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Dreweatts Auctions David Winston’s Pianos

Dreweatts auctioneers is thrilled to offer the private collection of David Winston, Restorer and Conservator of Pianos to HM the Queen. The collection includes 26 exceptionally rare and important pianos dating from the 18th century to present day. This landmark sale will take place on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021.

Amongst those expected to achieve the highest bids is a rare 1925 Pleyel grand piano fitted with an original ‘Auto Pleyela’ self-playing mechanism, in a spectacular Chinoiserie Louis XV case (estimate £30,000-50,000) and a remarkable double piano from Pleyel, which is one of only 50 ever made. This model, which has a guide price of £40,000-£60,000, was once owned by the concert pianist wife of French writer and minister of culture André Malraux. 

Speaking about the sale, Will Richards, Deputy Chairman of Dreweatts said, “It is rare to see so many exquisite pianos together in one sale. We are proud to offer such an outstanding collection of instruments of such quality, history and craftsmanship. It is also very exciting, as this is the first time the collection has been offered in its entirety. Spanning three centuries of craftsmanship and innovation, this is a historic sale and a wonderful opportunity to own a piece of piano history.” 

Dreweatts pianos have been collected by one of the world’s foremost piano restorers, David Winston, who has restored some of the most valuable pianos in the world, including those owned and played by the greatest names in classical music, including Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. David Winston has a connoisseur’s eye for exceptional quality and unusual provenance. Many of his pianos are one-off pieces with significant historic importance. His collection represents a lifetime’s passion coupled with an exceptional depth of knowledge and personal involvement. Commenting, he says, “The first thing for me is that it must be something that nobody else has. It must be both an excellent musical instrument and a beautiful object. Each was chosen for its unique place in history, art and culture.”

Among other highlights in the sale is a Wurlitzer 1411 Butterfly grand. At only 4’1” it is one of the smallest 88 note grand pianos ever made. It features an iconic case design, making it one of the most highly sought-after Art Deco instruments of all time (estimate £10,000-£15,000). Another is the first piano ever built by David, a stunning Viennese Fortepiano created in 1991, based on an original by Joseph Brodmann, 1823. A remarkable instrument, the piano has been used internationally in many recordings and concerts by some of the world’s leading musicians (estimate £15,000-£20,000). 

Other covetable instruments include a handsome ship’s piano with folding keyboard, purchased by the RAF WWI Flying ace Captain Norman Macmillan for his wife, the Music Hall singer, Ena Beaumont (estimate £1,500-£2,000).

Auction illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Kruse GWS Auctions September 2021

ELVIS PRESLEY’S FAMOUS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN EYELET JUMPSUIT AND CAPE – IS HEADING TO THE AUCTION BLOCK AS PART OF AN UNPRECEDENTED COLLECTION OF RARE & ICONIC MEMORABILIA

The Artifacts of Hollywood & Music Auction Includes Some of the Rarest Personal & Career Items from Elvis Presley, Les Paul, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, Peter Fonda, John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Ben Affleck, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carmen Miranda, Mae West, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and More

Kruse GWS Auctions – Over 320 Lots – Saturday, September 4, 2021

Kruse GWS Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house specializing in entertainment memorabilia, Royal artifacts and fine jewelry has announced an unprecedented offering for auction of iconic Elvis Presley memorabilia to be included in the Artifacts of Hollywood and Music auction to take place Saturday, September 4, 2021 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In 1972, Elvis Presley marked his first live performance at Madison Square Garden in New York. The performances sold out and his iconic Eyelet jumpsuit and cape designed by the famous Bill Belew quickly became one of the most photographed and iconic costumes of Elvis’ career. Fans packed the famous venue to hear songs including Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t be Cruel and so many others. Imagine being in the audience when Presley strolled out on stage in the custom made eyelet jumpsuit and embellished cape swooning the thousands of fans who came to see him perform. The Eyelet Jumpsuit has been in a collection for over 30 years and has not been offered for sale since. The jumpsuit was made by Bill Belew, who is famous for creating some of Elvis’s most iconic wardrobe. The most phenomenal thing is that the artifact also still contains the IC Costume, Hollywood California tag still inside. Presley was the first person in history to sell out four shows consecutively at Madison Square Garden at the time.

