As Valentine’s Dayapproaches, we all begin to ponder perfect pairings.
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 example of our society’s coarse commerc
Form meets function in a vintage Cartier clock.
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 home in Atwater Village, Calif.
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 that is expected to fetch at least $50
THE GIFTA one-of-a-kind Montblanc writing instrument designed exclusively for the recipient.
THE GIFTA solid-gold chalice from the 17th-century Santa Margarita shipwreck. $1.3 million
THE GIFTA nearly 30-pound piece of the famed Willamette meteorite. $900,000
THE GIFTA 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
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 Roy Lichtenstein.
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.
Notwithstanding his fight-hyping poetry, Muhammad Ali gained more fame as a pugilist than as a writer.
New York’s Pace Gallery, once again independent after its April split from longtime partner the Wildenstein Gallery, reflects upon its past and reaffirms its future with 50 Years at Pace, a multi-
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; weight: 75 pounds; images: 1,000+; words: 110,000+;
Had James Bond been vanquishing villains in the 19th century, surely he would have found a use for this Russian strongbox.
The Ciclotte (www.ciclotte.com), a design-driven stationary bike that arrived in the United States this summer from Milan, It
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 groundbreaking 1932 Picasso exhibition, which was
To commemorate its centennial on June 24, 2010, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo commissioned Montegrappa for Alfa Romeo (www.mont
Trevor Barton loved to talk about his pipes.
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 nonmotorized bikes.
Colorado’s Ecosse Moto Works (www.ecossemoto.com) builds its new X-9 Titanium 29er bicycle the same way it makes its motorcycles: tailor-mad
Graf von Faber-Castell fashioned its Pen of the Year 2010 (www.graf-von-faber-castell.com) using the techniques
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 fans of the prancing horse.
On December 31, 1914, the social pages of The New York Times cheerfully informed readers that Robert Goelet would host New Year’s Day trotting races on Glenmere Lake, part of his estate "near the
Montblanc is perpetuating its 19-year-old Patron of Art series with handcrafted writing instruments celebrating England’s Queen Elizabeth I.
It is a telling commentary on the state of our culture that the only words by George Santayana, author of The Life of Reason, with which the public is still acquainted are these: "Those who cannot
The 16th-century French artist Valentin Bousch completed some of his most daring work for Prior Wary de Lucy.
Istanbul-born, Paris-based painter Mubin Orhon, whose untitled work from 1960 set a record price for the artist at a Christie’s auction in 2008 ($374,500), is a central figure in Sotheby’s upcomin
In the early 1880s, while his personal railway car was parked on a siding in Michigan City, Ind., William Henry Vanderbilt, who was traveling with two of his sons, consented to a brief interview w
Loiminchay, the pen company known for its modern interpretation of ancient Asian culture, has introduced a new design in its Chinese calligraphy-themed writing instruments.