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How Did Hokusai Create The Great Wave?
 
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Japanese artist Takuji Hamanaka takes us inside his Brooklyn studio to explain why he adopted a centuries-old technique to create contemporary woodblock prints. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Japanese-artist-Takuji-Hamanaka-on-Hokusai-printmaking-8210-3.aspx?sc_lang=en ‘When I started printmaking in Tokyo, Hokusai was one of the artists who was unavoidable,’ says Japanese printmaker Takuji Hamanaka, discussing the enduring influence of the artist who created one of Japan’s most iconic artworks, The Great Wave, to be offered at Christie’s on 25 April. Although two centuries separate Hamanaka from Hokusai, the contemporary artist’s printmaking has been shaped by the same techniques employed by his predecessor. Working in his Brooklyn studio, he begins by pasting an image drawn on fine paper onto wood. Hours of meticulous carving follow — a ‘therapeutic process’ that, Hamanaka admits, requires the patience of ‘a certain type of person’. Known as ukiyo-e, this technique flourished from the 17th century in Japan. ‘It was a very casual form of expression back then, made to be printed in large numbers and distributed to the masses,’ explains Hamanaka. In the 1800s, ukiyo-e reached its peak, with masters such as Hokusai developing increasingly intricate prints. Their influence reached as far as Europe, where elements of Japanese style became visible in works by artists ranging from Van Gogh to Degas. ‘Hokusai has influenced many people,’ continues Hamanaka, who remembers being fascinated by the artist’s prints as a young child. While The Great Wave is Hokusai’s most iconic work, Hamanaka references the exceptional range of subjects Hokusai depicted throughout his career — occasionally sketching or painting, but always returning to ukiyo-e. ‘Although the subject of my prints is entirely different to those of Hokusai’s, I come from the same tradition, and still see the possibilities of it,’ says Hamanaka. Working in a country that Hokusai never visited, Hamanaka’s pattern-based art is nevertheless rooted in Japanese practice. ‘There’s a specific beauty that can only be conveyed through this technique,’ he explains.
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The Only Known Pair of Matching Singing Bird Pistols – Attributed to Frères Rochat
 
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Aurel Bacs, International Head of our Watch Department, shares his passion and knowledge of the only known matching pair of gold and enamel singing bird pistols. Among the most valuable and important works of art remaining in private hands, the value and ingenuity of these pistols are beyond description and must be seen and heard to be truly appreciated. These pistols were offered in Christie's Important Watches sale in Hong Kong on 30 May 2011. Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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Franz Kline – In Action
 
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A monument to American jazz great Joe “King” Oliver, Kline’s masterpiece captures the vivacious spirit of the 1950s New York jazz scene. http://www.christies.com/auctions/post-war-and-contemporary-art-new-york-november-2014/franz-klines-king-oliver/#about-section
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The Priceless Ming Jar Used as an Umbrella Stand | Discovery
 
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‘The owner always thought this was an 18th-century jar, a decorative object,’ explains Marco Almeida, a specialist in Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie’s in London. This magnificent and very rare large blue and white ‘Dragon’ jar was being used as an umbrella stand, when Almeida got in touch with the owner who agreed to send it to London to be inspected. ‘Once it arrived, we were absolutely speechless,’ the specialist recalls. ‘The more we studied it, the better it got.’ As the team of specialists looked at the jar, they realised they were handling an ‘incredibly important piece of Chinese porcelain from the Ming Dynasty.’ In this video, Chi Fan Tsang, a fellow specialist in Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, discusses the details that make this piece so special, including the significance of the five-clawed dragon, and the cross mark on the base of the vessel. ‘It is an incredibly expensive umbrella stand,’ smiles Almeida. Indeed it was — this dragon jar sold for HK$158,040,000 / $20,447,642 in 30 Years: The Sale on 30 May in Hong Kong. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Discovery-The-Ming-Dynasty-Dragon-jar-being-used-an-umbrella-stand-7581-3.aspx
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How Rembrandt Made His Etchings
 
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Alexander Massouras demonstrates how the techniques behind some of history’s greatest prints remain unchanged — almost 400 years on Renowned for his work in the medium, Rembrandt came to be recognised as one of the most accomplished printmakers of all time, producing works in intricate detail. ‘The lines follow the contours of what he depicts,’ comments Massouras, citing the individually-rendered hairs on a work such as Old Bearded Man Looking Down. ‘That detail is facilitated by etching.’ Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Alexander-Massouras-demonstrates-how-Rembrandt-made-his-greatest-works-7517-3.aspx
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The Last Leonardo da Vinci – Salvator Mundi
 
