Biggie’s Crown Sells For Over $500K At Sotheby’s 1st Hip Hop Auction

The auction also netted over $ 126,000 for the Rammellzee vs. K-Rob “Beat Bop” 12” vinyl with Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork.

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Sotheby’s Auctions Michael Jordan Game-Worn Sneakers From 1985

Sotheby’s on Friday will open bidding for a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1 sneakers worn in a game by Michael Jordan in 1985.
The vintage sneakers were an exclusive for Jordan, with a mid-height, red laces and longer Nike swoosh logos. They also bear the first Air Jordan insignia, the Nike Air logo on the tongue and Jordan’s real signature in permanent marker on the right sneaker. The pair is estimated to sell for $ 100,000 to $ 150,000, but could go for more given the ESPN and Netflix documentary “The Last Dance” that has ruled Sunday nights since its premiere in mid-April. The bidding on the sneaker will end on May 17.
The first of 34 Jordan sneakers, the Nike Air Jordan 1 was designed by Peter Moore and made its debut in 1984. The game-worn sneakers on auction were later dubbed the “Chicago” colorway to differentiate them from the black and red, or “Bred,” colorway and a white, black and red variation that was later nicknamed “Old Love.”
“These are the most iconic and coveted sneakers of all time,” said Jordan Geller, sneaker collector and consignor and founder of sneaker museum Shoezeum. “Owning this pair has been a real pleasure, and with

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Marc Jacobs to Sell Some of Personal Art Collection at Sotheby’s

IN WITH THE NEW: Oh to live like Marc Jacobs. Well now thanks to Sotheby’s, fans sort of can.
Some prized art that used to grace the walls of his West Village apartment will soon go under the gavel at various upcoming sales at Sotheby’s. Separately, an uber fan could spring for Jacobs’ four-story Bethune Street town house, which has an asking price of $ 14.5 million — down from the original asking price of $ 15.9 million.
Having recently purchased a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Rye, N.Y. with his husband Char Defrancesco, the designer has reason to refresh his environs. Jacobs told his friend and Sotheby’s chairman Amy Cappellazzo in an online interview, “I’m not Marie Kondo. I didn’t decide everything must go. I thought about my role as an art collector…and I just felt it’s time to give myself this window to start again.”
More than 150 pieces will be sold next month, including works by Ed Ruscha, John Currin, Urs Fischer, Richard Prince and Andy Warhol. There will also be work from Francis Picabia, François-Xavier Lalanne, Alberto and Diego Giacometti, Jean-Michel Frank, Eugène Printz, Jean Dunand, Paul Dupré-Lafon and Maurice Marinot, among others.
Bidders in search of Jacobs-approved art will find select

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Sotheby’s Paris Preps Fourth Auction of Books From Pierre Bergé’s Personal Library

BERGE’S BOOKENDS: If reading is the key to enlightenment, Pierre Bergé sure had a lot of books to spark his intelligence.
Sotheby’s Paris will hold the fourth auction for a selection of books from Bergé’s personal collection on Dec. 14. Several choice lots are on view at Sotheby’s New York office through Saturday, and they illustrated the myriad interests of the late French business titan: botany, gardens, philosophy, activism and more. The upcoming auction is expected to drum up between 5 million euros and 6 million euros, according to a Sotheby’s spokeswoman.
Literature, the 19th century and music were among the areas of interest covered in prior sales, with the first auction having been held nearly three years ago.
The December sale includes such highlights as Bartholomeus Anglicus’ “Le Propriétaire des choses,” circa 1486. This complete copy of a major medieval encyclopedia is illustrated with 19 large woodcuts, all hand-colored at that time. Bidders will also find Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” from 1863, a first edition that was inscribed by Flaubert to the composer Hector Berlioz.
Another reading relic is Leonhart Fuchs’ “De historia stirpium commentarii insignes” from 1542 that is considered to be the founding treatise of modern botany. The auction house will also

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Frank Everett Returns to Sotheby’s in Expanded Role

