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From Donation Bin to Sotheby's: How a Rare 19th-Century Bible Almost Got Away

3 hours agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

John Marks volunteers with the group Friends of Knight Memorial Library, and found himself pricing donated books for a vintage book sale to benefit Knight Memorial Library in Providence, Rhode Island. Last year he priced a five-volume Torah called The Law of God at $100, since there were no guidelines for the set. Show More Summary

QUICKLISTING: Sotheby's: 2610 Scott Street

Pure Modernism | Open Sun 2-4pmJoseph Esherick 1962 Masterwork Dazzling Views of Bay/Alcatraz2610 SCOTT STREET

Why Mozart’s hair is worth four times Beethoven’s

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A lock of Wolfi’s fetched £35,000 this week at Sotheby’s. A snipping of Ludwig’s made just £8k. Scarcity value, presumably. What would people be prepared to pay for baldie Bruckner?  

Drake Got Name-Dropped at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Giving Him More Fodder for His Next Album

You never know where Drake will pop up next. Sometimes he's at Sotheby's soundtracking art, other times his name is being brought up at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Yes, Drake, of all people, was used as an example for the word bacchius, which, according to some confused judge, is... More »

House of the Day: This Lavish Modernist Villa in Belgium is Soirée-Ready for $10M

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. All photos via Sotheby's Location: Sint-Genesius-Rode,...

Malta has what ultra wealthy clients want

Did you know that 6 percent of the global ultra high net worth population is composed of expatriates? The ultra wealthy are on the move, and Sotheby's International Realty dutifully set out to trace their footsteps, find out more about their preferred locations and explain their movements. After putting the pieces together, we found out that Malta might stand to gain...

Major upheaval: Sotheby’s loses music asset

Stephen Roe, the scholar who set up regular music manuscript sales at the auction house 35 years ago, is leaving today to pursue other interests. He may be irreplaceable. Stephen went to Sotheby’s straight from university (Worcester College, Oxford) and has been wondering for a while if there’s a world out there.  He used to work […]

Sotheby's Evening Sales of Latin American Art in New York total $16.2 million

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

Yesterday's evening auctions of Latin American Art in New York brought the strong total of $16,247,000, well within the pre-sale estimate of $13,230,000/18,585,000. Opening the evening was the dedicated themed sale Latin America: The...Show More Summary

Matthew Barton Ltd. announces Decorative Works of Art Auction on 2 June

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

At 25 Blythe Road ? a hub of specialists mainly from Sotheby?s ? there will be another treasure trove of objects in various disciplines in the forthcoming Decorative Works of Art Auction on the 2nd June, run by Matthew Barton. The auction...Show More Summary

hadrian6: Adonis.  1785.Barthelemy Blaise. French 1738-1819....

2 days agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

hadrian6: Adonis.  1785. Barthelemy Blaise. French 1738-1819. marble. Sotheby’s upcoming auction June 2015. http://hadrian6.tumblr.com

Final Touring-bodied Ferrari 212 Export sells for record-setting $7.5 million at Villa Erba

2 days agoVehicles / Cars : Hemmings.com

1952 Ferrari 212 Export. Photos by Tim Scott, courtesy RM Sotheby’s, unless otherwise noted. Ferrari’s 212 Export model was designed for competition, and most of the 28 built were campaigned enthusiastically by privateer racers. Of the examples that remain today, few can boast their original engine and transmission, and just one can claim to be […]

Sotheby's contributed $75K to support Syrian heritage protection efforts

An interesting development on the heritage protection funding side mentioned in passing in an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Center is a partner in the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq project, or SHOSI, which brings together the Smithsonian Institution, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the U.S. Show More Summary

Sotheby's Paris Design Sale brings €7 million, exceeding high estimate

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

The results of today?s design auction again underscore the buoyancy of works on each market of this segment from original collections or private groups. The selection of high quality pieces our experts offered won praise from collectors. Show More Summary

Finest and Rarest Wines: Featuring Burgundy Direct from Maison Camille Giroud totals US$1.6 million

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

Sotheby?s wine sale of Finest and Rarest Wines: Featuring Burgundy Direct from Maison Camille Giroud concluded on Saturday (23 May) at Sotheby?s Hong Kong Gallery with a sale total of HK$12.5 million / US$1.6 million. The sale was 94.6% sold by lot and 96.6% sold by value. Show More Summary

Are These the Most Expensive Locks of Hair in the World?

Two locks of hair—one belonging to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (estimated value: $15,000) and another to Ludwig van Beethoven (estimated at $3,000)—are set to go up for auction at Sotheby's in London this week. The hair you see above isShow More Summary

House of the Day: Restored Ralph Rapson Modernist Charmer Wants $750K

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. All photos via Sotheby's Location: Chanhassen,...

Sotheby's to sell unique Pablo Picasso ceramics from the Collection of Marina Picasso

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

James Mackie, Sotheby?s Impressionist & Modern Art specialist, announced today: ?This summer Sotheby?s will bring to the market a collection of unique ceramics by Pablo Picasso belonging to the artist?s granddaughter, Marina Picasso....Show More Summary

Leila Dunbar to appraise sports memorabilia May 30 at Concord Museum

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

On May 30, collectors are invited to bring their special sports-related items to the Concord Museum in Concord, Massachusetts for a verbal appraisal with Leila Dunbar. A longtime Antiques Roadshow appraiser and former Sotheby?s Director...Show More Summary

Ferrari 212 Barchetta highlights RM auction at Villa d'Este

RM Sotheby's auction on Lake Como this year brought in a massive $30 million, punctuated by a 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta that sold for $7.4 million. Continue reading Ferrari 212 Barchetta highlights RM auction at Villa d'EsteShow More Summary

A private collection of 21 works inspired by the US dollar to be offered at Sotheby's

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

The dollar ($) is perhaps the most widely-recognised and potent symbol of our time, a shorthand for wealth, power and the American Dream. On 1 and 2 July 2015, Sotheby's will offer a museum-quality private collection which explores how this iconic motif has provided such a rich source of inspiration for contemporary artists over the last sixty years. Show More Summary

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