After 18 months of intense negotiations, the New York philanthropist Shelby White has ceded 10 classical antiquities from her private collection that Italy contends were looted from its soil, the Italian culture minister confirmed this week...
The wonderful thing about the Decorative Arts Sale at Tennants is that it appeals to all generations - from children, who love the Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson beds with a little carved mouse to be found on every one, their parents who appreciate the simplicity and clean design of the studio pottery of Lucie Rie and Bernard Leach, and the older generations who were attracted to the Linthorpe Art Pottery. This was evident on Saturday when Tennants saleroom was packed to the doors with interested bidders for their first Decorative Arts & Modern Design sale of the year.
The highlights of the sale were:
Studio Pottery by David Burnham Smith
Arts & Crafts Furniture Now Very Sought After
Linthorpe Art Pottery
The Oscar and script for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane is going under the hammer at Sotheby's in New York.
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Vintage Superbikes at Bonhams' 2008 Stafford Sale
Bonhams is delighted to announce the early consignment to its first major collectors' motorcycle sale of 2008 of two of the Vintage era's most highly regarded and sought after 'superbikes' - “Brough Superior SS100 and Coventry-Eagle Flying-8“ to be sold at The Classic MotorCycle Show, Stafford on 27th April 2008.
1934 Brough Superior 8/75hp 'Two-of-Everything'
Legendary superbike of motorcycling's between-the-wars 'Golden Age', Brough Superior - 'The Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles' - was synonymous with high performance, engineering excellence and quality of finish. Always the perfectionist, Brough bought only the best available components for his bikes, reasoning that if the product was right, a lofty price tag would be no handicap. And in the 'Roaring Twenties' there were sufficient wealthy connoisseurs around to prove him right. One such was T E Lawrence - 'Lawrence of Arabia' - who owned several Broughs and was killed riding an SS100.
Estimate £120,000 - £140,000
Vintage Superbikes for sale.
Bonhams France SAS will hold its inaugural motoring sale in Paris on Saturday 9 February 2008 at RÃ©tromobile, the oldest established and most prestigious major classic car show in Europe which takes place from 8 - 17 February 2008 at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles.
RÃ©tromobile has been running for 33 years and welcomes over 100,000 visitors from around the world. The entire collectorsâ€™ motoring world decamps to Paris for the duration of the show.
James Knight, Bonhams' International Head of Motoring, comments: "We are delighted to announce a sale at RÃ©tromobile as it is Europeâ€™s premier event of its kind. Bonhams prides itself on offering the most sought after venues on the auction calendar to the motorcar collectorsâ€™ market and RÃ©tromobile is a welcome addition to our worldwide portfolio. It enhances our presence in continental Europe, alongside our traditional sales in Monaco and Gstaad. My European colleagues Matthieu Lamoure and Philip Kantor - who has co-ordinated all previous sales at RÃ©tromobile since 2002 - anticipate a memorable debut sale."[...]
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