Sotheby’s Paris Preps Fourth Auction of Books From Pierre Bergé’s Personal Library

BERGE’S BOOKENDS: If reading is the key to enlightenment, Pierre Bergé sure had a lot of books to spark his intelligence.
Sotheby’s Paris will hold the fourth auction for a selection of books from Bergé’s personal collection on Dec. 14. Several choice lots are on view at Sotheby’s New York office through Saturday, and they illustrated the myriad interests of the late French business titan: botany, gardens, philosophy, activism and more. The upcoming auction is expected to drum up between 5 million euros and 6 million euros, according to a Sotheby’s spokeswoman.
Literature, the 19th century and music were among the areas of interest covered in prior sales, with the first auction having been held nearly three years ago.
The December sale includes such highlights as Bartholomeus Anglicus’ “Le Propriétaire des choses,” circa 1486. This complete copy of a major medieval encyclopedia is illustrated with 19 large woodcuts, all hand-colored at that time. Bidders will also find Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” from 1863, a first edition that was inscribed by Flaubert to the composer Hector Berlioz.
Another reading relic is Leonhart Fuchs’ “De historia stirpium commentarii insignes” from 1542 that is considered to be the founding treatise of modern botany. The auction house will also

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See the Stunning Pearl Brooch That Belonged to Marie-Antoinette and Is Now Up for Auction

Marie-Antoinette‘s love of jewelry created scandal and public uprising. Ultimately, it caused the fall of France’s royal court and her death.

Two hundred years later, one surviving piece — unseen for 200 years — is set to go up for auction. Estimated value: $ 1,000,000 to $ 2,000,000.

The exceptional diamond and pearl brooch is being offered by Sotheby’s in Geneva as part of a collection of pieces from the royal house of Bourbon-Parma that will go on an international tour this fall.

History recognizes Marie-Antoinette’s indulgences, excesses and involvement in the “affair of the diamond necklace,” a piece so elaborate and rare that its expense, enmeshed in a failed cover-up, roiled a tabloid-like mix of outrage and scandal. When the rumors became public trials, they turned the French against their once-popular, Austrian-born queen and sealed her eventual fate.

(She was beheaded on October 16, 1793.)

No less an authority on French history than Napoleon himself believed the necklace to be at the core of the public backlash. “The Queen’s death,” he mused while in exile on Elba, “must be dated from that diamond necklace trial.”

 

The diamond bow brooch with pearl droplet that is now being auctioned has an intriguing tale of its own. Legend suggests that when King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and their children attempted to flee France in 1791, the droplet pearl and other priceless pieces, individually wrapped in cotton, were sent by different routes to Brussels. While the royals were captured in flight and returned to Paris, the wooden chest containing the jewels arrived safely in Belgium. The jewels then journeyed to Vienna, entrusted to Marie Antoinette’s cousin, Austrian Emperor Francis II.

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Caught as the Revolution darkened into the Reign of Terror, the royal family were eventually imprisoned. The king and queen were placed on trial separately and both executed.

However, their oldest child, the teenage Marie-Thérese, would become the only member of the royal family to survive. Held in solitary confinement, “Madame Royale” was finally released on the eve of her 17th birthday. Arriving in Vienna in Jan. 1796, she reclaimed her mother’s jewels, which have since passed down in the Bourbon-Parma line.

Along with the pearl brooch, the upcoming sale includes two additional pieces that reflect the splendor of Versailles, including a 331-pearl diamond clasped necklace (estimated value: $ 200,000 to $ 300,000) and a pair of diamond-capped pearl earrings (estimated at $ 30,000 to $ 50,000).

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“It is a privilege to have been entrusted with this collection, certainly one of the most important royal collections ever to come to auction,” Sotheby’s Deputy Chairman for Jewelry in Europe, Daniela Mascetta, tells PEOPLE. “These are never-before-seen treasures from one of the most illustrious royal families in Europe. Each aspect of the research is exciting, from the historical provenance — including, of course, Marie-Antoinette — to the rarity and craftsmanship of the pieces, which are exquisite in their own right.”

