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Victorian gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Gingerbread Cottages: Designing an American Victorian Fairytale

Gingerbread cottages are some of the most beloved examples of Victorian architecture in America today, so here we unravel a brief history of their charming storybook design.

#49: Legend Revived : An Alligator in New York. Photo © Barnebys Group

Podcast Ep #49: Legend Revived: An Alligator in New York

In this week's episode, we talk to Swedish contemporary artist Alexander Klingspor about his monumental sculpture of an alligator which was just unveiled in New York.

Works of art
The Moomin mugs 'Dark blue', 'Dark green', 'Dark pink' and 'Dark yellow' were designed by Camilla Mobring in 1991 while Tove Slotte was on maternity leave. Photo © Bukowskis

Moomin Mugs: 30 Years of Collectibles

It's been more than 30 years since the first Moomin mug was released, but the little characters of the designer Tove Jansson remain popular today.


The Rarest on the Road: Vintage Porsches and Motorcycles at Auction

This upcoming sale features one-of-a-kind cars, a number of collectible Porsches, and 13 motorcycles owned by famed art gallerist Adam Lindemann

Cars & Vehicles
Joe Colombo (1930 - 1971), Tube Chair, designed circa 1969 and manufactured by Flexform. Photo © Sotheby's

The Design Classics of the Future

From the quirky to the timeless, here are six innovative designs to revolutionize your home.


Haupt, Nobel and the Pre-Raphaelite Mastery Head to Auction

A pair of cabinets never seen before, crafted by Georg Haupt, will soon be auctioned in Stockholm, along with intimate portraits from Dalarna, a Pre-Raphaelite portrait and an envelope dating back to 1895.


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Photo by Michael D Beckwith

Buy Antique Furniture and Revive It

Research by Barnebys has shown an increasing number of people under 45 buy vintage and antique items. Why? A few simple reasons: quality, sustainability and convenience.

Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton on their wedding day 1950. Photo: © Christie's (detail)

History’s Best Wedding Dresses

Every bride wants to look unique on her big day, and the famous are no exception. From Hollywood to royalty and beyond, here are history’s best wedding dresses.

RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912. Public domain image

The Most Valuable Artwork Lost on the Titanic

Here's the story behind La Circassienne au Bain, an early 19th century oil painting by French Salon master Merry-Joseph Blondel, which sank on the Titanic's fatal voyage in 1912.

John Everett Millais (1829–1896), 'Ophelia', ca 1851 (detail). Public domain image

Elizabeth Siddal: The Tragedy of the World's First Supermodel

Here is the story of the titian-haired beauty Elizabeth Siddal, the most sought-after model of the Pre-Raphaelites and a successful artist in her own right.

Montage of the postcard "Auvers-sur-Oise - Rue Daubigny" and the painting "Roots of trees" (1890) by van Gogh,. Image © Arthénon (detail)

The Secrets of Van Gogh's Final Painting Revealed

According to new research, the artist's final painting holds clues to the mysterious circumstances of his death.

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Mrs. Thomas Phipps wears the world-famous Hope Diamond, lent to her by jeweler Harry Winston, at the Bal de Tete in New York, Nov. 15, 1949. Image: Bettmann/Getty Images

Is The Hope Diamond Really Cursed?

The world's most famous diamond has been rumored to bring misfortune to its illustrious owners, from kings to heiresses. Here we look back on its spellbinding history.

Jewelry & Gems


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Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977). Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, 2005. Oil on canvas, 108 x 108 in. (274.3 x 274.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Partial gift of Suzi and Andrew Booke Cohen in memory of Ilene R. Booke and in honor of Arnold L. Lehman, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, and William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund , 2015.53. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2015.53_framed_PS2.jpg)

14 Black Artists Who Changed Art History

From Augusta Savage to Kehinde Wiley, Black artists have challenged discrimination and broken racial barriers through their art. Here are 14 of the most influential Black artists. 

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Promotional headshot of actor and musician Elvis Presley, as he appears in the documentary film 'Elvis; That's The Way It Is', 1970. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection / Getty Images)

The Iconic Shades of Elvis

The King's custom sunglasses were an essential part of his aesthetic and now fetch sky-high prices at auction.

An assortment of costume jewellery (detail). Photo © Stockholms Auktionsverk

Vintage Costume Jewelry: Where to Begin

Vintage costume jewelry is one of the fastest growing, and most popular, categories on the market. If you’re looking to start buying and collecting, there are things you ought to know – and avoid.

Jewelry & Gems

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