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 ...