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A rare Lamborghini – and other summer auction highlights

Supercars in the Swiss Alps
Bonhams, Gstaad Palace

1951 Bentley MK VI Grabere 5 © Bonhams

The Gstaad Palace Hotel, surrounded by tree-lined mountains and scenic slopes, is home to Bonhams’ specialist automotive division for the first time in 14 years. Leading the sale is a rare jet-inspired 2010 Lamborghini Reventon supercar – one of only 15 carbon fiber and aluminum convertibles – as well as a 1991 Ferrari F40, the last model personally overseen by Enzo Ferrari himself. same.

1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II.5

1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II.5 © Bonhams

The Gstaad Sale takes place on July 3. All prizes visible at the Gstaad Palace Hotel from July 1

British women artists take center stage
Phillips, London

After (2016), by Caroline Walker.  Estimate, £60,000 to £80,000

After (2016), by Caroline Walker. Estimate, £60,000-£80,000 © Courtesy Phillips

Young British female artists take center stage in Phillips’ upcoming sale. Flora Yukhnovich’s loose Rococo-inspired painting is a highlight; another is Caroline Walker’s green-tinted snapshot of a woman’s living room. Keep an eye out for art market darling Yukhnovich, who recently had a solo show at London’s Victoria Miro; one work has sold for more than seven times its previous estimate.

Me Too I'm Overflowing (2017) by Flora Yukhnovich.  Estimate, £250,000 to £300,000

Me Too I’m Overflowing (2017) by Flora Yukhnovich. Estimate, £250,000 to £300,000 © Courtesy Phillips

Evening Sale of 20th Century and Contemporary Art at Phillips takes place on June 30

Bacon’s Study of Lucian Freud
Sotheby’s, London

Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud (1964), by Francis Bacon.  Estimate over £34m

Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud (1964), by Francis Bacon. Estimate over £34m © Courtesy Sotheby’s

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud enjoyed a reputedly fierce friendship – until it inevitably fell apart. At Sotheby’s British Art: The Jubilee Auction, Bacon’s 1964 large-scale portrait of his fellow painter – invisible in public for 50 years – will go on sale for an estimated £35million surplus. Painted nearly 20 years before the couple’s legendary downfall, the piece captures the complex relationship between two titans of 20th-century art.

Lucian Freud in Bed (c1964), by John Deakin

Lucian Freud on Bed (c1964), by John Deakin © John Deakin. © The Francis Bacon Estate. All rights reserved, DACSArtimage 2021

British Art: The Jubilee Auction at Sotheby’s takes place on June 29

It’s time for another snack
Sotheby’s Hong Kong

© Courtesy of Sotheby’s

The auction offers more than 20 lots of premium Puerh

Last December, Sotheby’s Hong Kong held its first-ever tea auction, catering to the burgeoning market of tea collectors and drinkers. It was such a success that he is now staging a second one. The focus is on Puerh, the ancient tea that first found favor with the Qing dynasty and is often packaged in cakes or bricks. The sale of 35 lots – worth a combined HK$3.2 million (US$400,000) – includes century-old teas, as well as cakes dating back to the 1930s.
Tea Treasures: Rare Vintage & Premium Puerh at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Auction closes June 24

Novels annotated by their own authors
Christie’s, London

First edition of Bring Up The Bodies, by Hilary Mantel,

First edition of Bring Up The Bodies, by Hilary Mantel, “profusely” annotated by the author. Estimate, £4,000-£6,000 © Courtesy of Christie’s

Desire to own a “profusely” annotated first edition by Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale? Or a colored copy of Mark Haddon The curious incident of the dog in the night? This support event for English PEN brings together over 80 author-marked first editions, with prizes set from £100. Featured articles include “heavily annotated” copies of Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the bodies and The mirror and the light; by Salman Rushdie The Midnight Children; and a copy of The spy from the coldonly partially annotated by John le Carré, since the great author died in 2020, in only 45 pages.

First edition of The Spy from the Cold, by John le Carré, part annotated by the author.  Estimate £8,000-£12,000

© Courtesy of Christie’s

First edition of The Spy from the Cold, by John le Carré, part annotated by the author. Estimate £8,000-£12,000

First editions, second thoughts: an auction in favor of English PEN is on sale at Christie’s from June 28 to July 12. The collection will be available to the public in a stand-alone exhibition from July 9-12

A new challenger in Kensington
Sloane Street auctions, London

Anouk Aimée, Paris (Vogue), 1961, by William Klein

Anouk Aimée, Paris (Vogue), 1961, by William Klein © Courtesy Sloane Street Auctions

This young auction house, inaugurated in January, presents at its next sale various masterpieces, rich in paintings and sculptures by old masters as well as 20th century photographs by Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin and Cecil Beaton. . The selection includes a series of 18th century “Grand Manner” portraits of Sir Joshua Reynolds; garden roses inspired by the still lifes of Nick Knight, taken on iPhone; and a white terracotta vessel incised by Picasso – it is rumored to depict a young Jacqueline Roque, his last wife.

William Silano for Harper's Bazaar in 1967

William Silano for Harper’s Bazaar in 1967 © Courtesy Sloane Street Auctions

Iconic masterpieces Sloane Street Auctions auction takes place July 1

Dazzling rare pearls in Switzerland
Sotheby’s Geneva

A colorful Bulgari gold necklace set with quartz, chrysoprase and carnelian; a huge boulder of diamonds (just over three carats and “perfect as an engagement ring”); and vibrant citrine and diamond earrings by René Boivin all appear at Sotheby’s Geneva this week, offering discerning collectors a curated selection of rare and iconic jewellery.

Bulgari set and gold necklace.  Estimate CHF7,500–CHF10,000

Bulgari set and gold necklace. Estimate CHF7,500–CHF10,000

Diamond ring, POA

Diamond ring. Quote on request

Fine Jewelry at Sotheby’s, Geneva, from June 23 to July 7

Bob Dylan at auction
Christie’s, London

On Bob Dylan’s 60th anniversary as a recording artist, the first new studio recording of ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ since 1962 is a Christie’s highlight The exceptional salewhich “includes an unprecedented number of rare masterpieces with important provenances”.

© Courtesy of Christie’s

The 2021 recording of Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” is presented in a bespoke walnut and white oak cabinet

The disc is a unique edition

The disc is a unique edition © Courtesy Christie’s

Taken from a special session with multi-Grammy award-winning producer T Bone Burnett, the analog re-recording of Dylan’s seminal protest song, made on a one-of-a-kind Ionic original disc, is expected to sell up to 1 million. of pounds. Other items include porcelain from Napoleon’s personal dinner service and the “Hellier” Stradivarius, a violin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1679.
The exceptional sale at Christie’s takes place on July 7 during Classic Week. Pre-sale public exhibition in London, July 2-7

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