Collectibles

This year’s American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach, Florida, will feature more than 30 new exhibitors, providing a lineup that will surpass 80 exhibitors. The fair, which helps kick off...
The roundly talented Italian-born American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) is perhaps best known for Madame X , a portrait of Madame Gautreau in which the artist emphasized the Parisian...
In 1827, while exhibiting his products in Washington, D.C., globe maker James Wilson declared himself the preeminent American practitioner of his craft. Wilson went on to claim that he had achieved "...
It is rare that a sizable collection of Pablo Picasso’s work lands in the desert of Southern California, much less one that includes a previously undiscovered piece. But the current exhibition at...
Among the treasures currently available at M.S. Rau Antiques, a fine- and decorative-arts emporium on Royal Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter, are an exquisite pair of early-19th-century English...
THE GIFT The last available Loiminchay Nine Dragons pen. A set of two Loiminchay Tibetan Goddesses pens. A two-headed gilded-bronze pen stand. $310,000 in the late 1980s, Patrick Chu walked into a...
THE GIFT A 97-percent-complete composite dinosaur skeleton of Maiasaura peeblesorum, or "good mother lizard." $500,000 Deep in the Badlands of northwestern Montana lies a rock body, the Two Medicine...
On December 8, Christie’s London auction house will hold its annual Old Master Prints sale. Prints from the 15th through the 18th centuries will be on the auction block, highlighting pieces from...
THE GIFT A game-used 1927 Lou Gehrig bat. A charitable donation to the ALS Association in the recipient’s name. $500,000 Babe Ruth and lou gehrig are widely considered to be baseball’s greatest one-...
THE GIFT Art-consultant-guided private tours of 43 museums in 11 cities spanning 18 days, including stops in New York City, London, Paris, Athens, Rome, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. After-hours...
THE GIFT The finest graded mint specimen of stamp collecting’s most famous rarity, the Inverted Jenny. $1.25 MILLION When stamp collector William T. Robey went to a Washington, D.C., post office...
THE GIFT Two custom Taylor Guitars crafted from some of the rarest woods in the world. A visit to Taylor Guitars’ factory in Southern California, including round-trip private air transportation plus...
History consists of alternating phases of vitality and decay, in between which interesting things happen. Spanning the decades from the end of the Franco-Prussian War to the advent of World War I,...
A 2,500-year-old art captures a photographer’s work. After missing a chance to purchase a silk embroidery in 1998, Michelle Lund, a granddaughter of Walt Disney, commissioned the most elaborate...
On the night of December 2, an invitation-only vernissage will usher in the four-day, no-holds-barred extravaganza that is Art Basel Miami Beach ( www.artbaselmiamibeach.com ). This year gallery...
Blancpain, the Swiss watchmaker founded in 1735, has collaborated with 27-year-old Canadian pen maker Grayson Tighe once again to produce a line of writing instruments. The new Grayson Tighe...
The secrets contained within the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts merit that the 40,000-square-foot warehouse just off the Las Vegas Strip is closed to the general public. On...
Of all the paths to a quickened pulse in Las Vegas, leafing through the pages of a book is not the most obvious. But in the cool quiet of the Shoppes at the Palazzo, Bauman Rare Books lets...
The 18 glass display cases fused into the facade of the W.ink boutique are prime real estate for penmakers. Every day numerous passersby outside the Wynn Las Vegas Tower Suites behold limited-edition...
At the conclusion of July’s G8 summit meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, the Italian government gave each of the heads of state in attendance a numbered copy of Antonio Canova: L’invenzione della bellezza...
Guy Regal, a neoclassical furniture dealer, has joined forces with Newel, a decorative antiques house, to create the newly unveiled Guy Regal Ltd /Newel gallery, an expansive three-floor gallery on...
Pen maker Caran d’Ache has introduced a collection of limited-edition writing instruments dedicated to men. Defined by dark ebony details set with geometric patterns, the Varius Link Series 1 offers...
I was born in 1964, the year the future died. This peculiar realization settled unexpectedly on me while I was reviewing the coming attractions that make up this year’s Luxury Preview (page 93)...
In October 1818, sculptor Jean-Charles-Nicholas Brachard l’aîné began crafting these two Sèvres biscuit models of pacing lions, with embroidery-motif saddlecloths and reticulated gilt baskets, for...
When the invitations for Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball arrived from Tiffany & Co. bearing an incorrect address for the Plaza Hotel—the event’s venue—the host, with no time to have...
The Chopard Pompeii Collection ( www.chopard.com ) showcases designs and images from the Italian city’s excavated mosaics and—depending on how far you twist the bottoms of the pens—a lot more. The...
French antiques dealers Bernard and Benjamin Steinitz have unveiled a new four-floor gallery exhibition space opposite the Bristol Hotel at 77 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. The father-and-son team is...
With Major League Baseball looking toward the postseason, sports fans can honor their favorite team with the new Steuben Glass Major League Baseball crystal collection, featuring handcrafted replicas...
Montblanc unveiled the latest in its Diva Collection, a series of writing instruments named for famous actresses, at the grand opening of its Beverly Hills boutique on Rodeo Drive. The newest Diva...
When Daum, a French maker of fine crystal, decided to create a collection with a vintage look, it found inspiration in the works of Pierre d’Avesn. The artisan, who had apprenticed for legendary...

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