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Year of the Rabbit

As everyone now knows, this is the year of the rabbit, the 4th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Past years have included 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and famous personalities born in these years include Albert Einstein, Leon Trotsky, Frank Sinatra, Brad and Angelina, Johnny Depp and Tiger Woods. …
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Auction Update

Last weekend I wrote about the (then) upcoming auction at Doyle that I thought had many appealing and reasonably priced pieces. Well it turns out everyone else thought so as well! “The sale totaled a strong $2,739,469, against a pre-sale estimate of $1,802,700-2,794,700, with an exceptional 84% sold by lot and 94% sold by value.” The featured item from the Joseph Patrick auction, these George II mahogany library chairs, sold to an English bidder for $164,500 (estimate $100,000 – $150,000)!…
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Doyle Delights

When my sister phoned yesterday to ask if I had seen the upcoming auctions at Doyle, I suspected they must be particularly interesting. But after quickly perusing the offerings online, my heart leapt. This Wednesday, under the umbrella of the Important English & Continental Furniture & Decorations/Old Master Paintings category, are two remarkable auctions.…
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Chateau Splendor | le Prince Jardinier

We are taking a break from Wednesday Wine today to take a look at another lovely French location. After Megeve yesterday, we are meandering to the Loire valley, specifically to the Chateau de la Bourdaisiere. After a career in banking, Prince Louis Albert de Broglie, and his brother Prince Maurice, purchased the historic chateau in 1991, thus changing the course of Albert’s career.…
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Windsor Wonders

I’m sure many of you are aware of the upcoming (November 30) Sotheby’s auction “Exceptional Jewels & Precious Objects formerly in the Collection of The Duchess of Windsor”. The original historic auction in 1987 of “The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor” included over 300 items and brought in $50.3 million, over six times its estimate, making it the highest valued jewelry collection ever sold.…
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On the Same Wavelength

I just received my new Town & Country this weekend. It’s a terrific issue and I couldn’t help but notice that we clearly were on the same wavelength this month. If you enjoyed my Christie’s Cache post about the upcoming jewelry sale at the auction house, then you should definitely read Carol Prisant’s informative profile of Rahul Kadakia, the debonair head of the jewelry department at Christie’s, who was quoted in my post and discusses some of the pieces I featured.…
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Christie’s Cache

There is a lot of buzz about the upcoming Christie’s all day jewelry auction on October 20th in NYC. People seem to be talking about three pieces in particular. Two will appear in the morning session, entitled Jeweled Elegance: The Eye of A Distinguished Collector, an exceptional private collection encompassing over 160 signed pieces from the very best houses.The first is a Bulgari ring – a two-stone ring featuring a rare, almost 11 carat triangular shaped vivid blue diamond and an almost 10 carat matching white diamond.…
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