Robb Report Collection August 2014

Overview

From This Issue

Tempest in a Teacup

A teacup. An old photograph. A clock, its workings exposed to create the feeling of time furiously ticking by, and a series of matchsticks used to tediously measure the minutes. Each of these objects was carefully collected by the Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, who spent decades scouring Istanbul junk dealers and antique shops for the […]

Opening Bids: Exceptional Lots

What a Racket Tennis advertising has its own brand of topspin, and an assortment of 70 posters promoting the sport traces it for more than a century. The vintage images, from a private Australian collection, are believed to form the largest such grouping ever to come to auction and they date to the late 1890s, […]

In the Gallery: Marianne Boesky

Cool House The first exhibit in Marianne Boesky’s latest New York gallery (www.marianneboeskygallery.com) was Pier Paolo Calzolari’s evocative sculptures; each piece, displayed on a refrigerated stand, frosts over every morning and thaws at the end of the day as if bound to the rising and setting sun. The somewhat reclusive Italian artist was a fitting […]

Love and Rockets

Maserati’s 100th anniversary is a milestone for the marque and its most passionate collectors. So this is lidia,” Doug Magnon says, waving his arm at a silver Maserati in the center of the showroom that holds dozens of his cars. Lidia is a 1963 3500 GTI, the first Maserati that Magnon ever bought and one […]

Love and Rockets: From Zero to 100

  << 1913: Brothers Alfieri, Ettore, and Ernesto Maserati open an auto repair shop in Bologna, Italy.    1920s: Inspired by the colossal statue of Neptune in Bologna, brother Mario Maserati designs the trident logo.    1926: The Maseratis build their first car, the Tipo 26. Alfieri drives it to a win in the first race […]

Love and Rockets: A Rolling Party

Maserati is marking its centennial with concours, rallies, and events around the world. Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 14 to 17; Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, Calif. The festival will feature Maserati races, parade laps, heritage car demonstrations, and an 85th birthday salute to Sir Stirling Moss, the Hall of Famer who drove for Maserati […]

The King of Clubs

Dick Estey dominated amateur golf tournaments until he had to quit playing. But that did not stop him from dominating the game.  About 20 years ago, Dick Estey’s life was destined to change. At the time, he was living like a PGA tour pro, although without a tour card or, for that matter, the professional status. […]

Swirl, Sniff, Tap

Wine apps are becoming almost as essential as a corkscrew. Eric Levine caught the wine-collecting bug on a trip to Tuscany in 1999. This would not be a remarkable development, except that LeVine was an engineer at Microsoft, and while other novices might have been overwhelmed by the endless complexities of the wine world, LeVine […]

Price of Admission

Opening a museum has an irresistible allure. Then comes the public.  When Steve Oliver and his wife, Nancy, commissioned the first of many monumental artworks to grace the landscape of their 100-acre sheep ranch in Sonoma County, Calif., they did not foresee a future where they would admit a bus full of visitors a day, three days a […]

Pursuits | Unforgettable Experiences: In the Dust

At the Mint 400, a novice takes the wheel of an off-road race machine—and goes for the win. The buggies start in the dark. Out in the desert a half hour south of Las Vegas, a line of off-road buggies and tricked-out Jeeps stretches into the gloomy blackness beyond portable floodlights. This is the Mint 400 […]

Personal Obsession of Dan Meis

There Goes Tokyo Dan Meis designs big buildings: office towers, theaters, casinos, and his specialty, stadiums and sports arenas like Staples Center in Los Angeles, Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, and his latest project, Stadio della Roma in Rome, a modern Colosseum for the A.S. Roma soccer team.  About 20 years ago, when Meis was […]