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Art critic, Alastair Sooke, investigates the fascinating rediscovery of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi, one of fewer than 20 surviving paintings accepted as from the artist’s own hand. In 2011, the dramatic public unveiling of Salvator Mundi (‘Saviour of the World’) in the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan at The National Gallery in London caused a worldwide media sensation. Painted by one of history’s greatest and most renowned artists, whose works are exceedingly rare — fewer than 20 paintings in existence are generally accepted as from the artist’s own hand — it was the first discovery of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci since 1909, when the Benois Madonna, now in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, came to light. ‘Salvator Mundi is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time,’ says Loic Gouzer, Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s in New York. ‘The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honour that comes around once in a lifetime. Despite being created approximately 500 years ago, the work of Leonardo is just as influential to the art that is being created today as it was in the 15th and 16th centuries. We felt that offering this painting within the context of our Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale is a testament to the enduring relevance of this picture.’ Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/The-last-da-Vinci-Salvator-Mundi-8598-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-8598 -- Subscribe to Christie's YouTube: http://goo.gl/Vmh7Hf Sign up to Christie's Weekly: https://goo.gl/kc8qpV Follow Christie's on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christies Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiesinc Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/christiesinc
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Wayne Thiebaud – 'I Knew This Was Not a Good Career Choice' | Studio Visit
 
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‘I knew this was not a good career choice,’ says artist Wayne Thiebaud, interviewed in his sunny California studio. ‘Most of the painters I knew were just barely able to survive and had other jobs. But I don’t believe in the idea of success; when we surrender ourselves to that, I think we’ve lost something special.’ Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/Wayne-Thiebaud-Studio-visit-7643-3.aspx In spite, or perhaps because of this logic, Thiebaud is an immensely successful artist. ‘I was lucky,’ he reasons. When he decided to paint, he recalls asking himself ‘How do I do this?’ — realising the answer was ‘with extreme difficulty.’ As an artist, continues Thiebaud, ‘you probably can’t make a living, but you can make a life.’ Thiebaud’s life is composed of ‘alternate universes’ — abstractions inspired by syncopation in music, and a desire to capture human touch. They are works ‘from memory, from imagination, all based on the audacious notion of being omnipotent. I’m a God,’ the artist laughs ‘This, for you, is my world to look at. Isn’t that great?’
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Willem de Kooning: Works on Paper
 
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In an exclusive online sale from June 5 to June 19, Christie's presents 33 works by Abstract Expressionist artist Willem de Kooning. The works come from the estate of Dr. Henry Vogel, de Kooning's psychiatrist and friend. Find out more:: http://bit.ly/16tpewB Footage from Willem de Kooning: Artist, courtesy of Masters & Masterworks: http://www.mastersmasterworks.com/
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Jackson Pollock: Number 19
 
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Jackson Pollock's Number 19, 1948 is one of the great 'drip' paintings made in a legendary three-year burst of creativity between 1947 and 1950. The painting was featured in our 15 May 2013 New York Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale. For more information: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/jackson-pollock-number-19-1948-5684054-details.aspx
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Highlights From the Collection of Mrs. Lily Safra
 
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Rahul Kadakia, Head of our Jewelry Department, discusses highlights from our sale Jewels for Hope: The Collection of Mrs. Lily Safra – sold to benefit twenty charitable institutions in Geneva on 14 May 2012. Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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Terry O’Neill: Photographer of David Bowie and Frank Sinatra
 
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‘I look back on my life and I can’t believe I did all those things,’ comments Terry O’Neill, the British photographer who became renowned for his candid shots of musicians including Elton John, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, and Hollywood greats from Frank Sinatra to Fred Astaire. O’Neill came to photography through unconventional means: ‘My mother wanted me to be a priest, but the priest who was teaching said that I asked too many questions,’ he explains. When he discovered British Airways flew to New York, O’Neill saw the chance to pursue his dream of becoming an international jazz drummer. He became an air steward, taking a job in the photographic unit. Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/Terry-O-Neill-My-life-in-pictures-7647-3.aspx ‘That was the start of my photographic career,’ says O’Neill. ‘I went from England and got slung into the centre of Hollywood.’ Early subjects included Frank Sinatra, who allowed O’Neill to follow him as he pleased. ‘I could go anywhere with him — it was fantastic. When I got back to England I realised what a gift he’d given me. He’d totally let me into his life.’ Among O’Neill’s most famous images was a shot of actress Faye Dunaway, captured elegantly dazed by the swimming pool of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the morning after her Oscar win. ‘She went to bed at 3.30 and got up at 6 o’clock to do this picture,’ he recalls. Dunaway’s Oscar glints from the breakfast table, the morning’s press scattered at her feet. The cameras behind O’Neill’s iconic shots were always Leicas, the German brand that was also a favourite of photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Garry Winograd. ‘The Leica was very important to me,’ says O’Neill. ‘It was a fabulous camera to use — quick as a flash, anywhere, any time.’ O’Neill’s love of Leica led him to establish an extensive collection, which grew to become a ‘family tree’ of the brand’s 107 principal cameras, displayed on a custom-built display unit, by model and date of production. The result is a history of the brand from 1914 to 2014, from pre-production models to the screw-fit Leica series, M-series, R-series, and later digital cameras. The cameras are the tools of an exceptional career, having helped to create what O’Neill describes as his ‘life in pictures.’ For the photographer, that personal outlook is vital for producing his best work ‘You must like the people, that’s the key thing to any job,’ the photographer. ‘For me it comes through in the pictures; that’s the difference between a good picture and a bad picture.
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Infinite and the Immeasurable | Studio Visit
 
