Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods Team for Rare Sneaker Auction

Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods are partnering on a global online-only auction of 100 rare and limited-edition sneakers that opens today and runs through July 23. The auction includes a public exhibition at Sotheby’s New York Gallery at 1334 York Avenue.
The sneakers, which have been provided by Stadium Goods’ Trophy Case, the company’s collection of the rarest items, span several years and date as far back as the early Seventies with the Nike “Moon Shoe” made by Nike cofounder and Oregon University track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympic Trials. That shoe is estimated at $ 160,000 given its unworn condition.
Other models expected to draw interest include Virgil Abloh’s MCA Chicago Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 sneakers that were on display at the designer’s “Figures of Speech” exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. 
“We spend a lot of time on our Trophy Case,” said Stadium Goods cofounder and co-chief executive officer John McPheters. “A good chunk of items we’ve already had. We’ve done a ton of work behind creating this list of shoes and it’s indicative of how this world has changed.”
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Sotheby’s Paris to Auction Private Collection of Vintage Martin Margiela

TREASURE TROVE: As prices for vintage soar, demand for one designer’s work shows no sign of flagging: Sotheby’s Paris said Tuesday that it would hold an exhibition and online auction this fall dedicated to Martin Margiela.
Nearly 220 items of clothing and accessories from a private collection will go under the hammer between Sept. 19 and Oct. 1. Among the top lots is a men’s vest assembled from playing cards from Maison Martin Margiela’s Artisanal collection. One of only five of its kind, it is estimated to fetch between 8,000 euros and 10,000 euros.

A waistcoat made with playing cards from Maison Martin Margiela’s spring 2006 Artisanal collection. 
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Among the other rare items offered for sale are down coats from fall 1999, a linen jacket from the Stockman collection of spring 1997, and a top made of bow ties, also from the Artisanal line. The items will be on show from Sept. 20 to 25, coinciding with Paris Fashion Week.
Coming on the heels of two major Paris retrospectives last year — at the Palais Galliera fashion museum and Les Arts Décoratifs — the sale coincides with a double anniversary: the birth of Maison Martin Margiela in 1989 and the departure of its reclusive

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Jackie O. Items Featured in Oleg Cassini Estate Auction

OLEG’S SELLOUT CROWD: Even 13 years after his death, Oleg Cassini’s name managed to create a sellout estate sale at Doyle on Thursday. The all-day event ran for nine and a half hours and the lots sold for a total of more than $ 1.3 million, according to Louis Webre, senior vice president of marketing and media for the auction house. That final tally was well above pre-auction estimates of $ 578,185 to $ 884,260.
Some of the international bidders turned up at the Doyle East 87th Street sale room, with others phoning in their bids or placing them online. Many of the designer’s fans associate him with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whose White House style Cassini was instrumental in cultivating. A nine-page handwritten letter by Kennedy prior to her husband’s administration clearly defined what she expected from Cassini as her designer and confidante. That piece of history sold for $ 16,250 — above the $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 estimate.
Thursday’s event was far from a run-of-the-mill estate sale. The 750 lots were gleaned from what was once Cassini’s Oyster Bay Cove 43-acre estate and the neo-Gothic Gramercy Park town house that he lived in at one time. Cassini’s widow Marianne Nestor Cassini has been entangled in

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Patrick Drahi on Track to Acquire Auction House Sotheby

Patrick Drahi, the owner of the telecom group Altice, is on track to purchase Sotheby, the high-profile auction house, through his personal holding. Drahi said the pending acquisition of Sotheby has “no capital link with Altice Europe or Altice USA,” and will be funded through the bank BNP Paribas, as well as by equity provided […]

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Catherine Deneuve’s Saint Laurent Wardrobe Raises $1M at Auction

MILLION-DOLLAR WARDROBE: The sale of Catherine Deneuve’s Yves Saint Laurent outfits raised $ 1 million during an auction at Christie’s Paris on Thursday, with every single lot snapped up.
Interest in the sale was so strong that 90 percent of the 129 lots sold for multiple times above their pre-sale estimate, while the pre-sale exhibition held during Paris Couture Week drew 4,500 visitors, the auction house said. Online bidding for a further 140 lots remains open until Jan. 30 at midnight.
“This week, with highlights including the view and the auction itself, has been a new experience for me and has exceeded my expectations in many ways,” Deneuve said in a statement.
“I would like to thank Christie’s for the beautiful catalogue and the fact they paid tribute to YSL’s talent by presenting his creations in such an exquisite way at the preview, attended by thousands of people. I sincerely hope that the new owners will enjoy these pieces of couture as much as I did,” she added.
The top lot was an haute couture evening ensemble consisting of a chiffon blouse, scarf and taffeta skirt from the Russian collection that Saint Laurent designed for fall 1977. It sold for $ 59,745, 10 times the top

