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Christie's to auction off world's biggest blue diamond

Geneva - The world's largest blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the rare gem expected to fetch up to $25 million, auctioneers said Friday."The Blue", a shimmering pear-shaped rock the colour of cobalt and weighing 13.

Francis Bacon triptych sells for record-breaking $142 million

New York - A triptych of paintings by Francis Bacon of fellow British painter, Lucian Freud just broke the art world's record price for an artwork sold on auction. The work fetched $142,405,000, beating the previous record held by Edvard Munch's "The Scream".

Warhol online auction at Christie's until March 5

New York - Christie's , the world famous auction house is now conducting an on-line auction of the master of multi- media and Pop Art Andy Warhol to benefit The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

New Botticelli record as 'Madonna' sold for over $10 million

New York - A Renaissance painting by the Italian master, Sandro Botticelli reached a record price at Christies on January 30, as "Madonna and Child with Young Saint John the Baptist" sold for $10,442,500.

Lehman Brothers art collection to be sold at auction

London - The art which once adorned the European headquarters of Lehman Brothers is to be sold at auction, two years after the company's dramatic collapse.

Picasso’s ‘The Absinthe Drinker’ auctioned for $51.2 million

London - "The Absinthe Drinker", a famous painting from Pablo Picasso's Blue Period, a portrait of his friend the artist Angel Fernandez de Soto, was sold today at auction at Christie's in London for US$ 51.2-million.

Churchill memorabilia set to go under auctioneer’s hammer

Revealing letters, rarely seen photographs, an engagements diary from World War II and even an unsmoked cigar – all memorabilia of the wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill – will go under the auctioneer’s hammer this year.

Picasso artwork sells for record $106.4 million

Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sold for a record $106.4 million on Tuesday at an auction in New York City hosted by Christie's.

Da Vinci picture identified by fingerprint

When Peter Silverman bought a German painting at a 1998 Christie's auction sale he did not know his $19,000 bid would be a landfall. The painting has been revealed to be a Da Vinci worth millions.

World's first microscope auctioned off for 312,000 pounds

One of three silver microscopes built by Dutch scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek - which heralded in the age of micro-biology - was sold by Christie's for 312,000 pounds. This was the highest price ever paid for any antique Dutch scientific instrument.

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