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The Japanese photographer’s work spans decades and, rather than seeking to capture the magic of the decisive moment, aims to evoke ‘the infinite and the immeasurable’. We visit the artist in Tokyo where he discusses his celebrated images of old American movie theatres — offered in our New York sale on 6 April — and shows us the first photographs he ever took when he was a 9-year-old trainspotter. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Hiroshi-Sugimoto-Studio-Visit-8183-3.aspx?sc_lang=en ‘The most advanced evolution of life is a human brain… that’s why I want to go back to the point where humans gained consciousness.’ Hiroshi Sugimoto is discussing his practice from his 7th-floor Tokyo apartment — a minimalist retreat high above the city, its rooms cut with streams of light. ‘I practice photography, architecture, performing arts — many things,’ Sugimoto explains. Today, however, it is his photographic works, which have become among his most renowned, that we are here to discuss. Working with a large-format camera, he often uses long exposures to capture scenes over an extended period of time. The approach is one that has resulted in some of Sugimoto’s most famous works, such as the Theatres series, begun in 1978. To make these images of American movie theatres — using only the light from the screen — the artist matches the exposure to the film’s running time to distil a feature-length production into a single frame. Sugimoto’s interest in photography began when he was a child — now aged 69, he still keeps the first album of photographs he made when he was just 9 years old, in 1957. With the trains in a Tokyo station as their subject, these early shots demonstrate a remarkable awareness of composition — indeed, only the height of the camera indicates that they were taken by a young boy. One of his latest projects, the design for the Odawara Art Foundation, is set to open in Kanagawa in 2017. ‘Architecture is the most beautiful illusion that you can ever make,’ he observes. ‘The human presence may not be for ever, of course — look at Greek or Roman times, or an Egyptian Pyramid. In five or six thousand years, if people still remain, they’ll look at the ruins of modern civilisation. ‘A sense of time is a very important factor of early human consciousness,’ the artist continues. As Sugimoto becomes more distanced from that 9-year-old boy at the train station, his meditations on time take on a more personal tone. ‘I’m going backwards; people are going forwards,’ he muses. ‘The gap between me and the world is getting bigger and bigger. But I don’t care. I just do what I want to do.’
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Origins and Rise to Fame
 
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Jean-Michel Basquiat's origins and rise to fame, seen as never before through the eyes of Al Diaz, fellow graffiti artist, SAMO co-conspirator and confidant. Music by Hogan Grip © Tony Higgins and Declan Kelly For Another Day Photo: © Jane Barrell Yadav
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Betsy Bloomingdale and the Art of Entertaining
 
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As Hollywood prepares for the 89th Academy Awards and the party season hits full swing, we pay tribute to the First Lady of entertaining, ahead of the second part of the Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style auction on 5 April. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Betsy-Bloomingdale-and-the-art-of-entertaining-8086-3.aspx ‘Entertaining is not a frivolous endeavour,’ wrote Betsy Bloomingdale in her book Entertaining with Betsy Bloomingdale: A Collection of Culinary Tips and Treasures from the World’s Best Hosts and Hostesses. ‘I believe it is one of the great essentials of life.’ The legendary socialite and philanthropist kept a record of every dinner party she hosted from 1959 until her death in 2016. These notebooks contained lists of her guests, copies of the menus, notes on her choice of flowers, the wine lists and photographic records of place settings. ‘Giving a party or hosting a dinner is in many ways like a performance,’ she explained. ‘You are the producer, director, stage manager, and finally the actor. Dozens of details might go into the simplest occasion.’ Born Betty Lee Newling on August 2, 1922, in Los Angeles to Australian émigré parents, she married Alfred Bloomingdale, heir to the New York department-store fortune and co-founder of the Diners Club, in 1946. According to one newspaper’s obituary, throughout her life ‘she remained the dazzling queen of a beau monde that straddled Hollywood, the White House and the ateliers of Paris.’ When the great and good arrived at the Bloomingdales’ sumptuous Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles, it was the immaculately attired Betsy who made a point of personally greeting them. This applied whether the guests were close friends such as President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, members of Hollywood royalty such as Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Joan Crawford, titans of business and politics, or the ‘natural conversation starters’ — such as ‘a professor at a nearby university or a local artist’ — she regularly invited along to spice up conversation around the dinner table. ‘Always introduce early arrivals to one another,’ Bloomingdale advised, ‘and if they’ve never met, add a detail or two that will start them talking. A skilled hostess knows how to make this look natural.’ Betsy Bloomingdale described a party as being like ‘a dance between hostess and guests, with everyone contributing something to make it a success.’ Success, however, relied on the adherence to certain rules, which included looking the other way when spills or breakages occurred, and insisting on ‘French leave’, which was the practice of guests not making a great fanfare if they had to depart early. Kirk Douglas was one regular guest who appreciated this relaxed approach. ‘Kirk will be the first to admit that he has a reputation for leaving parties early,’ Bloomingdale revealed in her book. ‘Since he’s an old friend, I felt I could say, “Go ahead and leave when you want to. Just don’t say goodnight”.’ ‘Everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles society congregated around Betsy Bloomingdale,’ observes Gemma Sudlow, Head of Private & Iconic Collections at Christie’s. An icon of style as well as a tireless entertainer, she ‘reigned supreme within southern California,’ adds the specialist. ‘There was a perfection that surrounded her in every aspect of the way in which she lived.’ Those fortunate enough to cross the threshold of the William Haines-designed home she shared with her husband on Delfern Drive off Sunset Boulevard were, says Sudlow, offered ‘a sense of who Betsy Bloomingdale was — which is to say fabulous in every respect’. In 2008, when she was well into her eighties, Bloomingdale told Vanity Fair that ‘good food, generous cocktails, a little night music, and after-dinner games all make for a deliciously delightful evening… And a mixture of people with some marvellously wacky guests is also nice.’ There was no great secret, she insisted, to entertaining successfully. ‘You can have all the money and privilege in the world and possess no style,’ she explained. ‘You can spend a fortune on the most elaborate parties and leave your guests feeling bored and let down. Real style comes from within.’ When it came to style, Betsy Bloomingdale was, of course, out on her own. A permanent fixture in annual ‘best dressed’ lists, she championed Dior, as well as Valentino, Chanel, Courrèges and Givenchy. She documented what she wore with the same diligence with which she recorded her lunches and dinners — in her case, lots of colour, particularly red. Detailed notes were kept not only of when and where each gown had been worn, but also with which accessories, such as earrings and belts. In 2009, High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles displayed 60 of her gowns. At the show’s opening, Valentino succinctly described Betsy Bloomingdale as ‘the last of the great women of style’.
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The Last da Vinci: The World is Watching
 
