Ascertaining the Value of David Hockney’s $90 Million Painting

When Christie’s set the $80 million estimate for David Hockney’s masterpiece “Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures),” which would ultimately pale in comparison to the actual record-setting (for a work by a living artist) hammer cost of $90 million, they took many factors into account. More than arguing that it’s one of the iconic artist’s best compositions, the team at Christie’s made note of …

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 Up For Auction

Proceeds from the Christie's sale will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières and more

In the collectible world of filmic history, there’s nothing quite like the Aston Martin DB10. The 4.7-litre, V8 petrol engine with six-speed manual gearbox machine—developed exclusively for the James Bond “Spectre” film—is the rarest in the DB line to be offered up for private ownership. Its sleek carbon fiber exterior conceals an exquisite, detailed luxury interior. As far as automobiles go, there’s a resonant beauty …

Christie’s Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites

Magnificent, naturally-formed sculptures from outer space, now up for auction

Launching today, 11 November 2014, premier auction house Christie’s shines a light on a different sort of rare sculptural wonder. Each lot in their Deep Impact offering happens to be from outer space—be that the Moon, Mars or deep asteroid fields. Nature often inspires art and design, and these beautiful pieces—stretching from across time and the cosmos—are nothing short of inspirational. Raw, natural shapes forged …