November, 2009

King Kong Makes £121,250 at Christie’s London Auction

King Kong Makes £121,250 at Christie’s London Auction

The original armature used to film the final, climactic scenes of the 1933 epic King Kong sold today at Christie’s South Kensington for £121,250 / $200,305 / €134,224. Measuring 22 inches in height, the metal armature was used in the film to show the giant ape as he terrorized New York and as he scaled […]

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First Edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ Auctions for $170,569

First Edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ Auctions for $170,569

A rediscovered first edition of Charles Darwin’s (1809-1882) ‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’ sold today at Christie’s in London for £103,250 / $170,569 / €114,298 (estimate: £40,000 to £60,000). Recently rediscovered sitting on a bookcase in the guest bathroom of the vendor’s house, it had been bought for only a […]

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Joaquín Sorolla’s “Barcas en la Playa” Doubles Estimate at Sotheby’s Sale

Joaquín Sorolla’s “Barcas en la Playa” Doubles Estimate at Sotheby’s Sale

Sotheby’s sale of 19th-Century European Paintings in London today realised £7,168,400 / €7,937,589 – surpassing the pre-sale high estimate of £6,748,600/ €7,472,744, and obtaining sell through rates of 70.2% by lot and 88.4% by value. Public institutions pitted themselves against private collectors and trade, driving prices over estimate in many instances. Overall, 41.6% of the […]

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Rare 20th Century Art and Unique Dutch Modernism for New York City Auction

Rare 20th Century Art and Unique Dutch Modernism for New York City Auction

When Heritage Auctions presents its Signature® 20th Century Design Auction to New York City, on Dec. 10, 2009, it will be a celebration of the style, international flair and timelessness of the great designers and design movements of the century just passed. Names like Tiffany, Giacometti, Bertoia and Rietveld will highlight the offerings at 104 […]

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