The November auction is the second involving Marie-Antoinette’s jewels to come under Sotheby’s hammer this year. In May, the auction house sold the celebrated 6.16 carat heart-shaped Farnese Blue diamond, which had once belonged to the French queen, for $ 6.7 million.

The Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family collection will be auctioned in Geneva on November 12. Before its sale, it can be seen in a traveling exhibition visiting eight cities including Munich, New York (Oct. 12 to 16) and London (Oct. 20 to 22).


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Rod Hull’s Emu smashes estimate at auction

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Huntsman Teams With Sotheby’s for First Online-Only Auction

TAILOR MADE: In partnership with Sotheby’s auction house, the Savile Row tailor Huntsman & Sons is staging its first online-only luxury lifestyle sale. Bidding starts May 22 and stretches until the end of June.
“At first I wasn’t interested in doing this collaboration, but then I started thinking of all the interesting things I wanted to produce, and before you know it, we had a lot of possibilities,” said Pierre Lagrange, Huntsman’s owner.
Lots range from bespoke jackets and sportswear to sporting goods and objects for the home.
Some of the pieces serve more than one purpose, such as a safari jacket with a backgammon print (for impromptu games in the Serengeti) and a walking stick that doubles as a cigarette holder, in the vein of James Bond. Other noteworthy pieces include those created in collaboration with Harley Davidson, Adidas and Reebok. There is also an orange suit jacket worn by Taron Egerton in the movie “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

A backgammon printed safari jacket for Huntsman x Sotheby’s auction. 
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Lagrange said he wanted to prove that heritage can be modern and fun. “I designed pieces that I personally would want. I also thought about the day-to-day. For example, you wake up, you’re in Huntsman pajamas, you

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Modigliani nude painting sold at auction for $157.2m

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Crowe’s Gladiator props sold at ‘divorce auction’

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Meet Julia Roberts, Go to the Justice League Premiere & Other Amazing Pop Culture Tickets Up for Auction by GLSEN

Want to meet Julia Roberts or go to a star-studded Hollywood film premiere? Now’s you chance!

GLSEN, the organization that ensures U.S. schools are safe and inclusive for LGBTQ youth, is currently hosting a charity auction with those two hot tickets, plus plenty of others, up for bid right now.

All proceeds will go to supporting GLSEN’s work, which includes programs and resources reaching millions of teachers and students across the country.

Their mission? For all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression, to feel safe and comfortable at school.

In addition to the chance to meet Julia Roberts at her upcoming Wonder premiere or  en Affleck at the Justice League premiere, there are also tickets for the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere in December, four tickets to the Dancing with the Stars Finale and two VIP tickets to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee in New York.

Additional items are up for grabs, but the auction ends Nov. 1.


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Italian Brands Auction Off Tickets to Their Fashion Shows for Charity

MILAN — Make your best offer, fashionistas. The doors of Milan Fashion Week are opening for the highest bidders as the industry’s big names have partnered with the Charity Stars web site to auction show tickets.
Until Sept. 8, users can tender their offer to get access to a range of fashion shows and events. The proceeds of the sales will be destined to a series of charitable foundations, picked by the fashion labels.
The hottest auctions include invites for the Versace, Giorgio Armani and Salvatore Ferragamo shows.
Versace offered two tickets to its upcoming show on Sept. 22, plus a meet-and-greet with Santo Versace to follow. So far, the bid has raised the top sum of 650 euros.

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Fausto Puglisi submitted the same package, offering two passes for his fashion performance and a meet-and-greet with him on Sept. 20.
Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti, Tod’s and No. 21 all offered two seats to their shows, while Salvatore Ferragamo also added passes for the after-show cocktail and party, hosted to celebrate the brand’s new women’s fragrance. This offer has raised 400 euros so far.
The proceeds of these auctions will be donated to the “Operation Smile Italia” foundation, which nurses and operates on children

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Sotheby’s to Exhibit and Auction Mario Testino’s Personal Art Collection