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A portrait of the world from the eyes of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi. As this masterpiece was placed on public display, we captured the real-life emotions that this painting, its beauty and divine subject matter stirred in the people who came to see it. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/The-world-is-watching-8723-3.aspx -- Subscribe to Christie's YouTube: http://goo.gl/Vmh7Hf Sign up to Christie's Weekly: https://goo.gl/kc8qpV Follow Christie's on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christies Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiesinc Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/christiesinc
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My Expert Passion: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
 
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Chi Fan Tsang, Head of the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department at Christie’s Hong Kong, discusses what she looks for in works of art and explains where her passion comes from. Find out more about how to collect Chinese ceramics: http://www.christies.com/features/chinese-ceramics-collecting-guide-7224-1.aspx
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Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled, 1982 – The Devil
 
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Executed in Modena, Italy, in the prime year of Basquiat’s short and brilliant career, Untitled is an epic painting, its monumental size and visceral energy marking it as one of the artist’s seminal works. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s explosive tour de force Untitled, 1982, led Christie’s Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art on 10 May 2016 in New York. It was estimated to realise in excess of $40 million and eventually sold for $57,285,000. As well as having been chosen for the cover of the artist’s catalogue raisonné, Untitled has been included in every major Basquiat retrospective. It contains Basquiat’s heroic portrait of himself as a fiery black devil rising amidst an explosion of paint that has been thrown onto the canvas in the manner of Jackson Pollock. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Epic-Basquiat-to-lead-Post-war-and-Contemporary-sale-in-New-York-7315-3.aspx
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A Pair of ‘Very Special’ Qianlong Vases | Discovery
 
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Why these rare and extremely important 18th-century vases prompted our specialist to advise their owner to sit down before it was explained what they might be worth. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/A-pair-of-Qianlong-vases-spotted-on-a-mantelpiece-8251-3.aspx?sc_lang=en ‘It was one of those wonderful eureka moments,’ recounts Rosemary Scott, Chinese ceramics specialist and International Academic Director at Christie’s. ‘My colleague Jeremy Morgan was on a perfectly normal valuation visit when he walked into the drawing room and there, on the mantelpiece, he saw these vases. He couldn’t believe his eyes.’ As soon as he saw them Morgan knew they were something special, and he suggested to the owner of the house that she should sit down before he explained to her how rare and valuable they are. Made in the 18th century for the court of the Qianlong Emperor, probably the greatest of all the Chinese art collectors, the vases feature his reign mark on the bottom. They had been bought in the early 1930s and inherited by the current owner, who, Scott explains, ‘had no idea that she had such amazingly important pieces in her collection.’ The senior specialists at Christie’s were so excited by the find that they all got together to look at the vases when they arrived in the building. Each vase, they discovered, is elaborately decorated to the bulbous lower section with butterflies of various sizes and colours flying amid leafy floral sprays, including peony, chrysanthemum, morning glory, rose and aster, above a band of pink lotus petals. The shoulder is encircled by a ruyi border and bands of floral sprays, below the upper section, which is enamelled with further butterflies and flower heads. The mouth rim is decorated with an iron-red key-fret border, and the pair of handles are adorned with stylised foliate designs. ‘There are lots of different clues you have to look for to ensure that the piece is genuine,’ explains Scott. These include the clay it is made from, the glaze, the enamels, how it is painted and in what colours, because certain colours only appear at certain times. ‘You also look at the shape,’ continues the specialist, ‘and in this case it is an auspicious shape, being associated with fertility and the new year.’ The auspicious meaning attached to most of the flowers seen in the Chinese decorative arts is due to the fact they will form a rebus, either alone suggesting a particular wish, or in combination with another flower, or something else — such as a butterfly. The meanings of the various flowers on these jars are explained more fully in a separate feature by Rosemary Scott on Christies.com. ‘To appreciate the quality of the painting we should look not only at the flowers, but especially at the butterflies,’ Scott continues. ‘You get the impression of transparency in the wings, which flutter and catch the sunlight.’ One of the exciting things about having a pair of vases such as this is that they can be looked at together. ‘We see something that we know about Chinese pairs, namely that they’re never identical,’ says the specialist. ‘They are complementary. They will have the same flowers, but those flowers will be painted slightly differently, as will the butterflies.’ This magnificent pair of famille rose ‘butterfly’ double-gourd vases is offered in the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction on 9 May at Christie’s London, and will be on view at our King Street galleries from Friday 5 May.
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Emeralds: From Cleopatra to Beyoncé
 
