One of Claude Monet's iconic paintings of haystacks fetched a record-breaking $110.7 million at an auction on Tuesday in New York.Monet's "Meules" sold at Sotheby's sale of Impressionist & Modern Art Tuesday night.According to the auction house, it's a world auction record for the artist and the first work of Impressionist art to ever cross the $100 million threshold at auction.The 1890 painting is one of only four works from Monet's acclaimed "Haystacks" series to come to auction this century, and one of only eight examples remaining in private hands.The series of paintings, completed over the course of a year, is known for the way that Monet depicted similar subjects changing over time in different seasons and with different weather.The 17 others reside at museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
If you shopped with 'em since March 2017, consider your deets in the haulToff tat bazaar Sotheby's Home website has become the latest casualty of Magecart after a breach saw card-skimming code deployed by infosec rotters.This "depending on the security settings of your computer, may have transmitted personal information you entered into the website's checkout form to this third party".Weeks ago Vision Direct admitted it had fallen foul of tricksters who slurped info as it was "being entered into the site".British Airways and Ticketmaster were hit by the same issue in September and June respectively.The attackers introduced code that skims data as it is typed.
Late last month we talked a bit about the Sotheby’s auction that would see one of the only confirmed real pieces of the moon sold to the highest bidder.These Russian samples were fitted inside a fancy case with lenses for inspection.Russia brought the samples to Earth in September 1970 via the Luna-16 mission.The samples were originally given to Ninan Ivanova Koroleva, the widow of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the former chief designer, and director of the Soviet space program.The samples sold in 1993 for $442,500.This time the samples brought in $855,000 at the auction, a nice payday for their former owner.
International auction house Sotheby’s has cancelled an upcoming sale of rhino horn artefacts in Hong Kong and joined other companies like Bonhams in saying they will no longer list any goods containing rhino horn for sale regardless of its origin, Agence France-Presse reported on Saturday.Three lots of antique rhino horn scheduled to be sold this week in Hong Kong have been withdrawn, AFP reported, following a decision by fellow British auction house Bonhams to cancel a sale of 21 lots worth an estimated £3 million and impose a prohibition of all future sales of rhino horn.“The company will no longer offer rhino horn artefacts in the future,” Nicolas Chow, chairman of Sotheby’s Asia confirmed in a statement.“Sotheby’s deplores any illegal slaughter and trading of endangered wildlife, and strongly supports conservation efforts from the global community,” he added.... “In future, Bonhams will not offer artefacts made entirely or partly from rhinoceros horn in its salerooms,” Bonhams global CEO Matthew Girling said in a statement.According to the Hong Kong Free Press, “Bonhams’ rhino horn lot was made up of 17th to 18th century and Qing dynasty liberations cups, vases and vessels.”
2013 was the Product Red, a charity auction where several items designed by Apple's head of design Jony Ive and Marc Newson was sold.Then it was, inter alia, a work desk in solid aluminum and a then brand new Mac Pro with the red casing.Now the design duo back for a new Product with the Product Red auction.this time the product itself is not at all red, but it is expected to be sold for more than any of the previous: From to 1.35, and 2.25 million think auktionsbyrån Sotheby's will hammer.the Product in question is a diamond ring, quite literally.the Ring has been produced together with company Diamond Foundry, and is made of 100% diamond.
A rare chance to buy a piece of the moon is coming up just in time for holiday shopping.For that person who's hard to shop for, you can be pretty well assured they don't already have one of these.Sotheby's auction house in New York will be putting three tiny moon rocks up for bid that were collected by the Soviet Union's robotic Luna 16 lander and returned to the Earth in September 1970.The lot is described as "the only known documented samples of the moon available for private ownership."Samples of the moon collected by the Soviet Union and the United States have typically remained in the government's possession, and laws prevent public gifts -- like the moon samples gifted to other countries by the Nixon administration -- from being transferred to individuals.According to Sotheby's, however, the sample up for auction was ceremonially presented to Nina Ivanovna Koroleva, widow of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, one of the early designers and directors of the Soviet space program in the 1950s and 1960s.
2019 will mark the 50th anniversary that of the Apollo 11 mission when U.S. astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, became the first men to walk on the Moon.But in 2018, Sotheby's will auction off a small part of it – and it could worth as much as $1 million.Next month, the auction house will sell three tiny bits of the celestial body that were brought back from the the 1970 Soviet Luna-16 mission.They were given to Nina Ivanovna Koroleva, widow of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the head rocket engineer in the Soviet space program during the 1950s, Sotheby's said on its website.Previously sold by Sotheby's in 1993 for $445,000, the Moon fragments are estimated to be worth between $700,000 and $1 million and are the only fragments of the satellite that can be sold legally."Authentic lunar samples available for public acquisition may be qualified as extremely rare, as title to lunar samples remains with the entities that collected them — the United States during the Apollo 11-17 missions, and the USSR (succeeded by the Russian Federation) via the Luna-16, -20, and -24 missions — as well as with the countries gifted the Apollo 11 samples and the Apollo 17 Goodwill moon rocks on behalf of the Nixon Administration," Sotheby's writes on its website.