ART FOR AUCTION: London’s Sotheby’s will mount an exhibition and auction of works from Mario Testino’s personal art collection in September.
“I always wanted to collect things that weren’t like me,” Testino said. “I’ve always been excited by everything that makes me look at something differently.”
The Peruvian photographer has curated a showcase of more than 300 works from his own private collection. This includes paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures. The starting estimates of the lots up for live auction range from 10,000 pounds for “System of Display, D” by Adam Pendleton, to 800,000 pounds for Tauba Auerbach’s “Untitled.” Also to be auctioned are works by the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert & George and Anselm Kiefer.
“Personal and historical memory are common conceptual motifs in the works here,” said Brandei Estes, Sotheby’s head of photographs in London. “Inviting us to challenge our common preconceptions of what we understand to be true and real. The best art affords us a journey and exploration into new ways of thinking and understanding the world around us.”
The exhibition, titled “Shake It Up,” will run from Sept. 8 to 13 following a showcase in Los Angeles last week. Sotheby’s will later auction a selection of those

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Berlin Concept Store Retailer Andreas Murkudis Staging Third Auction

PHOTO OP: Berlin’s top concept-shop man and the earlier curator of the city’s Museum of Things, Andreas Murkudis has lately turned auctioneer. To celebrate the relaunch of Andreasmurkudis.com, which will turn into an online shop come September, as well as his playful new logo designed by Norwegian artist Olav Christopher Jenssen, Murkudis delved into his personal archives for a selection of design and fashion related items not usually to be found for sale.
“I don’t particularly like online shops, but then I thought we could do this ironically and sell stuff you couldn’t normally buy,” the retailer explained. Such as fashion show invites like Jean Paul Gaultier’s oversize Adam & Eve fold-out from 1991, or an issue of Comme des Garçons Six magazine from 1990 — rare mementos from a time when only a very limited crowd had access to fashion’s  goings-on. More about sharing than spring cleaning, he said the purpose of the auctions is “to animate old objects with new stories” for a new generation.
Two auctions later, Murkudis is now gearing up for his third, which will start June 16 and end July 9 at 6 p.m. CET. In his view, Auction III is “the most important.” While beautiful books

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Basquiat ‘masterpiece’ breaks auction record

A Japanese billionaire bought a Basquiat masterpiece for $ 110.5m (£85.1m), setting a new auction record for the painter.
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Bruce Weber Image for Calvin Klein Obsession Scores New Auction Record

WEBER’S WIN: Bruce Weber’s black-and-white image of a suntanned, nude couple on a swing — who over the age of 40 could forget it? — broke a new world auction record for the photographer at Phillips in London on Thursday.
The image, “Ric and Natalie, Villa Tejas, Montecito, California, 1988,” was used for the 1989 Obsession ad, and was a part of Ultimate Campaign, a collection of nine fashion advertising photographs that went under the hammer. The nine images were part of a larger sale of photographs at the auction house’s Berkeley Square space.
A buyer snapped up the Weber wonder for $ 112,875, paying nearly 50 percent more than the top-end estimate. Weber’s image was auctioned alongside those by fellow fashion snappers Nick Knight and Alasdair McLellan.
Other images in Ultimate Campaign included McLellan’s 2012 fly-poster ad for Supreme starring Kate Moss; Nick Knight’s 2009 “Snakes” image for Alexander McQueen; Ellen Von Unwerth’s 2014 “Mission Accomplished” image for Agent Provocateur, with Naomi Campbell; and Mario Sorrenti’s take on Manet’s “Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe,” ad with Moss for Yves Saint Laurent in 1999.
According to Phillips, Ultimate Campaign is meant to celebrate “collaborative” creativity. “In our curated selection, these photographs stand alone as works of art that can

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Patek Philippe Watch Sets Auction World Record

TIME IS MONEY: A Patek Philippe stainless steel watch set the record Monday for the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction.
Offered at Phillips, in association with watch auctioneer Bacs & Russo, at the house’s Geneva sale — the model fetched 11,020,000 Swiss francs, or $ 11,112,020 at current exchange. The watch was originally expected to realize in excess of 3 million Swiss francs.
Stainless steel Patek watches are known to be incredibly rare and carry exceptional value on the secondhand market.
The record-breaking style, created in 1943, came stacked with multiple complications — featuring a chronograph, a perpetual calendar and a moon phase on its face. Only four such styles are known to exist.
In selling this lot, Phillips broke its own record for the most expensive wristwatch ever auctioned. Last year, another Patek stainless steel lot realized $ 7.3 million.

