Kate Moss inspires photo auction (+pics)

She’s inspired everything from books to phone covers, and now a collection of paintings, photos and sculptures made with Kate Moss in mind is to be auctioned at Christie’s.

And the stunning images certainly seem to have the 39-year-old model’s seal of approval. She was photographed with a big smile on her face at the auction house, where she unveiled Kate Moss: The Collection ahead of the public exhibition and sale later this month.

Moss, who rocked a typically daring silver trouser suit, looked confident as she posed for photos with the photographs before enjoying a tour.

Kate Moss at the 'Kate Moss: The Collection' auction.Photo / Getty
Kate Moss at the ‘Kate Moss: The Collection’ auction.Photo / Getty

Among the pieces in the exhibition is a striking porcelain sculpture by Nick Knight which depicts the Croydon-born model as an angel and an incredibly detailed tapestry portrait created by American artist Chuck Close.

Also included in the sale, which will take place on the 25th September, are stunning photographic portraits by Craig McDean and Chris Levine.

Levine’s work, entitled She’s Laser, portrays the model topless with lasers beamed onto her body, the coloured light giving the piece a pop art feel.

Another striking image is Allen Jones’ Body Armour, expected to sell for around £20,000 (NZ$39,500), which shows the model sporting glittering gold body armour.

'Body Armour' by Allen Jones.Photo / Getty
‘Body Armour’ by Allen Jones.Photo / Getty

All the works come from the private collection of Gert Elfering, 50, a Munich millionaire who, according to Forbes, made his money by promoting lotteries on television.

Elfering, who described Moss as the “ultimate modern muse” is set to add a considerable amount to his fortune following the auction, with many of the works valued in the tens of thousands.

Levine’s laser effort has the highest estimate, at £150,000 (NZ$296,301), while the lowest sale price expected is £6000 for photographer Bruce Weber’s 1997 portrait of the model on a beach in Florida.

“I am pleased to be working with Christie?s once again, on this occasion to celebrate the living icon Kate Moss,” said Elfering.

“She is the subject and inspiration for this collection, but the importance of the present works is in her collaboration with the internationally renowned artists who created them.”

Check out a gallery of the images below:

The works can be viewed at Christie’s between the 21st and 24th September. The auction takes place on the 25th. See for more information.


Steiner Sports Gets You Up Close and Personal With Your Favorite Star Athletes

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There are plenty of sports memorabilia businesses that sell neat artifacts, but how many do you know of that set up signings and elite events as well?

Steiner Sports

began back in 1987 and has since become one of the world’s leading providers of sports marketing services and authentic collectables. Priding themselves in being full-service, they have built relationships with over 1,500 athletes to give unique experiences and events to their customers.

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Stop in the Name of the Louvre

“This dress weighs forty pounds, I’m just going to stand here like the statues,” quipped Becca Cason Thrash of her Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown as she welcomed early arrivals to Liaisons au Louvre III last night. Among them was Milla Jovovich, who reckoned that her own Saint Laurent number checked in at “at least thirty pounds.”

The guest list for the American and International Friends of the Louvre benefit was nothing if not eclectic—a mash-up of European, red-carpet, and rock-star nobility, plus society figures from all over, particularly Houston, where Thrash hails from. Gela Nash-Taylor piled the diamonds high: “Only some of them are real,” she joked, striking a pose with husband John in the Caryatids statue gallery. After dinner, the likes of Charlotte Casiraghi, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Bruno Frisoni, Hervé Van der Straeten, Andrew Gn, Olga Kurylenko, and Nick Rhodes gathered underneath I. M. Pei’s glass pyramid for the evening’s live auction.

Thrash drove bidding to new heights, spurred by travel experiences such as a stay at South Wraxall Manor, the Taylors’ fifteenth-century estate near Bath, England (with touring rights to Gela’s closets and a Juicy Couture tracksuit thrown in for good measure), or a five-day cruise down the Nile on Christian Louboutin’s custom-built dahabeah. Thrash, with Louboutin’s blessing, sold that trip three times over. The auction’s centerpiece—20 Jahre Einsamkeit, by Anselm Kiefer—pulled in a cool half million. In all, the soiree raised nearly $3 million for restorations of the ancient Greek sculpture galleries in the Louvre, home to the Venus de Milo.

But the biggest coup of the evening was not about the cash—it was about an icon. With the opening chords of “I’m Coming Out,” the whole room was on its feet for Diana Ross, who reeled through some of her biggest hits. “Are you too young to remember this one?” she teased before launching into “Stop in the Name of Love.” “When I saw this project, I just had to do it, so I pulled out my vintage Bob Mackie,” the singer said after the show. “I just loved this energy here tonight.”

Stunning Tiffany Pendant Exceeds Expectations at New York City Auction

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An antique women’s pendant from luxury jewelry brand

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exceeded expectations and blew bidders out of the water by selling for nearly twice the estimated price. Held May 8 in New York City, its safe to say that this years historic

Joseph DuMouchelle Fine Jewelry Auction

was a great success.

The platinum and gold heart-shaped pendant that dates back to around 1895 features a central 15.06 old mine cut diamond that the Gemological Institute of America deemed a natural fancy yellow. Originally estimated to bring in between $125,000 and $175,000, bidding for the stunning sparkler opened at $150,000 and quickly escalated as potential buyers competed for the piece online, by phone and on the auction floor.

The winning bid claimed the pendant for $348,000; however that comes as no surprise, considering the history and culture behind the piece. Attached to a seed pearl necklace, it was once owned by Helena de Kay, a talented painter and wife of the American poet and editor Richard Watson Gilder in the late 1800s. Since then, it has been featured in two extended Tiffanys exhibitions, one of which was held at New Yorks American Museum of Natural History.

Watches, Wine & Design for Auction at Christie's Luxury Week

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Just in time for the holiday season, celebrated auction house Christies New York is inaugurating December Luxury Week, a new a bi-annual sales series devoted to the very best in luxury jewelry, watches, wine and design. From December 10-15, more than $50 million worth of the worlds finest examples in each category will cross the auction block over six separate sales, to the delight of collectors and neophytes alike.

Over 1,000 items will be offered during the following auctions: Magnificent Jewels on December 10, Interiors on December 11 & 12, The Steven A. Greenberg Collection: Masterpieces in French Art Deco on December 12 & 13, Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design including Magnificent Tiffany on December 14, Important Watches on December 14, and Fine and Rare Wines on December 15.

Of particular interest in the

Important Watches

sale is the impressive collection of former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune, comprising some 50 exceptional timepieces. Assembled very carefully over several years, the collection, worth over $3 million, includes precious timepieces by the likes of Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, and Cartier. The top lot from the Bethune collection is an extremely rare Patek Philippe 18k pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases manufactured in1945, estimated at up to $900,000. The sale marks the first time this watch has ever been offered at public auction.

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Auction Shakes Things Up With Comprehensive James Bond Collection

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Whether you have seen the

James Bond

films or not (and we hope you have), you surely know of them, particularly their subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) sexual one-liners and the famous men who have played the 007 role. Needless to say, we couldn’t help but be a bit shaken when we heard the news that noted Hollywood auction house Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, had accumulated the most comprehensive collection of movie posters, stills, lobby cards, scripts and other ephemera from all of our favorite Bond flicks. The auction will come in line with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, and will take place Dec. 15 and 16 in Los Angeles, with a movie poster collection that is estimated to bring in more than $200,000 alone.

Ever Wanted to Own Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe?

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Any Andy Warhol fans out there should be thrilled to learn that Phillips de Pury & Company is putting on an auction that will include many of the iconic artist’s works. Taking place at the auction house’s 450 Park Ave headquarters, the

luxury art

auction will also feature important works by many other prominent artists, like Pablo Picasso and Cy Twombly.

Of the Warhol offerings there is Diamond Dust Shoes and “Shoes”, 1980, his homage to femininity and luxury. “Diamond” is estimated at $200,000 to $300,00 and “Shoes” is estimated at a lower $40,000 to $60,000. The prints (both framed and in good condition) combine all of Warhol’s favorite themes of Hollywood glamour, wealth, and image. The artist apparently sent his assistants out to find the many pairs of vintage and modern shoes for his photos.

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Moon Rock Sells at $330k at Meteorite Auction

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An iron, Gibeon meteorite, with the appearance of an abstract sculpture sold for$46,875. A piece of the Seymchan meteorite, which was found in Siberia near the town of Seymchan, fetched $43,750. A large chunk of the sparkling, Canyon Diablo Meteorite, from the Arizona meteorite crater, sold at $27,500.

The timing of the auction was perfect, as it occurred at the 20th anniversary of the Peekskill fireball. The fireball is a meteorite that smashed into a Chevy Malibu car just 50 miles from Manhattan. A piece of that Peekskill fireball, which was the most videotaped descent of a meteorite of all time, went for $16,250.

Elvis’ ‘Tiger Man’ Sunglasses Bring In $22,500 at Memphis Auction

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An auction consisting of items relating to the iconic Elvis Presley fetched more than $620,000 at the Peabody Hotel, in Memphis, Tennessee, on August 14, 2012. The event, Heritage Auctions Elvis Memorabilia Signature Auction, attracted fans of the King of Rock and Roll worldwide. The yearly Elvis-themed auction preceded the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presleys death by two days, as Presley died on August 16, 1977.

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