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Yves Saint Laurent Illustrations for Children’s Book Up for Auction

THE DEVIL IN PARIS: Parisian auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr is holding an auction on Dec. 19 of 100 drawings by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
The pictures, drawn by Saint Laurent between 1961 and 1962, were destined to illustrate a children’s book commissioned by Parisian publisher Jacques Damase, but the project never came through. This is the first time the drawings are being unveiled to the public.
Named “Le Diable à Paris” (“The Devil in Paris”), the book, written by Damase, features a dapper-looking devil, drawn by Saint Laurent, wearing a red suit and little black horns on the cover illustration.
Other drawings see the devil dress up to visit a duchess, sport a leopard-printed suit and even a bull’s head in an illustration titled “Le Diable Espagnol” (“The Spanish Devil”), where he is pictured alongside a flamenco dancer.
Drawn in ink, pastel or graphite in mostly red and black hues, the title character is faced with an array of magical creatures, such as a giraffe in the shape of the Eiffel Tower or a human body with a dragon’s head.
A statement from the auction house explained Damase met Saint Laurent through accessories designer Roger Vivier. At the time of the project, the

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Sotheby’s Paris Preps Fourth Auction of Books From Pierre Bergé’s Personal Library

BERGE’S BOOKENDS: If reading is the key to enlightenment, Pierre Bergé sure had a lot of books to spark his intelligence.
Sotheby’s Paris will hold the fourth auction for a selection of books from Bergé’s personal collection on Dec. 14. Several choice lots are on view at Sotheby’s New York office through Saturday, and they illustrated the myriad interests of the late French business titan: botany, gardens, philosophy, activism and more. The upcoming auction is expected to drum up between 5 million euros and 6 million euros, according to a Sotheby’s spokeswoman.
Literature, the 19th century and music were among the areas of interest covered in prior sales, with the first auction having been held nearly three years ago.
The December sale includes such highlights as Bartholomeus Anglicus’ “Le Propriétaire des choses,” circa 1486. This complete copy of a major medieval encyclopedia is illustrated with 19 large woodcuts, all hand-colored at that time. Bidders will also find Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” from 1863, a first edition that was inscribed by Flaubert to the composer Hector Berlioz.
Another reading relic is Leonhart Fuchs’ “De historia stirpium commentarii insignes” from 1542 that is considered to be the founding treatise of modern botany. The auction house will also

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Charity Auction Offers One-of-a-Kind Gaming Experiences

Video games mega-charity SpecialEffect is holding its One Special Day fundraising event on September 29 – and this year it’s bringing along an eBay auction for the ages.

The auction will include one-of-a-kind experiences and rare merchandise from a bunch of video gaming institutions. All proceeds go to the charity, which hopes to raise £100,000 in the course of the day.

Those experiences include a VIP tour of Rare’s beautiful headquarters, the opportunity to become a generated character in Football Manager 2018, and loads of signed merchandise from developers, celebrities and more.

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Sotheby’s to Exhibit and Auction Mario Testino’s Personal Art Collection

ART FOR AUCTION: London’s Sotheby’s will mount an exhibition and auction of works from Mario Testino’s personal art collection in September.
“I always wanted to collect things that weren’t like me,” Testino said. “I’ve always been excited by everything that makes me look at something differently.”
The Peruvian photographer has curated a showcase of more than 300 works from his own private collection. This includes paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures. The starting estimates of the lots up for live auction range from 10,000 pounds for “System of Display, D” by Adam Pendleton, to 800,000 pounds for Tauba Auerbach’s “Untitled.” Also to be auctioned are works by the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert & George and Anselm Kiefer.
“Personal and historical memory are common conceptual motifs in the works here,” said Brandei Estes, Sotheby’s head of photographs in London. “Inviting us to challenge our common preconceptions of what we understand to be true and real. The best art affords us a journey and exploration into new ways of thinking and understanding the world around us.”
The exhibition, titled “Shake It Up,” will run from Sept. 8 to 13 following a showcase in Los Angeles last week. Sotheby’s will later auction a selection of those

