2020 to now
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2020 Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink, The Eternal Pink
2023 SOLD for $ 35M by Sotheby's
The Eternal Pink is a cushion mixed-cut Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink weighing 10.57 carats in an Internally Flawless clarity. The GIA is describing it as a stunning specimen, attesting an intense color saturation. Similar colors were found in much smaller diamonds in the now closed Argyle mine in Australia.
It had been cut by Diacore in New York City from a 23.78 carat rough discovered in 2020 in Botswana.
Flanked by two diamonds on a ring, it was sold for $ 35M by Sotheby's on June 8, 2023, lot 62. It is a price per carat of US $ 3.3M.
#AuctionUpdate The Eternal Pink diamond sells for $34.8 million at #SothebysNewYork today during the Magnificent Jewels Auction, presented in partnership with @Silversea, setting a new world auction record for a Fancy Purplish-Pink diamond. pic.twitter.com/5aJuLdnCAT— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) June 8, 2023
2020 Game Changer by Banksy
2021 SOLD for £ 16.8M by Christie's
On May 6, 2020, Banksy hangs at the University Hospital Southampton an oil on canvas 91 x 91 cm, clearly visible to staff and patients. This work incorporates the artist's social humor, but without his usual irreverence. It is the message of hope that people increasingly need, one year after the global expansion of the pandemic.
The work is named Game Changer. This title is descriptive. It features a kneeling kid brandishing his new toy, a Superman-inspired masked nurse flying to our rescue. The outdated toys, Batman and Spiderman, are in the bin. The visual effect is not forgotten. In this freehand painting in black line, the only color is the Red Cross clearly visible on the nurse's uniform.
Banksy promised that this work would be sold to benefit the National Health Service. He keeps his word. Game Changer was sold for £ 16.8M from a lower estimate of £ 2.5M by Christie's on March 23, 2021, lot 6. At Southampton Hospital, hope will not be lost : a replica has been installed in place of the original.
The lot was offered with a saleroom notice :
"The artist wishes to thank the British Red Cross for authorising the use of the Red Cross emblem in this work. The red cross symbol is restricted by law in order to preserve its protective function during armed conflicts."
2020 Light Haze Days by Nara
2022 SOLD for $ 12M by Sotheby's
In 2020 in Los Angeles the biggest retrospective scheduled for the artist was cancelled for the reason of the coronavirus pandemic. Back in Japan, he considered the new global unrest.
His artistic response is featuring his signature small girl in a full front bust portrait. This 220 x 195 cm acrylic on canvas is titled Light Haze Days / Study, or Light Haze Daze / Study by homophony. Study means that the artist presents this specific painting as the start of a new era.
The ever innocent child is now getting rid of the mood for defense and revenge of the millennials. The gaze is expressing the naive hope for a better world. The pictural technique is also changed, with the line drawing superseded by a pressing touch providing a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors in head and clothing.
Light Haze Days / Study was sold for $ 12M from a lower estimate of $ 9M by Sotheby's on November 16, 2022, lot 8.
2021 Dmitry Muratov Nobel Peace Prize
2022 SOLD for $ 103M by Heritage
It is indeed not a comfortable task. From 2000 to 2009 six of its journalists including two women have been killed in a direct following of their professional investigations.
The 2021 Nobel Peace prize was shared between the Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Muratov "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."
During the Russian-Ukrainian war, Muratov decided on March 22, 2022 to sell his medal to support UNICEF's humanitarian response for children in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
It was sold for $ 103M in a single lot auction operated by Heritage on June 20 which is also the World Refugee Day. The bidding was opened on June 1 which is Children's Day in Ukraine. The event is approved by the Norwegian Nobel Institute as a "generous act of humanitarianism very much in the spirit of Alfred Nobel". Please watch the video of an interview of Muratov about that project, shared by the auction house.
A precedent is the sale by Niels Bohr of his Nobel Prize in Physics medal to benefit Finnish relief during the Second World War.
The Russian edition of the Novaya Gazeta was suspended on March 28, 2022 after two warnings from the Russian agency in charge of the control of the communication. Muratov was subsequently splashed by an assailant in the eyes with a mixture of red paint and acetone.