Frank Everett is back at Sotheby’s.
Everett, a pied piper of New York’s jewelry scene — oft spotted at glitzy events at the invitation of bejeweled clients — has returned to the auction house after a brief stint as Graff’s U.S. sales president.
Everett’s homecoming sees him taking up new responsibilities as senior vice president, sales director for Sotheby’s luxury division. While previously only responsible for jewelry, he will now help expand the auction house’s luxury group — including jewelry, watches, wine, cars and “experiences.” Sotheby’s is also looking to get into the fashion game and has begun exploring how sales might include clothing, fashion jewelry and accessories.
The auction house officially unveiled a designated luxury division earlier this year. Before that, its component departments operated autonomously.
Said Everett in a statement: “After briefly turning back to retail I realized my talents and my passion truly align with auction. My favorite part of the job at Sotheby’s revolves around telling the stories about the works of art and the people who cared for them — from the personal collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon to the fascinating history revealed in the Stotesbury Emerald.
“I’m excited that my role will now cross the entire Luxury & Lifestyle

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Sotheby’s to Auction Vivien Leigh’s Personal Belongings

Vivien Leigh’s beloved belongings are to be put up for auction.
Jewelry, dresses and accessories once belonging to film queen, best known for her starring role as Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind,” are to be sold by Sotheby’s on Sept. 26 in London.
Each of the 250-plus lots are estimated to sell for between 100 pounds to 100,000 pounds.
Included in the survey are a gold ring from Leigh’s second husband Laurence Olivier, a diamond bow pendant, her wig worn for the film “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a sterling silver cigarette box and a “Gone With the Wind” script.
Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s U.K. chairman, commented on the sale: “This is our chance to discover the real, and unexpected, Vivien Leigh.
“We’re all guilty of confusing our favorite actresses with the heroines they portray, of blurring Vivien’s identity with that of Scarlett O’Hara or Blanche DuBois. But behind the guise of the most glamorous and talked-about woman of her age, we find a fine art collector, patron, even a bookworm, who was the intellectual equal of the literati, artists and aesthetes she counted among her coterie.
“Her private collection does not disappoint. Vivien approached the decoration of her homes as if she were designing a

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Sotheby’s to Auction Historic Grey Pearl Necklace

ON THE BLOCK: One of the world’s rarest pearl necklaces will return to the auction circuit this October. Sotheby’s will auction “The Cowdray Pearls” at its Oct. 7 Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale, and estimates that the Cartier-signed piece could fetch between $ 4.5 and $ 7 million.
The necklace itself is composed of 42 extremely rare gray saltwater pearls, and the auction firm says it is a near-impossible occurrence to find that many grey pearls that create a proper match. The necklace is accompanied by a pair of matching earrings, with mounts also by Cartier.
Chin Yeow Quek, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and chairman of international jewelry, Asia, said of the lot: “Natural saltwater gray pearls are rarely seen at auction and the present necklace, strung with 42 superb gray pearls and of aristocratic provenance, is arguably the greatest of its kind in existence. This is an extraordinary collecting opportunity for pearl and jewellery connoisseurs around the world.”
Sotheby’s first auctioned the necklace in 1937. The piece originally belonged to the Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson, who died in 1932.
The auction firm also holds the record for selling the most expensive natural gray pearl at auction, with the December 2012 sale of the Wrightsman Pearl brooch for

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Sotheby’s sees record London contemporary art sale despite Bacon failure

The star attraction in Sotheby’s contemporary art sale flops, but Andy Warhol’s ‘One Dollar’ is a top seller, fetching 20.9 million pounds ($ 32.4 million). Helena Williams reports

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Drake curates music for Sotheby’s exhibition

Recording artist Drake arrives at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sepetember 12, 2010Grammy-Award winning rapper Drake is teaming up with Sotheby's Contemporary Art Department on a new exhibition exploring the dialogue between music and art through the work of black American Contemporary artists.

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Sotheby’s and eBay Team Up for Livestream Auctions, Here’s What’s for Sale

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After first teaming up with eBay in July, Sotheby’s has officially entered the world of e-commerce.

The newly minted site will enable eBay’s 155 million users to bid on some of the auction house’s less pricey items (ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 50,000).

“What this partnership is about is leveraging eBay’s audience and ability to target that audience and find clients that have the means to participate in a Sotheby’s auction,” said Josh Pullan, senior vice president, director of e-commerce at Sotheby’s.

Their first two online auctions will stream live on April 1. “The New York Sale” will feature Big Apple–themed memorabilia including thirteen letters from the New York Yankees 1976 sign and the original lease for Andy Warhol’s first studio on the Upper East Side; while “Photographs” will include prints from seminal artists including Richard Avedon, Man Ray, and Nicholas Nixon. Below, a look at twelve images featured in the upcoming “Photographs” auction.

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