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Sotheby’s to Auction Vivien Leigh’s Personal Belongings

Vivien Leigh’s beloved belongings are to be put up for auction.
Jewelry, dresses and accessories once belonging to film queen, best known for her starring role as Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind,” are to be sold by Sotheby’s on Sept. 26 in London.
Each of the 250-plus lots are estimated to sell for between 100 pounds to 100,000 pounds.
Included in the survey are a gold ring from Leigh’s second husband Laurence Olivier, a diamond bow pendant, her wig worn for the film “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a sterling silver cigarette box and a “Gone With the Wind” script.
Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s U.K. chairman, commented on the sale: “This is our chance to discover the real, and unexpected, Vivien Leigh.
“We’re all guilty of confusing our favorite actresses with the heroines they portray, of blurring Vivien’s identity with that of Scarlett O’Hara or Blanche DuBois. But behind the guise of the most glamorous and talked-about woman of her age, we find a fine art collector, patron, even a bookworm, who was the intellectual equal of the literati, artists and aesthetes she counted among her coterie.
“Her private collection does not disappoint. Vivien approached the decoration of her homes as if she were designing a

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Sotheby’s to Auction Santiago Barberi Gonzalez’s New York Estate

Artworks from the estate of Santiago Barberi Gonzalez are to be auctioned this fall.
On Sept. 27, Sotheby’s will hold a sale of artworks that were kept in Barberi Gonzales’ New York residence.
Barberi Gonzalez, the president and creative director for the Nancy Gonzalez label of luxury, exotic skin accessories, passed away on March 24 at the age of 40.
“People collect for a variety of different reasons. His was not about ‘Let me find the most commercial piece that will go up the most in value.’ It was more about, ‘Let me find the pieces that reflect me the most,’” said Sotheby’s head of private sales for contemporary art, David Schrader, who is overseeing the sale. Belongings from Barberi Gonzalez’s many other residences will not be included in the sale.
Sotheby’s auction, to be held in two sessions over the course of a single day, will highlight the fashion executive’s passion for the arts.
Schrader was among those advising Barberi Gonzalez on his collection. While Schrader only joined the auction firm in February, making the leap from the financial sector, the two struck up a quick friendship. “He worked with a number of people. As a collector, we had lunch every six to eight

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Basquiat Painting Sells For Record $110.5 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

A Jean-Michel Basquiat painting just sold for the highest price ever paid at auction for an American artist’s work: a whopping $ 110.5 million.

The 72-by-68-inch acrylic and oil stick “Untitled” painting of a skull by the late graffiti artist was the subject of 10 minutes of intense bidding Thursday night at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City. The opening bid of $ 57 million drew gasps from the audience, Bloomberg reported. Sotheby’s had estimated it would sell for at least $ 60 million.

It was the sixth-highest amount ever paid at auction for any work of art, putting Basquiat in the rarefied company of the celebrated Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Only 10 works have sold for more than $ 100 million.

The successful bidder, Japanese art collector Yusaku Maezawa, an e-commerce billionaire, announced in an Instagram post showing him standing next to the work that he had “just won this masterpiece.”

“When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art,” he added. “I want to share that experience with as many people as possible.”

Collectors Jerry and Emily Spiegel bought the painting for $ 19,000 in 1984, when Basquiat was virtually unknown and had never been publicly exhibited. Basquiat died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27 after painting for seven years. He created the skull in 1982. It’s considered one of his most important works still in private hands.

Maezawa said he plans to loan the work to institutions around the world before making it one of the centerpieces of a museum he has created in his hometown of Chiba, Japan.

The businessman last year bought another 1982 Basquiat painting of a devil at a Christie’s auction for $ 57.3 million, which at the time was the most ever paid for a work by the artist.

The Basquiat was part of a Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction of American post-war paintings that also featured works by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg.

