Muhammad Ali has always understood the value of words. In an interview before the boxing legend’s 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle," Ali taunted George Foreman by saying, "If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize."
Each year, the artisans of Graf von Faber-Castell produce a writing instrument using an unusual material, such as horsehair or satinwood.
Since 1992, Montblanc has honored tastemakers from Augustus to Andrew Carnegie in its Patron of Art series of writing instruments.
The inspiration was rather esoteric: The Visconti Golden Man HRH (+39.055.45652.31, www.visconti.it) pays t
Contemporary art reaches full flower in the second week of May at the New York branches of Sotheby’s and Christie’s during their marquee spring evening sales.
When the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair—the leading British show of its kind—abruptly folded in 2009 after 75 years, speculation began almost instantly about what might fill the
The ability to predict the weather with godlike accuracy began with a single invention: the barometer.
As combat garb, suits of armor have been obsolete for centuries.
If you walk past the windows of Sotheby’s Manhattan salesrooms between now and April 12, stop and look at the scorched metal sphere, seven and a quarter feet in diameter, displaye
Of all the categories of collectibles that hobbyists choose to pursue—whether it’s coins or cars, Eames furniture or snuff bottles—probably none offer the infinite possibilities available to the b
With the sweet scents from the adjacent sake brewery wafting through the air, Elizabeth Norris is busy selling, framing, and restoring intoxicating treats of a different kind.
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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 masterpiece dating from China’s Mi
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.
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
After more than six decades in the music industry, Quincy Jones still does not miss a beat.
Edgar Degas’ 1897 pastel-and-charcoal work, Danseuses Jupes Jaunes,will be a highlight of the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Auction (
As Valentine’s Dayapproaches, we all begin to ponder perfect pairings.
The ancient Dong son culture of Southeast Asia left behind bronzes of unrivaled complexity and beauty.
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.
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
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
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.
Notwithstanding his fight-hyping poetry, Muhammad Ali gained more fame as a pugilist than as a writer.
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.