FrontRunners: Romancing the Stone

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the citizens of the Roman Empire, lapis lazuli (in powder form) served as an

aphrodisiac. Over the years, the blue stone also has been used for painter’s

pigments, as dressings for boils, for jewelry, and for furniture for Russia’s

royal family. The gueridon shown to the left was carved in the first half of the

19th century for Czar Alexander II. Valued at $275,000 to $400,000, it will be

among the rarer items offered at Sotheby’s Important Furniture and

Works of Art auction (www­.sothebys.com) on October 16 in

Paris.

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Tom Forsyth and Ron Jarrell
With more than 275 million game sets sold in the past century, Monopoly is the most popular board...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
Paola Russo discovered two decks in Italy at G. Lorenzi, one covered in gold leaf and the other in...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…