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Emeralds have captivated everyone from Cleopatra to Beyoncé. Learn more about this glamorous green gemstone from Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewelry for Christie's Americas & Switzerland.
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Inside President and Mrs. Nancy Reagan’s Bel Air Home
 
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A guided video tour of President and Mrs. Nancy Reagan’s Bel Air home, ahead of the September 2016 sale of their private collection — and the July preview of sale highlights in London http://www.christies.com/features/Inside-the-home-of-a-President-Reagan-and-his-First-Lady-7533-3.aspx
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The 600-Year-Old Sword Found in Texas | Discovery
 
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‘I was stunned when the pieces started falling into place,’ recalls specialist Howard Dixon of the moment an unassuming folio of photographs was presented to him in a restaurant in Texas earlier this year. On the seventh page, a small photograph showed a medieval Italian broadsword — a piece which bore a striking resemblance to another that had been mysteriously missing since the 1940s. Until that moment, says Dixon, ‘no one knew where it had gone, and the trail had gone cold.’ In this video, Dixon reveals how a ‘twin’ sword in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art helped trace the Harriet Dean sword’s history back to 15th century Cyprus — describing what it felt like to make ‘a once in a lifetime discovery.’ Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Discovery-Bashford-Dean-sword-6932-3.aspx
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Christie's Watch Shop: Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Ref. 1530, circa 1975
 
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Christie's Watch Shop presents: Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Ref. 1530, circa 1975. www.christies.com/thewatchshop http://bit.ly/1v6DHpc
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A Tour of Frida Kahlo’s Blue House – La Casa Azul
 
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‘People are present in the things they choose to have around them during their life,’ says Hayden Herrera, Frida Kahlo’s biographer, discussing the vibrant blue Casa Azul — the Mexico City house where the artist was born, spent much of her life and, in 1954, passed away. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Frida-Kahlo-Casa-Azul-Tour-Video-7371-3.aspx
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Todd Hido – 'I Use Photography to Express Myself' | Studio Visit
 
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We catch up with the photographer behind the wheel of his car while cruising through the California suburbs after dark — looking to add to his celebrated series, Homes at Night Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Todd-Hido-Studio-Visit-8191-3.aspx ‘I’ve never had the urge to make a movie and I definitely can’t write,’ confesses Ohio-born photographer Todd Hido. ‘Photography is the thing I use to express myself, or to figure myself out.’ Driving through the suburbs of San Francisco, he pauses occasionally to train his camera on a building that could be the next in his celebrated series, Homes at Night. ‘I always gravitate towards some place that looks like home,’ Hido continues, explaining that his aim is to find a house lit by a single window — a quiet indication of the life that is at the heart of the series. These photographs, he insists, ‘really aren’t about houses. They’re about people.’ Back at his studio, Hido muses, ‘The thing I like about photography is that it can’t talk.’ He cites the photographer Lewis Baltz — renowned for his stark shots of cityscapes — as someone who placed photography somewhere ‘between literature and film’. That space is one that Hido gladly occupies, creating charged images that hint at a narrative only partially seen or remembered. ‘[My photography] is very much led by intuition. I’m piecing together stories about people.’ Alongside his own work, Hido collects abandoned images, arranging them to create monographs that he calls ‘paper movies’. Found in thrift stores, these photographs of unknown people and interiors become ‘cogs in a narrative wheel’. ‘I’m a portrait photographer, I’m a night photographer, I collect found photographs, and the reason I do that is that they’re all components that I’m able to pull together to create a story,’ says Hido. ‘There’s a communication that happens between people and pictures… that’s a really wonderful thing.’
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Alberto Giacometti’s Portrait of James Lord
 
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Giacometti’s portrait flashes with intensity and vitality, the summation of his painting http://www.christies.com/features/Alberto-Giacomettis-Portrait-of-James-Lord-6658-3.aspx
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Alexander Calder's Rouge Triomphant
 
