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Bonhams offers Fire and Light: A Selection of Highlights from the Cenedese Archive, a collection of over 150 glass designs from the Cenedese workshop of Murano, Italy with many of the works never seen in public and at auction for the first time. This sale presents an excellent opportunity for new and established collectors alike, with estimates ranging from $3,000 to $20,000. The company was founded by Gino Cenedese in 1946, and it went on to become one of the leading workshops in the island of Murano’s creative renaissance, bringing the firm international acclaim. Cenedese initially set up the firm in partnership with glass maestros, Alfred Barbini, Gino Fort, Angelo Tosi and Pietro Scaramal and produced some of the most engaging works of their careers and achieved both commercial, as well as international critical acclaim. The firm quickly earned accolades, beginning in 1948 at the XXVI Venice Biennale that year.…

A rare bronze sculpture from an edition on display at both Highgrove, Prince Charles’s country home, and in Hyde Park, is set to take £200,000 at auction on October 10. Isis, by solicitor-turned-sculptor Simon Gudgeon, depicts the Goddess of Nature as a stylised bird and is best known from the monumental bronze of it in Hyde Park. Sculptures by Simon Gudgeon The 2.08m high bronze, raised on a polished black marble plinth, is number one of nine and is the first to reappear on the market since the edition sold out in 2009. It leads a quartet of large-scale casts from Gudgeon (b.1958) and Lorenzo Quinn (b.1966), among 60 lots of contemporary art at the House and Garden auction at Mallams’ saleroom in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on October 10-11. Works by Sculptor Lorenzo Quinn Quinn had a brief acting career in his 20s, including playing a young Antonio Stradivari alongside his…

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit wine trade association announces that 25 of the lots featured at this year’s Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and futures auction will be offered exclusively online. Bidding for the new E-Premiere Napa Valley Online Auction opens Friday, February 19 at 8 a.m. PST to pre-registered licensees anywhere in the world. Produced by NVV-member winemakers in quantities as small as 60 and never more than 240 bottles, the Premiere Napa Valley portfolio showcases some of Napa Valley’s rarest and highest quality commercially available wines. Descriptions detailing the lineage of this year’s 225 unique lot offerings can be previewed at  premierenapawines.com. Wine purveyors around the world invited to bid electronically on unique Napa Valley wine lots. As part of the 20th annual Premiere Napa Valley, the NVV is introducing the sale of 25 PNV lots exclusively online. The other 200 lots will go on the auction…

ARTCURIAL was founded in 2002, and confirmed its position as the leading French auction house in 2013 with 123 sales organised across 20 specialist departments. Artcurial are the leading experts in this luxury field, confirming their position as market leaders in France and Monaco for Fine Jewellery and Watches year on year. Auction House Sales Milestones [pullquote]2015 marks the 10th year of the sales week, perfectly located in Monaco, in a region which boasts the highest density of millionaires in the world, to offer the highest quality luxury items to an international clientele. In 2014, Artcurial sold 1000 lots to buyers of over 35 nationalities in the sunshine of the French Riviera, breaking four new auction records and with total sales of 14M€. [/pullquote] In 2013 the auction house achieved an overall sales total of 178.1-million euros, representing an increase of 24% on 2012, and notably achieved the third highest…

Sotheby’s is the fourth largest auction house in operation that leads the world in selling treasures of extreme value and excellence. Items such as historical books, decorative arts, and jewellery are sold every year for millions of dollars to the highest bidders.  Brief History Founded in London in 1744 by London bookseller Samuel Baker when Baker successfully auctioned “several Hundred scarce and valuable books” from the library of the Rt Hon Sir John Stanley. Sotheby’s was the first international auction house to expand into New York in 1955. Its legacy began with the sale of many scarce and valuable books. As the global market began advancing, the Sotheby’s brand began revolutionizing; evolving into the auctioning of not only books, but decorative arts and beautifully reclaimed jewellery as well. Notable Sales 1980: Joseph Mallord William Turner’s Juliet and Her Nurse sells for 7.04million 1996: Property from estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis…