This week will see millions change hands as valuable jewels, art and collectibles go under the hammer at some of the world’s biggest auction houses.
The likes of auction giants Sotheby’s and Christie’s will be holding events. Likewise, the Art for Grenfell auction, seeking to raise money for the families of victims caught in a fire in a London tower block, will go ahead on Monday.
There are a countless number of items set to go under the hammer, but here are some of the rare pieces, famous artworks and hidden gems up for auction this week:
Bone Rocker armchair
Guide price: £170,000-£200,000
A Belge Noir marble armchair from popular Dutch designer Joris Laarman’s Bone Furniture series will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Design: Living in a Material World auction in London, England on Tuesday, 17 October.
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Mahatma Gandhi signed letter
Guide price: £5,000-£7,000
Mullock’s will be auctioning off a letter from Mahatma Gandhi penned for his son, Harilal, in the Gujerati language. The rare piece, which remains in good condition, will go up for sale as part of the Collectables, Historical Documents & Indian Ephemera auction in Shropshire, England on Tuesday, 17 October.
Pablo Picasso’s Tete d’homme
Guide price: €600,000-€800,000
One of Pablo Picasso’s many “Head of a Man” paintings will go up for sale this week. Selling as part of Christie’s Art Moderne auction in Paris, France on Friday, 20 October, this offers the rare chance to own a piece of art from one of the world’s most renowned artists.
Guide price: £3,000-£5,000
Here’s your chance to own a piece of cinema history. A clapperboard used in James Cameron’s box office hit Titanic goes up for sale. Henry Aldridge will sell the memorabilia as part of their Titan, White Star and Liner Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, 21 October.
On-board Titanic letter
Guide price: £60,000-£80,000
If movie memorabilia isn’t your forte, Henry Aldridge will also be auctioning off various pieces that were recovered from the infamous ship. This letter, recovered from a victim’s body, was written while on-board the doomed vessel. It will sell at Henry Aldridge’s Titan, White Star and Liner Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, 21 October.
Andy Warhol’s Lenin
Guide price: €400,000-600,000
Andy Warhol’s portrait of former Communist leader Vladimir Lenin will go under the hammer at Christie’s Cross Sights: Jean-Francois & Marie Aline Collection sale in Paris, France on Friday, 20 October. Warhol himself has signed and dated the rare piece.
Donald Trump’s Empire State Building sketch
Guide price: $8,000-$12,000
Julien’s Street, Contemporary & Celebrity Art auction will see a rough sketch of the Empire State Building penned by President of the United States Donald Trump auctioned off. The piece will be sold in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, 19 October. A similar sketch sold for $9,000 earlier this year.
Romanee Conti 1996 Domaine de la Romanee
Guide price: £60,000-£90,000
Wine collectors should keep an eye on this 1996 Burgundy, produced by the famed Domaine de la Romanée-Conti estate. The vintage wine will go up for sale at Sotheby’s Finest & Rarest Wines auction on Saturday, 21 October in New York, United States.
1930 Ford Model A custom coupe
Guide price: unknown
Renovated by Steve Darnell, this vehicle will go up for sale at Barrett Jackson’s Las Vegas 2017 collector car auction on Thursday, 19 October. This oddly designed car has been produced to represent the “ugliness” of cancer, with all money raised donated to TGen’s Children’s Cancer Fund.
Jean Michel Basquiat’s Untitled Portrait with Crown
Guide price: $40,000-$60,000
Jean Michel Basquat’s Untitled broke the record for a United States-based artist earlier this year, selling for $110m. Another of the famed artist’s works will go under the hammer at Julien’s this week for considerably less. The marker pen sketch, Untitled Portrait with Crown, will sell in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, 19 October as part of the Street, Contemporary & Celebrity Art auction.