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Sotheby’s to Auction Off Record-Breaking Diamond Earrings

ROCK STARS: Set to represent one of the jewelry world’s most high-profile splits, the most valuable pair of diamond earrings ever to appear at auction is due to go under the hammer as separate lots at Sotheby’s upcoming spring sale, “Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels,” according to a statement from the house.
Dangling from the earrings are the pear-shaped, type IIb ‘Apollo Blue,’ billed as the largest internally flawless, fancy vivid blue diamond ever to be offered at auction – weighing 14.54 carats – and the ultra rare type IIa ‘Artemis Pink,’ weighing 16 carats, described as the most chemically pure diamond type in existence, boasting exceptional optical transparency.
The estimates for the lots, which will be auctioned off on May 16 at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva, Switzerland, stand at $ 38 to $ 50 million and $ 12.5 to $ 18 million, respectively.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong earlier this month set a new world auction record for any diamond or jewel when the Pink Star, a 59.6-carat oval mixed-cut pink diamond – billed as the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond that the Gemological Institute of America has ever graded – fetched a whopping $ 71.2 million. Acquired by Hong Kong jeweler Chow Tai Fook, the rock has since been renamed the CTF Pink Star.
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David Bowie art collection worth over $41mn at auction

David Bowie's art collection included over 130 works of modern and contemporary British artA London auction of music legend David Bowie's art collection has ended with sales totalling almost £33 million ($ 41.5 million), after exhibits of the works drew record crowds, Sotheby's said Saturday. Every item in the collection, which included over 130 works of modern and contemporary British art, was sold in a series of sales as buyers' enthusiasm for the late musician's collection exceeded expectations. "David Bowie’s personal art collection captured the imagination of the tens of thousands who visited our exhibitions and the thousands who took part in the sales," said Oliver Barker, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe.



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Evel Knievel’s 1976 Harley-Davidson Sportster Is Going Up for Auction

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Alexis Mabille to Auction Vintage Dior Collection

SHEDDING LAYERS: Alexis Mabille will auction off his private collection of vintage Christian Dior dresses next month.
The designer, who spent eight years at the house working under former creative director John Galliano, is offloading around 100 outfits and accessories on Oct. 9 at French auction house Ivoire’s branch in his hometown of Lyon.
Among the lots are a gown from Gianfranco Ferré’s fall-winter 1995 couture collection for the luxury house, originally worn by German model Nadja Auermann and estimated at 5,000 euros to 6,000 euros, or $ 5,590 to $ 6,700 at current exchange.
A Ferré dress from 1994 with a hood and train, featuring a tiger pattern partially embroidered by Lesage, clearly reflects Mabille’s personal aesthetic.
Buyers will also have a chance to snap up some of Galliano’s most memorable creations, such as a newspaper print jacket from fall 2000 and a logo-print denim skirt with a saddle-shaped panel from the same year.
Rarities include a 1995 red runway wig designed by hair supremo Odile Gilbert, and a Fifties-era pair of black satin stilettos with a glitterball tip, designed by Roger Vivier under the Delman for Christian Dior label.
Rounding out the sale are a host of lower-priced items including hats by Stephen Jones and Philippe Model,

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Michael Jordan’s Tune Squad Uniform From ‘Space Jam’ Is Hitting The Auction Block

Michael Jordan’s most important uniform — you know, the one he wore while saving the earth — is hitting the auction block this fall.

Starting on Oct. 1, fans of Jordan and the 1996 sports entertainment classic “Space Jam” can bid on the actual Tune Squad uniform Jordan wore during the making of the movie. Despite there being “signs of wear” and “minor staining” on the uniform, it’ll be available for bidding through online auction house Invaluable via Los Angeles-based auction house Profiles In History.

Invaluable estimates the price to fall between $ 10,000 (the starting bid) and $ 15,000, but in the past, Jordan memorabilia has been auctioned off for upwards of $ 100,000

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Sotheby’s to Auction Historic Grey Pearl Necklace

ON THE BLOCK: One of the world’s rarest pearl necklaces will return to the auction circuit this October. Sotheby’s will auction “The Cowdray Pearls” at its Oct. 7 Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale, and estimates that the Cartier-signed piece could fetch between $ 4.5 and $ 7 million.
The necklace itself is composed of 42 extremely rare gray saltwater pearls, and the auction firm says it is a near-impossible occurrence to find that many grey pearls that create a proper match. The necklace is accompanied by a pair of matching earrings, with mounts also by Cartier.
Chin Yeow Quek, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and chairman of international jewelry, Asia, said of the lot: “Natural saltwater gray pearls are rarely seen at auction and the present necklace, strung with 42 superb gray pearls and of aristocratic provenance, is arguably the greatest of its kind in existence. This is an extraordinary collecting opportunity for pearl and jewellery connoisseurs around the world.”
Sotheby’s first auctioned the necklace in 1937. The piece originally belonged to the Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson, who died in 1932.
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‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator’s Sweet Memorabilia Up For Auction

The art and artifacts collection of Sam Simon,”The Simpsons” co-creator who died this year, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s this fall. As you might expect, it includes some cool vintage Simpsons memorabilia.

