Robb Report Collection October 2015


Contemporary artists are stealing the thunder of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell; The collector market finally catches up to the first-generation BMW M3, the most successful racecar of its day; Michael Bruno on the art of collecting; Meet Joe Smith, music-industry legend and impresario of fine wine. 

From This Issue

A Boundless Frontier

Powerful images of the American West are inspiring contemporary artists and a booming collector market. In 2006, the artist Z.S. Liang learned of a mid-19th-century battle between two Native American tribes, a confrontation that began with a faux pas that devolved into a fight. The northerly Kootenai tribe snuck onto the neighboring Blackfoot tribe’s hunting grounds […]

The Next Pinnacle

The first-generation BMW M3—the most successful racecar of its time—is now gaining traction among collectors. The hood of our Henna Red 1989 BMW M3 seems to glow, contrasting with the snow drifting across our path on a steep Alpine road. We are driving one of a very few pristine, stock examples of the first generation of the car, […]

First Buy What You Love

Michael Bruno, the founder of 1stdibs, has a passionate approach to the art of collecting.  Michael Bruno has always had an eye for great design and a knack for thinking big. His love of architecture and grand old houses led him to obtain a real estate license when he was 19, and after a lucrative career as […]

Rock ’n’ Romanée

Meet Joe Smith, the man who introduced the Eagles to Château Pétrus. An imperial of 1961 Château Lafite Rothschild has the prime spot in the wine room of Joe Smith’s Beverly Hills home, the star of a collection that includes numerous other rare, 6-liter bottles from the likes of Château Lynch-Bages and Gaja. The ’61 […]

Pursuits: Gates of Heaven

Colorado’s Gateway Canyons Resort is a paradise for adventurers and auto enthusiasts.   “Now, a lot of what we are doing might seem counterintuitive,” the voice coming over my helmet radio said. Bouncing off a distant satellite and then relayed back to Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, the words sounded like they were coming from the […]

Perfect Catch

Bob Baffert, the Triple Crown–winning trainer of American Pharoah, grew up on a ranch in Nogales, Ariz., where watching televised baseball was more or less dictated by the family’s livestock. “Half the time our TV was out because some cow had knocked down the antenna,” Baffert says. Though the sometime baseball fan was not a […]