In 1968, Elvis Presley starred in the film Speedway opposite Nancy Sinatra. Presley played a racecar driver in the musical action film. The racing suit Elvis Presley wore in the film is among the other Elvis Presley highlights. One of the most surprising items in the sale is Elvis’s helmet that no one knew still existed that was worn by the superstar in the film Viva Las Vegas; his personal Schick Electric Razor and case; Presley’s personal rattail comb; Presley’s personal guitar pick; and an Elvis Presley signed 1956 Songwriter’s contract among other items from the private collection.

With over 320 lots being offered on September 4th, additional highlights include:

  • Les Paul’s personal guitar case which carried the very first 1952 Les Paul guitar
  • Jimi Hendrix’s personally owned red scarf and personally owned red crystal bottle
  • Marilyn Monroe’s black sleeveless Wiggle dress from the 1950s
  • Sharon Stone personally signed check made out to Tiffany & Co.
  • Ben Affleck’s Reindeer Games worn costume
  • Elizabeth Taylor’s National Velvet worn maroon dress
  • Elvis Presley’s personal guitar pick
  • An extraordinary celebrity autograph collection from a Denmark museum
  • Andy Warhol’s Polaroid SX-70 Land camera
  • Elvis Presley’s spent bullet from a Las Vegas suite
  • Barbra Streisand’s The Concert performance worn gown
  • Audrey Hepburn’s black woven wide brim hat
  • Peter Fonda’s The Wild Angels denim biker vest
  • James Dean 12” Columbia Records pressing
  • Star Trek memorabilia from Gene Roddenberry
  • Even vintage Playboy Playmate puzzles from the 1960s and so much more.

The auction represents the most important and historically significant assets Kruse GWS Auctions has ever had the distinction of representing at public sale.

The collection of Presley memorabilia alone is an exemplary assemblage chronicling some of the most outstanding moments in his career. Collectors seeking historical items from the lives of the biggest stars will not only be able to bid on some of the most important artifacts of Hollywood from film and music, but also get the opportunity to own the most amazing items from stars who left us far too soon.

We are absolutely delighted to announce our upcoming September 4th sale event. The sheer volume of iconic pieces of memorabilia from legends such as; Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, Steve McQueen, Barbra Streisand, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and so many other icons from the Golden Era are incredible. This collection chronicles so many important moments in entertainment history. We hope you will join us beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific on Saturday, September 4th for an auction we are sure will always be remembered. The world is waiting to see where these iconic pieces of history end up. – Dame Brigitte Kruse, Founder & Lead Auctioneer, Kruse GWS Auctions

AUCTION DETAILS

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT

BIDDING DETAILS HERE

To register a bid go to their website.

ABOUT KRUSE GWS AUCTIONS, INC.

Kruse GWS Auctions is the world-record breaking auction house specializing in Hollywood Memorabilia, Fine Jewelry, Master Timepieces, Royal Artifacts, Luxury Vehicles, Antiques and Collectibles and the first auction house to announce the acceptance of all forms of global cryptocurrency.  Founder Dame Brigitte Kruse is the first auctioneer to be knighted by a Royal Family, the first female auctioneer to be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records and is a member of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council.  Fifth generation auctioneer Kruse recently co-founded iSynergy Network, a group of innovative industry leaders providing a platform and solutions for entrepreneurs within a network of professionals across interconnected industries for the betterment of all. The global auction house has been featured around the world for sales of such notable items as Elvis Presley’s personal jet, Marilyn Monroe’s famous black wool dress, Marlon Brando’s historic watch, Italian Renaissance philosopher Machiavelli’s estate in Florence, and the 14th century celadon bowl owned by the last Empress of Vietnam. Visit their website.

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Rare Piano Collection to be Auctioned

Dreweatts auctioneers is to offer an exceptional private collection of rare pianos in a landmark sale on September 23, 2021. The collection was amassed by David Winston, who holds a Royal Warrant as Restorer and Conservator of Pianos to HM the Queen. It is comprised of 26 unique instruments dating from the 18th century to present day.

Amongst those expected to achieve the highest bids is a rare 1925 Pleyel grand piano fitted with an original ‘Auto Pleyela’ self-playing mechanism, in a spectacular Chinoiserie Louis XV case (estimate £40,000-£60,000) and a remarkable double piano from Pleyel, which is one of only 50 ever made. This model, which has a guide price of £30,000-£50,000, was once owned by the concert pianist wife of French writer and minister of culture André Malraux. 