Earlier this year, Porsche got its fans all excited by launching Project Gold, a "new" 993-era 911 Turbo that had been built from scratch over the prior year and a half.In other words, another 993 built two decades after that generation of the sports car officially ended production.Now we know just how much Porschephiles loved the car, as Project Gold sold over the weekend at an RM Sotheby's auction for an impressive $3.415 million.However, Porsche isn't keeping all that money for itself.The automaker said that any proceeds on top of the "hypothetical original retail value and actual auction expenses" for Project Gold will be donated to Ferry Porsche Foundation, a German charity.That figure is 2.6 million euros, equivalent to about $2.96 million.
And art pranks are even more mysterious, especially when notorious street artist Banksy is behind it all.On Oct. 6, right after the Sotheby's auction ended with Banksy's painting "Girl With Balloon" earning an impressive $1.4 million dollars (roughly £1.04 million), the art piece self-shredded via a clever mechanism embedded in the frame by the artist.However, now we know that a malfunction occurred and the shredding machine stopped halfway through the process.Banksy intended that the entire painting, not half of it, be destroyed when the shredder was activated by the gavel when it dropped at the end of the winning bid, according to a new video posted by Banksy.In the video "Shredding the Girl and Balloon - The Director's half cut" posted to Banksy's YouTube channel on Wednesday, it is revealed that the shredding mechanism worked perfectly during other practice runs.The video states, "In rehearsals it worked every time."
Banksy’s artworld shocker performance piece, earlier this month, when a canvas of his went under the hammer at Sothebys in London, suggests not.Immediately the Girl with Balloon canvas sold — for a cool ~$1.1M (£860,000) — it proceeded to self-destruct, via a shredder built into the frame, leaving a roomful of designer glasses paired with a lot of shock and awe, before facial muscles twisted afresh as new calculations kicked in.As we reported at the time, the anonymous artist had spent years planning this particular prank.Yet the stunt immediately inflated the value of the canvas — some suggested by as much as 50% — despite the work itself being half shredded, with just a heart-shaped balloon left in clear view.The damaged canvas even instantly got a new title: Love Is in the Bin.Thereby undermining what might otherwise be interpreted as a grand Banksy gesture critiquing the acquisitive, money-loving bent of the art world.
The anonymous artist Banksy appears to have undertaken a further coup in the art world.This, after one of his works of art strimlades to pieces directly after it has been sold at an auction at the auction house Sotheby's.It's all about the artwork "Girl with Balloon", which was sold for 1.4 million dollars, corresponding to 12.7 million.More or less directly after the winning bid was put so enabled a built-in shredder in the board of ram that can quickly up it the whole in strips.In a video that Banksy published in the weekend which you can check out above, shows that this is probably been something that the artist planned for several years.
Mysterious street artist Banksy is known for creating art that makes a statement on politics and culture, but it appears his latest work is a very pricey prank on the art world itself.His spray-painted art titled "Girl With Balloon" apparently self-destructed in front of collectors during an auction at Sotheby's in London on Friday, minutes after selling for $1.4 million dollars (roughly £1.04 million).As soon as the auctioneer slammed down the gavel on the last bid, which was estimated to be more than three times the painting's pre-sale value, an alarm went off.The art suddenly ran through a shredder embedded in the frame, which left more than half the canvas hanging from the bottom in strips.Banksy's official Instagram account shared an image from Sotheby's auctioneers at the exact moment the art self-destructed.Reads the caption: "Going, going, gone..."
A new world record for the most expensive car ever sold at auction has been set.That record was set at an RM Sotheby’s auction that was held over the weekend.The gavel fell on the rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at $44 million and once the buyer’s premium is added the full price of the purchase totaled $48,405,000.This Ferrari 250 GTO broke the previous highest price car sale record of $38.115 million set in 2014.The car that commanded that high price was also a Ferrari 250 GTO.The record-setting car sold this weekend is Ferrari 250 GTO 3414GT and was owned for the last 18 years by Dr. Greg Whitten.
The property sits in Tiburon, Calif., about nine miles north as the crow flies from downtown San Francisco.Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty/YouTubeThere's a 14-acre chunk of a peninsula north of San Francisco currently for sale for a whopping $37 million — and that's excluding home construction costs.The property features 2,000 square feet of bay shoreline, private sandy beaches and approved plans for a 15,000-square-foot residence.Though the infamously competitive Bay Area real estate market has seen plenty of unique listings, this one is a rarity in that it's an expansive undeveloped waterfront parcel situated in the tech capitol of the world.In the San Francisco Bay Area housing market, it's not uncommon to find fire-gutted properties listed for a cool $2 million or a 1-acre dirt lot selling for $15 million.