Simon helped create “The Simpsons” in 1986. He left the show after its fourth season, but kept the title of executive producer. Before his death from colorectal cancer in March at age 59, he left his $ 100 million fortune to charity

Sotheby’s is selling Simon’s collection of fine arts and memorabilia to benefit the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation. The collection includes souvenirs from 19th century boxing matches and pin-up art, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

But we know you’re here for the Simpsons-themed goods. Simon’s custom Simpsons jacket will be on sale, along with a funky pinball machine. The New York Times reports the game says “Hey, man, I’m an underachiever, too,” in Bart Simpson’s voice. 

 The collection reportedly includes a Simpson’s yarmulke, and an Itchy & Scratchy-themed bag. 

Sotheby’s will offer Simon’s “Simpsons” memorabilia at a dedicated sale in New York on Oct. 22. Other items in his collection will be auctioned as part of 11 other sales this fall.

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Pierre Bergé to Auction Cache of Rare Books

BOOKISH TYPE: Pierre Bergé is to auction off his personal library, putting an initial cache of about 150 rare books under the hammer on Dec. 11 in Paris.
The former couture boss, 85, has amassed a collection of some 1,600 titles, including musical scores and manuscripts spanning six centuries. Six more auctions are to follow in 2016 and 2017.
Lots in the first sale, to be conducted by Pierre Bergé & Associés in collaboration with Sotheby’s at Drouot, range from the first edition of St. Augustine’s “Confessions,” printed around 1470, to William Burrough’s “Scrap Book 3” from 1979. Jean Cocteau’s “Le Requiem” from 1962 contains a personal dedication to Bergé and is estimated to fetch between 2,000 and 3,000 euros, or about $ 2,230 to $ 3,350 at current exchange rates.
Meanwhile, an autographed first edition of Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” from 1857 and the original manuscript for his “Sentimental Education” could go for up to 600,000 euros, or $ 669,500.
A selection of about 60 works is to go on display at Sotheby’s in New York from Sept. 10-13, followed by showcases in Hong Kong from Oct. 2-7 and London from Nov. 6-9.
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‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator’s Sweet Memorabilia Up For Auction

The art and artifacts collection of Sam Simon,”The Simpsons” co-creator who died this year, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s this fall. As you might expect, it includes some cool vintage Simpsons memorabilia.

Simon helped create “The Simpsons” in 1986. He left the show after its fourth season, but kept the title of executive producer. Before his death from colorectal cancer in March at age 59, he left his $ 100 million fortune to charity

Sotheby’s is selling Simon’s collection of fine arts and memorabilia to benefit the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation. The collection includes souvenirs from 19th century boxing matches and pin-up art, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

But we know you’re here for the Simpsons-themed goods. Simon’s custom Simpsons jacket will be on sale, along with a funky pinball machine. The New York Times reports the game says “Hey, man, I’m an underachiever, too,” in Bart Simpson’s voice. 

 The collection reportedly includes a Simpson’s yarmulke, and an Itchy & Scratchy-themed bag. 

Sotheby’s will offer Simon’s “Simpsons” memorabilia at a dedicated sale in New York on Oct. 22. Other items in his collection will be auctioned as part of 11 other sales this fall.

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Princess Diana’s Versace Dress Sold at Auction for $200,000

A famous, icy blue Atelier Versace dress Princess Diana wore on a magazine cover just hit the auction block and went for a lot more than experts had predicted. The final sale price? A whooping $ 200,000, more than double the estimated range of $ 60,000 to $ 80,000.

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The dress was sold by Julien’s Auctions after being held in Versace’s archives on a hanger labeled “Lady Diana.” Online bidding was facilitated by Invaluable.