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Alexis Mabille to Auction Vintage Dior Collection

SHEDDING LAYERS: Alexis Mabille will auction off his private collection of vintage Christian Dior dresses next month.
The designer, who spent eight years at the house working under former creative director John Galliano, is offloading around 100 outfits and accessories on Oct. 9 at French auction house Ivoire’s branch in his hometown of Lyon.
Among the lots are a gown from Gianfranco Ferré’s fall-winter 1995 couture collection for the luxury house, originally worn by German model Nadja Auermann and estimated at 5,000 euros to 6,000 euros, or $ 5,590 to $ 6,700 at current exchange.
A Ferré dress from 1994 with a hood and train, featuring a tiger pattern partially embroidered by Lesage, clearly reflects Mabille’s personal aesthetic.
Buyers will also have a chance to snap up some of Galliano’s most memorable creations, such as a newspaper print jacket from fall 2000 and a logo-print denim skirt with a saddle-shaped panel from the same year.
Rarities include a 1995 red runway wig designed by hair supremo Odile Gilbert, and a Fifties-era pair of black satin stilettos with a glitterball tip, designed by Roger Vivier under the Delman for Christian Dior label.
Rounding out the sale are a host of lower-priced items including hats by Stephen Jones and Philippe Model,

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Michael Jordan’s Tune Squad Uniform From ‘Space Jam’ Is Hitting The Auction Block

Michael Jordan’s most important uniform — you know, the one he wore while saving the earth — is hitting the auction block this fall.

Starting on Oct. 1, fans of Jordan and the 1996 sports entertainment classic “Space Jam” can bid on the actual Tune Squad uniform Jordan wore during the making of the movie. Despite there being “signs of wear” and “minor staining” on the uniform, it’ll be available for bidding through online auction house Invaluable via Los Angeles-based auction house Profiles In History.

Invaluable estimates the price to fall between $ 10,000 (the starting bid) and $ 15,000, but in the past, Jordan memorabilia has been auctioned off for upwards of $ 100,000

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Sotheby’s to Auction Historic Grey Pearl Necklace

ON THE BLOCK: One of the world’s rarest pearl necklaces will return to the auction circuit this October. Sotheby’s will auction “The Cowdray Pearls” at its Oct. 7 Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale, and estimates that the Cartier-signed piece could fetch between $ 4.5 and $ 7 million.
The necklace itself is composed of 42 extremely rare gray saltwater pearls, and the auction firm says it is a near-impossible occurrence to find that many grey pearls that create a proper match. The necklace is accompanied by a pair of matching earrings, with mounts also by Cartier.
Chin Yeow Quek, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and chairman of international jewelry, Asia, said of the lot: “Natural saltwater gray pearls are rarely seen at auction and the present necklace, strung with 42 superb gray pearls and of aristocratic provenance, is arguably the greatest of its kind in existence. This is an extraordinary collecting opportunity for pearl and jewellery connoisseurs around the world.”
Sotheby’s first auctioned the necklace in 1937. The piece originally belonged to the Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson, who died in 1932.
The auction firm also holds the record for selling the most expensive natural gray pearl at auction, with the December 2012 sale of the Wrightsman Pearl brooch for

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‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator’s Sweet Memorabilia Up For Auction

The art and artifacts collection of Sam Simon,”The Simpsons” co-creator who died this year, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s this fall. As you might expect, it includes some cool vintage Simpsons memorabilia.

Simon helped create “The Simpsons” in 1986. He left the show after its fourth season, but kept the title of executive producer. Before his death from colorectal cancer in March at age 59, he left his $ 100 million fortune to charity

Sotheby’s is selling Simon’s collection of fine arts and memorabilia to benefit the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation. The collection includes souvenirs from 19th century boxing matches and pin-up art, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

But we know you’re here for the Simpsons-themed goods. Simon’s custom Simpsons jacket will be on sale, along with a funky pinball machine. The New York Times reports the game says “Hey, man, I’m an underachiever, too,” in Bart Simpson’s voice. 

