Sunset Estate Auction

Bonhams & Butterfields, international fine arts auctioneers, is pleased to announce the July 12, 2009 Sunset Estate Auction featuring the collection of Severin Wunderman and the Estate of Elise Mudd Marvin. The 750-lot Los Angeles auction will feature a diverse array of European furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through 20th centuries.

A resident of Los Angeles for many years, Wunderman was known as much for his keen business acumen as he was for his private collection of fine furniture and decorative arts. His life story is one of survival, triumph and philanthropy as well as collecting. From the Nazi invasion of Belgium in 1940 when he was hidden in the countryside to a chance meeting with Aldo Gucci, Wunderman was guided by perseverance.

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Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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First female president of argentina, Isabel Peron’s watch for sale

In Bonhams next sale of Fine Watches on June 10th, one of the greatest watches ever made, a Patek Phillipe watch from Tiffany & Co, one of only four such to appear at auction, will be sold.

Lot 146 by Patek Philippe is a very fine and important 18ct gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases retailed by Tiffany & Co.

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Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 8:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ted Leonard Collection

Siata 208S Barchetta

Bonhams today announced that the collection of Rhode Island based collector the late Ted Leonard will lead its annual auction at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut, on Sunday June 7th. Built over a number of years, Mr. Leonard prided himself on acquiring cars that had been owned by celebrities or had starred on the ‘Silver Screen’.

None better illustrate this than the 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Tourer (Estimate: $150,000-200,000) which is a prominent feature of the acclaimed 1971 movie of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic story of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ – The Great Gatsby, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. The decadent tale centers around Gatsby’s car, which required lead actor Redford to learn how to drive a vintage Rolls, a task which Ted Leonard proudly assisted with, and it is reported the actor enjoyed immensely.

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Published in: on May 29, 2009 at 1:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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Illuminated Vision: The Ed Hardy San Francisco Collection at Bonhams & Butterfields in May

Bonhams & Butterfields is honored to announce the May 5, 2009 auction of The Ed Hardy San Francisco Collection. Amassed over the decades at the firm’s iconic Italian Palladian style headquarters, the Collection will feature eclectic and unique examples of period furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through 20th centuries with a particular focus on the Italian aesthetic.

For decades, the firm of Ed Hardy San Francisco has been synonymous with old world craftsmanship and artistry in harmony with modernist innovation and design. Included among the company’s loyal clientele is a virtual who’s who of the international design and private collecting communities. Since 1976, Ed Hardy San Francisco has inspired and illuminated the vision of both designers and connoisseurs, moving far beyond a local resource to become an international institution.

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Banksy's Moss prints fail to sell

Complete sets of the work are scarce, Bonham says

Six prints of model Kate Moss by artist Banksy which were expected to fetch £150 000 have failed to sell.

The works, inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic image of Marilyn Monroe, were among 78 lots being offered in London.

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Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 9:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Russian weapons at Bonhams

The sales of weapons Antique Arms and Armour and Modern Sporting Guns will be held on July 27 by Bonhams auction house. They’ll feature Russian pistols, sabres, and sporting dagger.

The gilded silver dagger (1851) is expected to fetch £5,000-£7,000. It has a brand of Karl Tegelsten, who supplied the English Shop of Constantine Nicholas and William Plinke with the silver ware. The English Shop was one of the privileged firms in Russia and supplied the Imperial Court and Russian aristocracy with luxury goods and weapons.

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