Diana was photographed in the dress by Patrick Demarchelier in 1991, though the image was used on the cover of a 1997 tribute edition of Harper’s Bazaar. It is thought to be the first dress designer Gianni Versace did for the princess.

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Di wore Versace frequently, including this simple white dress at an Italian concert in 1995. Today would have been her 54th birthday.

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The Most Iconic Costume From Grease Is Headed to Auction

Olivia Newton-John just let it slip that her most iconic outfit from Grease will hit the auction block sometime soon. The actress told US Weekly that she has plans to auction her “leather ensemble” in order to raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, based in Melbourne, Australia.

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There’s no way that the costume she’s referring to isn’t the super-sexy leggings and off-the-shoulder top she wore to reveal her bad-girl side to Danny at the graduation carnival, right? The pants were so tight that she reportedly had to be sewn into them before filming; after, she took them as a parting gift.

Newton-John’s talked about a desire to sell off the pants to raise funds for her charity before, telling Oprah about her intention while bringing the skinnies along for a show visit back in 2011.

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The Six-Figure Club: 6 of the Most Expensive Handbags Ever Sold at Auction Were Hermes Birkins

Prepare to rethink what splurging on accessories can really mean. The most expensive bag to sell at auction hit the chopping block at Christie’s last week, going for $ 221,844 at an auction in Hong Kong. It was a pink crocodile Hermès Birkin studded with diamonds—and it was sold to an unnamed bidder over the phone.

The idea of a handbag bringing in big money is nothing new. Before last week’s sale, here were the top sells—believe it or not six of the seven most expensive handbags ever sold at auction were Birkins.

Not a Birkin for $ 218,500 in 2011: A diamond and gold style previously owned by Elizabeth Taylor takes the honor as the only non Birkin to make the list. The details reported by WSJ are scant, but a flick through the 2011 auction catalog that previewed her jewelry (the section where the high-rolling bag was included) show both a golden clutch and a Fred Leighton elephant bag that was gifted to Taylor from Michael Jackson as a birthday present.

Birkin for $ 203,150 in 2015: Before Monday’s record-setting sale, this was the most expensive Birkin to sell at auction.

Birkin for $ 185,000 in 2014: Last fall the below Birkin, made of Himalayan Nilo Crocodile and including a total of 9.84 carats of diamonds, sold in Beverly Hills.

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Birkin for $ 113,525 in 2011: A blue croc Birkin went at the same Dallas auction the the previous record-setter did.

Birkin for $ 95,000 in 2011: Also in Dallas: a red croc Birkin.

Birkin for $ 80,663 in 2011: A third Hermès Birkin made bank at the same Dallas sale.

In case you’re curious, the world’s most expensive handbag is thought to be Mouawad’s “1001 Nights” purse. The 18-carat-gold bag has 4,517 yellow, pink, and colorless diamonds, combining for an impressive 381.92 carats, and has been estimated at $ 3.8 million.

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Picasso Painting Sells For $179 Million, Breaking Art Auction Record

NEW YORK (AP) — A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for nearly $ 179.4 million on Monday night.

“Women of Algiers (Version O)” was part of a sale at Christie’s auction house that also featured Alberto Giacometti’s life-size sculpture “Pointing Man,” which was poised to set a record as the most expensive sculpture sold at auction. They were among two dozen masterpieces from the 20th century Christie’s offered in a curated sale titled “Looking Forward to the Past.”

The Picasso price, $ 179,365,000, included the auction house’s premium. The identity of the buyer wasn’t immediately disclosed.

Experts say high art prices are driven by artworks’ investment value and by wealthy new and established collectors seeking out the very best works.

“I don’t really see an end to it, unless interest rates drop sharply, which I don’t see happening in the near future,” Manhattan dealer Richard Feigen said.

Impressionist and modern artworks continue to corner the market because “they are beautiful, accessible and a proven value,” added Sarah Lichtman, professor of design history and curatorial studies at The New School.

“I think we will continue to see the financiers seeking these works out as they would a blue chip company that pays reliable dividends for years to come,” she said.

“Women of Algiers,” once owned by the American collectors Victor and Sally Ganz, was inspired by Picasso’s fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugene Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-55 designated with the letters A through O. It has appeared in several major museum retrospectives of the artist.

The most expensive artwork sold at auction had been Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” which Christie’s sold for $ 142.4 million in 2013.

