Around the World in Less Than 80 Days Top Highlights and News from Christie’s International Salerooms
LONDON The Buzz: Multiplied 2011 The Moment: October 14–17, 2011 The Bottom Line: Multiplied 2011 gives Londoners and Frieze attendees from around the world something to talk about. The fair, devoted to contemporary art editions, is a must-attend October event. We’re already counting down to this year’s fair, which runs October 12–15, 2012.
The Buzz: Something Old, Something New The Moment: December 6, 2011 The Bottom Line: Pieter Brueghel II’s The Battle between Carnival and Lent sets a new world auction record for the artist, fetching nearly £7 million at London’s Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale.
DUBAI The Buzz: Making Headlines The Moment: October 25–26, 2011 The Bottom Line: Debuting its new two-part sale format, Dubai’s sales sparkle. Strong bidding from across the globe sends prices soaring during Part I; contemporary art takes center stage during Part II, creating an electric atmosphere in the saleroom where younger buyers eagerly compete for some of the evening’s top lots.
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GENEVA The Buzz: The Rediscovered Patek Philippe The Moment: November 14, 2011 The Bottom Line: A reference 3448, a very popular model amongst collectors, headlines Geneva’s November auction. The detail that has watch connoisseurs talking? It’s the only known reference 3448 in the world with a pink gold case.
HONG KONG The Buzz: Two of a Kind The Moment: November 29, 2011 The Bottom Line: A perfect pair of round D flawless diamonds of 71.38 cts achieves $16.4 million, or $230,000 per ct, the highest-ever price for colorless diamonds in Asia.
The Buzz: Soaring Scrolls The Moment: November 29, 2011 The Bottom Line: The sale of Cui Ruzhuo’s set of modern scrolls achieves a world auction record for the artist at HK$123,860,000, more than doubling the HK$60,000,000 estimate.