 The collection reportedly includes a Simpson’s yarmulke, and an Itchy & Scratchy-themed bag. 

Sotheby’s will offer Simon’s “Simpsons” memorabilia at a dedicated sale in New York on Oct. 22. Other items in his collection will be auctioned as part of 11 other sales this fall.

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Pierre Bergé to Auction Cache of Rare Books

BOOKISH TYPE: Pierre Bergé is to auction off his personal library, putting an initial cache of about 150 rare books under the hammer on Dec. 11 in Paris.
The former couture boss, 85, has amassed a collection of some 1,600 titles, including musical scores and manuscripts spanning six centuries. Six more auctions are to follow in 2016 and 2017.
Lots in the first sale, to be conducted by Pierre Bergé & Associés in collaboration with Sotheby’s at Drouot, range from the first edition of St. Augustine’s “Confessions,” printed around 1470, to William Burrough’s “Scrap Book 3” from 1979. Jean Cocteau’s “Le Requiem” from 1962 contains a personal dedication to Bergé and is estimated to fetch between 2,000 and 3,000 euros, or about $ 2,230 to $ 3,350 at current exchange rates.
Meanwhile, an autographed first edition of Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” from 1857 and the original manuscript for his “Sentimental Education” could go for up to 600,000 euros, or $ 669,500.
A selection of about 60 works is to go on display at Sotheby’s in New York from Sept. 10-13, followed by showcases in Hong Kong from Oct. 2-7 and London from Nov. 6-9.
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‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator’s Sweet Memorabilia Up For Auction

The art and artifacts collection of Sam Simon,”The Simpsons” co-creator who died this year, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s this fall. As you might expect, it includes some cool vintage Simpsons memorabilia.

Simon helped create “The Simpsons” in 1986. He left the show after its fourth season, but kept the title of executive producer. Before his death from colorectal cancer in March at age 59, he left his $ 100 million fortune to charity

Sotheby’s is selling Simon’s collection of fine arts and memorabilia to benefit the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation. The collection includes souvenirs from 19th century boxing matches and pin-up art, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

But we know you’re here for the Simpsons-themed goods. Simon’s custom Simpsons jacket will be on sale, along with a funky pinball machine. The New York Times reports the game says “Hey, man, I’m an underachiever, too,” in Bart Simpson’s voice. 

 The collection reportedly includes a Simpson’s yarmulke, and an Itchy & Scratchy-themed bag. 

Sotheby’s will offer Simon’s “Simpsons” memorabilia at a dedicated sale in New York on Oct. 22. Other items in his collection will be auctioned as part of 11 other sales this fall.

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Princess Diana’s Versace Dress Sold at Auction for $200,000

A famous, icy blue Atelier Versace dress Princess Diana wore on a magazine cover just hit the auction block and went for a lot more than experts had predicted. The final sale price? A whooping $ 200,000, more than double the estimated range of $ 60,000 to $ 80,000.

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The dress was sold by Julien’s Auctions after being held in Versace’s archives on a hanger labeled “Lady Diana.” Online bidding was facilitated by Invaluable.

Diana was photographed in the dress by Patrick Demarchelier in 1991, though the image was used on the cover of a 1997 tribute edition of Harper’s Bazaar. It is thought to be the first dress designer Gianni Versace did for the princess.

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Di wore Versace frequently, including this simple white dress at an Italian concert in 1995. Today would have been her 54th birthday.

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The Most Iconic Costume From Grease Is Headed to Auction

Olivia Newton-John just let it slip that her most iconic outfit from Grease will hit the auction block sometime soon. The actress told US Weekly that she has plans to auction her “leather ensemble” in order to raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, based in Melbourne, Australia.

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There’s no way that the costume she’s referring to isn’t the super-sexy leggings and off-the-shoulder top she wore to reveal her bad-girl side to Danny at the graduation carnival, right? The pants were so tight that she reportedly had to be sewn into them before filming; after, she took them as a parting gift.

Newton-John’s talked about a desire to sell off the pants to raise funds for her charity before, telling Oprah about her intention while bringing the skinnies along for a show visit back in 2011.

