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Christie’s Beverly Hills $500 Million Flagship Exhibition

Christie’s Beverly Hills flagship has opened doors to its cult rich following and its first exhibition is more than eye-catching. The two-story, 5,400-square-foot building on North Camden Drive is a story” about art since the 1960s, with touchpoints to Los Angeles”. Well-known names as Lichtenstein and Warhol, extraordinary for their time left a huge impact on Los Angeles collectors.

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The exhibition will be open to the public until April 28 and showcases museum-quality masterpieces from Monet, Picasso, Bacon, Basquiat, Lichtenstein, Tamayo, Sherman, and Twombly. There will also be a plethora of jewels and watches. Andy Warhol’s Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) (price upon request) was painted in 1962, marking the beginning of the artist’s first solo pop art show in a Los Angeles gallery. Another worthwhile mention is Roy Lichtenstein’s Red and White Brushstroke (estimate $25 to $35 million). Local artist Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (S III Released to France Face 43.14), is expected to sell for between $13 to $16 million, is also featured prominently.

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Cy Twombly’s 1962 painting Leda and the Swan stands out with its bold, explosive colors.  The highly anticipated piece is expected to fetch between $35 and $55 million. Additional highlights in the exhibition include Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (price available upon request), Pablo Picasso’s Femme assise dans un fauteuil ($20 to $30 million), and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s La Hara (estimate $22 to $28 million).

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The Beverly Hills flagship will host art forums, guided tours, panel discussions, shows, and movie screenings. Connoisseurs can educate themselves on the trends in the art world.

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A $15 Million New York City Residence Designed by Zaha Hadid

The late Zaha Hadid—a Pritzker Prize-winning architect – is the creative mind behind 520 West 28th Street’s new 39-unit residential tower in New York City. Hadid designed the building inside and out. Hand-crafted metal and curved glass give the exterior a contemporary look while the interior is characterized by understated elegance.  Hadid designed the kitchens and bathrooms in partnership with Boffi and Gaggenau.

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The building culminates in a four-bedroom model residence, which overlooks the Empire State Building and High Line Listed at $15 million, it gives homeowners the chance to live inside the architectural marvel. The 4,500-square-foot is beautifully arranged and decorated with contemporary artwork and colorful accents to create a modern motif.

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The master bedroom benefits from walk-in closets and expansive windows, while the master bathroom showcases marble floors and walls, Boffi vanities with double sinks. Also, there is a glass-enclosed shower, built-in mirrors and cabinets with custom lighting designed by Hadid. The gourmet kitchen is every chef’s dream with two refrigerators, two dishwashers, three ovens, a freezer, a 70-bottle wine cooler, a five-burner gas stovetop, and warming drawers. The residence is surrounded with a landscaped garden and a vertically planted wall, which provides a touch of nature amid the city.

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The building has a number of amenities, including a 75-foot swimming pool, an IMAX screening room, and a spa suite with a pool and sauna. Zaha Hadid’s signature furniture lines the lobby, and a 34-foot marble sculpture wall with a water-jetted pattern adds visual allure. There are several remaining apartment layouts from around $5 million to $50 million.

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KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R Motorcycle

The new KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R Motorcyclev takes the concept of naked design to a new level. Its revealing, steel trellis frame creates a powerful combination with the Austrian’s street machines. The 1290 Super Duke’s 75-degree V-twin boasts a brand new LC8 engine paired with a cage with 177 horses (with up to almost 104 ft lbs of torque) and a 6-speed transmission. The new resonator chambers on the cylinder heads has made the engine more fuel- and eco-friendly by reducing its carbon dioxide footprint by 10%.

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Another impressive element is the bike’s responsiveness, which is made possible thanks to a chassis that comprises a single-sided swingarm, front and rear suspension, and Brembo brakes. The austere frame of the hardware is complemented by a consort of software-assisted componentry that allow for customization of the ride experience. Some of these include Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) with an anti-lock braking system; Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) with various driving settings; Supermoto mode for deliberate drifts; and an optional Track mode.

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There is a launch control feature—the first that KTM motorcycles has ever applied in its bikes to limit the rear wheel’s spin and front wheel’s lift for stand-out standing-starts. Metzeler M7RR tires worn by 17-inch alloy wheels complete the mechanical beast.

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A thin film transistor (TFT) display provides ride information through hands-free connectivity to a smartphone. The controls on the handlebars allow the driver to manage menu options. For additional convenience, the ignition that activates all the action is keyless. The KTM 1290 Super Duke R may be a generational combination of finesses and ferocity—but all of that comes at the price of $17,999.

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Ultimate Easter Egg Treats

The Eastern tradition of gifting exquisite chocolate eggs is a delicious one. But with these decadent eggs – courtesy of Michelin-starred chefs – you can experience a treat like no other. Of course, it doesn’t come cheap.

