Art & Collectibles

Robert Ross is the automotive editorial consultant for Robb Report magazine. In addition to regularly evaluating new series-production vehicles in the sports and luxury segments, he directs a team of journalists to produce the annual Robb Report Car of the Year event. Ross places a substantial editorial focus on historic automobiles, in response to readers’ keen interest in collector cars and the market that drives them. As a lifelong automobile and motorcycle enthusiast, he enjoys a few machines of his own.

A fine and rare gilt bronze figure of Shadakshari Lokeshvara from the Yongle period has sold for $1,370,500 at Bonhams September 16 Chinese Art from the Scholar's Studio auction, realizing more than...
Bonhams will offer Alexander Calder's (1898-1976) 1960 sculpture Maripose in the November 12 Contemporary Art auction (est. $1,200,000-1,600,000). This stunning example of Calder's large scale...
A pair of 13th-century Samurai swords by master maker Bizen Nagamitsu (or, "Nagamitsu from Bizen province," active 1264-1287) is estimated to sell for between $150,000 and $200,000 at Bonhams October...
Bonhams November 5 Impressionist and Modern Art auction will feature a masterpiece by Camille Pissarro, the pivotal Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist master. Le Jardin de Maubuisson, Pontoise, la...
Though neither ever won a championship at the pro level, baseball’s Ted Williams and football’s Dan Marino played brilliantly enough during their careers to become legendary figures in their...
The board for the Purling London Art Chess set ( www.purlinglondon.com ) is crafted from black anigre wood and bird’s-eye maple, and each of the game pieces is hand-painted by a contemporary British...
The Visconti Pininfarina Carbongrafite pen ( www.visconti.it ) is the product of a two-year collaboration between the Italian pen maker and the design firm that has created bodywork for Ferrari,...
The online retailer Bespoke Global , which enables clients to commission made-to-order items for the home, has rolled out a new series of nature-inspired decorative and contemporary furnishings...
By selling coins and other collectibles that range from comic books to crystals to dinosaur skeletons, Heritage Auctions has risen into the upper echelon of the auction world. Whatever comes across...
Larry Gagosian has redefined how modern and contemporary art is sold. Gagosian, 68, started out selling posters in Los Angeles in the 1970s; he upgraded to prints, opened a fine-art gallery in Los...
Sandy Paul’s love of carousel animals sprang from a thwarted wish. “It started when I was 4 or 5 years old, and my dad wouldn’t buy me a pony,” she says. “So I’d pedal to the local amusement park,...
Louis Vuitton has opened an expansive, extraordinary installation by James Turrell —the contemporary artist known for his work with light and its interaction with space—in Las Vegas. This...
The latest edition of a pen series that previously has celebrated the pop-culture figures Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, and Bruce Lee is the Montegrappa Icons Elvis Presley ( www.montegrappa.com )...
Built for comfortable city commuting, but not at the expense of performance or style, the Budnitz Bicycles Model No. 5 ( www.budnitzbicycles.com ) is a step-through design made of titanium, which is...
In the 20 years since David Zwirner opened his first New York City gallery, he has ascended to the top tier of contemporary art dealers. He represents an international group of luminaries including...
Nothing on the surface of the moon is violet or orange or pink or blue. Alan Bean knows better than anyone that everything on the moon appears gray. He’s been there; during the Apollo 12 mission in...
The snow did not deter the faithful. The winter storm was a nuisance, but not worth canceling a trip to honor Dave Powers and John F. Kennedy. Born in Charlestown, Mass., Powers helped launch Kennedy...
Eric Clapton’s guitars are nearly as famous as the musician himself. His best-known ax is the Fender Stratocaster that he called Blackie, which he assembled from the parts of three 1956 Strats and...
Frank Pick believed that good art could be good for business. During his 32 years as an administrator for London’s public-transport system, from 1908 through 1940, Pick hired some of the period’s...
Art Basel has moved closer toward art-world domination by expanding into Hong Kong. The inaugural Art Basel in Hong Kong runs from May 23 through 26 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre...
Created as a tribute to Salvador Dalí, the Visconti Dance of Time I pen ( www.visconti.it ) displays several references to the surrealist master’s work. Most prominent is the barrel overlay depicting...
Richard Gauntlett established his reputation as a man capable of making extraordinary acquisitions early in his life, when, at the age of 22, he brokered the sale of a handful of historic racecars...
Old beer cans found in mid-20th-century homes could be more valuable than you think.
The growl, clatter, and rattle of engines are the sounds most commonly associated with automakers, but a collaboration between the French car company Peugeot’s design wing, Peugeot Design Lab, and...
The prices of antique Chinese snuff bottles have been on the rise in recent years, and it is likely only a matter of time before they really take off. In the last decade, China’s newly minted...
In the hell-blasts and volcanic glare of Midwestern furnaces, the modern mass-produced automobile was born. Into gigantic structures in which whole city blocks could be spaciously laid out, the raw...
Buying Art In June 2007, London-based artist Damien Hirst sold For the Love of God for $100 million, creating the latest example of alpha in the already alpha-rich art market. Considering Hirst...
Once you’ve written with a high-quality writing instrument, there is no going back to the average pen. The feel of a well-made pen in the hand and the smoothness of its stroke on the page is a...
In the realm of collectible antique armaments, suits of armor reign supreme in terms of attracting attention. That’s why Roland and Redmond Finer aim to always have numerous examples on display in...

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