Yves Saint Laurent Illustrations for Children’s Book Up for Auction

THE DEVIL IN PARIS: Parisian auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr is holding an auction on Dec. 19 of 100 drawings by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
The pictures, drawn by Saint Laurent between 1961 and 1962, were destined to illustrate a children’s book commissioned by Parisian publisher Jacques Damase, but the project never came through. This is the first time the drawings are being unveiled to the public.
Named “Le Diable à Paris” (“The Devil in Paris”), the book, written by Damase, features a dapper-looking devil, drawn by Saint Laurent, wearing a red suit and little black horns on the cover illustration.
Other drawings see the devil dress up to visit a duchess, sport a leopard-printed suit and even a bull’s head in an illustration titled “Le Diable Espagnol” (“The Spanish Devil”), where he is pictured alongside a flamenco dancer.
Drawn in ink, pastel or graphite in mostly red and black hues, the title character is faced with an array of magical creatures, such as a giraffe in the shape of the Eiffel Tower or a human body with a dragon’s head.
A statement from the auction house explained Damase met Saint Laurent through accessories designer Roger Vivier. At the time of the project, the

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Cardi B’s Producer, Other Top Producers, Host Music Beat Auction

We’ve heard of silent auctions, but this is a new one. Top producers in music have gotten together to host a private Beat Auction giving the opportunity to upcoming and established music professionals to acquire high-quality compositions that are not easily accessible otherwise. Some of these producers include Zaytoven, one of the most sought-after producers in hip-hop; Drumma Boy, a popular Atlanta notable; J White, the man behind most of Cardi B’s productions; AnonXmous, known for hits like “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj, and a slew of others. The Beat Auction was hosted by Atlanta’s own, Dj Holiday.

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Atlanta Beat Auction ((Image: TMI Worldwide)

The evening unfolded with each producer showcasing their beats to a room full of ready and waiting auctioneers. Bids started at $ 300 and went as high as $ 1200. This is incredible considering the prices of beats from this caliber of individuals can typically range from tens of thousands of dollars upward and many times include royalties on an artist’s album that keeps them getting paid long after they’ve handed over the beat.

So why a beat auction?

“After years of working within the music industry, I have come across countless talented artist with promising potential,” said Khady Thiam Gueye, founder and CEO of TMI, and the creator of the concept. “Often times the only thing standing in their way of a hit record is quality production. A lack of resources has forced many artists to settle for mediocre, overused beats from either YouTube or beginner producers. I knew we had to bridge that gap and provide artists with the opportunity to catapult their music careers through industry standard, exclusive compositions from legendary producers.”

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Khady Thiam Gueye, founder and CEO of TMI Worldwide and creator of Atlanta Beat Auction (Image: TMI Worldwide)

The overall goal is to ultimately revolutionize the way hit records are created. As the team continues to host Beat Auctions across a global platform, they foresee international collaborations leading to billboard topping records. By widening the door of opportunity, they anticipate a wave of new mainstream artists, as well as sensational emerging producers whose talents would otherwise go unnoticed.

All proceeds went to “Music Education Group” a group formed to bring music, film, and digital music based education to underserved youth.

 

 

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Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase sells for 169,000 euros in Paris auction

A piece of the original spiral staircase from the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous attraction, was sold for 169,000 euros ($ 190,885) on Tuesday, a spokesman for auction house Artcurial said, three times the initial estimate.


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Marie-Antoinette’s Jewels Fetch $42.7 Million at Auction

RECORD BREAKERS: Auctioneers reeled in $ 42.7 million for Marie-Antoinette’s jewels, which were up for sale at Sotheby’s. Participants from more than 43 countries joined the auction that took place in Geneva.
Ten pieces from the Queen of France’s private collection, which were hidden away from public view for 200 years, were put up for sale by the Bourbon Parma family, descendants of Louis XIV, the Holy Roman Emperors and Pope Paul III.
A diamond and natural pearl pendant, estimated at a presale value of $ 2 million, sold for $ 36 million to a private European buyer. The sale established a new auction record for a natural pearl.
Each jewel sold for more than double, if not triple, the presale estimates. “Tonight we saw the Marie-Antoinette factor work its magic. No other queen is more famous for her love of jewels, and her personal treasures, pearls and diamonds that survived intact the tumults of history, captivated the interest of collectors around the world,” said Daniela Mascetti, Sotheby’s jewelry chairman of Europe.
During Marie-Antoinette’s unsuccessful escape during the French Revolution, the jewels, which were transported separately, made their safe passage to Vienna into the hands of her nephew, the Austrian Emperor.
A monogrammed diamond ring also broke records

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Stephen Hawking’s red wheelchair, ‘Simpsons’ script up for auction

You can now own a piece of genius.

Prized personal items that belonged to physicist Stephen Hawking are being auctioned off online by Christie’s as part of the “On the Shoulders of Giants: Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking” public sale.

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Soviet-era moon fragments could reach $1 million at N.Y. auction

Wealthy space buffs will have the chance to own three small particles of lunar matter when what Sotheby’s describes as the only known documented “moon rocks” to be legally available for private ownership hit the auction block in November.


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First-ever auction of AI-created artwork set for Christie’s gavel

Christie’s, the auction house that has sold paintings by Picasso and Monet at record prices, was poised on Tuesday to set another milestone with the first-ever auction of art created by artificial intelligence.


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Sotheby’s Paris Preps Fourth Auction of Books From Pierre Bergé’s Personal Library

BERGE’S BOOKENDS: If reading is the key to enlightenment, Pierre Bergé sure had a lot of books to spark his intelligence.
Sotheby’s Paris will hold the fourth auction for a selection of books from Bergé’s personal collection on Dec. 14. Several choice lots are on view at Sotheby’s New York office through Saturday, and they illustrated the myriad interests of the late French business titan: botany, gardens, philosophy, activism and more. The upcoming auction is expected to drum up between 5 million euros and 6 million euros, according to a Sotheby’s spokeswoman.
Literature, the 19th century and music were among the areas of interest covered in prior sales, with the first auction having been held nearly three years ago.
The December sale includes such highlights as Bartholomeus Anglicus’ “Le Propriétaire des choses,” circa 1486. This complete copy of a major medieval encyclopedia is illustrated with 19 large woodcuts, all hand-colored at that time. Bidders will also find Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” from 1863, a first edition that was inscribed by Flaubert to the composer Hector Berlioz.
Another reading relic is Leonhart Fuchs’ “De historia stirpium commentarii insignes” from 1542 that is considered to be the founding treatise of modern botany. The auction house will also

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Marie Antoinette’s jewelry on display in Dubai before auction

Held in private collections for more than 200 years, jewelry that once belonged to France’s ill-fated Queen Marie Antoinette has gone on display in Dubai ahead of its planned auction in Geneva next month.


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