hosting a series of wine dinners and unique experiences for the discerning individual. Kaigai Fine Wine Asia was recently acquired by a consortium of Asia-based investors. The company will then be under the management of Tokyo-based Mr. Tetsutaro Muraki, who will serve as President and CEO, and Hong Kong / Singapore based Mr. Kevin Cheng, who will be managing the…

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, is proud to announce its first themed sale dedicated to Heuer, with The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection. An important, thematic auction taking place in Geneva on November 11, 2017 comprising 49 of the finest vintage Heuer Timepieces, including an Exceptional and complete example of a first execution reference 2446 Autavia along with the sale of a commemorative Tag Heuer  specially made by the renowned swiss watch manufacturer for this event. Landmark Auction This landmark thematic auction, to take place in Geneva in November 2017, will offer 49 of the finest and best-preserved collectible Heuer chronographs produced between 1962 and 1982 – known to the community as the ‘Jack Heuer Era’. Respected Authorities Gather Phillips presents this world-class collection, gathered by the renowned collectors, authors, and respected authorities on vintage Heuer: Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin. Well known throughout the Heuer collecting community for…

The Pink Star – the world’s most valuable polished diamond and the world’s largest internally flawless vivid pink diamond, weighing 59.60-carats, estimated to sell for a dazzling $60m, is up for auction at Sotheby’s on Fri 4 April 2017 in Hong Kong. The Pink Star has received the highest colour and clarity grades from the GIA for pink diamonds and has been found to be part of the rare subgroup comprising less than 2% of all gem diamonds – known as Type IIa: stones in this group are chemically the purest of all diamond crystals and often have extraordinary optical transparency. “The Pink Star is a true masterpiece of nature, beyond characterisation with human vocabulary” GIA Monograph written for the Pink Star, 2013 Quek Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman, Asia and Chairman International Jewellery, Asia said “Over the years Sotheby’s Hong Kong has played host to many outstanding stones and sales including…

There, in the distance, surrounded by a sea of people stands a woman, majestic as can be, attracting the attention of everyone around her. Their eyes, not only on her, but completely fixated on what she is wearing and how she is wearing it. As she glides across the room, turning heads with each subtle step, her confidence is complimented and defined by the effortless façade that her Little Black Dress radiates. Subdued in nature yet classically timeless across generations, the little black dress is a staple that is constantly being recreated, allowing it to be an eternal dress for all seasons. Preceding the 1920’s, the little black dress was only associated with times of mourning and grief. Throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras, a widow was expected to wear different variations of a mourning dress for at least two years. It wasn’t until after World War 1 that wearing…