Collection June 2014


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Winning Bids: June 2014

$3.63 Million 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail In keeping with its reputation as the champion of more endurance races than any other marque, Porsche dominated Gooding & Co.’s auction at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March with first-andsecond-place sale figures, beating its closest competitor, a 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT, by more than […]

Goods & Services June 2014: Show Boats

Obexer’s Boat Co., a family-owned marina since 1911, could be considered the birthplace of wooden boating on Lake Tahoe, because the founder was responsible for introducing Gar Wood boats to the area. So it is fitting that Obexer’s will be the new venue for the 2014 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance ( August 8 and 9. […]

Goods & Services June 2014: For What It’s Worth

When Secret Service agents seized 2,200 fine-art photographs from a New York warehouse in 2012, they called on New York Fine Art Appraisers ( to determine the worth of the trove of works by masters such as André Kertész, Edward Weston, and Alfred Stieglitz. The firm’s consultants have appraised everything from the art and furnishings […]

Goods & Services June 2014: Single-Malt Sleuth

As anyone who loves single-malt whisky knows, even the most readily available drams—such as Macallan 18 Year Old and Lagavulin 16 Year Old—have seen dramatic increases in prices. The phenomenon is even more pronounced among the rarefied out-of-production classics, such as the 1964 Black Bowmore, a whisky that was first released at 27 years old […]

Top Shops June 2014: Making a Mistake

In January, Cesar Garcia, LAXART’s former associate director and senior curator, opened his own Los Angeles gallery and called it the Mistake Room (—a moniker inspired by Glenn Kaino’s performance art piece by the same name. The new exhibition space, housed in a former clothing factory on the southern edge of the downtown industrial center, […]

Top Shops June 2014: Objects of Desire

Thanks to Atelier Courbet (, a gallery and shop in New York City that opened late last year, fine- art and design enthusiasts have direct access to more than 20 of the workshops and artisans behind luxury brands such as Puiforcat and Saint-Louis. The eye behind the shop’s exquisite and eclectic collection is Melanie Courbet, […]

Top Shops June 2014: In the Fast Lane

On February 14, a Venom GT supercar by Hennessey Performance ( reached a speed of 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and became the world’s fastest two-seat production sports car—a distinction that once belonged to Bugatti and Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg. The feat also made Hennessey arguably the world’s top tuning shop: […]

La Dolce Vespa

Seven or eight years ago, while on summer vacation in northern Italy, Gianluca Baldo was stung by a wasp, and he was never the same again. A friend surprised him with the gift of a vintage 1976 PX 200 Vespa—because vespa means “wasp” in Italian. It was not the same model as the Vespa scooters […]

A Lifelong Pledge

Ben Zaricor collects American history and identity, in fabric form. He owns one flag that has not just been to the moon—it was “postmarked” on the lunar surface with tire tracks. He owns two banners that flew on the presidential limousine on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Most impressive, he […]

Muscle Man

Rob Kauffman opens the door into his automotive showroom, and it is hard to know what to drool over first. Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, Firebirds—250 or so of the greatest expressions of speed, power, and ingenuity Detroit ever produced—glow as if they just rolled off the production line. Some of these cars are in Kauffman’s personal […]

Cool Millions

In the spring of 2006, Mark Osborne, the head of Bonhams’ motoring department, stepped inside the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., home of Barbara Minty to appraise a few pieces of motorcycling memorabilia that had belonged to her late husband, Steve McQueen. In particular, Osborne was eager to see McQueen’s Belstaff motorcycle jacket, which the actor […]

Lightning in a Bottle

The agaves are piled 3 feet high, shorn of their sword-like paddles and stacked on the precipice of a pit lined with volcanic rock and radiating heat like a subterranean furnace. Each piña—as the agave hearts are called, because of their resemblance to enormous pineapples—represents about eight years of slow growth and a harvest so […]

Food for Thought June 2014: American Appetites

From the briny perfection of May River oysters to the cutting-edge cuisine of California’s top chefs, food festivals from coast to coast are celebrating American regional cooking. The best of them feature marquee culinary talent, exciting local ingredients, and deep culinary traditions—yet maintain an intimate scale that lets visitors truly get to know the food […]