Messi watch to raise money for best footballer’s foundation


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva fans of the world’s top football player, Leo Messi, will have a chance to see a watch designed for him as a fundraiser, 9-10 May at Sotheby’s, shortly before it goes on auction 11 May as part of the auction house’s spring Important Watches sale. The watch will also be displayed […]

Largest colourless diamond for sale in Geneva


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The world’s largest colourless diamond will be offered for sale in Geneva in May, auction house Christie’s International announced Wednesday 13 March. A spokesman for the London-based auctioneers told GenevaLunch that the pear-shaped diamond, weighing 101.7 carats, is estimated at a price “in excess of US$ 20 million”. Christie’s described the diamond […]

Rare 7thc BC vase and Bardot photo at Geneva auction


Rarity for CHF40,000 and Bardot for a mere CHF300! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Collectors will find a rare 7th century BC Etruscan storage jar among the treasures up for auction at the Hôtel des Ventes spring sale in Geneva 11-14 March, with an expected price of CHF40-60,000. The jar is considered a rarity because of its […]

Record $21 million for diamond that will head for museum

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Details aren’t yet out about where and when the world will be able to see the Archduke Joseph diamond again, after its record sale at auction for $21.47 million. But the new owner is said by former owner and seller Alfredo J. Molina, chairman of California-based jeweler Black, Starr & Frost, to be […]

Vintage couture auction in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Hôtel des Ventes de Genève is auctioning a large 1950s vintage couture lot that includes Balenciaga, Balmain, Chanel, Lacroix, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and Hermès items. According to the auction house, the items come from “Princess G.R. [who] lived in Switzerland for several years and [whose] possessions have remained intact in a container […]

Zurich Kunsthalle charity art auction brings in £2.8m


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The Kunsthalle in Zurich is £2.8 million richer Thursday 28 June, thanks to a London charity art auction held by Christies for the newly restored contemporary art museum. It opens to the public in August, but the art works donated to the auction were on exhibit last week at the museum. The […]

Contemporary art museum in Zurich to re-open with help of leading artists


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Kunsthalle is re-opening in Zurich after renovations with help from leading contemporary artists who have donated works to be auctioned at Christie’s in London. An exhibit of the donated works is currently on at the new permanent home of the museum at the Löwenbräu art complex until Sunday 17 June, before […]

Safra jewels are latest in Christie’s string

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Some CHF20 million in jewels will be auctioned for charity by Christies Monday night 14 May, in a sale called “Jewels for Hope” at the Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. The collection is owned by Lily Safra, one of Geneva’s most famous philanthropists along with her late husband, banker Edmond Safra, who […]

1774 Arbois Vin Jaune up for auction in Geneva

Vin Jaune, a master’s palette for the palate BERN, SWITZERLAND – Eight generations of the Vercel family in Arbois, France, across the Jura mountains, have held onto a 1774 bottle of the region’s famed Vin Jaune, storing it in the family’s vaulted underground cellar. Now the 87-centilitre bottle, with its typical Burgundian rounded belly and […]

American Citizens Abroad 21st Annual Fundraiser Auction

The annual American Citizens Abroad (ACA) fundraiser auction is coming up and all are welcome to attend. 7 pm – Cocktails – Cash bar. 8 pm – Auction with celebrity guest auctioneer, Mark Butcher of Radio Frontier. Lots of great auction items. American Citizens Abroad (ACA), the voice of Americans overseas, is a non-profit, non-partisan, […]