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Alexander Calder's Rouge triumphant will be featured in our in June 27 London Post-War and Contemporary Art auction. Find our more about the work from Francis Outred, Christie's Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. More info: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/sculptures-statues-figures/alexander-calder-rouge-triomphant-5584500-details.aspx
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Francis Bacon on His Iconic Painting, Three Studies of Lucian Freud
 
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On November 12, Christie's New York will offer Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud, one of the most iconic paintings by the artist, uniting two of the 20th Century's greatest figurative painters at the apex of their relationship. For more information: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/francis-bacon-three-studies-of-lucian-freud-5739119-details.aspx
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Celebrating 30 Years of Christie’s in Asia
 
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François Curiel joined Christie’s as an intern in 1969. Now the Chairman of Asia-Pacific, he describes the company’s incredible growth in the region as Christie’s celebrates a landmark anniversary Find out more: http://www.christies.com/asia30 Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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A 2,500-Year-Old Egyptian Cat With Earrings
 
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‘This object is 2,500 years old, preserved miraculously by the Egyptian desert,’ explains specialist Laetitia Delaloye, discussing a ‘beautiful’ cast of a cat, adorned, unexpectedly, with a pair of golden earrings. Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/A-Egyptian-cat-with-an-earring-7927-3.aspx The sculpture offers a fascinating insight into an ancient civilization’s culture: ‘Ancient Egyptians made offerings to the gods they worshipped, each of which was linked to a sacred animal,’ explains Delaloye. Associated with the goddess Bastet, daughter of the chief god Ra, the cat was particularly important. ‘Bastet could be represented either as a cat, or a cat-headed woman,’ continues the specialist. Initially worshipped as the protecter goddess of Lower Egypt, early depictions show her as a fierce lion — the name Bastet translated, fittingly, as ‘devourer’. Later, Bastet became associated with sunrise, music and dance, as well as family, fertility and birth. ‘Ancient Egyptians would make offerings to their Gods in the form of animal sacrifices, which they believe would grant good wishes and protection,’ continues Delaloye. ‘This beautiful decoration would have been placed on top of a mummified cat, which would have been expertly wrapped, and buried in an animal cemetery.’ As for the earrings? The addition, explains Delaloye, is both decorative and intended to suggest the goddess’s personality: ‘It’s probably an attempt to embellish the piece of art, and make it look more human.’ Perfectly preserved, fine details — from the cat’s eyes to its whiskers — give the animal a lifelike presence over two millennia after it was first made.
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Master British Ceramicist Bernard Leach, In His Studio In 1952
 
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Above, we present rare footage of master British ceramicist Bernard Leach in his studio in 1952, discussing his artistic process. The film is courtesy of Marty Gross Film Productions Inc., from the upcoming film compendium on the Japanese Folk Craft movement (Mingei). To browse and bid on works from Leach and other studio ceramics masters, see our online-only 20th Century Japanese and British Studio Ceramics sale, which runs from 14 - 28 October. To learn more about Marty Gross’s ongoing efforts to restore and publish archival footage documenting the Mingei movement, visit mingeifilm.martygrossfilms.com.
Views: 8202 Christie's
Atul Dodiya – 'Painting Can Be a Tool Against Injustice' | Studio Visit
 
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Indian Artist Atul Dodiya discusses his influences and his contributions to Contemporary Indian Art.
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Herb Ritts – ‘The Camera Was an Extension of His Body’
 
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An exclusive look inside the archives of a photographer whose sumptuous images of rock stars, supermodels and film legends encapsulated an era. As a photographer, said Herb Ritts, ‘you’re trying to get to one moment with one frame that may eventually speak to your generation.’ After shooting close to two million rolls of film before his death in 2002, Ritts did just that, creating some of the most iconic images of his era — for clients including Madonna, Calvin Klein, Vogue and Rolling Stone.
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Jewels From the Collection of Gabriela Princess Zu Leiningen
 
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International Head of Jewellery Rahul Kadakia describes a memorable encounter with a Princess and her outstanding collection — offered in the Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction http://www.christies.com/features/Princess-Gabriela-zu-Leiningen-Jewels-7195-3.aspx
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Welcome to Christie’s
 
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In two and a half centuries, Christie’s has become the world’s leading art business, expanding its reach far beyond the company’s London headquarters and allowing clients to acquire or sell works internationally — at auction, through private sales and online. 2016 sees Christie’s celebrate its 250th anniversary, as well as 30 years in Asia and 10 years in Dubai. As Christie's celebrates the landmark year, we take a behind-the-scenes look at our salesrooms across the globe. Find out more at http://www.christies.com/exhibitions/2016/celebrating-christies-250th-anniversary
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Andreas Gursky: ‘I Pursue One Goal – The Encyclopaedia of Life’
 
