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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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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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Sotheby’s to Auction Jewelry From Duchess of Windsor, Queen Nazli Collections

By   /  November 22, 2015  /  Home, International Pawnbrokers, Jewelry, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Original article found on wwd.com At the holiday edition of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York, multiple pieces with a royal history will come under the gavel. The auction house estimates that the more than 500 lots in the Dec. 9 sale could collectively command more than $52.3 million. Among the sale’s highlights is a historic [...]

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Patek earns a world record at Only Watch auction

By   /  November 13, 2015  /  High End Pawn, International Pawnbrokers, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Original article found on thejewelleryeditor.com The 6th edition of the Only Watch charity auction celebrated on 7 November in Geneva raised a record $11 million for an excellent cause. This is the highest amount every obtained at Only Watch and will go entirely to research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. What is extraordinary though is that exactly [...]

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With $170.4 Million Sale at Auction, Modigliani Work Joins Rarefied Nine-Figure Club

By   /  November 10, 2015  /  High End Pawn, International Pawnbrokers, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Original article found on nytimes.com In an overheated art market where anything seems possible, a painting of an outstretched nude woman by the early-20th-century artist Amedeo Modigliani sold on Monday night for $170.4 million with fees, in a packed sales room at Christie’s. It was the second-highest price paid for an artwork at auction. Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché” [...]

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15 Carat Burmese Ruby Could Fetch $15 Million

By   /  November 8, 2015  /  High End Pawn, International Pawnbrokers, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Original article found on forbes.com An exceptionally rare 15.04-carat Burmese ruby is being billed as the top lot of Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale on December 1. The gem on a ring is mounted in gold and surrounded by diamonds. It’s known as the “Crimson Flame,” and is “undoubtedly the most important pigeon’s blood [...]

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The World’s Most Expensive Colored Diamonds

By   /  November 4, 2015  /  High End Pawn, International Pawnbrokers, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Original article found on forbes.com Once every few moons a gem comes up for sale and shatters the auction record for a particular stone. On Nov. 11 the 12.03-carat Blue Moon diamond (named for how rare it is) goes on the block at Sotheby’s in Geneva. If the flawless cushion-cut Blue Moon reaches its presale estimate [...]

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75 Carat Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Highlights Christie’s Auction

By   /  October 12, 2015  /  High End Pawn, International Pawnbrokers, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Original article found on robbreport.com Christie’s is pleased to announce the highlights of its upcoming Important Jewels auction on October 20 in New York. This auction is among the first to launch the much-anticipated fall season of Christie’s worldwide jewelry auctions and features over 300 individual jewels, including a wide selection of colored diamonds and [...]

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Blue Moon Diamond Is Likely to Break World Record at Sotheby’s

By   /  October 5, 2015  /  High End Pawn, International Pawnbrokers, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Original article found on robbreport.com In 1905, the world’s largest rough diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, was discovered in South Africa’s mine bearing the same name. Known as the world’s main source for rare blue diamonds, the Cullinan mine was home to another important gemological discovery 109 years later: an extremely rare blue diamond weighing 29.62 [...]

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