7 May 2018

How the Free Appraisal Service Works

A forgotten piece of jewelry or painting in the attic? A vintage bag or family heirloom? Have you always wondered what your artworks and antiques might really be worth? Keep reading to find out all benefits a valuation service can provide you with.

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2 May 2018

YOU CAN COUNT ON HEADLINES

Nude Parisians are becoming a more and more common sight in the streets of the French art capital. Last year a restaurant, as well as a park was devoted to naked people. The Paris Naturist Association has now succeeded in arranging a show for their members at one of Paris' notable museums. Everyone is welcome - as long as you undress.

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19 April 2018

Tiffany, the King of Diamonds

Diamonds are eternal, and welcome at any time of the day, even – or maybe especially – at breakfast. Film director Blake Edwards knew this for a fact when he immortalised Audrey Hepburn in a black Givenchy dress, lingering in front of the jewellery store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

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20 April 2018

Miró more than mirrored modernity

Joan Miró was born in Barcelona on April 20th, 1893. But it wasn’t until 1911, while on vacation with his family in Mont-Roig del Camp, that he decided to become an artist. He later said “Mallorca, Barcelona and Mont-Roig. From this triangle my art was born”. Miró more than mirrored modernity - he helped create it.

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20 April 2018

Venini, of glass and light

A native of Cusano, a town near Milan, Paolo Venini envisaged a career as a lawyer until his encounter with Milanese antique dealer Giacomo Cappellin, after World War I, set him on a different path.

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1 April 2018

The uncrowned King of Kitsch

If there is an artist who has brought kitsch and pop art to another level, that artist is without a doubt Jeff Koons. With a portfolio extending from colossal sculptures and paintings, to smartphone covers and life-size installations – everything Jeff Koons touches seems to turn into gold.

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3 April 2018

Do you remember Rockefeller?

Last year, we gave you the news that David Rockefeller's estate is coming up for auction threatening to break the current estate sale record held by the Yves Saint Laurent estate in 2009. Now the catalogues are out and you can browse the thousands of items up for sale.

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13 April 2018

Andy Warhol, the Pope of Pop is still on top!

It’s an understatement to say that Andy Warhol’s works sparked controversy. In the same way that Duchamp’s urinal and other Dada or surrealist installations, presented as artworks, provoked some to cry foul while others applauded the arrival of contemporary art, Warhol divided the public.

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31 March 2018

The artworks that broke auction records 2007-2017

Each year, millions of artworks hit the auction room floor and and are sold for staggering figures. Now and then, sales mark the year by shattering world records. Barnebys pickedeleven artworks that made waves in the auction world from 2007 until 2017.

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19 February 2018

Step inside a treasure trove of a Chinese Shophouse

In the breathtaking home of Ros and Richard visitors to the Chinese Shophouse take a journey from Singapore to India, France and their native England.

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Trends & Inspirations

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27 February 2018

Buying into Banksy

Banksy, the enigmatic street artist, is arguably the most famous in his field. His reputation was cemented by eye-catching stencils speaking out against social ills, especially greed and the trappings of the art market. Yet his personal net worth is estimated to be in the tens of millions, and he belongs to an elite group of living artists whose work have breached the one million dollar mark at auction.

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28 February 2018

How Cubism Changed the World

We delve into the history behind Cubism, and how this abstract branch of art was originally conceived as a way of presenting hyper-reality through four-dimensional depictions of subjects.

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1 March 2018

Patek Philippe: A Timely Investment

As smartphones have become part of our everyday, the role of the wristwatch has changed. When you wear a watch today, you announce to the world that you have style. And when that watch is a Patek Philippe timepiece, you're not only make a style statement – you're making an investment.

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2 March 2018

How to Become the Next Great Stamp Collector

Conventional wisdom says technology is devaluing postage stamps. But true wisdom is never conventional. Philately auction records constantly drop as legendary stamp collections come to auction every year.

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2 March 2018

Omega: a Cultural Icon

Only one watch brand can claim to be the last word in pop culture: Omega. Founded in 1903, this Swiss company has proved time and again to be a favorite among movie stars, rock stars, political stars, sports stars – even people who travel among the stars.

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31 January 2018

Haute Couture: Where fashion meets art

The term Haute Couture was coined in 1908 by Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. The Oxford Dictionary defines Haute Couture as expensive, fashionable clothes produced by leading fashion houses. In fact, the term is far more complex than that and is actually protected by French law.

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31 January 2018

Meet Pierre Jeanneret - the Other Jeanneret

Designs by Pierre Jeanneret are ever-growing in popularity on the secondary market. In less than a decade, the price of, say, a pair of 1960s Jeanneret teak and reed folding chairs has risen from a few dollars to over $50 000.

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6 February 2018

How we fell in love with diamonds

According to Marilyn Monroe, there a ''girl's best friend,'' Elizabeth Taylor was a firm believer that ''big girls need'' them. whilst Mary Frances Gerety said they were ''forever.'' We're talking diamonds, of course.

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9 February 2018

Charlotte Perriand: A Creative Life Remembered

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of A Life of Creation, the autobiography of Charlotte Perriand.

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9 February 2018

The timeless allure of Porsche

For more than half a century, Porsche has been one of the most popular brands of automobiles to appeal to private collectors. It is an icon of style, and a beacon of speed and power. But Porsche collectors are drawn not only to the material aspects of these amazing automobiles – they are also drawn to the rich history of this unique company, which emerged from the ashes of World War II to become one of the most enduring brands in the world.

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25 January 2018

François Boucher and the 18th century Pin-Up

Pin-up girls: a phenomenon of a bygone era. We're not talking the 20th century - our story of the pin-up girls takes us back to the 18th century, when French artist François Boucher showed the word his resting and reclining girls.

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25 January 2018

A hotel becomes a home in Stockholm

The Acapulco Hotel based in the Södermalm area of Stockholm was converted in to stunning apartments in 2013. The project, completed in 2014, was headed by Marcus Axelsson and HAG architects.

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Trends & Inspirations

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5 April 2018

Picasso, the universal artist

If the Renaissance had its universal genius, in the person of Leonardo da Vinci, then so too did the 20th century, called Pablo Picasso.

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9 January 2018

The Crown Jewels: Five times royal jewelry made headlines at auction

As Meghan Markle attends dress fittings, Princess Charlotte starts nursery, and not to mention a few million of us watching a little show called The Crown: 2018 looks set to be a rather royal year. On January 17, Sotheby's will hold their Of Royal and Noble Descent auction in New York, which features a replica set of the British Crown Jewels which were ordered on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation.  We check out five auctions of some of the most incredible royal jewelry pieces.

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20 June 2016

A love letter JFK wrote to mistress just months before his death at auction

A letter John F. Kennedy wrote to his alleged mistress Mary Pinchot Meyer will this week find a new owner. The sale of the love letter, which has been available for bidding since June 16, will close on June 23 at RR Auctions, with experts estimating the letter could reach $30 000 at auction.

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