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 […]

Anker remains standard-bearer as portrait goes for CHF1.5 million

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Sotheby’s annual spring auction of Swiss art underscored the growing interest in Alfred Anker, portraitist par excellence, with his 1885 “Mädchenbildnis” going for just under CHF1.5 million and a second painting, “Schlafendes Mädchen auf einer Holzbank”, going for CHF1.2m. Both prices were in the middle of their estimated pre-sale price range. The […]

Shares may be down, but jewels are definitely up


Two big auction houses realize Monday sales of more than $40 million, more to come GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss franc is a pale safe haven in these days of troubled economies, compared to the bright, shining market in fine jewels, if Geneva auctions are any indication. Monday was a big day, with Sotheby’s succeeding […]

Jeff Koons challenges Beyeler visitors on definition of art

Hanging Heart 1994-2006

RIEHEN, SWITZERLAND –  A retrospective of the controversial American artist Jeff Koons opened to the public Sunday 13 May at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, near Basel, and the artist encourages viewers to engage in a dialogue with his work. Koons’ work, presented here for the first time in Switzerland, includes “hybrids”, as he calls […]

An CHF18.4 million Stradivarius accident in Spain

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 17th-century Stradivarius cello housed at the Royal Palace of Madrid has been broken but “will be repaired” said an unnamed Spanish National Heritage official who did not confirm when the accident took place. The news were first reported by El País, Spain’s largest daily a couple of days ago. The cello […]

Hodler painting of Lake Geneva goes for twice estimated price


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The art market is alive and thriving, Sotheby’s Swiss art sales Monday evening 28 November in Zurich made clear. A 1904 painting of Lake Geneva from Chexbres by Ferdinand Hodler fetched CHF7.14 million, well above its pre-sale estimate of CHF3-5m. It was sold by telephone to a private collector. The painting’s price […]

Best of the pricey baubles – what a week in Geneva!

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Going, going, gone! For CHF11.28 million, the world’s “largest known pear-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond”, a rarity for colour at its size and a newcomer on the market, went to an individual who wishes to remain anonymous, says Sotheby’s. The diamond was the hottest item in the auction house’s semi-annual Geneva fine […]

Geneva Gala in aid of Coeurs Pour Tous – 100 Women in Hedge Funds

This annual charity Gala will be music to your ears (and hearts). An elegant black tie fundraising dinner that includes a personal appearance by Belinda Carlisle, an auction by Sothebys to raise money for a local charity.

Yellow diamond star of Sotheby’s Nov. Geneva auction

Sun Drop Diamond - Sotheby's Geneva - Nov 11

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sotheby’s star diamond at its November sales in Geneva comes without much of a history, but that is no shortcoming: the new gem is expected to be sold for $11-15 million when it goes to auction 15 November. The rough of the Sun-Drop Diamond was found in South Africa in 201. Sotheby’s […]

Hodler’s “Joyful woman” finds a home for CHF2.88m


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Ferdinand Hodler remains a favourite among Swiss artists, with his 1909 “Joyful woman” selling for CHF2.88 million at Sotheby’s Zurich Swiss art sale Monday evening 30 May, the top item. Felix Vallotan’s “Naked woman kneeling in front of a red couch,” 1915, sold for CHF674,500. Both prices were in the range of […]