Speaking about the sale, Will Richards, Deputy Chairman of Dreweatts said, “It is rare to see so many exquisite pianos together in one sale. We are proud to offer such an outstanding collection of instruments of such quality, history and craftsmanship. It is also very exciting, as this is the first time the collection has been offered in its entirety. Spanning three centuries of craftsmanship and innovation, this is a historic sale and a wonderful opportunity to own a piece of piano history.”

The pianos have been collected by one of the world’s foremost piano restorers, David Winston, who has restored some of the most valuable pianos in the world, including those owned and played by the greatest names in classical music, including Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. David Winston has a connoisseur’s eye for exceptional quality and unusual provenance. Many of his pianos are one-off pieces with significant historic importance. His collection represents a lifetime’s passion coupled with an exceptional depth of knowledge and personal involvement.

Commenting, he says, “The first thing for me is that it must be something that nobody else has. It must be both an excellent musical instrument and a beautiful object. Each was chosen for its unique place in history, art and culture.”

Among other highlights in the sale is a Wurlitzer 1411 Butterfly grand. At only 4’1” it is one of the smallest 88 note grand pianos ever made. It features an iconic case design, making it one of the most highly sought-after Art Deco instruments of all time (estimate £10,000-£15,000). Another is the first piano ever built by David, a stunning Viennese Fortepiano created in 1991, based on an original by Joseph Brodmann, 1823. A remarkable instrument, the piano has been used internationally in many recordings and concerts by some of the world’s leading musicians (estimate £15,000-£18,000).

Other covetable instruments include a handsome ship’s piano with folding keyboard, purchased by the RAF WWI Flying ace Captain Norman Macmillan for his wife, the Music Hall singer, Ena Beaumont (estimate £1,500-£2,000).

Dreweatts auctioneers is to offer an exceptional private collection of rare pianos in a landmark sale on September 23, 2021. The collection was amassed by David Winston, who holds a Royal Warrant as Restorer and Conservator of Pianos to HM the Queen. It is comprised of 26 unique instruments dating from the 18th century to present day.

Amongst those expected to achieve the highest bids is a rare 1925 Pleyel grand piano fitted with an original ‘Auto Pleyela’ self-playing mechanism, in a spectacular Chinoiserie Louis XV case (estimate £40,000-£60,000) and a remarkable double piano from Pleyel, which is one of only 50 ever made. This model, which has a guide price of £30,000-£50,000, was once owned by the concert pianist wife of French writer and minister of culture André Malraux. 

Speaking about the sale, Will Richards, Deputy Chairman of Dreweatts said, “It is rare to see so many exquisite pianos together in one sale. We are proud to offer such an outstanding collection of instruments of such quality, history and craftsmanship. It is also very exciting, as this is the first time the collection has been offered in its entirety. Spanning three centuries of craftsmanship and innovation, this is a historic sale and a wonderful opportunity to own a piece of piano history.”

 The pianos have been collected by one of the world’s foremost piano restorers, David Winston, who has restored some of the most valuable pianos in the world, including those owned and played by the greatest names in classical music, including Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. David Winston has a connoisseur’s eye for exceptional quality and unusual provenance. Many of his pianos are one-off pieces with significant historic importance. His collection represents a lifetime’s passion coupled with an exceptional depth of knowledge and personal involvement.

Commenting, he says, “The first thing for me is that it must be something that nobody else has. It must be both an excellent musical instrument and a beautiful object. Each was chosen for its unique place in history, art and culture.”

Among other highlights in the sale is a Wurlitzer 1411 Butterfly grand. At only 4’1” it is one of the smallest 88 note grand pianos ever made. It features an iconic case design, making it one of the most highly sought-after Art Deco instruments of all time (estimate £10,000-£15,000). Another is the first piano ever built by David, a stunning Viennese Fortepiano created in 1991, based on an original by Joseph Brodmann, 1823. A remarkable instrument, the piano has been used internationally in many recordings and concerts by some of the world’s leading musicians (estimate £15,000-£18,000).

