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Scott Diament: From Bagel Boy to Emperor of the Fair
Elizabeth Sobieski (Huffington Post)
"There's never been a company like this company, built like this company.... I really believe that over the years it is going to be a legitimate competitor to the major auction houses. The Palm Beach Show Group will be up there when you talk about where you buy antiques: 'I buy at Sotheby's, I buy at Christie's and I buy at the Palm Beach Show Group'." -Scott Diament
     
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Laurence Graff, ‘King of Diamonds,’ Reveals Some Secrets
By SUZY MENKES- The New York Times
Laurence Graff, the self-styled King of Diamonds, was decorated with the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth this year, 60 years after he took up jewelry in London as a 15-year-old apprentice.
     
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Inside Antwerp’s secret, glittering, ultra-secure diamond HQ where 85% of the world’s supply changes hands
Bruno Waterfield, The Telegraph
It is a business worth £31-billion a year built on mankind’s desire — and even dark passion — for rare gemstones of brilliance and beauty.
     
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Cartier Retrospective Looks Back at 100 Years of Creating Bling for the Stars
By Chantel Tattoli- The DailyBeast
It has bejeweled the upper crust for over a century. A new retrospective in Paris looks back at the house’s work from its birth in 1847—including Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara.
     
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Meat And Booze With A Side Of Still Life: American Painters On Food
Ideastream.org
Food as a symbol of politics, diet, gender roles, technology, isolation, gluttony and blatant commercialism has been with us for ages and in many forms. A massive exhibit explores how American artists, from Pilgrim times to Andy Warhol, used paintings of food to shape and reflect our national identity.
     
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Book Published in 1640 Sets a Record at Auction
By JAMES BARRON- NY Times
It already held a record as the first book printed in English in North America. Now it holds two: It is also the most expensive book ever sold at auction.
     
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Art Outshines Jewelry at Fall Auctions
This post originally appeared on Scene Asia.
Pity the diamonds. Lately, contemporary art has outshone expensive gems at the auction houses.
     
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These Photos Are Actually Paintings
BY JAKOB SCHILLER- Wired.com
Louis K. Meisel likes to let you know that he doesn’t care for famous graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings — which sell for millions of dollars — because he thinks they don’t show much skill. “People don’t buy Basquiat’s work because they like what it looks like,” Meisel says. “It’s all a big distortion.”
     
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Grisly Warhol Painting Fetches $104.5 Million, Auction High for Artist
By CAROL VOGEL- NY Times
One of Andy Warhol’s more powerful and provocative images — a lifeless body amid the gruesome wreckage of a car crash — sold for $104.5 million at Sotheby’s contemporary art auction on Wednesday night, making it the highest price ever paid at auction for the Pop artist.
     
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Francis Bacon Paintings Sell For Record $142 Million At Christie’s Auction
CBS New York/AP
Three Studies of Lucian Freud' Bidder Was Not Revealed
     
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