Wealthy buyers can bring a taste of spring over-the-top Easter delicacies with a number of delicacies like the Hôtel Le Bristol Paris’s $740 chocolate nest. The nine pound goodness is a limited-edition dessert – courtesy of the hotel’s three-Michelin-star restaurant Epicure. Almost too beautiful to eat, the sculpted treat consists of four golden eggs rest in a chocolate nest that stands atop a pair of sculpted chicken legs.

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The renowned French pastry chef Pierre Hermé—the chief pâtissier at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris—has also released a limited-edition Easter creation, Oeuf Tagli. The egg (priced from about $135 for an egg and a selection of bonbons) draws inspiration from 20th-century Italian artist Lucio Fontana’s Olii works. Hermé’s monochromatic eggs, featured in vibrant colors are as tasty as they are aesthetically pleasing. Made from single-origin chocolate from Belize with red fruit notes, they are on display at Le Royal Monceau, and available for purchase at Hermé’s shops throughout France and the UK.

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Ritz Paris’s head pastry chef François Perret took an entire year to compose his Du Côté de Chez Swann Egg concept. The elaborate creation is 7-inch-tall teapot made with 70-percent Carupano chocolate from Venezuela and topped with a chocolate-dipped madeleine crest. A secret trove of miniature madeleines with a praline-hazelnut filling is sure to inspire all kinds of wonderful memories.

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Priced at about $85, the egg is available by special order at the Ritz Paris.

 

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A Rare Macallan Collection for $1 Million

A set of rare the Macallan whiskies in limited-edition Lalique crystal decanters were auctioned by Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 2 for $993,000. This sets a new world record for any lot of whisky sold at auction.

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The Legacy Collection consists of six decanters of the Macallan single malts aged from 50 to 65 years. Each represents one of the Macallan’s Six Pillars or a set of characteristics—such as aging in exceptional oak casks, employing small stills, and using the finest cuts. These set the brand apart from competitors. Two companies have collaborated on the Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars series for a little over a decade. And this has been the first ever auction for a complete collection offered for sale.

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Apart from the six decanters, the lot included six miniature bottles from the Macallan’s Fine and Rare series (two each from 1937, 1938, and 1939 respectively), six pairs of hand-crafted Lalique whisky glasses, and autographs from the Macallan’s master blenders.

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This exceptional collection came with an opulent cabinet for storage – courtesy of the craftsmen at Lalique Maison. Made from natural ebony, the true work of art is the only one of its kind in the world. A large percentage from the auction’s proceeds went to charities dedicated to helping the disadvantaged of Hong Kong and throughout Asia – a worthwhile humanitarian effort from Sotheby’s.

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Kavalan’s Five New Single Malts

The Taiwanese distiller Kavalan introduced its first single malt to market fewer than 10 years ago, but that was enough time to establish itself as one of the world’s leading producers of fine whisky. Emerging as an unlikely player on the market for exquisite spirits, the climate of Taiwan has even managed to accelerate the whiskey’s maturation. This has given Kavalan a real shot at competing with renowned whiskey manufacturers in Scotland, America and Japan.

In April, wealthy buyers will be able to sneak a taste of Kavalan’s latest line of sherry and port cask-aged whiskies. The collection includes such exclusive offerings like the Kavalan Amontillado Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky – matured with a cap of flor, imbuing it with a fresh baked bread flavor that is evident in the whisky. Whiskey aficionados who enjoy their beverage with a zesty citrus flavour will enjoy the Kavalan Manzanilla Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky with its medley of dried fruit. Kavalan Moscatel Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky is a sublime treat to the palate thanks to its long, luxuriant and creamy texture, where dates, dark chocolate cake and raspberry jam, honey and toasted nuts come together in a symphony of flavours. The first three varieties of the collection have an asking price of $599 per bottle while the Kavalan PX Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky will retail for $699. Aged in PX casks, it boasts a subtle lemongrass and toffee nuance for an invigorating sensation on the palate. Finally, there is the Kavalan Port Cask Single Malt Whisky – matured in Portuguese barriques that once held high-alcohol fortified wine. The dense fruit-forward whisky costs $299 per bottle and presents a robust combination of brown sugar and plums, with a hint of smoke.

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Baselworld’s Jewelry Highlights

Baselworld is the most anticipated annual exhibition dedicated to watches and jewelry. Held in the Swiss city of Basel, it is the moment international Maisons use to debut their new collections and steal the spotlight with creative and exuberant designs. The 2017 edition of the exhibition includes daring new pieces from Eberhard & Co., Chopard and Faidee.

In keeping with spring, Chopard introduced its Green Carpet collection featuring high jewelry with responsibly mined Gemfield’s emeralds. Its For You watch collection embodies the definition of discreet luxury, offering fine and ready-to-wear pieces. Inspired by the delicate beauty of the cherry blossom, the two timepieces of the collection present delicate pear-shaped diamonds or emeralds around a brilliant-cut pistil.