Eager to get their hands on a unique variant of the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 1?Then we have good news then Bang & Olufsen put up five pieces BeoSound 1 on the auction site Sotheby's, and the auctions will launch tomorrow.It is about five different speakers in the colors tan, orange, maroon, pink and grey.the Speakers will begin to be auctioned tomorrow at 18:00.the Units are expected to be sold for between 3000-5000 dollars, which is more than twice as much as the BeoSound 1 usually costs.
NEW YORK, NY.- Manhattan real estate tycoon and President of Hirschfeld Properties, LLC, Elie Hirschfeld announces the acquisition of "Gray Scramble X (double)" (1973, Alkyd on Canvas), an original oil painting by Frank Stella (born 1936) valued at $2,000,000.In 1973, the Hirschfeld family acquired the iconic Gray Scramble X (double) oil painting in conjunction with the sale of the famed 817 Fifth Avenue apartment previously owned by Marquesa Carroll de Portago, wife of Marquis Alfonso de Portago and namesake of Stella's 1970 "Marquis de Portago" hanging in the Hirshhorn Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. "Gray Scramble X (double) holds great meaning to me because it was not only bestowed to me by my mother, but it is an integral piece of modern art's history," said Elie Hirschfeld."From a minimalist style that electrified the world of abstract painting to his recent work with computer generated art, Stella's works have graced renowned galleries worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as Sotheby's auction blocks."The Gray Scramble X (double) is in the style of Stella's earlier works, which also contain concentric lines, some in gray tones and some in color.Elie Hirschfeld is an avid art collector who began his collection with "The Artists Show in Washington Square Park" by Thomas Hart Benton.Since then, his collection has grown to hundreds of New York scenes with such notable works as Andy Warhol's "Brooklyn Bridge," Frank Stella's "Squares" and Norman Rockwell's "Gramercy Park."
Among classic car aficionados who have tens of millions to spend on their hobby, the Ferrari 250 GTO is often referred to as the “holy grail.” Only 36 were ever produced — all of which are still around — and it’s considered one of the most beautiful Ferrari designs in history, rivaled only by its unparalleled success on the racetrack.At the Sotheby’s Monterey classic car auction at the end of August, one of these incredible machines is up for bid, and it’s likely to set a record for the most expensive car ever sold at auction.The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti, chassis no.3413 GT, was the third one ever built.It’s currently owned by Dr. Greg Whitten, chairman of Numerix and former chief software architect at Microsoft, and he’s owned it for about 20 years.There’s a private club of owners, which adds to the mystique as well.
San Francisco's crazy housing market just reached a new level.A 6,350-square-foot home listed at $7.99 million sold for $9.6 million after spending a short nine days on the market.At 20 percent over asking price, it's the city's "highest overbid" so far this year, according to a spokesperson for the real estate firm that sold it.But the transaction will likely be eclipsed by larger ones in the near future.With the amount of affordable housing increasingly dwindling, home listings selling over the asking price, as well as other anomalies like condemned homes selling for $1 million a pop, is the norm around here now.This particular listing is for a single-family house at 2219 Scott St., 15 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco's ritzy Pacific Heights neighborhood with the area's inviting Alta Plaza Park just yards away from the front steps.
The ultimate Popemobile was just put up for auction at RM Sotheby’s – for charity, of course.The vehicle was first donated to His Holiness Pope Francis back in November of 2017.For the first time since the signing ceremony, we’re given an up-close look at this vehicle just as it enters public auction.This is a special edition one-of-a-kind 2018 Lamborghini Huracán RWD Coupé with Pope Francis customizations.This vehicle will be delivered with a Certificato di Origine Lamborghini and the knowledge that the Pope of the Catholic Church once signed this vehicle’s hood.“Customized and built to European specifications by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program, the car is finished in Bianco Monocerus contrasted by Giallo Tiberino stripes and detailing in homage to the colours of the flag of Vatican City,” said the Sotheby’s listing.
IfOnly, a San Francisco-based online marketplace that offers more than 3,000 unique experiences to its adventuresome users, has raised $20 million in Series D funding led by Mastercard, which was joined by other strategic investors, including Hyatt Hotels and Sotheby’s.It has another new announcement, too: the company has brought aboard a new CEO, John Boris, who spent the previous six years as the chief marketing officer at the personalized photos and products company Shutterfly.Until recently, IfOnly was led by serial entrepreneur and founder Trevor Traina.But in January, Traina — a financial supporter of President Donald Trump — was nominated for an ambassadorship to Austria, and last Thursday, he was sworn in at his Pacific Heights home in San Francisco.With Traina off to Vienna, Boris will steer the company’s growth, and its newest strategic partners should help.Meanwhile, Sotheby’s, known of its auctions business, has similarly been getting into the business of auctioning “experiences.” In December, anyone willing to pay enough could enjoy an after-hours tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, before being treated to an authentic Venetian dinner.