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The Six-Figure Club: 6 of the Most Expensive Handbags Ever Sold at Auction Were Hermes Birkins

Prepare to rethink what splurging on accessories can really mean. The most expensive bag to sell at auction hit the chopping block at Christie’s last week, going for $ 221,844 at an auction in Hong Kong. It was a pink crocodile Hermès Birkin studded with diamonds—and it was sold to an unnamed bidder over the phone.


The idea of a handbag bringing in big money is nothing new. Before last week’s sale, here were the top sells—believe it or not six of the seven most expensive handbags ever sold at auction were Birkins.

Not a Birkin for $ 218,500 in 2011: A diamond and gold style previously owned by Elizabeth Taylor takes the honor as the only non Birkin to make the list. The details reported by WSJ are scant, but a flick through the 2011 auction catalog that previewed her jewelry (the section where the high-rolling bag was included) show both a golden clutch and a Fred Leighton elephant bag that was gifted to Taylor from Michael Jackson as a birthday present.

Birkin for $ 203,150 in 2015: Before Monday’s record-setting sale, this was the most expensive Birkin to sell at auction.

Birkin for $ 185,000 in 2014: Last fall the below Birkin, made of Himalayan Nilo Crocodile and including a total of 9.84 carats of diamonds, sold in Beverly Hills.

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Birkin for $ 113,525 in 2011: A blue croc Birkin went at the same Dallas auction the the previous record-setter did.

Birkin for $ 95,000 in 2011: Also in Dallas: a red croc Birkin.

Birkin for $ 80,663 in 2011: A third Hermès Birkin made bank at the same Dallas sale.

In case you’re curious, the world’s most expensive handbag is thought to be Mouawad’s “1001 Nights” purse. The 18-carat-gold bag has 4,517 yellow, pink, and colorless diamonds, combining for an impressive 381.92 carats, and has been estimated at $ 3.8 million.

Now, come meet another (non-Birkin) bag that’s super luxe and super covetable:





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Picasso Painting Sells For $179 Million, Breaking Art Auction Record

NEW YORK (AP) — A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for nearly $ 179.4 million on Monday night.

“Women of Algiers (Version O)” was part of a sale at Christie’s auction house that also featured Alberto Giacometti’s life-size sculpture “Pointing Man,” which was poised to set a record as the most expensive sculpture sold at auction. They were among two dozen masterpieces from the 20th century Christie’s offered in a curated sale titled “Looking Forward to the Past.”

The Picasso price, $ 179,365,000, included the auction house’s premium. The identity of the buyer wasn’t immediately disclosed.

Experts say high art prices are driven by artworks’ investment value and by wealthy new and established collectors seeking out the very best works.

“I don’t really see an end to it, unless interest rates drop sharply, which I don’t see happening in the near future,” Manhattan dealer Richard Feigen said.

Impressionist and modern artworks continue to corner the market because “they are beautiful, accessible and a proven value,” added Sarah Lichtman, professor of design history and curatorial studies at The New School.

“I think we will continue to see the financiers seeking these works out as they would a blue chip company that pays reliable dividends for years to come,” she said.

“Women of Algiers,” once owned by the American collectors Victor and Sally Ganz, was inspired by Picasso’s fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugene Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-55 designated with the letters A through O. It has appeared in several major museum retrospectives of the artist.

The most expensive artwork sold at auction had been Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” which Christie’s sold for $ 142.4 million in 2013.

“Pointing Man,” depicting a skinny 5-foot-high bronze figure with extended arms, has been in the same private collection for 45 years. Giacometti, who died in 1966, made six casts of the work; four are in museums, and the others are in private hands and a foundation collection.

His “Walking Man I” holds the auction record for a sculpture. It sold for $ 104.3 million in 2010.

Among other highlights at Christie’s was Peter Doig’s “Swamped,” a 1990 painting of a canoe in a moonlit lagoon, which could set a record for the British artist. It was estimated to fetch around $ 20 million. The current record is $ 18 million.