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As the first UK retrospective of the record-breaking German photographer’s work appears at the Hayward Gallery in London, the gallery’s director, Ralph Rugoff, explains why he considers Gursky to be among the foremost artists of our time. ‘Andreas Gursky is to my mind one of the great artists of our generation,’ remarks Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery at London’s Southbank Centre, where around 60 of the photographer’s works are on view until 22 April. The Hayward Gallery’s exhibition is the first major UK retrospective of the German artist, who has said, ‘I only pursue one goal — the encyclopaedia of life.’ Gursky’s monumental, digitally enhanced works depict massive man-made structures and huge gatherings of people in nightclubs, factories, arenas and other social landscapes. They draw attention to our changing relationship with the natural world, and chronicle the effects of globalisation on everyday life. On 8 November 2011, Rhein II, a three-metre wide print by Gursky (b. 1955) realised $4,338,500 at Christie’s in New York, making it the most expensive photograph sold at auction to date. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Andreas-Gursky-at-the-Hayward-Gallery-8861-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#!#FID-8861
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Claude Monet's Personal Collection
 
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‘More than any other Impressionist, Claude Monet was an obsessive, hands-on gardener, steeped in horticultural knowledge,’ explains art critic Alastair Sooke as he walks through the stunning gardens at Giverny, where the artist settled in 1883 and would spend the rest of his life. The gardens became a private paradise — the place Monet considered ‘his most beautiful work of art’. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/The-personal-collection-of-Claude-Monet-8596-3.aspx -- Subscribe to Christie's YouTube: http://goo.gl/Vmh7Hf Sign up to Christie's Weekly: https://goo.gl/kc8qpV Follow Christie's on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christies Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiesinc Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/christiesinc
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The Supermarine Spitfire
 
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In September 1980 the wreckage of Spitfire P9374 emerged from the sands of Calais beach where it had crash-landed after being shot down on 24 May 1940 during the air battle of Dunkirk. Flying Officer Peter Cazenove, later a veteran of the ‘Great Escape’, was flying the aircraft when it was attacked and hit. Before executing his belly-landing on Calais beach, Cazenove had radioed that he was OK, adding, ‘Tell mother I’ll be home for tea!’ Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Last-of-its-kind-Spitfire-5969-3.aspx
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The Private Collection of Joan Rivers
 
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To mark the birthday of Joan Rivers, the late star’s daughter takes a poignant last look at her favourite pieces from the Private Collection of Joan Rivers, which will be offered at auction in New York this month. ‘One of my mother’s dreams,’ smiles Melissa Rivers, ‘was to be left alone in a Christie’s warehouse with a satchel and nobody supervising her.’ As the only child of celebrated comedian, writer and television host Joan Rivers, Melissa admits she had ‘very, very difficult decisions to make’ when it came to parting with pieces that hold so many cherished memories. ‘There is not one piece in this collection that I would not take back,’ she explains. ‘But I know in her heart, and in my heart, that I’m doing the right thing because my mother maintained that things were meant to be used and loved, and they should go to places where they’re going to be used and loved.’ The Private Collection of Joan Rivers live sale takes place at Christie’s New York on 22 June, while the online auction runs 16-23 June. ‘[My mother] collected three main things: art, jewellery and Fabergé,’ Melissa recalls as she looks through some of the pieces in the sale, including a diamond and platinum flower brooch by Harry Winston Winston and a jewelled and gold-mounted nephrite study of a lily of the valley leaf by Fabergé. ‘She always loved the provenance and the stories behind different pieces… She loved the romance.’ The co-host of Fashion Police goes on to recall how Joan Rivers loved to entertain in her lavish Upper East Side apartment: ‘It was one of those things that gave her great enjoyment,’ she confirms. ‘She was not a minimalist by any stretch when it came to setting a table. She believed more is more, and more is better. My mother used to say her apartment was how Marie Aintoinette would have lived if she had money and taste.’ The offerings from Joan Rivers’ collection offer fascinating insights into her personality — the exuberant energy of the public figure, and the refined connoisseur. Some of the proceeds of the sales will be donated to charity. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Melissa-Rivers-on-The-Private-Collection-of-Joan-Rivers-7445-3.aspx?PID=mslp_related_features1
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Video: Francis Bacon, Study for Self-Portrait
 
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Francis Bacon, Study for Self-Portrait will be featured in our June 27 London Post-War and Contemporary auction. Find out more about the painting from Francis Outred, Christie's Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. More Info: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/francis-bacon-study-for-self-portrait-5584464-details.aspx
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Andy Warhol's Race Riot
 
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Andy Warhol's Race Riot, 1964, is a powerful statement on the historical oppression of African-Americans, and it remains as compelling and relevant as ever. On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Christie's offered this painting in its May 13 Post-War and Contemporary Art auction in New York. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/andy-warhol-race-riot-5792521-details.aspx Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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Francis Bacon’s Two Greatest Obsessions – The Pope and George Dyer
 
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In this rare masterpiece, for the first and only time in his oeuvre, Bacon united his two greatest obsessions: reworking the 1962 canvas Study from Innocent X, the artist staged a haunting encounter between the Pope and George Dyer — his great muse and lover. Unseen in public for nearly 45 years, Study of Red Pope, 1962, 2nd version offers a deeply poignant insight into one of the Francis Bacon's most important bodies of work. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Francis-Bacon-Study-of-Red-Pope-1962-2nd-version-1971-8527-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-8527 -- Subscribe to Christie's YouTube: http://goo.gl/Vmh7Hf Sign up to Christie's Weekly: https://goo.gl/kc8qpV Follow Christie's on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christies Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiesinc Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/christiesinc
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Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer
 
