FrontRunners: Body Work

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Physician and anatomist Andreas

Vesalius’ 1543 work De

humani corporis fabrica libri septem is among the most

important medical books in history. But Dr. Dean Edell, who is known more for

hosting a radio talk show than for collecting books, likes his first edition for

another, less obvious reason: He regards its illustrations of the human body as

works of art. He will sell the Vesalius and about 250 other pieces from his

collection of medical books and antiquities at Christie’s

(www­ in New York on October 5. The auction might fetch as

much as $1.5 million. . . . Medical textbooks, even the most valuable ones,

might seem downright mundane next to the otherworldly item that Bonhams

(www­ will offer October 28 in New York. The auction house will

present for sale a 30-pound piece of the Willamette Meteorite, which was

discovered in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1902. The chunk has an estimated

value of $1.1 million to $1.3 million. The auction also will include the only

meteorite documented to have killed an animal—a cow in Venezuela.

The Robb 50: An interview with Lynn Raynault, Wealth-X’s VP of global marketing and auction expert…
Photo by Heritage Auctions
The Los Angeles sale includes iconic items worn by Rocky, Rambo, and Judge Dredd…
Photo by Byron Slater
The auction will feature contemporary pieces and antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries…
Photo by William Eggleston
The saturated photograph of a rusty trike is valued at up to $1.9 million…
The Robb 50: An interview with Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions…
Looney Tunes characters © & TM Warner Bros. Entertainment 2015
Online bidding is open on works from the creator of the Road Runner and Marvin the Martian…
Courtesy of Sotheby's
Bids on the selection of 223 iconic images will also be accepted on eBay…
Photo by Benny Chan, courtesy of the Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad proclaims L.A. the new contemporary art capital of the world…
He played the guitar when composing such classics as I Want to Hold Your Hand and Please Please Me…
Photo by Eric Stoner
The artist’s works will be on display at the Hirschl & Adler gallery in New York City this...