“Pointing Man,” depicting a skinny 5-foot-high bronze figure with extended arms, has been in the same private collection for 45 years. Giacometti, who died in 1966, made six casts of the work; four are in museums, and the others are in private hands and a foundation collection.

His “Walking Man I” holds the auction record for a sculpture. It sold for $ 104.3 million in 2010.

Among other highlights at Christie’s was Peter Doig’s “Swamped,” a 1990 painting of a canoe in a moonlit lagoon, which could set a record for the British artist. It was estimated to fetch around $ 20 million. The current record is $ 18 million.

Monet’s “The Houses of Parliament, At Sunset,” a lush painting of rich blues and magenta created in 1900-01, was estimated to bring $ 35 million to $ 45 million. The Monet auction record is his 1919 “Water Lily Pond,” which sold for $ 80.5 million in 2008.

Christie’s also had a Mark Rothko for sale. “No. 36 (Black Stripe),” which had never appeared at auction, was estimated to sell for $ 30 million to $ 50 million. The 1958 work was being sold by the German collector Frieder Burda, who exhibited it in his museum in Baden-Baden for several years.

Last year, Christie’s said its global sales of impressionist and modern art were $ 1.2 billion, an increase of 19 percent over the previous year.

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Ebay Global the Smart Way: Buying and Selling Internationally on the World's #1 Auction Site

Ebay Global the Smart Way: Buying and Selling Internationally on the World's #1 Auction Site


Buying and selling on any of the many international eBay sites opens up a huge range of possibilities for American users. The globalization of eBay – with 28 sites worldwide – offers vast new markets for American merchandise overseas, as well as the opportunity to buy items globally with the aim of selling them profitably in the U.S.

But along with these opportunities come new questions: Do you need a license to buy and sell internationally? How do you set prices, handle cultural differences, and arrange shipping? And how do you determine which markets are most likely to benefit you? ''eBay Global the Smart Way'' shows readers how they can operate safely and profitably, offering in-depth and accessible information, and step-by-step instructions on topics including:

* Marketing to customers in foreign countries

* Ensuring quality

* Using customs brokers

* Making payments to foreign vendors

* Finding economical shipping

* Avoiding credit card fraud

* Avoiding product taxes

* Handling the language barrier

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Sotheby’s to Auction Haute Couture

SOME LIKE IT HAUTE: “Every Dress Tells a Story: Couture from The Dider Ludot Collection” marks the first time Sotheby’s Paris will be auctioning couture pieces. On July 8, some 150 garments and accessories from Ludot’s private collection will be on the block.
A famed fashion collector, Ludot assembled his cache over 40 years. He has selected items created between 1924 and the early 2000s by such celebrated couturiers as Paul Poiret, Yohji Yamamoto, Madame Grès, Christian Dior, and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Lots include delicate pink feather dress made for fashion muse, Francine Weisweiller, by Balenciaga in 1965, as well as late model Bettina Graziani’s black satin evening outfit created by Azzedine Alaïa in 1992.
The collection is open for public viewing from July 3 to July 7 at the auction house at 76 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
 

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Aereo Cleared To Auction TV Streaming Technology In Bankruptcy Deal

(Reuters) – A bankruptcy court has allowed defunct video streaming company Aereo Inc to auction its TV streaming technology assets, according to court papers published on Friday.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday that Aereo could sell its assets, after the company reached an agreement with broadcasters over the sale process.

These broadcasters include CBS Corp, Comcast Corp’s NBC, Walt Disney Co’s ABC and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox.

Under the agreement, Aereo will allow the broadcasters to attend the auction of the assets and provide them a weekly update on the status of the sale process.

Aereo filed for bankruptcy in November, five months after the U.S. Supreme Court said it violated broadcasters’ copyrights by capturing live and recorded programs on miniature antennas and transmitting them to subscribers for $ 8-$ 12 a month.

That decision effectively closed down New York-based Aereo, whose business model was to offer a less-expensive alternative to cable television.

The case is In re: Aereo Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-13200.

(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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Francis Bacon Painting Sets Auction Record

NEW YORK (AP) — A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon has sold for over $ 142 million in New York, a record for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

“Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was sold at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale on Tuesday night. The work depicts Bacon’s artist friend. The price tops the nearly $ 120 million paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which set a world record when it was sold at a Sotheby’s 2012.
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