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Why Chinese collectors are heading to London to buy up Chinese art

A turquoise-ground vase with Qianlong seal mark is the star lot at Bonhams' auction of Chinese art on the 10th November in London, estimated to fetch between $8 million (£5 million) and $13 million (£8 million)
A turquoise-ground vase with Qianlong seal mark is the star lot at Bonhams’ auction of Chinese art on the 10th November in London, estimated to fetch between $8 million (£5 million) and $13 million (£8 million)

at CNN

It is a year since an 18th-century Chinese vase was sold in London for $68 million, smashing world records.

Now dealers and auction houses in London are feverishly anticipating a slew of sales as part of Asian Art in London, a week-long event that has been attracting newly-wealthy Chinese buyers and collectors to the capital for over a decade.

Max Rutherston, Chairman of Asian Art in London, says the week of Asian art sales and exhibitions in London has been running for 13 years, and has seen a “Chinese art boom,” with collectors from mainland China and Hong Kong flocking to London to check out the array of antique wares laid out in the salesrooms and galleries.

Antique vases hailing from the much-sought-after 18th-century Qianlong period are going under the hammer at major auction houses Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams and on display at the commercial galleries, alongside decorative objets d’art and furnishings.

Bonhams is selling a rare vase estimated to fetch between $8 million (£5 million) and $13 million (£8 million). The 50cm tall vase features delicate chrysanthemum blossoms in white and pink tones and bears the Qianlong seal.
The Chinese weren’t allowed to buy anything under Mao and they are developing very quickly, tending to go into an area and exhausting it completely before moving onto another one
Daniel Eskenazi, Asian art dealer

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For the fans of Cars : 18 of the Worlds Rarest and Most Unique Automobiles

Worlds rarest cars on video as seen at the Allure of the Automobile exhibition which was going on at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. Among them are the 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, 1934 Packard Twelve Runabout Speedster, formerly owned by Clark Gable, 1935 Duesenberg JN Roadster, formerly owned by Clark Gable, 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster, 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe, 1937 Delage D8-120S Surbaisse, formerly owned by Louis Delage, 1937 Hispano-Suiza H-6C “Xenia” Coupe, 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C2900B Touring Berlinetta, 1938/39 Porsche Type 64 Coupe replica, 1953 Porsche 550 Le Mans/La Carrera Panamerica Coupe, 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR W 196-S, 1957 Jaguar XKSS Roadster formerly owned by Steve McQueen, 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, 1961 Ferrari 250 Short-Wheelbase Berlinetta, SEFAC Hot Rod, 1948 Tucker Model 48 Torpedo, 1954 Dodge Firearrow III Concept Coupe, 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Bill Mitchell Stingray Prototype

Clicking on a Masterpiece

By Ellen Gamerman and Kelly Crow at THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Are collectors ready to buy million-dollar artworks online? Some of the biggest names in art and technology are betting on it. Surfing for Pollock, de Kooning and Basquiat

Next weekend, art collectors sitting at computers in London, Toronto and Miami will find themselves face to face with the same work of art, a montage by American artist Robert Rauschenberg. The price for interested online shoppers: more than $1 million.

Churchill’s Gorgeous Daimler Heading to Auction

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By William Stolerman at Luxury Insider

A gorgeous 1939 Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupe that ferried Winston Churchill around the UK during his 1944 and 1949 election campaigns is heading to auction. 

Only eight units were produced by Daimler in 1939 and of those eight four were destroyed in bombing raids while a fifth was sold for scrap. As of today the only known survivor is chassis number 49531 seen above. 

Finished in silver over black coachwork with a contrasting three-position cabriolet hood, inside you’ll find green leather seats as well as beautiful, period Jaeger-LeCoultre instruments on the wooden dashboard. 

The car will be sold by Historics at Brooklands on December 4 when it is expected to fetch £200,000 – £250,000.

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Who Is the Emir of Qatar and Why Does He Want Christie’s?

at ARTINFO.com

Courtesy Christie's Images LTD. 2010. The exterior of Christie's London

The royal family of Qatar — the tiny Gulf kingdom that is the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas — has set its acquisitive sights on Christie’s, with the nation’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, speaking openly to the press about his interest in the world’s leading auction house. Already storied for major art purchases, including the so-called “Rockefeller Rothko” that went for $72.8 million in May 2007, the emir told the Financial Times that “we are investing everywhere, even in Harrods” and that regarding Christie’s, “it depends on the opportunity, if a good one presents itself we will not hesitate.” Suddenly, art-watchers around the globe are asking: Who is the Emir of Qatar?

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has expressed interest in purchasing Christie's auction house. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The 58-year-old ruler, who attended the prestigious Sandhurst Military Academy in England and took the kingdom’s reins in 1995 after a coup that ousted his father, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, is known as a globetrotting diplomat who made international headlines in 2008 when he met with Israeli minister Tzipi Livni as significant gesture in pursuing a dialogue with Israel. Then there’s the glamorous side of the emir’s ultra-luxe lifestyle, epitomized by the widely circulated image in the London tabloids of his beautiful wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, wearing a pair of $960 white Chanel faux–fur boots with three-and-a-half-inch icicle heels during the couple’s recent three-day stay in the Queen of England’s residence last month, a bid to increase trade between the kingdoms.

The Sheikha, one of three wives of the Emir, is also an international advocate for women’s rights, serving as a UNESCO special envoy for education and maintaining a Web site to help admirers keep track of her activities. (Unlike in some Gulf states, women of Qatar vote and are able to obtain driver’s licenses.)

video bonus : CNBC’s Guy Johnson explains why one of the world’s richest men, the Emir of Qatar, is one of the most welcome guests in countries affected by the recession.

