In its inaugural A Life of Luxury auction series, Sotheby’s sold 1,640 lots of the most exquisite wine, watches, cars, jewellery and fashion. Offered across six auctions, half of the lots surpassed their high estimates, and in RM Sotheby’s ICONS auction alone, eleven cars exceeded $1 million. Click ahead to view highlights from each category on offer, and click here to view the full results for every A Life of Luxury sale. Wondering how much your fine art or heirloom jewel might yield at a Sotheby’s auction? Click here to request an estimate.
Join automobile specialist Jake Auerbach as he shares a glass of wine with Condé Nast Luxury Editor Matt Hranek. The two discuss their favorite watches and cars from Sotheby’s upcoming A Life of Luxury. Learn more about the wine they’re drinking at Sotheby’s Wine.
This September, Oscar de la Renta showed its art-inspired, spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection at Sotheby's New York, and now, creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are returning as curators for Sotheby’s inaugural weeklong sale series, A Life of Luxury. Exploring our auctions of wine, watches, cars and jewels, the duo created ten cross-category combinations that playfully capture the fashion house’s legacy of colourful and glamorous garments. Click ahead to discover the designers' elegant selections, as inspired by looks from their latest collection. –Stephanie Sporn A Life of Luxury 2–7 December | New York
With the season of giving upon us, Sotheby’s A Life of Luxury is the ultimate holiday shopping destination. The weeklong series of auctions and exhibitions brings together an astonishing array of jewels, watches, wine, cars and fashion. From the couture jewels from the personal collection of designer Shaun Leane to a private guided tour of the Louvre, as well as a brand-new Bugatti Chiron, these rare art, objects and experiences offer exceptional, one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Click ahead for 25 of Sotheby’s favourite wish list items and explore the full catalogues here. A Life of Luxury 2–7 December
During the golden era of sports car racing in the 1950s and 1960s, Ferraris were popular options for those with means and a desire to win. In the hierarchy of the LWB California Spiders, chassis number 1451 GT, on offer in RM Sotheby’s: New York – ICONS auction, sits at the very top of the pyramid. Built to full “competizione” specifications, it was bodied in aluminum and featured a host of performance modifications. With the help of Luigi Chinetti, the car’s first pilot ran it at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – just five days after it was delivered. Click ahead to discover the details behind this mechanical marvel, which welcomes continued entry to the world’s finest concours events and vintage races. –Jake Auerbach RM Sotheby’s: New York - ICONS 6 December | New York
Matt Hranek, Luxury Editor at Condé Nast Traveler and author of the new book A Man and His Watch, has always been fascinated by watches and cars that inspire an emotional connection. “A great watch or car makes your heart rush,” he says. “It’s like falling in love. No other two objects create the same level of obsession.” Hranek personally has a preference for those with a classic aesthetic. “I think good designs stand the test of time and are exciting to look at regardless of what period they’re from.” Click ahead to see his favourite watches and cars in our upcoming auctions. Important Watches 6 December | New York RM Sotheby's Icons 6 December | New York PHOTO BY: STEPHEN LEWIS
For nearly a century, the term “supercar” has referred to the world’s most elite stratum of sports cars. But in the last couple of decades, a new breed of automobile has evolved to stretch that definition even further. More powerful, capable and expensive than any car in the history of the automobile, the “hypercar” is now setting the standard. Impossibly light and incredibly strong, hypercars can achieve speeds in excess of 200 mph. RM Sotheby’s: New York - ICONS auction, part of A Life of Luxury week, features five hypercars, each of which is radical and highly sought after today. Click ahead to see them in detail. –Jake Auerbach RM Sotheby's: New York - ICONS 6 December | New York
RM Sotheby's is set to amplify its third iteration of the Manhattan-based auction by hosting what will undoubtedly be the culmination of all collector car auctions in 2017. Part of Sotheby’s inaugural A Life of Luxury sale series, RM Sotheby's celebrates the cutting edge of automotive design with an expertly curated roster of iconic cars from the world's most admired marques. Click ahead to discover some of the decade-defining highlights, from the 1960s Volkswagen Microbus to the 1980s Lamborghini Countach. –Jake Auerbach RM Sotheby's: New York - ICONS 6 December | New York
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