Cartier ruby nets record $30.42 million

May 13, 2015

Cartier ruby nets record $30.42 million

A Burmese ruby weighing 25.59 carats sold for a world record 28.25 million Swiss francs ($30.42 million) at a Tuesday auction that saw strong demand for colored stones and exceptional natural pearls, auction house Sotheby’s said. “The Sunrise Ruby,” which has the rare grading ...

Van Gogh painting fetches $66 mn at New York auction

May 6, 2015

Van Gogh painting fetches $66 mn at New York auction

A Vincent Van Gogh painting fetched more than $66 million at a New York auction on Tuesday, the most paid for a work by the Dutch post-impressionist artist since 1998. According to the Sotheby’s auction firm, Van Gogh’s “The Allee of Alyscamps,” which depicts ...

Expert denies authenticating 'lost' Leonardo

Feb 12, 2015

Expert denies authenticating 'lost' Leonardo

Assertions that an eminent scholar had authenticated a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci tantalized art lovers with the prospect of a new masterpiece and inflated a backroom bidding war worth tens of millions of euros. Only Carlo Pedretti, longtime director of the Leonardo center ...

Dec 18, 2014

Churchill paintings sold off in rare auction

A collection of paintings by British wartime leader Winston Churchill was auctioned off on Wednesday in the biggest-ever sale of artwork by the statesman and accomplished painter. The 15 paintings included views from his holidays in France as well as the interiors of his ...

Original Apple computer sells for $365,000 at auction in New York

Dec 12, 2014

Original Apple computer sells for $365,000 at auction in New York

A fully operational Apple computer that company cofounder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents’ garage in 1976 for $600 has sold for $365,000 at Christie’s. The Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts, is the only known surviving Apple-1 ...

Original Batmobile built in 1963 sells for $137,000

Dec 7, 2014

Original Batmobile built in 1963 sells for $137,000

Holy Bargain, Batman! The original Batmobile fetched $137,000 at auction on Saturday, a small fraction of the $4.2 million that a buyer paid last year for another version built for the television show that aired during the 1960s. It was the first time that ...