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Going, going, gone: Banksy piece shreds itself after being sold for $1.1m

The piece ‘self destructed’ in front of buyers at the Sotheby’s auction in London

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October 7, 2018


Rare blue diamond goes under hammer in Geneva for $17m

GENEVA: A rare blue diamond sold in Geneva for just over $17 million, as Sotheby’s eyed total sales in excess of $100 million at the autumn jewel auctions. The 8.01-carat “Sky Blue” diamond in a Cartier setting was snapped up for $17.1 million (15.9 million euros), a hike of 33 percent on the $12.8 million…

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November 17, 2016


Rare original Mahler score goes on show in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: A rare musical score written by classical great Gustav Mahler went on show in Hong Kong Wednesday ahead of a landmark auction by Sotheby’s. The hand-written complete version of Mahler’s lauded “Resurrection Symphony” will go on sale in London later in the year with a £3.5 million ($4.5 million) price tag — the…

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August 17, 2016


Record $31mn sale of biggest vivid pink diamond at Geneva auction

GENEVA: A 15.38-carat vivid pink diamond, the biggest of its kind to go on auction, was sold for a new record total of $31.56 million (27.88 million euros), Sotheby’s auction house said Tuesday. Two telephone bidders battled for the prized jewel before some 150 people attending the auction held at a luxurious hotel in Geneva….

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May 18, 2016


Massive diamond worth $70 mn to go under hammer

NEW YORK: A massive diamond valued at more than $70 million will go under the hammer in London next month, the Sotheby’s auction house said Wednesday. Known as “Lesedi la Rona,” it was found nine months ago in Botswana by the Lucara Diamond Corp. “It’s a 1,109-carat diamond,” said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s…

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May 5, 2016


Contract that launched The Beatles up for sale

LONDON: The contract that launched the career of The Beatles will be sold in London later this month and is expected to fetch up to £500,000 (681,000 euros, $760,000), Sotheby’s auction house said on Saturday. The document was signed by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr with their manager Brian Epstein on…

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September 5, 2015