Set for auction on December 9, but not finding any takers, the legendary dress was eventually sold to... the British royal family!
In 1951, the architect Le Corbusier, along with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, designed what is known as the ‘Silver City of India’, Chandigarh. A project of great historical importance, it has also left a lasting impression on the world of design.
Known for creating secret agent James Bond, British author Ian Fleming wrote letters just as dramatic as his novels, a selection of which will be headed to auction in December. Containing gossip, successes and sadomasochistic confessions, the correspondence with his love Ann Charteris unveils the intimate life of the novelist.
Despite having only gained belated recognition for her work, Louise Bourgeois’ creations have placed her among the most expensive female artists at auction. They are often subject to new interpretations, frequently saturated with psychoanalyst and feminist allusions.
Fernand Léger had a wide and varied career in the arts, from creating paintings and sculptures to designing sets and directing films. With a style falling somewhere between Cubism and naïve art, Léger’s paintings often make a positive impression on the viewer. His primary colors and plump figures are almost universally appealing, and collectors from all over the world appreciate the creations.
A major figure in 20th-century painting, Henri Matisse has influenced many renowned artists. With humble beginnings as a notary’s clerk from Saint-Quentin, Matisse went on to become one of the best-rated French painters and sculptors in the world, a label that still stands today.
How much is the viewer missing out on when an artwork hasn’t been restored in a long time? Apparently, a lot. Recently, conservators were surprised when a Dutch still life was restored: the painting that was previously thought to depict a dirty 16th-century kitchen would prove to show something else entirely.
Marina Abramović’s ‘The Life’, a digital performance presented at the Serpentine Gallery earlier this year, will be auctioned by Christie's in October 2020. This is the first work of this type to be presented at auction, pushing the boundaries of the existing market.
A painting that sat in a private French collection for over 40 years was recently found to be the work of Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the foremost artists of the 17th century. Last week, the rediscovered ‘Lucretia’ made a new record for the artist, selling for over $6 million.
In search of quality, durability and affordable prices, younger generations are increasingly seduced by the age-old charm of antiques and vintage furniture. With its upcoming auction, Mebane Auction proves the timelessness of decorative arts and antiques.