Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Scream Sets Highest Price for Any Work of Art at Auction

Auction history was made at Sotheby’s last night: Edvard Munch’s The Scream sold for $119.9m, a new record for any work of art at auction.

The Impressionist & Modern Art Sale brought in a total of $330.6 million, the second highest auction total in Sotheby's history.

View the official press release courtesy of Sotheby's:

Although "The Scream" set a new record at auction, the most expensive paintings ever sold have been primarily through private sale, the core focus at organisations such as Chaz Sargent & Company. Paul Cézannes's "The Card Players" sold for $250 Million USD in a 2011 private sale.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Murat Tiara - A Rare and Impressive Pearl and Diamond Jewel

Sotheby’s David Bennett discusses The Murat Tiara, a rare and impressive natural pearl and diamond tiara created in 1920 by Joseph Chaumet.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Warhol Portrait of Elvis Could Fetch $50M in NYC #chazsargent #sothebys

An Andy Warhol portrait of Elvis Presley depicted as a cowboy is coming to a New York City auction and could fetch anywhere from $30 million to $50 million. "Double Elvis (Ferus Type)" will be offered at Sotheby's on May 9. It was exhibited at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1963, the same year it was executed. The auction house says it's the first "Double Elvis" to appear on the market since 1995.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Gerhard Richter - Upcoming Sale Highlight - February 15, London

Join Sotheby’s experts, Tobias Meyer and Michael Macaulay, as they discuss various works by Gerhard Richter in the Contemporary Art sale in London on 15 February 2012.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Sets World Record at $115,932,000

Elizabeth Taylor’s Collection of Legendary Jewelry set a world record for the most valuable private collection of jewels sold at auction with $115,932,000, shattering the previous 1987 record, set by the Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor, which totalled $50,281,887.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Christie’s Artists for Haiti Charity Auction Sets New Record

Last night’s Artists for Haiti sale in New York totaled $13.7 million — with 100% lots sold, it set a new record for a charity auction at Christie’s. The sale also resulted in 4 new world auction records for Adel Abdessemed, Glenn Ligon, Nate Lowman and Raymond Pettibon! 100% of the proceeds went to support nonprofit groups on the ground in Haiti.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

An Evening to Honor Sentebale

In preparation for the weekend of sport with the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Sunday, June 27th, The St. Regis New York hosted a special evening benefiting Sentable. The charity’s founding patron HRH Prince Henry of Wales attended an “Evening to Honor Sentebale” hosted by Paul James, Global Brand Leader for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Paul Nash, General Manager at The St. Regis New York and Nacho Figueras, renowned polo player, St. Regis Connoisseur and friend of Sentebale, on Friday June 25th.

The event celebrated the charity’s connection with New York City at one of its most iconic locations, amidst Prince Harry’s much anticipated second visit to the city and his second year playing in the match alongside Figueras. Noted chef de cuisine Didier Elena, of Adour Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis New York, created an exquisite menu degustation in honor of the occasion. The charity, started by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006, was started in order to better the lives of orphans and susceptible children of Lesotho which has the third highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world.