Curious Objects: Let the Market Decide–Economist Friedrich Hayek’s Assets Head to Auction

Benjamin Miller Curious Objects

The weighty thoughts and worldly goods of Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek—whose belongings, including a 1974 Nobel Prize, are being offered by Sotheby’s in London—are the subject of this episode of Curious Objects, which stars Duke University professor Bruce Caldwell and Sotheby’s specialist Gabriel Heaton.

Defining glamour: Syrie Maugham and Cecil Beaton

Editorial Staff Magazine

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, September/October 2012 | The complementary relationship between Syrie Maugham and Cecil Beaton provides a remarkable record of the interplay between fashion, photography, and design in the years between the first and second World Wars. In The Glass of Fashion (1954), Beaton’s kaleidoscopic book of musings about the interconnected arts, he wrote: “When we talk about fashion …

Glittering competition: the rivals of Faberge

Editorial Staff Art

To many collectors of nineteenth-century silver and objets de vertu, imperial Russia is the fount of Europe’s most exotic work. And even for those who can only dream of its legacy de luxe, mention of Mother Russia immediately triggers thoughts of one name, Fabergé. Coffeepot marked by Antip Ivanovich Kuzmichev (active c. 1856-1900), Moscow, c. 1890. Stamped “Made for Tiffany …

American paintings at auction

Editorial Staff Art, Exhibitions

On the horizon are the fall sales of American paintings, drawings, and sculpture at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York. Among the highlights to be offered at Christie’s, on December 2, is Andrew Wyeth’s 1960  Above the Narrows, a painting the New York Times art critic Roberta Smith once referred to as “bleak” and “inexplicably barren,” featuring a young boy …

This Week’s Top Lots: May 9 – 15

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*  At Brunk Auctions in Asheville, North Carolina the top lot of the May 9-10 sale was a Chinese famille rose vase that was sold for $1.2 million (estimate $400-800). The vase was purchased at a yard sale seven years ago and thought to be a 20th century copy—it is now believed to be an example of Qianlong Dynasty Imperial …

This Week’s Top Lots: May 3 – 8

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*  Treadway Tooomey Galleries in Illinois sold 20th century art and design on May 3. The top lot was a Charles Rolfs game table that sold for $26,000 (estimate $20,000-30,000). A Keith Haring ink drawing, Studio 54, brought $29,000 (estimate $15,000-20,000), and Walter Dorwin Teague and Edwin Fuerst’s Embassy stemware for Libbey Glass sold for $10,000 (estimate $2,000-2,500). *  The …

This Week’s Top Lots: April 6 – 10

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*  This week Sotheby’s hosted several important auctions in Hong Kong from Saturday to Wednesday.  Overall the sales were disappointing, totaling $89 million (reportedly less than half of last year’s figure), but with several bright spots. The auction house’s first single-owner wine sale in Asia, and its sale of “Eight Treasures from a European Collection” (which alone brought $12.2 million) …

This Week’s Top Lots: March 23 – 27

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*  A week of 20th century design auctions kicked off on Tuesday at Wright in Chicago, with a steady sale that brought in over $1.5 million with 72.5% sold by lot. The top selling items were both by Paul Evans, a Faceted cabinet (model PE-354) that sold for $44,375 (estimate $20,000-30,000) and an Argente cabinet (model PE-38A) which brought $32,500 …

This Week’s Top Lots: March 16 – 20

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* Despite having to remove a portrait by Johann Zoffany of Major George Maule, due to questions over its title, the sale of property from the Lake Como villa of Gianni Versace well exceeded expectations. It brought in over £7.4 million ($10,390,769) at Sotheby’s on Wednesday, doubling the presale high estimate. Indicating the market strength of decorative arts, the top …

The Frick Announces New Book Prize

Editorial Staff Books

The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library in New York has just announced the launch of a biennial prize honoring the publication of a scholarly book that contributes to the understanding of the history of collecting in the United States. The initial award of $25,000 will be made in November; the first three awards will be known as the …