Auction house Sotheby’s has announced the sale of a rare collection consisting of hundreds of Alexander Hamilton’s letters and personal manuscripts held by his family at auction on Jaunary 18. Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts will offer a trove that contains, among others, love letters from the first United States Secretary of the Treasury to his wife, Eliza, and the condolence letter, sealed with black wax, that his father-in-law sent to her after Hamilton was killed in the infamous duel with Aaron Burr, the New York Times reports.
At a recent Sotheby’s auction in London, the Miss Blanche armchair, from the Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata, sold for a whopping £269,000 ($409,000 U.S. dollars). The iconic plastic resin chair was named after Blanche Dubois from Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire” and was created in 1988, three years before the artist’s death.
The production of the chair was rather complex, as it required each artificial rose to be held in place for long periods of time so the resin could harden around it. The artist also experimented with using actual roses, but the acrylic resin ruined the flowers before setting. Ultimately it was decided that “fake” materials were more appropriate because Blanch Dubois was in fact superficial.
While many of the apartments at The Dakota, the historic co-op building at 1 West 72nd Street on the Upper West Side, are dripping with historic detail, this one is an anomaly. The four-bedroom unit does retain many of the classic details of these famed apartments—12-foot ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows and grand, well-sized rooms. But it’s been significantly renovated with bold, modern design in the kitchen and bedrooms. To have a touch of modernism in one of the most iconic and historic apartment buildings of New York is going to cost you $17.5 million. The unit last sold in 2010, for $11.5 million.
L to R: Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda’s original NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual; Mets Bullpen Cart; Gage Gold Freedom Box
The highly anticipated New York Sale, an online auction hosted by eBay and Sotheby’s, took place yesterday. The first platform of its kind, the sale offered 91 NYC-related lots, including many photographs and artworks, as well as rare city mementos like Andy Warhol’s 1963 lease for his first studio on 87th Street (which sold for $13,750, over the $12,000 high-end estimate). