Single bottles of wine sell for record prices at New York auction

Sotheby’s New York salesroom sold two rare bottles of wine for world record prices on Saturday. Sotheby’s image

NEW YORK – Two exceptional bottles of wine each broke the prior world auction record for a single bottle of wine of any size Saturday at Sotheby’s. The two bottles of Romanée Conti 1945 shattered the previous record when they sold for $558,000 and $496,000.

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Christie’s to offer important Albert Einstein letter Dec. 4

Albert Einstein (1879–1955), ‘The God Letter,’ autograph letter signed (‘A. Einstein’) to Eric Gutkind, Princeton, N.J., Jan. 3, 1954. Estimate: $1 million-$1.5 million. Christie’s images

NEW YORK – Christie’s will offer one of the most important manuscripts by the 20th century’s most famous thinker, Albert Einstein’s “God Letter” on Dec. 4. This letter, which is addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind, combines Einstein’s thoughts on religion, his Jewish identity, and his own search for meaning in life.

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Scholar’s Abe Lincoln collection fetches $300K at auction

Portrait of the beardless Abraham Lincoln as he appeared in June 1860, by John C. Wolfe, oil on board in a period wooden frame, circa 1860s. Price realized: $40,000. Image courtesy Swann Auction Galleries

NEW YORK (AP) – The sale of a prominent Abraham Lincoln scholar’s collection of material pertaining to the nation’s 16th president brought in nearly $300,000 at a New York City auction.

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Guernsey’s to sell contents of prominent Indiana family’s mansion

Asherwood in Carmel, Indiana. Guernsey’s image

NEW YORK – Guernsey’s will be conducting a monumental, unreserved auction of the contents of Asherwood, one of America’s most prominent homes, on Nov. 17 and 18, Carmel, Indiana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hake’s Americana changes name to Hake’s Auctions


YORK, Pa. – Hake’s Americana & Collectibles has changed the company name to Hake’s Auctions. The auction house, which has been in business for 51 years, is integrating the new name as they near the opening of their November auction.

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Sotheby’s Hong Kong to offer renowned Yamanaka Articulated Vase


The Yamanaka Articulated Vase. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

HONG KONG – Opening this season’s Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sale Series 2018 on October 3 is the Yamanaka Reticulated Vase which has remained dormant in a private Japanese collection for almost a century since its acquisition in 1924. It was acquired following its exhibition with Yamanaka in New York in 1905. 

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Sotheby’s Q2 snapshot shows positive results

Sotheby’s headquarters at York Avenue and 71st Street in Manhattan. Photo by Jim Henderson.

NEW YORK (AP) – Sotheby’s (BID) on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $57.3 million.

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Robin and Marsha Williams items to be auctioned in New York

Robin and Marsha Williams with their children in San Francisco, 1995. © Marsha Garces Williams Collection, by Arthur Grace, courtesy Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s will offer works from the collection of beloved entertainer Robin Williams and his wife of over 20 years, film producer and philanthropist Marsha Garces Williams, in a dedicated auction on Oct. 4.

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Auctioneer: Rosa Parks house has buyer, working out details

Rosa Parks’s reassembled home, which originally stood in Detroit. Guernsey’s image

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The auctioneer selling the house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South amid death threats said after the auction on Thursday there are buyers interested, but it will take a few days to work out the details.

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Heritage Auctions lands Neil Armstrong collection

An 8-by-10 color lithographed print of the first man to walk on the moon, signed: ‘Neil Armstrong,’ which Heritage Auctions sold in 2012. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Heritage Auctions

CINCINNATI (AP) – Admirers of Neil Armstrong and space exploration have a chance to own artifacts and mementos that belonged to the modest man who became a global hero by becoming the first human to walk on the moon.

The personal collection of Armstrong, who died in his native Ohio in 2012, will be offered for sale in a series of auctions handled by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, beginning Nov. 1-2 and continuing in May and November 2019.

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