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Photographs, Prints & 20th Century Design at Sotheby’s New York

On July 22nd Sotheby’s will hold their inaugural Contemporary Living auction in New York. Showcasing approximately 250 items from the 20th and 21st centuries, the auction will feature artists and designers such as Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Mies van der Rohe and George Nakashima. Following the recent rising trends of 20th century collecting, this unique event will mix and match pieces that “speak” to one another in a thematic or aesthetic way while coming from a variety of artistic disciplines. Accessible to both the savvy seasoned auction goer and the uninitiated alike, browse some of the contemporary items up for auction below.

030N09386_89H74David Hockney’s Pool Made With Paper Blue Ink, 1980. Estimate $10,000—15,000

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Important Watches and Mechanical Marvels at Sotheby’s New York

On June 11th Sotheby’s New York will auction a magnificent collection of rare and important watches and Swiss mechanical marvels. Embodying the golden age of Swiss craftsmanship during the Industrial Revolution, when noted makers married technology and artistry to create miraculous objects in miniature. The collection of late 18th and early 19th century snuffboxes and timepieces will lead the momentous sale.

Singing BirdThe Singing Bird Scent Flask – Made for The Chinese Market Attributed to Jacquet-Droz & Leschot Geneva, circa 1785 Estimate $800,000 / 1.2 million USD

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Russian Works of Art at Sotheby’s London

On June 2nd Sotheby’s London will auction the finest examples of four centuries of Russian decorative art. Encompassing over 110 items ranging from Fabergé pendants estimated at £3,000, to 17th century icons, enamelled champagne flutes, and a magnificent pair of silver six-light candelabra by Pavel Ovchinnikov estimated at £150,000-200,000. This sale is set to provide insight into Russian history and recapture the market’s interest.

086L15113_6KMMJ_EAn Imperial silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel triptych icon, Khlebnikov, Moscow, 1886, est. £100,000 — 150,000

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