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    This year is the 140th anniversary of the founding of the S.T. Dupont brand. It is also the 140th anniversary of the fire that destroyed Simon Tissot Dupont’s carriage company and prompted him to diversify into manufacturing luxury goods. To celebrate the former event, the company has released the 1872 Special Edition Ligne 2 (www.st-dupont-usa.com), which, when flipped open, produces the ping that always has distinguished the brand’s lighters. The Ligne 2 is priced at $2,700 and limited to 140 examples. Each is cast in bronze and engraved by master engraver Frédéric Krill. According to S.T. Dupont, Krill spends 35 hours on each lighter before it is polished and plated in rose gold.

    Photo by Bob Tursack
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    The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
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    Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
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    Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
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    Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
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    Photo by Michael Richter
    Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
    The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…