Monet’s “The Houses of Parliament, At Sunset,” a lush painting of rich blues and magenta created in 1900-01, was estimated to bring $ 35 million to $ 45 million. The Monet auction record is his 1919 “Water Lily Pond,” which sold for $ 80.5 million in 2008.

Christie’s also had a Mark Rothko for sale. “No. 36 (Black Stripe),” which had never appeared at auction, was estimated to sell for $ 30 million to $ 50 million. The 1958 work was being sold by the German collector Frieder Burda, who exhibited it in his museum in Baden-Baden for several years.

Last year, Christie’s said its global sales of impressionist and modern art were $ 1.2 billion, an increase of 19 percent over the previous year.

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Ebay Global the Smart Way: Buying and Selling Internationally on the World's #1 Auction Site

Ebay Global the Smart Way: Buying and Selling Internationally on the World's #1 Auction Site


Buying and selling on any of the many international eBay sites opens up a huge range of possibilities for American users. The globalization of eBay – with 28 sites worldwide – offers vast new markets for American merchandise overseas, as well as the opportunity to buy items globally with the aim of selling them profitably in the U.S.

But along with these opportunities come new questions: Do you need a license to buy and sell internationally? How do you set prices, handle cultural differences, and arrange shipping? And how do you determine which markets are most likely to benefit you? ''eBay Global the Smart Way'' shows readers how they can operate safely and profitably, offering in-depth and accessible information, and step-by-step instructions on topics including:

* Marketing to customers in foreign countries

* Ensuring quality

* Using customs brokers

* Making payments to foreign vendors

* Finding economical shipping

* Avoiding credit card fraud

* Avoiding product taxes

* Handling the language barrier

Filled with the unique brand of practical wisdom that have made Joe Sinclair''s other eBay books bestsellers, ''eBay Global the Smart Way'' helps readers take advantage of this huge new market, setting the stage for global success.
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Sotheby’s to Auction Haute Couture

SOME LIKE IT HAUTE: “Every Dress Tells a Story: Couture from The Dider Ludot Collection” marks the first time Sotheby’s Paris will be auctioning couture pieces. On July 8, some 150 garments and accessories from Ludot’s private collection will be on the block.
A famed fashion collector, Ludot assembled his cache over 40 years. He has selected items created between 1924 and the early 2000s by such celebrated couturiers as Paul Poiret, Yohji Yamamoto, Madame Grès, Christian Dior, and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Lots include delicate pink feather dress made for fashion muse, Francine Weisweiller, by Balenciaga in 1965, as well as late model Bettina Graziani’s black satin evening outfit created by Azzedine Alaïa in 1992.
The collection is open for public viewing from July 3 to July 7 at the auction house at 76 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
 

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Aereo Cleared To Auction TV Streaming Technology In Bankruptcy Deal

(Reuters) – A bankruptcy court has allowed defunct video streaming company Aereo Inc to auction its TV streaming technology assets, according to court papers published on Friday.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday that Aereo could sell its assets, after the company reached an agreement with broadcasters over the sale process.

These broadcasters include CBS Corp, Comcast Corp’s NBC, Walt Disney Co’s ABC and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox.

Under the agreement, Aereo will allow the broadcasters to attend the auction of the assets and provide them a weekly update on the status of the sale process.

Aereo filed for bankruptcy in November, five months after the U.S. Supreme Court said it violated broadcasters’ copyrights by capturing live and recorded programs on miniature antennas and transmitting them to subscribers for $ 8-$ 12 a month.

That decision effectively closed down New York-based Aereo, whose business model was to offer a less-expensive alternative to cable television.

The case is In re: Aereo Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-13200.

(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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IRS to auction money Mets owe Strawberry

Next month, the Internal Revenue Service is auctioning off the remaining annuity from the deferred compensation Darryl Strawberry agreed to when he signed a six-year contract with the Mets almost 30 years ago.
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Francis Bacon Painting Sets Auction Record

NEW YORK (AP) — A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon has sold for over $ 142 million in New York, a record for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

“Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was sold at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale on Tuesday night. The work depicts Bacon’s artist friend. The price tops the nearly $ 120 million paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which set a world record when it was sold at a Sotheby’s 2012.
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