2021 Everydays by Beeple
2021 SOLD for $ 69M by Christie's
Beeple uses the most advanced techniques of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. This acquisition of skills did not happen overnight. On May 1, 2007, he made the very clever decision to publish one image per day on the Internet. This visibility obliges him to maintain a professional level in all his experiences.
He never stopped. The 5,000th opus was released on the 5,000th day, January 7, 2021. This set shows a fruitful evolution, in the political sensibility and in the futuristic vision. The characteristic of an artist is to reveal his conception of the universe : Beeple has become a digital artist.
The first 5,000 daily releases were put together as a 21,069 x 21,069 pixel mosaic, which is about 300 x 300 pixels per item. The most current techniques, driven by cryptocurrencies, make it possible to provide a guarantee of authenticity in the form of forgery-proof marks with an NFT protocol in a jpg format.
This unique compilation was prepared on February 16, 2021. Titled Everydays: The first 5000 days, it was sold for $ 69M by Christie's on March 11, 2021, lot 1.
There is no antecedent in the history of art and a fortiori in the history of auctions. Bids are in US dollars but the hammer price must be paid in a cryptocurrency defined by Christie's and Beeple, on a wallet address defined in the catalog. The auction fees must be paid separately in dollars.
How much can it be worth ? Christie's responds: "estimate unknown". The auction was opened on February 25. The next day, the starting bid of $ 100 had been covered 120 times, reaching $ 2.4M.
2021 Human One by Beeple
2021 SOLD for $ 29M by Christie's
His HUMAN ONE is a seminal work of kinetic aluminum sculpture surrounded with four video walls, the whole in a 220 x 122 x 122 cm wood frame. The endless motion is supported by the corresponding dynamic non-fungible token.
The artist offers the most universal theme of the man in his exploration of space and time. The LED lit monolithic life size character in an astronaut uniform and helmet is endlessly striding in an ever changing landscape fed by a data pool, in a 24 hour day and night cycle.
This artwork may never be finished as a new imagery can be loaded by the artist through the Ethereum blockchain for the use of its owner. It provides a suitable and ever current environment to the lone primordial walking men by Boccioni and Giacometti.
HUMAN ONE was sold by Christie's on November 9, 2021, lot 7A, for $ 29M from an expectation over $ 15M.
2021 Bored Apes NFT by Yuga Labs
2021 SOLD for $ 24.4M by Sotheby's
Two series are starting the new process : Bore Ape Yacht Club and Bore Ape Kennel Club. Each of them is made of 10,000 NFT supported digital images, released on the Ethereum blockchain. The dogs had originally been released for a free adoption.
All of them are unique. As for the CryptoPunks but in a much higher variety and size, all elements match a same matrix. They vary in background, clothes, earring, eyes, fur, hat and mouth for the apes in bust portraits, for a total of 170 traits. For the dogs, clothes, earring and hat are superseded by back, head, neck and feet. Most apes are bored throughout a few variants but rarer expressions from rage to jovial are also included.
A set of 101 of each series will be sold online by Sotheby's on September 9, 2021. The Yacht Club was sold for $ 24.4M from a lower estimate of $ 12M, lot 1. The Kennel Club was sold for $ 1.84M, lot 2.
2021 The De Beers Blue
2022 SOLD for HK$ 450M by Sotheby's
It is bigger and clearer than the rectangular cut VVS1 14.62 carat Oppenheimer Blue, sold for CHF 57M by Christie's on May 18, 2016. It has the same internally flawless clarity as the cushion cut 12.03 carats of the Blue Moon, remarkable for its 20 second phosphorescent effect after exposure to UV light, sold for CHF 49M by Sotheby's on November 11, 2015.
The step cut, rectangular cut and emerald cut are the best suited to display the perfection of the gem, revealing any defect without pity and displaying the color in its evenly saturated beauty while optimizing the light reflection.
This masterwork of nature and craftsmanship was sold for HK$ 450M by Sotheby's on April 27, 2022, lot 1800.