Other covetable instruments include a handsome ship’s piano with folding keyboard, purchased by the RAF WWI Flying ace Captain Norman Macmillan for his wife, the Music Hall singer Ena Beaumont (estimate £1,500-£2,000).

With a body of work such as this, it’s bound to be an excellent auction.

illustration by Samantha Miduri for use by 360 Magazine

The David Winston Piano Collection

Dreweatts auctioneers is to offer an exceptional private collection of rare pianos in a landmark sale on September 23, 2021. The collection was amassed by David Winston, who holds a Royal Warrant as Restorer and Conservator of Pianos to HM the Queen. It is comprised of 26 unique instruments dating from the 18th century to the present day. 

Amongst those expected to achieve the highest bids is a rare 1925 Pleyel grand piano fitted with an original ‘Auto Pleyela’ self-playing mechanism, in a spectacular Chinoiserie Louis XV case (estimate £40,000-£60,000) and a remarkable double piano from Pleyel, which is one of only 50 ever made. This model, which has a guide price of £30,000-£50,000, was once owned by the concert pianist wife of French writer and minister of culture André Malraux.  

Speaking about the sale, Will Richards, Deputy Chairman of Dreweatts said, “It is rare to see so many exquisite pianos together in one sale. We are proud to offer such an outstanding collection of instruments of such quality, history, and craftsmanship. It is also very exciting, as this is the first time the collection has been offered in its entirety. Spanning three centuries of craftsmanship and innovation, this is a historic sale and a wonderful opportunity to own a piece of piano history.”

The pianos have been collected by one of the world’s foremost piano restorers, David Winston, who has restored some of the most valuable pianos in the world, including those owned and played by the greatest names in classical music, including Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt. David Winston has a connoisseur’s eye for exceptional quality and unusual provenance. Many of his pianos are one-off pieces with significant historic importance. His collection represents a lifetime’s passion coupled with an exceptional depth of knowledge and personal involvement. 

Commenting, he says, “The first thing for me is that it must be something that nobody else has. It must be both an excellent musical instrument and a beautiful object. Each was chosen for its’ unique place in history, art and culture.” 

Among other highlights in the sale is a Wurlitzer 1411 Butterfly grand. At only 4’1” it is one of the smallest 88 note grand pianos ever made. It features an iconic case design, making it one of the most highly sought-after Art Deco instruments of all time (estimate £10,000-£15,000). Another is the first piano ever built by David, a stunning Viennese Fortepiano created in 1991, based on an original by Joseph Brodmann, 1823. A remarkable instrument, the piano has been used internationally in many recordings and concerts by some of the world’s leading musicians (estimate £15,000-£25,000).

Other covetable instruments include a handsome ship’s piano with a folding keyboard, purchased by the RAF WWI Flying ace Captain Norman Macmillan for his wife, the Music Hall singer, Ena Beaumont (estimate £1,500-£2,000).

The Fisher House illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

The Fisher Dollhouse × MAD

MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN INVITES VISITORS INTO MINIATURE WORLD CREATED BY NEW YORK COLLECTOR JOANNA FISHER

The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature

May 8 — September 26, 2021

Purchase Tickets Here

Inspired by Venice’s glamorous Gritti Palace, The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature will make its public debut at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) on May 8. With a fifteenth-century classical exterior and ten rooms filled with an eclectic range of historical and contemporary craft, art, and design rendered in miniature, The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature displays an impressive collection of contemporary art created by more than ten international artists, many of whom are working in miniature for the first time. New York collector, maker, and arts patron Joanna Fisher conceived of the dollhouse in response to the lockdown required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like so many, she was housebound and felt her world shrink…and embraced it, literally. The dollhouse project offered Fisher a form of therapy: it provided a safe haven and, with ever-inward retreat during quarantine, an escape.

“’The House Within’ is how I think about this project. A place people can go to in their minds,” said Fisher. “This was born in the pandemic. An emotional home I found within myself. A safe place created in my imagination. That is how this came to be.”