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Fourth-generation jeweler Faidee known as a source for some of the world’s rarest Burmese rubies, unveiled the Grand Phoenix necklace comprised of 24 unheated Burmese Pigeon’s Blood rubies—the most coveted variety of rubies. Weighing nearly 80 carats, it is valued at about $35 million, and has more than 100 carats of D color grade diamonds. (faidee.com)

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Two new models celebrate Eberhard & Co’s 130th anniversary with the Chrono 4 (patented – registered design). This is the first and only chronograph in the history of watchmaking with four aligned counters, a veritable icon of the brand today.

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Both watches feature a new 42 mm diameter case that is framed by a bezel with circular satin finish; the crown, personalised with the number “130”. Three dial variants are available.

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Lake Como’s $10,000-Per-Night Villa Sola Cabiati

Lake Como has long provided a top spot for relaxation and privacy with the gorgeous villas and gardens that front the lake. And travellers have always spent hefty sums to enjoy its legendary beauty and its natural scenery.

Now, a centuries-old architectural wonder – Villa Sola Cabiati that was once the summer home of Milan’s Duke Gabrio Serbelloni, is now among the most breathtaking properties.

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With its frescoed walls, lush gardens, and museum-quality furnishings – it is now open to the public as the five-star Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Only a few select lucky guests will gain access to the historic villa as it’s not even bookable on the hotel’s website. “It’s about providing something exclusive to our guests, in a style that’s very different from the hotel—and creating truly tailor-made experiences there,” Tremezzo’s CEO and owner, Valentina De Santis says.

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Tremezzo’s guests can enjoy Villa Sola Cabiati in three ways. Book guided tours of the villa’s two museum floors, both of which were previously closed, enjoy a range of more immersive activities on the 10-acre baroque estate, including yoga and romantic dinners in the Tuscan garden.

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The ultimate visit, however, includes the opportunity to stay the night, with parties of up to 12 making use of the villa’s historic furnishings and artwork. Priced from about $10,000 per night, the villa can only be rented in its entirety for complete privacy and comfort.

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Chelsea Hotel Manager Stanley Bard’s Art Collection Goes to Auction

Stanley Bard, the longtime part-owner and manager of Manhattan’s legendary Chelsea Hotel, has made a name for being a connoisseur of fine art. Throughout his career he has helped many struggling artists—among them Leonard Cohen, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns—to live and work in his hotel for little compensation. As a result, he managed to amass one of the most striking collections that capture the creative spirit of the 21st century.

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Tom Wesselmann’s “Study for Blue Nude”

Following his recent passing, the exclusive collection, which features works from Tom Wesselman, Karel Appel, and Christo will hit the auction block in May. Many of the pieces speak not only to the history of the now-closed Chelsea Hotel, but to a bygone era of one of New York’s most culturally-rich periods. Most pieces are a testament to Bard’s influence on the artists as with Tom Wesselmann’s Face #1, for instance, featuring the note “For Stanley—With Affection—Tom Wesselmann” on its back. The piece is expected to fetch up to $800,000. Handled by Freeman’s, the auction will handle works from some of the greatest artists of this century.

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Tom Wesselmann’s “Face #1” 

Slots for the auction will become available at the beginning of May and buyers better hurry up if they want to snap iconic pieces like Philip Taaffe “Untitled”, Larry Rivers “Art and the Artist Portrait and Painting of Arshile Gorky and Christo’s “The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi” – valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Larry Rivers “Art and the Artist Portrait and Painting of Arshile Gorky”

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The most desirable Gems from Spring’s Upcoming Jewelry Auctions

Spring season has officially begun with extraordinary pieces exhibited by auction houses from New York and London and there are quite a few gorgeous gems that are worth your time and money.

First on the radar is renowned dealer Sotheby’s and its Fine Jewels exhibition in London that will take place on March 22nd. More than 280 distinctive and memorable jewels will be auctioned, including a spectacular brooch, expected to fetch between $29,000 and $39,000. Designed by innovative French designer Pierre Sterlé, it is styled to resemble a bird with a cabochon aquamarine body surrounded by circular-cut sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds. Other memorable pieces include vibrant rings and bracelets from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, and other reputable Maisons.

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In April the Magnificent Jewels auction is heading to New York, where the standout piece will be a spectacular 34-carat emerald ring by Harry Winston called the Stotesbury Emerald (expected to sell for $800,000 to $1.2 million). The unique object d’art once belonged to American socialite and jewelry enthusiast, Eva Stotesbury.

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Another entrancing art deco–inspired piece is a clip centered around a rare, unheated Burmese ruby (valued at $300,000 to $400,000) that will be the headlining piece of the London auction house’s spring sale. Diamond lovers can bid on the classic rivière collar necklace ($200,000 to $300,000). As part of a private collection, it consists of 63 round brilliant-cut diamonds totalling nearly 44 carats.

A highly anticipated offering from Christie’s at the Magnificent Jewels action in New York is a pair of contrasting pink-and-blue sapphire earrings ($40,000 to $60,000) by the world-renowned and elusive French jewelry designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR). The daringly mismatched duo reflects the current trend of bold statement earrings. Bvlgari will also be represented with a massive 48-carat sapphire and diamond ring ($500,000 to $700,000).