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Who Were the Most Expensive European Artists at Auction in 2015?

By   /  December 31, 2015  /  Collectibles, Featured Press, High End Pawn, International Pawnbrokers, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Original article from artnet.com The global art market remained strong and buoyant in 2015. Boosted by record-shattering auction sales and new buyers from emerging markets, it has been an exciting year for auction houses, dealers, and collectors. According to data from artnet’s Price Database, European artists have had an especially big year at auction. And despite the sustained hype [...]

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Cartier’s New Étourdissant Collection Gives Historic High Jewelry a Modern Polish

By   /  December 28, 2015  /  Collectibles, Featured Press, Jewelry, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Original article found on vogue.com With its lush landscape and sweeping coastline, the South of France has historically been ripe territory for creative inspiration—think: Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, to name just a few. It was also the starting point for Cartier’s latest high jewelry collection, Étourdissant. “It’s about capturing the spirit, aura, and charisma of the [...]

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A Back-Side Story: The Backs of Oscar Heyman’s Fish Brooches

By   /  December 22, 2015  /  Collectibles, Jewelry, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Original article found on jckonline.com It’s not a side that many consumers think to look at when selecting a piece of jewelry, but the back of styles can be as telling as the front. Enter a pair of Oscar Heyman’s fish brooches, one circa 1950 and another made more recently. The backs are engraved in gold [...]

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13 Beloved Vintage Watch Icons on Auction From Christie’s

By   /  December 19, 2015  /  Collectibles, High End Pawn, Luxury Watches, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Original article found on bloomberg.com We are almost done with the high season for watch auctions, but a handful of great sales remain. On Dec. 16, Christie’s New York is hosting its final watch auction of the year, with a 193-lot catalog featuring everything from inexpensive pocket watches to crazy rare chronographs. The sale is heavy [...]

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Buyer Pays $137,500 per Carat for a Diamond at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Auction

By   /  December 16, 2015  /  Collectibles, High End Pawn, Home, Jewelry, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Original article found on forbes.com The Magnificent Jewels auction by Christie’s New York saw some heavy-hitting results – especially where diamonds are concerned. The entire auction yielded $59,685,125 in sales, with dozens of diamonds selling for more than a million dollars each.  In fact, the top lot was the Victory Diamond ring with a D-color rectangular cut [...]

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Cartier’s Étourdissant collection ends on a high

By   /  December 14, 2015  /  Collectibles, Home, Jewelry, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Original article from thejewelleryeditor.com Amid the glitz and glamour of Art Basel Miami, Cartier revealed the final installment of its Étourdissant high jewelry collection. The Maison unveiled a further 21 one-of-a-kind pieces at one of the world’s leading art fairs, in a follow up to its presentation of Cartier jewelry in July in the south of France, and in November [...]

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Spot the Six-Figure Diamond Birkin at Christie’s Inaugural Accessories Auction

By   /  December 7, 2015  /  Collectibles, High End Pawn, International Pawnbrokers, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Original article found on observer.com Three of the most exclusive Hermès bags (Photo: Courtesy Christie’s Images LTD. 2015) This Friday, December 11, Christie’s is holding their inaugural live auction in New York of handbags and accessories, so prepare your wallets. The auction will have 223 bags from Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Judith Leiber. These are rare exotics, limited editions and one-of-a-kind bags. [...]

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Ringo Starr’s Patek Philippe Fetches Almost $180,000 at California Auction

By   /  December 5, 2015  /  Collectibles, High End Pawn, International Pawnbrokers, Luxury Watches  /  No Comments

Original article found on bloomberg.com   Los Angeles-based Julien’s Auctions hosted a 1,367-lot sale dedicated to the property of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and actress Barbara Bach. Buried in the couple’s possessions, among everything from Lichtenstein prints to old scarves and Adidas sneakers, was Lot 167, a gold Patek Philippe wristwatch that fetched $179,200. Forget the connection to [...]

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True Luxury Is Limited: Rare Watches

By   /  December 1, 2015  /  Collectibles, Home, Luxury Watches  /  No Comments

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Original article found on observer.com The biggest watch brands make and sell millions of watches. Sure, they are high quality, look great and perform without a problem, but they are ubiquitous—seems like everyone is wearing one. In today’s world, true luxury is finding and buying something few others have. Luckily, the watch industry is more [...]

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Sail Across The Seven Seas With Van Cleef & Arpels’ New High Jewelry Collection

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Collectibles, Home, Jewelry, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Original article found on forbes.com For Nicolas Bos, Van Cleef & Arpels’ President and CEO, small and understated is beautiful. It’s not that size and flash don’t matter, but in the brand’s latest haute joaillerie collection, Seven Seas, launched last June in Monaco, the emphasis is on creating real value through quality and craftsmanship rather than on [...]

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