NEW YORK – Part of a fourth-generation steel family and the CEO and President of Majestic Steel, the company his father founded in 1979, Todd Leebow embraces his product as both a national – and personal – calling. Today, he’s continuing steel’s legacy of innovation in a number of ways, including as a material primed for the country’s leading artists and designers. Ahead of Americana Week, when a Majestic Flag will be on display at Sotheby’s New York, we spoke with Leebow about the creative potential of steel. TODD LEEBOW. PHOTO: COURTESY OF MAJESTIC STEEL.
I always marvel at the vast scope of exceptional goods that come through our doorway at Sothebys. While we are best known for selling paintings, some highly unusual or rare historical items are also brought to us, and I have had the privilege of seeing at close quarters objets, textiles, manuscripts, carpets and other artefacts of museum quality which some discerning collector was subsequently able to acquire from our sales. One such golden opportunity – alerting all carpet lovers world-wide! – are the group of distinguished collections, including that of Abdi Roubeni's, coming up for sale as part of the Rugs and Carpets auction on 1 November. Highlights throughout the sale pictured here, including Abdi's camel hair Feraghan (Lot 117) and Saber Mashad carpet (lot 126). With regard to the Roubeni collection; Mr Roubeni, in the twilight years of his triumphant career in the oriental carpet world, has finally decided to take life a little easier. Two dozen of his treasured rugs and carpets will now go under the hammer, having very successfully auctioned the first part of his collection in London in 2010.
The Treasures, Old Master and British Works on Paper and Old Masters Evening Sale on 5–6 July all produced strong results in the face of the Brexit turmoil, with records achieved for a Jan Brueghel flower still life (£3.85 million) and Jean-Étienne Liotard’s A Dutch Girl at Breakfast (£4.4 million), among other notable prices. Leading the Treasures sale was the spectacular Rothschild Orpheus Cup, a late-Renaissance rarity that brought £1.06 million. Click ahead to see more top lots from across sales. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
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