19 avril 2013

Masterpiece found at Ritz sold to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for $1.4 million

Charles Le Brun (1619-1690), The Sacrifice of Polyxena, 1647. Oil on canvas, 179x131 cm. PARIS (AFP).- A 400-year-old masterpiece that only came to light during a renovation at Paris's Ritz hotel has been sold for 1.44 million euros ($1.88 million) to New York's Metropolitan Museum, auction house Christie's said on Thursday. The painting by 17th century artist Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) had adorned one of the suites in which fashion designer Coco Chanel lived for more than 30 years. Its presence came as news to hotel... [Lire la suite]
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19 avril 2013

Rhino horns stolen from Ireland's National Museum by gang of three masked men

Diceros bicornis (Linnaeus 1758), Mounted head of black rhinoceros, East Africa. Photo: Courtesy of Nigel Monaghan: Keeper National Museum of Ireland – Natural History DUBLIN (AFP).- Masked men stole eight rhino horns from the National Museum of Ireland with a street value of about 500,000 euros ($650,000), officials said Thursday. The gang of three broke into the museum archives building in Dublin late on Wednesday, tied up a security guard and loaded four rhino heads -- each with two horns --- onto a van, police said. The... [Lire la suite]
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19 avril 2013

Fancy Deep Yellow Diamond, Diamond, Platinum, Gold Ring, Piranesi

Fancy Deep Yellow Diamond, Diamond, Platinum, Gold Ring, Piranesi. Photo Heritage Auctions The ring features a pear-shaped diamond measuring 15.28 x 10.38 x 6.14 mm and weighing 7.02 carats, enhanced by kite-shaped diamonds weighing a total of 0.86 carat, set in platinum and 18k gold, marked Piranesi. A GIA Laboratory report # 1122904603 dated December 20, 2010 stating Natural, Fancy Deep Yellow color, VS2 clarity, accompanies the center stone. Gross weight 10.58 grams. Size: 6-1/2 (sizeable) Estimate:... [Lire la suite]
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19 avril 2013

Art Deco Natural Fancy Blue Diamond, Diamond, Platinum Ring, J.E. Caldwell

Art Deco Natural Fancy Blue Diamond, Diamond, Platinum Ring, J.E. Caldwell. Photo Heritage Auctions The ring features a natural fancy blue marquise-shaped diamond measuring 17.49 x 7.54 x 4.26 mm and weighing 3.50 carats, enhanced by baguette-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.20 carat, accented by full and single-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.10 carat, set in platinum, marked JEC & Co. for J.E. Caldwell and Company, reference number L2534. A GIA Laboratory report # 5151093895 dated... [Lire la suite]
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19 avril 2013

An Iznik Polychrome pottery Dish, Turkey, 16th Century

An Iznik Polychrome pottery Dish, Turkey, 16th Century - Sotheby's of shallow rounded form, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue, green and relief red with thin black outlines, featuring tulips and carnations emanating from a leafy tuft, the rim with a breaking wave motif, the reverse with flowerheads and leafy motifs; 30.4cm. diam. Estimation: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World. London | 24 avr. 2013 www.sothebys.com
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