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Sotheby’s enables mobile bids in Upscale Auctions

By Peter Finocchiaro at Luxury Daily

British auction house Sotheby’s launched commerce-enabled applications for iPhone and iPad to let consumers bid on luxury items right from their mobile devices. Auction enthusiasts can use the application to browse current and upcoming auctions, view items and log-in to their Sotheby’s.com accounts to place absentee bids. The application is available for free in Apple’s App Store.

“This mobile application will help Sotheby’s extend its reach and connect with their customers at a regular frequency,” said Patrick Bouaziz, chief visionary officer at ILoveVelvet, New York. “As Sotheby’s is known for its auctions and selling one-of-a-kind pieces, this should help the high-end organization promote and preview these items as well as enhance its overall brand. “This specific application also allows the opportunity for mobile users to bid on current auctions – giving them a direct link to the auction house from anywhere at any time,” he said. “In addition, with most mobile applications of this nature, Sotheby’s has a chance to tap into its customer base to receive real-time feedback on changing wants and needs, allowing the company to meet market expectations.” ILoveVelvet did not develop the application for Sotheby’s, but agreed to speak as a third-party source. London-based Sotheby’s was not available for comment by press time.  Sotheby’s is a 266-year-old auction house that specializes in auctioning off artwork, jewelry, antiques and other luxury goods.

Going once … going twice …
The Sotheby’s iPhone and the iPad applications include nearly identical functionality. The homepage lets users choose between sections devoted to upcoming auctions, auction results and Sotheby’s departments focused on different types of auction items, as well as a directory of other services offered by the auction house.

bonus video – not so recent but very significative 

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Paris’s 25th Biennale des Antiquaires: Even Bigger and Better

By Emilie Gouband, ARTINFO France

The Biennale des Antiquaires, the huge international fair devoted to antiques, fine arts, and jewelry established by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires or National Antiquarians Guild (SNA) in 1962, takes place every other year in the impressive setting of Paris’s Grand Palais. Known for the quality and distinction of its offerings, it has become an unmissable art market event.

This year, in its 25th iteration, the biennial will welcome almost 90 participants into a space of over 43,000 square feet from September 15-22. ARTINFO France takes a look at what’s new this time around and at the galleries that will be participating for the first time.

A Fluid Layout . Patrick Bazanan of Decoral is the exhibition designer again this year. He has created an understated and refined décor with a more open layout. The imposing entrance opens onto a large central pool that reflects the vaulted ceiling of the Grand Palais. On either side of the pool long aisles with eight central plazas along their path lead to the various booths. Bazanan also incorporated quiet and inviting meeting or resting spots. In a video interview on the fair’s Web site, president of the SNA Hervé Aaron praises Bazanan’s design for its clarity and openness, adding that participants have the option of embellishing their booths and “doing whatever they want with world-famous designers in order to create a fantastic setting for their items.”

Leading Galleries . Fans of archaeology and art from non-Western traditional societies will want to visit the booths of Kervorkian, Phoenix Ancient Art, and Bernard Dulon. Asian art will be shown by Jacques Barrère and Christian Deydier. For objects of silver and gold, as well as jewelry, the galleries that can’t be missed are Au Vieux Paris, Martin du Daffoy, Balian, Castiglione, and Faerber. The prestigious jewelers Chanel, Cartier, Harry Winston, and Van Cleef and Arpels will be joined by Piaget and Louis Vuitton.

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How To Get The Charm Of The Italian Country Decorating Theme In Your Home SE

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Decorative accessories are the icing on any decorating scheme and should help pull your Italian country decorating theme together. In keeping with the ambiance of the Tuscan countryside, you want to choose informal and elegant accessories that have a simple, country feeling. When shopping to enhance your Italian country look, you’ll want to purchase decorative items like pillows, artwork and knick knacks.

Wall art is key in any room decor, but if you don’t arrange it correctly it can spoil the entire look and feel. You want the center of the print to be at eye level. When hanging a variety of items in a group, it’s a prudent idea to work out the configuration first by placing them on the floor and reconfiguring them until you get that perfect look. To pull together your Italian country decorating theme, try decorating with country prints in simple frames.

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The 10 most popular antique stores in the UK (SE)

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UK has many popular antique shops. These establishments present a huge array of products from furniture, to instruments, to clothing, to paintings.  For people who are visiting the UK to search for antique products, here is a list of UKs most popular antique shops.

The Uzella Court Antique Centre presents more than 20 dealers offering a wide array of collectibles and antiques. Located in Cornwall, this shop specializes in fine silver, paintings, jewels, and vintage furniture. Prices of these antique products start at around five pounds. Furthermore, the shop itself is a historic building, being a part of the Duchy Palace.

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Art Market: Russian Billionaires Are Back

by Tom Johansmeyer at Luxist

The numbers may not have big, but it felt like 2007 all over again during “Russian Week” in London. Russian billionaires descended on the art auction houses and fought fiercely for prized lots. Compared to last year, auction sales nearly doubled, with the Russians spending $86 million to repatriate icons, paintings, porcelain and Faberge items. This follows $18.5 million in Russian art sales by Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York back in April.

The most popular pieces were early 20th century modernist works, with the top lot Alexander Yakovlev’s “Titi and Naranghe, Daughters of Chief Eki Bondo.” It was good for £2.5 million, almost tripling its high-end presale estimate of £900,000.

Sotheby’s was the top auction house of London’s Russian Week, generating £22.3 million by selling approximately 70 percent of its 615 lots. The result falls within the presale range of £19.3 million to £28 million.

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