Fisher was familiar with the Museum of the City of New York’s Stettheimer Dollhouse. This, plus Rachel Lee Hovnanian’s suggestion that the project could be like a miniature version of Peggy Guggenheim’s Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, lead her to commission micro-artworks from artist friends and collaborators. All working in isolation, many found an unexpected sense of community in the creation of the dollhouse and the works within. Peter Gerakaris’s neo-Byzantine icon presented an introspective challenge of recreating an exacting process—painting with a brush of no more than three hairs. There are also sculptural works by prominent artists, including an abstracted figure by Michele Oka Doner and one trapped in glass by Dustin Yellin. An “ancestor portrait,” a reimagined image of Fisher by Antonio Pio Saracino, is mounted in a gilt frame. Artists Tatyana Murray and Rachel Lee Hovnanian both shrunk preexisting works: Aquatic Dream and Body Armor, respectively. Exquisite paintings were contributed by Darren Waterston, Federico de Francesco, and Ryan McGinness, whose family joined Fisher at a recent Thanksgiving celebration where their daughters played with dollhouses together. Waterston contributed an ethereal landscape in the same spirit as a series begun during the pandemic while Hunt Slonem gamely adapted his popular bunny imagery with smaller strokes. There’s also photography by Veronica Gaido. Many of these are set in elegantly crafted, ebonized, or gilded carved wood frames.

Another inspiration for Fisher was Queen Mary’s Dollhouse (long on display at Windsor Castle) that was presented to the Royal Family in 1924 in gratitude for bravery and leadership during the First World War. Designed by Edward Lutyens, it was the work of 1500 of the finest makers of its day. Some of the objects commissioned for it were replicated for The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature, which is also filled with scaled miniatures by contemporary makers as well as antiques and vintage pieces. Its Baroque-style fireplace is by a British maker Sue Doviso, who specializes in detailed architectural elements. Others, like the porcelain sink attributed to Sonia Messer, are testament to twentieth-century pioneers of dollhouse furniture manufacture. “Venetian” touches in the painted bombe chest and bust of Julius Caesar are by David Castillo, a miniaturist in Barcelona. The stunning Murano-style glass chandelier came from glass artists Mario Ramos and Mariana Grande in Madrid. Fred Cobbs, a revered miniature metalworker in Georgia, made a range of tools and other items, from a watering can to a wine vat to an espresso machine.

Close looking is rewarded: a display cabinet teems with ammonites, which first appeared 240 million years ago; a ruby glass wine set fit for (and believed to be made for) Queen Anne; “bamboo” furniture, mouse-sized preserves, a powder horn, and a masquerade mask. Specialties are evident in miniature foods, elaborately bound books, clay olive jars, and wigs. While no dolls dwell here, animals do, in the form of a pheasant, a monkey riding a camel, and ceramic dogs, one housed in its own magnificent dog bed by jeweler Laura Lobdell. The needlepoint rugs Fisher designed and made herself. Many of the makers, like one who refashioned WWI bullet casings into the legs of a brass table, remain unknown.

The dollhouse was made to order by British set designer Holly Jo Beck, who has worked at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. and now works primarily as an animator. In both form and details, the dollhouse draws on specific places such as the Palazzos da Mula Morosini and Bernardo a San Polo. For Fisher, it evokes memories of a favorite hotel, the Gritti Palace, built as a noble residence in the fifteenth century on Venice’s Grand Canal. The pink facade also suggests to Fisher a local landmark, Julian Schnabel’s Palazzo Chupi in Greenwich Village. Such associations offer flights of fancy during a time of curtailed travel and cancelled plans.

A “house within a house,” as poet and critic Susan Stewart wrote nearly thirty years ago in On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection, the dollhouse exposes tensions between the inside and outside worlds. Sanctuary and prison, this “most consummate of miniatures” also confronts “the inaccessibility of what cannot be lived.” A condition intensified by the pandemic that Fisher has felt intensely. “While this dollhouse was a solitary exercise,” she noted, “it somehow brought me closer to people all over the world, creating its own social network, balancing out the isolation of this pandemic.”

The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature is a work in progress, one Fisher plans to return to. For now, this dollhouse’s secret rooms, where one could imagine curling up or entertaining at a moment’s notice, have been fixed in time and opened up so that visitors can inhabit and enjoy.

EXHIBITION CREDITS

The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature was curated by Caroline Hannah.

This exhibition is made possible through Joanna Fisher’s support and efforts.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design. For more information, visit Museum of Arts and Design.

