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New ‘Motors’ auction of Hôtel des Ventes Monte-Carlo was a disappointment

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The Hôtel des VentesMonte-Carlo set a record for car sales at the Yacht Club this week, but struggled to reach highs on its flagship lots. “There are always disappointments,” said the president of the Monte-Carlo auction house (HVMC), Franck Baille, “but we tripled our turnover compared to the last year and there are usually quite a lot of ‘after sales’ …

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Messi’s Audi R8 is up for auction in Monte-Carlo

Audi R8 V10

FC Barcelona partner since 2006, Audi isn’t skimpy on gifts to Blaugrana. Every year, each player in the Catalan workforce chooses a catalog model before a collective handing-over. This season, the SUV Q7 was given to the players, 16 out of 22 opting for this model. Others try to stand out, like Brazilian striker Neymar Jr. and his RS7 Sportback …

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Auction House Exhibition: Contemporary Art

Prat Collection

The Auction House has recently been exhibiting a few lots of the exceptional Prat collection of contemporary art. The Auction market of Monaco has been the Promised Land of auctioneers for the past few decades, and the Principality has been preparing to have a unique summer, notably with Artcurial Automobile sales and the Monte-Carlo Hotel sales. Last week the Anglo-Saxon auction …

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Vladimir Putin’s $1 Million Watch Coming to Auction

Putin’s Watch Patek Philippe

Vladimir Putin is something of a horological connoisseur. His collection includes everything from a Blancpain Aqualung that he wore while signing the treaty to annex Crimea to a range of other watches. Today, however, we are going to tell you about the most impressive and expensive timepiece from the Putin’s collection, and it’s coming up for sale. The watch is …

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Unique retro car auction to launch in Monaco

Car from Prince Albert II car collection

The General Manager of Artcurial Motors, Matthieu Lamoure, takes the wheel of a new biannual auction. On 2 July, more than 100 prestigious vehicles will be presented in the Grimaldi Forum. A new market, or rather a change of scene for Artcurial, the auction house from Paris. Already omnipresent in the Principality, thanks to its prestigious watches, jewelry and vintage …

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John Symond builds $75m luxury yacht to celebrate 70th birthday in Monaco

John Symond

Talk about making a big splash — John ­Symond is planning the ultimate birthday party by buying himself the ultimate toy, a $75 million superyacht. The Aussie Home Loans megamillionaire has a reputation for throwing some of the biggest parties on Sydney’s lavish social circuit. But his 70th birthday celebration is set to be his greatest yet — and see …

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Trip to the Auctions: Adolf Hitler’s Phone, Items from Cézanne’s House, Cadillac and Bugatti

Hitler's phone

Adolf Hitler’s personal phone is ready to go under the hammer at the auctions. It was recovered by a British officer, Ralph Rayner, in May 1945 in the Führerbunker, a month after the dictator’s suicide. Russian soldiers had offered the officer the gift. Red, with the name Adolf Hitler engraved on the back, topped with a swastika and an eagle. …

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Grimaldi got on the list of wealthiest people in Europe

Tatiana Casiraghi

Europe’s wealthiest individuals are a mixed group. Some of them hold fortunes derived from centuries-old dynasties, while others are hard-nosed entrepreneurs who scrabbled up from humble backgrounds. There are those in Eastern Europe who made their money recently after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are industrialists from Scandinavia with fortunes derived from old industry, and there are some in …

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A rare chance to become part of the legend with the Studio Harcourt in Monaco

Harcourt Studio

« You are not a real actor if you’ve not been photographed by Studio Harcourt» Roland Barthes Have you ever dreamed of being part of a legend? Studio Harcourt makes your dream come true… For more than 80 years, their photos have been the symbol of excellence, celebrated by the worldwide elite to leave a print in history. Marlene Dietrich, Grace …

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Artcurial’s Winter Auctions in Monaco

Buccellati ring2

From the 19th to 21st of January, Artcurial will take up its Winter quarters in Monaco for sales dedicated to the most beautiful and deluxe pieces of jewelry, collectible watches and Hermes bags. Monaco’s prestigious Yacht Club, designed by Norman Foster, has been chosen by Artcurial as the backdrop for its Winter auctions. After the success of last year’s first …

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