Naked Portrait of Bea Arthur May Collect Millions at Auction

May 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you grew up on The Golden Girls and worshipped Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak, this auction item may be for you — or it may horrify you. Christie's will be auctioning off John Currin's 1991 painting, Bea Arthur Naked, in their Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale tonight in New York. In case the title isn't obvious enough for you, yes, she's naked. We cropped the main image for sensitive eyes but if you want to see the full picture, scroll down.... Read More

Stunning Tiffany Pendant Exceeds Expectations at New York City Auction

May 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh  |  1 Comment

An antique women's pendant from luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. exceeded expectations and blew bidders out of the water by selling for nearly twice the estimated price. Held May 8 in New York City, it’s safe to say that this year’s historic Joseph DuMouchelle Fine Jewelry Auction was a great success.... Read More

Hôtel de Crillon Makes Way for Remodel With $7.5 Million Auction

Apr 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On April 18, Paris' luxurious Hôtel de Crillon rounded up their most prized possessions and showcased them to the public. The five-day auction featured 3,500 lots that included historic furniture, 2,000 bottles of wine and many once-in-a-lifetime treasures, clearing the way for the upcoming two-year renovation planned for the hotel and new spa. During the course of the week, the hotel made profits of 5.7 million Euros (approx. $7.5M) with over half the sales taking place online.... Read More

The Opulent Eye's Inaugural New York Sale Generates Over $4Mil

Apr 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Famous auction house Christie's presented the inaugural sale of The Opulent Eye collection in New York on April 18. This collection filled 350 lots and was comprised of 19th century furniture, sculpture, and porcelain art pieces, raking in a sales total (including buyer's premium) of $4,050,062. Over 60 of the lots were from the estates of Dr. Milton and Marilyn Myers, featuring works by François Linke, Henry Dasson and Alfred Beurdeley, with the top selling item being a large Roman micromosaic tabletop with a mahogany base ($231,750).... Read More

IWC to Auction One-Of-A-Kind Tribeca Film Festival Timepiece

Apr 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen, the Official ‘Festival-Time’ Partner of the star-studded Tribeca Film Festival in New York, will auction off a one-of-a-kind platinum timepiece in support of the event at Antiquorum on April 10. The unique Portuguese Automatic “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2013” Edition is estimated at up to $25,000 but could fetch much more at the auctioneer’s NYC sale of modern and vintage timepieces.... Read More

No-Reserve Auction for Rocky Mountain Luxury Property a Big Success

Mar 21, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Platinum Luxury Auctions successfully sold a premium property in Snowmass, Colorado at auction on March 16. The high-end home had been on the market for more than three years at $2.1 million, finally selling for $1.76 million at approximately 84 percent of its original asking price.... Read More

First Andy Warhol @ Christie's Online Auction a Success at $2.3M

Mar 8, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

The first Andy Warhol @ Christie's online-only auction was a success with sales of $2,297,375. Taking place from February 26 to March 5, the results ended up being twice the amount anticipated by the high-end auction house.... Read More

Jersey & Stick of 1980 U.S. Olympic Captain in 'Miracle on Ice' Sell for $920K

Mar 7, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Memorabilia from the sports event many refer to as the single greatest sports event in U.S. history, the “Miracle on Ice,” were the highlight of a sports-collectible auction held by Heritage Auctions last week in New York City.... Read More

Stolen Banksy Street Art to be Sold at Miami Auction House

Feb 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Where art and commerce meet is a tricky intersection, especially when putting a price on street art which espouses social and political theory. Banksy, a British artist whose work speaks of these issues, is usually very elusive, but we would like to hear his opinion regarding an upcoming auction of one of his wall murals.... Read More

$6 Million Aston Martin to Break James Bond Car Record

Feb 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

A one-of-a-kind 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT with coachwork by Italian design house Bertone is expected to break the record set by James Bond’s legendary car when it comes up for auction in May. In 2010 a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 built for Sean Connery in Goldfinger was sold for a record-breaking $4.6 million; the DB4GT is expected to fetch up to about $6 million and set a new world record.... Read More

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