Van Cleef & Arpels brooch sold for $1.83 million
Dec11

Van Cleef & Arpels brooch sold for $1.83 million

A pearl, diamond and emerald art deco brooch by the renowned jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels was just sold for $1.83 million at Bonhams Fine Jewelry sale. The brooch was estimated at £250,000 – 350,000. The surmount designed as a geometric labyrinth of old brilliant, step, square, baguette and single-cut diamonds, suspending similarly set highly articulated diamond cascades of unequal length with arrow-shaped terminals, one side with...

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James Bond’s swimming trunks sold for $71,876
Oct18

James Bond’s swimming trunks sold for $71,876

James Bond’s swimming trunks was sold for $71,876 in Christie’s auction named “50 Years of James Bond – The Auction” (28 September to 8 October 2012). The sales results exceeded the initial estimate of $4,830 – $8,050. The pair of swimming trunks by La Perla, was worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale. The navy and powder blue nylon trunks labelled GrigioPerla, was made in Italy, and size is L (I...

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Bead Bird Sold for $55,000
Oct03

Bead Bird Sold for $55,000

A strong demand for works from the Arts & Crafts period could be seen throughout the Bonhams fall auction of 20th Century Decorative Arts (October 1). This sale brought more than $1.1-million and one of the highlights was ‘Bead Bird’ figure by Finnish artist, Birger Kaipiainen (est. $20,000-30,000, sold for $55,000). The bird was acquired by the consignor in 1960 at the Arabia store in Helsinki, Finland. link...

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$500,000 for a shoe
Oct01

$500,000 for a shoe

The Auckland footwear queen teamed up with Sarah Hutchings of Orsini Fine Jewellery to create half a million dollars’ worth shoe. Hutchings placed white diamonds on it using tweezers and a special adhesive. This expensive shoe full of diamonds will be for sale in a silent auction at Wilson’s 2013. “Like most women, I have a lifelong love of shoes. And the opportunity to collaborate with Kathryn Wilson, using my passion for...

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Original thermometer invented by Fahrenheit offered at auction
Aug31

Original thermometer invented by Fahrenheit offered at auction

an original mercury thermometer, invented by Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit in 1714 and the only remaining example in private hands, is to be offered at auction in October 2012 by Christie’s. When offered at auction within Christie’s sale of Travel, Science and Natural History (London, South Kensington, SALE 6911) including the Polar Sale to commemorate the Scott Centenary, 1912-2012 on 9 October 2012, the thermometer is expected to fetch...

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Auction: the clock that has not moved for 279 years
Jun13

Auction: the clock that has not moved for 279 years

Bonhams to sell in Bonhams Fine Clock sale on June 20th the clock that bombs could not stop and one that has not moved for 279 years. This rare mid 19th century French ‘Bubble’ top grande sonnerie giant carriage clock, built in gilt bronze with a glass dome, stands 11 inches tall and it is valued at US$ 47,000 – 78,000. The clock-making Berrolla family who lived in Paris’ Rue de la Tour between 1850-1860 made...

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It set a record for the sale of comic book art: $1.6 million
Jun04

It set a record for the sale of comic book art: $1.6 million

I use to like comic book and I’m glad to announce you that the original artwork for the cover of 1932’s Tintin in America has set a record for the sale of comic book art fetching $1.6 million at Paris auction Artcurial. The buyer was anonymous. Tintin in America is the third volume of the Tintin adventure books and collects the serials that ran in the newspaper supplement Le petit vingtieme. Only five covers are known to exist...

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Pieces of American history for sale
May28

Pieces of American history for sale

History is important because to understand the future you must know the past. Also, the history is a good business if you some valuable items… Bornrich cover some valuable historic items available on sale at auction. Christie’s on June 22 (New York): George Washington’s 1789 Acts of Congress at pre-sale Estimate: $2 – $3 million. Bonhams on June 19: President Abraham Lincoln’s manuscript Proclamation of Amnesty and...

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