20 Pieces for Chippendale’s Tercentenary Plus New Work by Marina Abramović Among Highlights of Masterpiece London 2018

  • June 06, 2018 11:56
Charles Burchfield, Bee Hepaticus, 1962.  Collisart, Stand A32.

The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović. With Thomas ...

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George Washington's Diamond Eagle Medal On Display With Newly-Discovered 7-Foot Watercolor in Philadelphia Exhibition

  • December 06, 2017 12:26
The Diamond Eagle presented to George Washington

The Diamond Eagle — an exquisite jewel-encrusted medal owned and worn by George Washington — is now on display in Philadelphia for the first time since it was presented to Washington in the city 233 years ago, and it will be shown this winter with a rare, newly-found Revolutionary War-era ...

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Gems Worth $3.9 Million Stolen From Masterpiece Art Fair

  • Telegraph
  • July 09, 2017 20:48
Arriving on the red carpet of Masterpiece London.  Photography by Andy Barnham

Gems reportedly worth 3 million pounds, or $3.9 million, were mysteriously swiped from the Masterpiece art fair in London last week. Even with high security, the crime went undetected at the stand of Swiss jeweller Boghossian. Staff discovered the gems were missing early on Wednesday morning. ...

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Pair of Diamond Earrings Fetch Record $57.4 Million

  • May 17, 2017 15:07
"The Apollo Blue" earring went for $42.1 million, and "The Artemis Pink" diamond sold for $15.3 million.

A mis-matched pair of fancy colored diamond earrings sold together for $57.4 million at a Geneva auction Tuesday, setting a new record. A single anonymous buyer won both of the pear-shaped earrings which were auctioned separately by Sotheby's. The lots were expected to bring $50 to $70 million ...

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'Pink Star' Diamond Fetches Record $71.2 Million in Hong Kong

  • April 04, 2017 14:52

Huge and rare, the 59.60 carat 'Pink Star' is the largest polished diamond ever to go under the auction hammer. It sold for a record-breaking price to a telephone bidder at Sotheby's in Hong Kong on Tuesday. The final price for the fancy pink diamond, the highest grade, was 553 million Hong ...

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Dutch Court Orders Crimean Treasures Returned to Ukraine

  • Dutch News
  • December 15, 2016 22:43
From the exhibition titled “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea.”

A Dutch court has ruled for Ukraine in the return of historical treasures from Crimea loaned a few years ago to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam for an exhibition titled “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea.” A near two-year legal battle has been waged over whether the loaned ...

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Treasure Hunters Zero In On $62 Billion of Lost Nazi Loot

  • Daily Mail
  • October 10, 2016 22:50
Josef Mužík in Štěchovice.

The Daily Mail reports that a pair of treasure hunters claim they are near to recovering $62 billion in Nazi loot left behind by Hilter's forces as they fled a Czech town in 1945.   In Štěchovice, about 20 miles from Prague, Josef Mužík and his partner have been on a decades-long search ...

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Four Museums in Legal Action for Return of Crimean Treasures

  • Dutch News
  • October 06, 2016 13:17
From the exhibition "The Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea"

Dutch News: A court case began in Amsterdam on Wednesday to determine the future of a collection of gold and other treasures from the Black Sea region.  Four museums in Crimea are taking legal action to force the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam to hand back treasures loaned for an exhibition ...

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Export Ban Placed on $6.5 Million Queen Victoria Crown

  • BBC
  • August 29, 2016 23:03
The 11.5cm (4.5in) wide coronet is mounted with 11 sapphires, which are all set in gold, with diamonds set in silver.

The BBC reports: A temporary export ban has been placed on a sapphire and diamond coronet that belonged to Queen Victoria, preventing it from being sold abroad. The coronet, designed by Prince Albert for their wedding in 1840, is at risk of being exported unless a UK buyer matches the £5m ...

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Oppenheimer Blue Diamond Sets Record in Geneva

  • Robb Report
  • May 19, 2016 12:19
Christie's sells the Oppenheimer Blue diamond for a record $57.5 million.

Robb Report: On Wednesday, Christie’s Geneva sold the 14.62-carat Oppenheimer Blue, the largest and arguably the highest-quality fancy blue diamond ever to come to auction. It sold for $57.5 million, surpassing its $45 million estimated price and eclipsing the previous auction record ($48.5 ...

