Winning Bids: June 2014

  •  Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Co.
    This 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail was the first of its marque to win a 24-hour endurance race and is perhaps the most successful 907 ever built. Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Co.
  • Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions
    A 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster smashed the auction record for a Delahaye by more than $3 million. Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions
  • Tack's Bowers
    The 1936 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Carlos Saavedra Lamas also exceeded expectations, demonstrating a burgeoning interest in numismatics. Tack's Bowers
  • Sotheby’s
    The Rothschild Prayerbook contains premier examples of Flemish miniatures. Sotheby’s
  •  Sotheby’s
    The rooster, hen, and chicks painted on the chicken cup are believed to represent the emperor and his family; the underside bears a blue reign mark. Sotheby’s
  • Photo credit supppied.
    A collection of Buffalo Bill memorabilia, passed down through generations of his family, included a photograph of the man himself and a set of silver spurs. Photo credit supppied.
  • Bret Lopez
    An exclusive release from Scarecrow set a new benchmark for Napa Valley Cabernets. Bret Lopez
  •  Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Co.
  • Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions
  • Tack's Bowers
  • Sotheby’s
  •  Sotheby’s
  • Photo credit supppied.
  • Bret Lopez
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    $13.6 Million Rothschild Prayerbook

    When the Rothschild Prayerbook crossed Christie’s auction block for the first time, in 1999, it was part of a London sale of the collection of the barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild. Then, it sold for $13.4 million—the highest price for any item in the collection, and a world record for an illuminated manuscript. The Rothschild Prayerbook was auctioned by Christie’s once again this past January, when it was bought by a private collector for $13.6 million after it returned from a global tour to Moscow, Hong Kong, London, and finally New York.

    The Renaissance manuscript, a book of hours, was likely produced circa 1505 for a member of the Dutch royal court. This particular book is considered a masterpiece of the form for its lavish illustrations, borders, and miniatures by the most sought-after court painters of the time, among them Gerard Horenbout, who eventually relocated to England to work for King Henry VIII. —Karen Cakebread

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