MELANIE GRIFFITH’S TIFFANY & CO. DIAMOND AND PEARL BRACELETS PHOTO

Kruse GWS Auctions’ World Record

The world-record-breaking auction house, Kruse GWS Auctions, specializing in entertainment memorabilia, fine jewelry, iconic fashion accessories, Royal artifacts, antiques and collectibles, has announced another world record. On Saturday, December 5, 2020, the Oscar-nominated actress Melanie Griffith’s 48.00ctw Diamond, 8.5mm Pearl and Solid Platinum Pair of Antique Bracelets from her mother, Tippi Hedren, sold for $156,250 during the “Billionaire’s Estate & Royal Auction” event. The final bid marks the highest price paid for Tiffany & Co. jewelry at auction.

The pair of solid platinum, diamond and pearl antique bracelets personally owned by film star Melanie Griffith come with quintessential Hollywood provenance of having been gifted to her by her mother, iconic Hollywood actress Tippi Hedren, who famously won a Golden Globe Award for her iconic role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” The bracelets are collectively embellished with approximately 48ctw round and old European cut fiery white diamonds and are lined with eight 8.5mm pearls each. The bracelets were sold with a personal letter from Griffith’s famous mother and are housed in a fitted box. The bracelets measure 7” in length and 2.15” wide and are marked Tiffany & Co.

“Melanie Griffith is a true American fashion and film icon. These bracelets are so exquisite, our auction house recognized immediately they are fine art in the form of fine jewelry and we were proud to set a world record with their sale,” said Dame Brigitte Kruse. “They represent the highest level of Americana; being made at the peak of craftsmanship by iconic American jewelry company Tiffany & Co. and being gifted from iconic American actress Tippi Hendren to her daughter, fellow iconic American actress Melanie Griffith. Kruse GWS Auctions was thrilled to be trusted with such a remarkable opportunity. The sale of the beautiful Diamond and Platinum bracelet secured a new world record as well as a placement in a museum.”

ABOUT KRUSE GWS AUCTIONS, INC.

Kruse GWS Auctions is the world-record breaking auction house specializing in Hollywood Memorabilia, Fine Jewelry, Master Timepieces, Royal Artifacts, Luxury Vehicles, Antiques and Collectibles.  Founder Dame Brigitte Kruse is the first auctioneer to be knighted by a Royal Family, the first female auctioneer to be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records and is a member of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council.

Fifth-generation auctioneer Kruse recently co-founded iSynergy Network, a group of innovative industry leaders providing a platform and solutions for entrepreneurs within a network of professionals across interconnected industries “for the betterment of all.” The global auction house has been featured around the world for sales of such notable items as Elvis Presley’s personal jet, Marilyn Monroe’s famous black wool dress, Marlon Brando’s historic watch, Italian Renaissance philosopher Machiavelli’s estate in Florence, and the 14th century celadon bowl owned by the last Empress of Vietnam.  www.gwsauctions.com

ROLEX × 1953 LANCIA AURELIA

ROLEX CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS WELCOMES

1953 LANCIA AURELIA PF200C SPIDER

Fast Facts From The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering:

• 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C, owned by Anne Brockinton Lee of Nevada, won “Best of Show”.

• Brockinton Lee was awarded a Rolex steel and Everose Datejust 41.

• Throughout the show, guests were treated to a roster of programmatic events including the Fireside Chat Series headlined by road racing legend, winemaker and Rolex testimonee, Scott Pruett.

• Spirit of the Quail award went to Dean Lanzante for his 1979 Volkswagen Tamiya Sand Scorcher.

• The Octane Choice Award went to The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie for his 1958 Ferrari 250 Testarossa.

• The FIVA Award went to Eric Breslow for his 1970 Datsun 240Z.

• Awards were presented in 14 categories.

• Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart said: “While celebrating the rich history of the automobile, every year The Quail offers something new and exciting.Seeing these wonderful cars and hearing their unique stories always gives me a sense of nostalgia and allows me to reflect on my journey, especially this year as I celebrate 50 years with Rolex. Cars and watches go hand in hand and both have played – and continue to play – an incredibly important part in my life.”

• 6,000 people, 235 cars attended the annual motoring celebration.

• Featured themes for 2018 included:

◦  50th Anniversary of the Espada & Islero

◦  70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356

◦  The Alois Ruf Reunion

◦  The Great Lancias

ABOUT ROLEX

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.

