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Art & Collectibles
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
FrontRunners: Pen Pals
To commemorate its centennial on June 24, 2010, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo commissioned Montegrappa for Alfa Romeo ( www.montegrappa.com ), a...
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...
FrontRunners: Royal Subjects
Montblanc is perpetuating its 19-year-old Patron of Art series with handcrafted writing instruments celebrating England’s Queen Elizabeth I. Released...
From the Editors: Obscured Destinies
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...
From the Editors: Badges of Honor
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...
Robb Design Portfolio: Great Panes
The 16th-century French artist Valentin Bousch completed some of his most daring work for Prior Wary de Lucy. One such commission, installed in the...
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...
From the Editor: Public Roads, Private Pleasures
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...
An Ancient Art, in the Palm of Your Hand
Loiminchay , the pen company known for its modern interpretation of ancient Asian culture, has introduced a new design in its Chinese calligraphy-...
FrontRunners: Instrument of Gods
Hercules’ stepmother Hera drove him mad—mad enough to commit several atrocious murders. To atone for his sins, the son of Zeus had to complete the...
From the Editors: Portraits of Two Ladies
On October 26, 1886, a note arrived at London’s Albemarle Hotel addressed to Mrs. John L. Gardner. The sender was novelist Henry James, who informed...
Robb Design Portfolio: Sphere of Influence
In 1827, while exhibiting his products in Washington, D.C., globe maker James Wilson declared himself the preeminent American practitioner of his...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Dragon Quest
THE GIFT The last available Loiminchay Nine Dragons pen. A set of two Loiminchay Tibetan Goddesses pens. A two-headed gilded-bronze pen stand. $310,...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Flight of Philatelic Fancy
THE GIFT The finest graded mint specimen of stamp collecting’s most famous rarity, the Inverted Jenny. $1.25 MILLION When stamp collector William T...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Fortnight at the Museums
THE GIFT Art-consultant-guided private tours of 43 museums in 11 cities spanning 18 days, including stops in New York City, London, Paris, Athens,...
21 Ultimate Gifts: The Iron Horse’s Lumber
THE GIFT A game-used 1927 Lou Gehrig bat. A charitable donation to the ALS Association in the recipient’s name. $500,000 Babe Ruth and lou gehrig are...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Dino Might
THE GIFT A 97-percent-complete composite dinosaur skeleton of Maiasaura peeblesorum, or "good mother lizard." $500,000 Deep in the Badlands of...
From the Editors: Decadence and the Demimonde
History consists of alternating phases of vitality and decay, in between which interesting things happen. Spanning the decades from the end of the...
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