Gifting flowers is a favorite Mother’s Day tradition, but why not select a present that will stand the test of time? Sotheby’s upcoming auctions present a wide array of floral-themed jewels and artworks, from Warhol’s iconic Pop depictions to Dutch still lifes and botanical books. Click ahead to view a diverse selection of some of the eternal flowers on offer, freshly picked from our spring sales. –Stephanie Sporn Image: Georges d’Espagnat, Les Petites Bouquetières: A Pair. Estimate $40,000–60,000.
Sotheby’s New York Books & Manuscripts department achieved extraordinary results and set numerous records in 2017, totalling over $17.6 million across eight sales. Auctions ranged from the exceptional white glove single owner sale, Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts, to Space Exploration, which included the Apollo 11 lunar bag used by Neil Armstrong to bring back the first samples of the moon ever collected. It sold for $1,812,500, setting the world record for an American space artefact. Click ahead for the year's top highlights, and consign now for the upcoming season.
The sale of the Library of Sergio Rossetti on 20 February in Milan encompasses the rich history of Ancient and Renaissance Rome. From plate books reproducing classical sculptures and the elaborate decoration of Roman interiors by the greatest artists of the day to views of ancient and modern Rome, the history and legacy of the Eternal City are on display. Click ahead to see highlights from the sale. Roma. La Biblioteca Sergio Rossetti 20 February | Milan
Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts department has once again proven themselves to be the world’s leading specialists in their field of expertise, achieving exceptional results and setting numerous world records in 2017. Offering sales in traditional and specialised categories, including Musical Manuscripts and History of Science & Technology, the year's 26 global auctions totalled over $58 million. Click ahead for the top highlights from the past year, and consign now for the upcoming season.
Depicting cities such as New York and Charleston and the open spaces of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, historic maps, lithographs and more offer a fascinating glimpse of the American past. See the Brooklyn Bridge before its completion, “the greatest American landscape book of the post-Civil War era” and a series of magnificent panoramas of the American West. Click ahead to check out the view. Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography 17 January | New York
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