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Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer from 1963 (estimate: $50–70million) — a central highlight of Christie’s May 17 Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York. Read more at http://www.christies.com/features/Francis-Bacon-Three-Studies-for-a-Portrait-of-George-Dyer-8185-3.aspx Painted in 1963, Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer marks the beginning of Francis Bacon’s relationship with his greatest source of inspiration. This triptych is the very first portrait Bacon made of his long-time muse, who came to feature in many of the artist’s most arresting and sought-after works. The paintings will be offered for the first time at auction in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 17 May in New York. Dyer came to appear in at least 40 of Bacon’s paintings, many of which were created after Dyer’s death in Paris in 1971. The convulsive beauty of this work represents the flowering of Bacon’s infatuation with his muse, and it is only one of five triptychs of Dyer that the artist painted in this intimate scale. The present example once resided in the collection of Bacon’s close friend, Roald Dahl. The celebrated author became an ardent admirer of Bacon’s work after first encountering his paintings at a touring exhibition in 1958, although collecting his work was not financially viable at the time. In the 1960s Dahl’s career hit new heights with the publication of such classic children’s tales as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He also wrote the screenplay for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. Buoyed by his newfound success, Dahl acquired four judiciously chosen works by Bacon between 1964 and 1967. The present triptych was among them. ‘Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer is a masterful triptych which was completed within the first three months of Bacon’s first encounter with Dyer,’ explains Loic Gouzer, Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art. ‘This powerful portrait exemplifies the dynamism and complex psychology that the artist is revered for. ‘George Dyer is to Bacon what Dora Maar was to Picasso,’ Gouzer continues. ‘He is arguably the most important model of the second half of the 20th century, because Dyer’s persona as well as his physical traits acted as a catalyst for Bacon’s pictorial breakthroughs. The Francis Bacon that we know today would not exist without the transformative encounter that he had with George Dyer.’ Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer was completed during the period of greatest personal and professional contentment in Bacon’s career. When the artist met Dyer towards the end of 1963, he was being showered with acclaim and hailed as a master of figurative painting. This came on the heels of his first major retrospective in May 1962 at the Tate in London, which was followed by a triumphant exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in October 1963. Over the past 40 years, Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer has been a central fixture in many of the artist’s most important exhibitions. It was most recently featured in the celebrated 2008-2009 Bacon retrospective which travelled to Tate Britain, London, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It has also been shown in the National Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, among other institutions.
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Christie's Watch Shop: Rolex, ‘Red’ Submariner, Ref. 1680
 
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Christie's Watch Shop presents: Rolex, ‘Red’ Submariner, Ref. 1680 www.christies.com/watchshop http://bit.ly/1ywXB2M
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Video: Basquiat, Twombly, Dubuffet
 
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Video: Christie’s Specialist Katharine Arnold explores similarities of works by Basquiat, Twombly and Dubuffet. http://www.christies.com/features/basquiat-twombly-dubuffet-5598-3.aspx
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Christie's Watch Shop: Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master "Pepsi," Ref. 16750, circa 1982
 
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Christie's Watch Shop presents: Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master "Pepsi," Ref. 16750, circa 1982. www.christies.com/watchshop http://bit.ly/1pDcqw7
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Eric Clapton's Patek Philippe
 
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Aurel Bacs, International Head of our Watch Department, discusses a Patek Philippe ref. 2499 in platinum from the Collection of Eric Clapton, to be offered in the Important Watches sale on 12 November 2012 in Geneva. More Info: http://bit.ly/RDnGo5 Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
 
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Video: Christie’s is honored to present an international exhibition tour featuring the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, a distinguished American scholar, dealer and collector whose groundbreaking work transformed the study and appreciation of Asian art. http://www.christies.com/auctions/asian-art-week-new-york-march-2015/ellsworth#overview-section
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Constantin Brancusi – La muse endormie | 2017 World Auction Record
 
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20th Century Week opened in New York with the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, which witnessed an extraordinary nine-minute bidding battle for lot 32, Constantin Brancusi’s La muse endormie, a bronze cast in 1913 and the first in the artist’s series of iconic ovoid sculptures. This extraordinary object, which was acquired by the distinguished French collector Jacques Ulmann in the 1950s and has remained in his family ever since, realised $57,367,500 (including buyer’s premium) — the top price of the night — after a dramatic contest between five bidders. Find out more: http://www.christies.com/features/Results-from-Impressionist-and-Modern-Evening-Auction-May-2017-8337-3.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-8337
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The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor
 
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Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our auction The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor – from preparing the catalogues to designing the exhibition space for the series of sales to be held at Christie's New York. Subscribe for weekly films: goo.gl/Vmh7Hf
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The Rockefeller Emerald
 
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This 18.04-carat emerald of mesmerising colour and impeccable clarity was once owned by the Rockefeller family. Find out more at http://www.christies.com/features/The-Rockefeller-Emerald-8327-3.aspx?sc_lang=en
Views: 33871 Christie's

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