April 29, 2014 – Today, Doyle New York auctioned a pair of rare and exceptional natural pearls for $3.3million. A new world auction record for a pair of natural pearls has been created. The sale shattered the estimate of $100,00 to $200,000.
Donald Robertson is the head of Creative Development at the beauty giant Bobbi Brown Cosmetics he was also one of three original founders of MAC Cosmetics where he helped launch VivaGlam, raising more than $260 million globally for the fight against AIDS.
Before there was Instagram there was Polaroid. From 1970 to 1987, Warhool took thousands of pictures with his plastic Polaroid Big Shot camera. Many of these images served as inspiration for his famous repetitive silkscreens. The polaroids revealed an important dimension of Warhol’s process in creating his famous large scale portraits. Although his polaroids served as aids for painting portraits, in and of themselves they are significant works and represent a relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work.
Are you familiar with the story of the Cheapside Hoard? I am going to assume that you are NOT familiar with said story. Here are the facts. On June 18, 1912, in the heart of London at 30-32 Cheapside St., laborers were demolishing three dilapidated tenement buildings. As a worker’s pickaxe broke through the cellar floor of one of the tenement houses, they noticed a wooden box.
The series of lavish Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the Russian Imperial family, between 1885 and 1916, against an extraordinary historical backdrop, is regarded as the artist-goldsmith’s greatest and most enduring achievement. The story began when Tsar Alexander III decided to give a jeweled Easter egg to his wife the Empress Marie Fedorovna, in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. Tsar Alexander was apparently involved in the design and execution of the egg, making suggestions to Fabergé as the project went along.
One of my favorite events of the year (I am not kidding) is the Washington Post Peeps Diorama competition which obviously takes place during the Easter/Passover season. I really look forward to the creativity and humor of it all. Below, please find the winner and the four finalists. I have a definite favorite. I will give you a hint – my girls love marshmallows so……you can imagine the fun I have had since that particular diorama was revealed. Which one is your favorite?
Here is the second post on Barbara Hutton that I promised you!
Barbara Woolworth Hutton was born in New York City on November 14, 1912 and died May 11, 1979 in Beverly Hills. She was only 66 when she died. Decades before Elizabeth Taylor, Athina Onassis Roussel or Kim Kardashian (for this generation) became famous, the original front page heiress/celebrity was Barbara Hutton. She was known as “the million dollar baby” and “the poor little rich girl” the title of a Noël Coward 1920’s song. She became front page news (at age 5) when her mother died. After that, every major event of her life was publicized in the newspapers.