6 Facts about Haji Ali Dargah You Didn’t Know

Haji Ali Dargah covers about 500 yards of the Arabian Sea. Mumbai city is well versed with this place and the royal structure holds immense importance in the lives of each individual. If you belong to a city of temples like Mangalore, you’d surely want to visit this famous dargah in Mumbai.

Here are some interesting facts and the history surrounding this admirable place.

  • It is named after the wealthy saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, the greatest Muslim Saint. To make a pilgrimage to Mecca, he gave all of his fortune and possessions for noble deeds. During his journey to Mecca, he died, and the body in the coffin came back floating to Mumbai. The shrine was built at the same spot. In the year 1431, the mosque was built in his loving memory. The Dargah is about than 587 years old. Due to the impact of visitors and the saline winds, the structure is constantly eroding. Renovations were carried out in the years 1960 and 1964. After which, the upgrade was again started in the year 2008.
  • The tomb is based on the Indo Islamic architecture. It is situated 5oo metres from the coast and is built on a tiny islet. It is located in the vicinity of Worli, at the centre of the Worli Bay.
  • Almost 8000 visitors come to pay respects every day, and the most interesting fact is that not everyone who comes here is a Muslim. The causeway to the Dargah is not bound by any kind of railings. So the access to the spot majorly depends on the tides. During high tides, the causeway gets completely submerged in water making it inaccessible from the city.
  • On 26th July 1949, a storm hit the Mumbai city causing a great amount of destruction, but Haji Ali Dargah stood unharmed. Every building of the city suffered harm and loads of damage. Waves kept crashing the shore, and the people inside the dargah were scared that they would drown. But with the blessings of the saint, the waves bowed the walls without harming a single person in the dargah, and people returned back to their homes without any damage.
  • There is a story called the Pothole Story, which revolves around a miracle which happens every year. During the monsoon time, the city is all covered with potholes and rough roads. But the path of the mosque has never seen any damage for people to reach and pay tribute.
  • A feminist movement called ‘Haji Ali for all’ was launched by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and Bhumata Brigade. The movement aimed to secure equal rights to pray. With the persistent efforts of the people, Supreme Court on 26th August ruled that women could enter the sanctum sanctorum.
  • There is lesser known tale surrounding the almighty’s dargah. Once the saint saw a poor woman holding a vessel and crying. She was crying because she had accidentally spilt the oil and was scared that the husband would beat her. To this, Haji Ali asked her to take him to that spot where she had spilt the oil. Upon reaching there, the oil came oozing out from the soil as soon as he jabbed a finger into the soil. The woman was overjoyed and filled her vessel. Later, Haji Ali Shah had a disturbing dream that he injured the Mother Earth. Soon after this, he got ill and asked his followers to put the coffin into the Arabian Sea. Miraculously, his casket just got stuck offshore of Worli where the Dargah was constructed. Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most visited mosques in Mumbai, and the history attached to the place is significant. So it’s your chance to see for real the purity of the place.

South African Airways Vacations Deal

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS VACATIONS® INTRODUCES “CAPE TOWN & WINELANDS

SUPER SAVER” FOR SUMMER TRAVEL WITH SAVINGS UP TO $1000 PER PERSON
Air-Inclusive 5-Night Package Starting at $1,699 for Travel through August 10, 2018.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 4, 2018) – South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®), the leisure division of South African Airways, has introduced a 5-night “Cape Town & Winelands Super Saver” air-inclusive vacation package that brings unprecedented savings of up to $1000 per person for travel from New York to Cape Town this summer. The “Cape Town & Winelands Super Saver” includes air transportation from New York-JFK Airport on South African Airways, Africa’s most awarded airline, 3-nights’ accommodations at the Sun Square Cape Town hotel and 2-nights’ accommodations at the Evergreen Manor & Spa in Stellenbosch, round-trip airport transfers, and a full-day tour to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Africa’s Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope. The hip and trendy Sun Square Cape Town is the hottest new hotel located in the heart of the Mother City. Guests enjoy bright new rooms, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi throughout the property with close proximity to major tourist attractions. Evergreen Manor & Spa located in picturesque wine region town of Stellenbosch, just outside of Cape Town, offers luxuriousrooms each individually decorated with lovely period and antique furnishings. This hotel is a convenient walk to world-class restaurants, boutique shops, and art galleries. “SAA Vacations® is excited to offer a summer super saver package for last minute travel. If you don’t have a summer vacation planned yet, this is a great opportunity to visit South Africa at a very affordable price” said Terry von Guilleaume, president of South African Airways Vacations®.