2022 Estrela de Fura Ruby
2023 SOLD for $ 35M by Sotheby's
Cut and polished from that gem in 2023 in Bangkok by a master gem cutter under Fura's supervision, Estrela de Fura 55.22 is a cushion ruby weighing 55.22 carats, with a beautifully saturated vivid red color. Its fine and homogeneous clarity is unprecedented in unheated rubies of similar size. Its fluorescence under ultraviolet light is exceptional for African rubies.
Set as a ring, it was sold for $ 35M by Sotheby's on June 8, 2023, lot 59. Please watch the short and long videos shared by the auction house.
The largest and most valuable ruby to ever appear at auction comes to #SothebysNewYork: The Estrela de FURA 55.22.— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) April 5, 2023
Carrying an estimate in excess of $30M, the ruby is set to break auction records and will appear in our Magnificent Jewels sale this June. pic.twitter.com/o4S9LJJVNn
2022 Bugatti Chiron Profilée
2023 SOLD for € 9.8M by RM Sotheby's
The Chiron has the same engine as the Veyron, 8 liters with 16 cylinders in W. For the rest it benefits from all the improvements imagined by the brand in its ten years of experience of the Veyron. It is taller and wider, for a better comfort and an impeccable handling up to the highest speed and in braking.
The top speed of the Chiron was early electronically limited to 420 km/h for remaining below the critical threshold of tire wear but the brand lets know that studies are ongoing to go faster. At maximum speed the fuel tank gets dry in 7 minutes. Driven on the road by Juan Pablo Montoya, a Chiron was timed in 41.96 seconds on the maneuver 0 - 400 km/h - 0, over a total distance of only 3,112 m. The story will not stop at that point. These Bugatti records were beaten or threatened by Koenigsegg.
The model had been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016 and a total production target of 500 vehicles was announced, to be spread over several years starting in 2017. For that first year it is estimated that 70 Chiron have been delivered.
The first Chiron exported to the USA was sold for $ 3.8M by RM Sotheby's on December 6, 2017, lot 137. Not yet registered, it had only run at that time the 400 km of its factory tests. It is titled 2018. A Chiron with less than 1,000 Km from new was sold for € 3,3M by RM Sotheby's on February 7, 2018, lot 151.
The variant Super Sport 300+ of the Bugatti Chiron is so named because it was in 2019 the first road going car to break the 300 mph speed threshold when a prototype driven by Andy Wallace reached 490 km/h (304.7 mph) at Volkswagen's test facility.
The basic Chiron body has been extended of 25 cm in the tail and streamlined for an improved balance between low drag and downforce. It is powered by a 8 liter quad-turbocharged W-16 Bugatti engine in the follow of the Veyron and previous Chirons.
A production run of 30 cars was marketed in 2021 and produced in 2021 and 2022. One of them was sold for £ 4.2M by RM Sotheby's on November 5, 2022, lot 133. It has been finished in black and orange outside and inside and delivered to its first owner in January 2022. It is 2,280 km from new.
The Bugatti Chiron met in 2022 its original target of 500 units using an 8 liter W-16 engine of the brand, modified from the Veyron. The company confirmed that it is terminated at 500.
In its six year history the Chiron had several variants made in small series for experiencing an improved speed, agility, aerodynamics, elegance. For example the Super Sport 300+ which reached an unprecedented speed for a road going car had a production run of 30 cars, in 2021 and 2022.
Built in 2022, the Bugatti Chiron Profilée is a one-off associating the driving agility of the 2020 Chiron Pur Sport with a touring elegance. This concept car has an improved airflow management and a newly developed exterior sky blue finish named Argent Atlantique, superbly associated with the bleu roi of the lower part of the body.
Consigned by Bugatti to RM Sotheby's as the last Chiron to be sold, the Profilée was sold for € 9.8M from a lower estimate of € 4.2M on February 1, 2023, lot 177, being at that time the most expensive new car model sold at auction.
It is available on a bill of sale only, in the class of European single type approval, with VAT applied to the full purchase price. Only driven for its testing, this car announced with an electronically limited top speed of 380 km/h has less than 400 km from new.
It is announced as the fastest accelerating of all Chiron models, capable of reaching 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds and 300 km/h in 12.4 seconds. Whether this performance is or not achieved, we cannot believe that the engineering of the Profilée will not be re-used.