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Concierges' Guide to London: Shopping: Art, Antiques & Collectibles
< Back to Concierges' Guide to London ALFIES ANTIQUE MARKET "Famous throughout the years" for being "really good fun," this converted warehouse on...
A Miraculous Ming China Find
When a blue and white vase showed up at Duke’s auction house in Dorchester, England, in a cardboard box, no one would have guessed it would be a...
A New Salvador Dalí Museum Opens
The largest collection of Salvador Dalí’s artwork outside of his native Spain was unveiled in January at the new Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla...
FrontRunners: Security Measures
Despite its lack of heft, the 66-pound Döettling Colosimo ( www.doettling.com ) should not be taken lightly. The German safe-building company bills...
The Robb Reader: Quincy Jones
After more than six decades in the music industry, Quincy Jones still does not miss a beat. In the last year alone, the producer, songwriter, and...
From the Editors: For Love or Money
Those who might be inclined to regard this month’s selection of his and her gifts for Valentine’s Day (see "Love Matches," page 88) as yet another...
Robb Design Portfolio: Cultural High Note
The ancient Dong son culture of Southeast Asia left behind bronzes of unrivaled complexity and beauty. Best known are the drums that its people...
FrontRunners: Art Supplies
Edgar Degas’ 1897 pastel-and-charcoal work, Danseuses Jupes Jaunes ,will be a highlight of the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Auction ( www...
As Valentine’s Dayapproaches, we all begin to ponder perfect pairings. Those of us fortunate enough to have found our soul mate refuse to entrust our...
Journeys: Ancestral Routes
On a spring evening in 1951, my maternal grandmother, Margot Zündorf, a blonde, blue-eyed 21-year-old German immigrant, was shot to death outside her...
Robb Design Portfolio: Time Traveler
Form meets function in a vintage Cartier clock. At the turn of the last century, journeys were leisurely affairs for well-to-do Europeans and...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Gift Wrapped
THE GIFT A circa 190 BC–10 AD Egyptian mummy. A circa 600 BC–500 BC Egyptian sarcophagus. $165,000 for the mummy; $85,000 for the sarcophagus When...
21 Ultimate Gifts: The Lost Vessel
THE GIFT A solid-gold chalice from the 17th-century Santa Margarita shipwreck. $1.3 million The fantasy of sunken treasure lured Mike DeMar, a 20-...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Rock Star
THE GIFT A nearly 30-pound piece of the famed Willamette meteorite. $900,000 The Willamette meteorite could be compared to the Mona Lisa. Just as the...
Collectibles: The Sweet Buy and Buy
Instead of beaming over the game jersey that Mickey Mantle wore during his final three seasons with the Yankees, or the rare 100,000-yuan gold coin...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Writ Large
THE GIFT A one-of-a-kind Montblanc writing instrument designed exclusively for the recipient. First-class travel to Hamburg, Germany, to meet with...
FrontRunners: Prize Writer
Notwithstanding his fight-hyping poetry, Muhammad Ali gained more fame as a pugilist than as a writer. Yet he is unquestionably a momentous cultural...
Pop Duo: Warhol and Lichtenstein at Sotheby’s
On November 9, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction showcases two iconic works of pop art from two of the masters of the genre, Andy Warhol and...
René Lalique crafted some of the finest examples of glass sculpture ever made. But for the artist, his most memorable creation probably was his first...
The Pace Gallery Celebrates 50 years of Modern and Contemporary Art
New York’s Pace Gallery, once again independent after its April split from longtime partner the Wildenstein Gallery, reflects upon its past and...
Collectibles: Ballpark Figure
If the Major League Baseball Opus Marquee Edition had a trading card, the back would read something like this: pages: 790; size: 20 x 20 inches;...
Robb Design Portfolio: Sharp Shooter
Had James Bond been vanquishing villains in the 19th century, surely he would have found a use for this Russian strongbox. The circa-1815 safe, which...
FrontRunners: Fine Stationary
The Ciclotte ( www.ciclotte.com ), a design-driven stationary bike that arrived in the United States this summer from Milan, Italy, is one piece of...
Picasso Revisits Switzerland
One of the highlights of the Kunsthaus Zürich museum’s centenary year is “Picasso” (October 15, 2010–January 31, 2011), an homage to the museum’s...
FrontRunners: Pen Pals
To commemorate its centennial on June 24, 2010, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo commissioned Montegrappa for Alfa Romeo ( www.montegrappa.com ), a...
Collectibles: Pipe Dreams
Trevor Barton loved to talk about his pipes. The British appliance salesman, who died in 2008 at the age of 88, amassed over the years one of the...
Robb Design Portfolio: Altitude Adjustment
Colorado’s Ecosse Moto Works ( www.ecossemoto.com ) builds its new X-9 Titanium 29er bicycle the same way it makes its motorcycles: tailor-made to...
The Top 10 Toys of Summer: Prancing Sea Horse
Though it lacks the brute power of its 503 hp automotive namesake, the Ferrari Surfboard Scuderia Spider is sure to deliver enough thrills to satisfy...
The Top 10 Toys of Summer: Pedaled Performer
While the gs and other BMW motorcycles enjoy a large and loyal following, two-wheel enthusiasts are less familiar with the German vehicle maker’s...
FrontRunners: Mystery Writing
Graf von Faber-Castell fashioned its Pen of the Year 2010 ( www.graf-von-faber-castell.com ) using the techniques of craftsmen who made hunting...
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