The package details are “Cape Town & Wine Lands Super Saver” – $1,699

  • Roundtrip international economy class air transportation from New York-JFK Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways
  • 3-nights’ accommodation at the Sun Square Cape Town
  • 2-nights’ accommodation at the Evergreen Manor & Spa
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full day Cape Peninsula tour
  • Airport transfers in South Africa with meet and greet by South African Airways Vacations’ representative upon arrival in South Africa

This special discount is available for new reservations made by June 11, 2018. To take advantage of the tremendous $1000 per person savings, travel must be completed by August 10, 2018. Travelers should contact their professional travel consultant or call 1-855-359-7228. South African Airways Vacations® offers vacation options for all budgets, with African Specialists on hand to ensure clients experience the vacation of their dreams. For a complete overview of air-inclusive vacation packages to other destinations throughout Africa, visit www.flysaavacations.com.

About South African Airways Vacations®
A division of South African Airways (SAA), South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®) is highly regarded for its wide array of affordable luxury packages to Africa and uses SAA’s extensive route network to create packages for travel throughout South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands. Offering more than 80 air-inclusive packages, which range from value to superb luxury. Our specialty-themed programs offer unique experiences, whether you are interested in safaris, culture, cuisine, romance and adventure. The program is managed and fulfilled by DSA Vacations, founded in 2001, and offers an extensive portfolio of tour programs with a variety of hotels, game lodges, and safari companies throughout Southern Africa.

About South African Airways
South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-star rating for 16 consecutive years.

Price is per person based on double occupancy and economy class flights. Offer based for bookings made between June 04 – 11, 2018 per person on 2 adults sharing for departures from New York (JFK) valid between June 4 – August 10, 2018. Not valid for group bookings.Cannot be combined with other special offers. Valid for new bookings only. The same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. Other departure points and domestic flights within the U.S. can be booked. Price for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary. Subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply.

Avant-Garde D110


Avant-garde is a naturally striking station wagon, setting the trend for all others to follow. Completely restored retaining her original 1992 chassis, her authentic underpinnings are wrapped in urban chic with accents of adventure, primed for when the urban jungle gives way to the real thing.

Commission your own Avant-garde build today and you will receive a massive $10,000 deposit contribution.*

*This offer is only applicable on Avant-garde Editions and on deposits received between 01-14 October 2017 inclusive. The contribution will be divided equally across four instalments spanning the build process.

 

For further information, please contact:

Andy Stacey, Brand Manager

Arkonik Ltd

+44 (0)1373 812 011 (office) 

Mon to Thurs, 8am-6pm and Fri 8am-4pm GMT

andy.stacey@arkonik.com
 

1) Exterior Spec – KAHN 1948 16” alloy wheels | BFGoodrich AT tyres | Satin Black KBX signature grille and wing top vents | Front bumper LED DRLs | Fire & Ice ebony side steps | NAS rear step | Front runner roof rack with rear ladder | Rear LED work lamp

2) Interior Spec – Black leather trim | Modular front seats | Elite Loc-box | 3 Premium high back center row seats | 4 Tip-up seats in the load area | Leather door cards | Leather steering wheel | Alloy gear knobs | Black suede headlining & side panels | Alloy door furniture | Deluxe custom sound system | Sunroof Leading independent Land Rover Defender specialists, Arkonik, have been bringing the British classic to clients in North America and across the globe since 2007. Working with D90 and D110 models, each vehicle that receives the Arkonik treatment will be of a 15-25 year old vintage, depending on its destination. Arkonik perform a full restoration whilst retaining as much of the original vehicles as possible, to render a ‘better than new’ vehicle tailored to clients’ exact specification.

Now offering three levels of service, Arkonik cater to all Land Rover enthusiasts. Choose Origins for an immaculately restored, authentic Defender, enjoy enhanced features with the handpicked Editions, or commission a completely custom build with the Bespoke service