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Shirley Temple's Blue Diamond Ring Stars at Sotheby's

  • LA Times
  • March 20, 2016 22:42
Shirley Temple's 9.54-carat Fancy Deep Blue, potentially internally flawless, VVS2 clarity diamond ring, at Sotheby's.

A blue diamond ring that belonged to the late Shirley Temple Black will hit the auction block next month with a pre-sale estimate of $25 million to $35 million. The child star received the 9.54-carat fancy deep blue diamond ring as a gift from her father, according to the auction ...

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Philippines to Offer $21m Worth of Imelda Marcos's Jewelry at Auction

  • Guardian
  • February 15, 2016 00:23
Imelda Marcos

The Philippine government will hold a public exhibit and auction of the jewelry collection of  the widow of Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda, this spring. Experts have appraised the ill-gotten collection  at about 1bn pesos ($21m). Marcos's jewelry was seized after the popluar revolt that took down her ...

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Holiday Gift Guide and December Preview

  • ARTFIXdaily
  • November 23, 2015 23:00
Maurice Compris at Vose Galleries

Browse selections for your holiday gift list and preview December’s art events from ARTFIXdaily’s ArtGuild network of leading galleries, auction houses and museums. Find a selection of fine art, jewelry and antiques; art books and collectibles; experiences and exhibitions. And preview ...

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Largest Diamond in 100 Years Discovered in Botswana

  • MSN
  • November 19, 2015 11:26
Lucara Mining discovered this over-1,000 carat diamond, the largest found in a century, on Monday.

A snowball-sized, 1,111 carat "gem quality, Type IIa" diamond was unearthed at a mine in Botswana on Monday. Vancouver-based mine company Lucara Diamond Corp. says it is the largest diamond discovered in over a century after the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond found in 1905 in South Africa. "The ...

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Hong Kong Tycoon's 7-Year-Old Daughter Gets $77M in Diamonds from Auctions

  • CBS News
  • November 12, 2015 13:12
The Blue Moon of Josephine was bought for $48.5 million.

Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau, who was convicted of corruption last year, was the buyer of two record-setting diamonds at auction this week, according to his office. Lau paid about $77 million for the two gems, including "Blue Moon," a 12.03-carat fancy vivid blue diamond. It brought the ...

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Pink Diamond Demands Record $28.5 Million in Geneva

  • November 10, 2015 22:23
The Sweet Josephine is the new name for a vivid pink diamond that brought a record $28.5 million at Christie's in Geneva.

A 16.08-carat cushion-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond, the largest of its kind to ever appear at auction, brought an auction record for the category at Christie's in Geneva when it sold for $28.5m on Tuesday. A Hong Kong bidder is reported to have renamed their purchase “The Sweet Josephine.” ...

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San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Highlights Something Old, Something New Aesthetic

  • October 22, 2015 16:11
Shell cameo of an angel in high relief from exhibitor Arthur Guy Kaplan.

Rooted in Victorian times and infused with the energy of today's tech industry, San Francisco is a place where old and new, tradition and innovation, blend seamlessly. West Coast art collectors and designers just as easily mix styles and periods, and flock to find treasures at the San Francisco ...

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Chinese Imperial Portrait Tops $344 Million Sale Series in Asia

  • Diamond World
  • October 08, 2015 14:10
Giuseppe Castiglione portrait of the Qianlong Emperor's favorite concubine

An imperial portrait depicting Chinese Emperor Qianlong's favorite consort fetched a record $17.6 million on Wednesday at Sotheby's in Hong Kong closing a five-day flurry of sales. An anonymous bidder prevailed after a 20-minute bidding battle for the painting by Italian court artist Giuseppe ...

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Nazi Gold Train Finders Claim 'Priceless' Amber Room Could Be Inside

  • Daily Mail
  • September 23, 2015 15:23
View of the Amber Room recreated in the Catherine Palace.

Two treasure hunters who say research led them to the site in Poland where a Nazi train supposedly laden with unknown documents and valuables is buried in a tunnel have a new claim. The pair says the long-lost Amber Room stolen from the Russian czars could be on board the underground train near ...

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Flawless 'Blue Moon' Diamond Could Fetch Record $55 Million

  • Forbes
  • September 17, 2015 11:59
The Blue Moon diamond

Weighing 12.03 carats, a blue diamond termed internally flawless by the GIA -- discovered in South Africa over a year ago -- could sell for a record $55 million at Sotheby's this fall. Dubbed the Blue Moon diamond, the buzzworthy stone will tour Hong Kong, London and New York before hitting the ...

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