September 19, 2017

The Virtues of Vintage Watches

Even as luxury watch brands have battled retail challenges over the last few years, high-end vintage timepieces have been selling for record-setting prices, especially hard-to-find pieces […]
September 12, 2017

Vivien Leigh’s Jewelry on Auction at Sotheby’s

LONDON — Rarely has a sale of a grandmother’s hand-me-down jewelry gotten such attention. But when that grandmother was the double-Oscar winner Vivien Leigh, the glare […]
September 12, 2017

Andrew Grima’s Work Returns to the Spotlight

LONDON — In the 1960s Andrew Grima re-energized the British jewelry scene with flamboyant modern designs that vibrated with textured gold and colorful semiprecious gemstones in […]
August 31, 2017

On Time: Paul Newman’s Rare Rolex Has Auction Watchers Buzzing

On Time By ALEX WILLIAMS Maybe you missed out on Jimi Hendrix’s “Woodstock” Stratocaster, which sold for a reported $1.3 million in 1993. Perhaps you were […]
November 12, 2016

Bidding to Own a Piece of David Bowie

LONDON — Waiters held trays of Champagne-filled glasses on the landing. Enormous photographs of David Bowie stared or smiled out from the walls. The soundtrack from […]
September 21, 2016

Jane Fonda: The Reluctant Fashionista

When the model Grace Hartzel opened Tom Ford’s spring 2017 show in a striking shag haircut, the inspiration was unmistakable — at least to those over […]
September 7, 2016

On Time: How to Buy a Vintage Watch (and Not Get Fleeced)

On Time By ALEX WILLIAMS These days, vintage watches are hot enough that some aficionados treat their collections like 401(k) accounts: a great way to build […]
June 4, 2016

Who Would Pay $300,000 for a Handbag?

By DESIREE AU June 3, 2016 HONG KONG — In a packed bidding room last Monday, Christie’s Hong Kong hosted its 30th-anniversary auction. The tightly curated catalog featured […]
March 18, 2016

Phillips Auction Will Showcase the Chronograph

By JANE A. PETERSON March 17, 2016 At a brainstorming session in early January, the watch department at Phillips auction house zeroed in on what it said would be […]