Runway couture clothing from a prominent socialite will be part of Austin Auction’s October 28-29 sale

AA image 1 Roberto Cavalli satin brocade gown (look 26 from the fall 2006 ready-to-wear collection). An example of this gown was once worn by Victoria Beckham (est. $1,000-$3,000).

Austin Auction Gallery’s Fall Luxury Goods, Antiques & Estates Auction will be a two-day affair, October 28th and 29th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Austin, Texas. It will be a special couture and luxury goods event from two prominent estates, plus fine items from a large French consignment house – over 600 lots in all. Day 1 will feature spectacular runway fashion pieces, fine and designer jewelry, designer handbags, couture clothing and shoes, a Rolex watch collection and more. Day 2 will have antiques and Asian furniture, mid-century modern lighting and décor, firearms and a Jurassic Park pinball machine.

AA image 2 Ladies’ estate 18kt white gold, diamond and colored gemset necklace designed by Gregg Ruth, with navette and teardrop colored sapphires and diamonds (est. $12,000-$18,000).

The couture clothing is from a Washington, D.C. and Dallas, Texas socialite. Most of it is from the runway (2006-2008), unworn and retaining the retail tags. Designers include Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen, Reem Acra and Dolce Gabbana. Two of the Cavalli gowns and a clutch have been seen on models and actresses, and a white alligator jacket was purchased directly from Zac Posen in New York City. Purses will include all the fine makers (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Hermes, Dior, Balenciaga, Miu Miu and more). Fine gemstone jewelry will be from all the best manufacturers as well. Click here to find out more.

AA image 3 Louis Vuitton brown monogram canvas Boite Flacons beauty trunk (or train case), with gold tone brass corners and lock, brown leather trim, “LV” logo (est. $600-$1,000).





The new arrivals at Manhattan Rare Books are a treat for readers, collectors, browsers

MRB image 1 The iconic image of the photograph The Steerage, just one of 15 photogravures in Alfred Tieglitz’s volume Camera Work 36; Max Weber’s copy, with his signature ($40,000).

The Manhattan Rare Book Company specializes in outstanding books in fine condition, offering only books that have been carefully selected to meet the company’s high standards of quality and importance. They’re located inside Gallery 90, at 1050 Second Avenue in New York City (hours by appointment). There, book lovers, collectors and hard-core browsers will be able to peruse an extensive inventory that spans many categories, to include literature, history, art and photobooks, science and technology and illuminated manuscripts. Manhattan Rare Books sells books for a fixed price on Barnebys, per special arrangement.

MRB image 2 First edition copy (in English) of Salvador Dali’s book Les Diners de Gala, signed and inscribed by Dali and with a sketch of a woman’s face, a near-perfect copy ($5,000).

New arrivals are constantly pouring in, and many can be exciting. Recent additions to the inventory include a pair of letters typed and hand-signed by Eleanor Roosevelt ($9,500, $5,000); a set of silver gelatin print photographs of Muhammad Ali, taken by Richard Corman and the only set signed by Ali ($22,500); a limited first edition copy of The Path to Power by Margaret Thatcher, one of only 500 copies signed by Thatcher ($1,450); a first edition copy Ayn Rand’s seminal work, Atlas Shrugged, inscribed by Rand to her literary agent Ann Watkins ($17,500); and a letter typed and signed by Albert Einstein ($20,000). For more info, click here.

MRB image 3 First edition, first state copy of Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol, in beautiful original cloth gilt and with magnificent hand-colored plates by John Leech ($8,000).






Art For Eternity Gallery – a wonderful source for classical antiquities, pre-Columbian art, tribal art

AE image 1 Indian stone stele statue of the goddess Devi, made in Eastern India during the Pala period (9th century AD), 34 inches in height and custom mounted (item #6296, price $14,000).

Art For Eternity Gallery – located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a 12-minute stroll from the Metropolitan Museum of Art – is celebrating 25 years as a dealer specializing in classical antiquities, pre-Columbian art and tribal art.  The firm sells Greek, Roman, Egyptian, pre-Columbian, African, Oceanic antiquities, as well as Asian ancient and ethnographic art. It carefully checks each piece with experts, for dating and historical relevance, and offers an unconditional guarantee of authenticity and condition. Through special arrangement, Art For Eternity sells items for a fixed price on

AE image 2 Roman marble figure of the god Bacchus shown standing and nearly naked, circa 1st or 2nd century AD, set on an integral oval base, 29 ½ inches tall (item #9411, price $55,000).

Howard Nowes, the owner and director of Art For Eternity, has been finding treasures and bringing them to collectors for 25 years. His exceptional eye and reputation have made him a go-to source for classical antiquities and other items for decades. Pieces from Art For Eternity Gallery today live in museums at Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton and Emory, and have been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, CNN and Newsday. Mr. Nowes was previously a charter member and former associate of He is also a member of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association, known as the ATADA. Find out more by clicking here.

AE image 3 Egyptian limestone round-top stele for the funerary priest Amun Seramun, with the deceased standing and with his wife behind, circa 1292-1069 BC (item #12351, price $28,500).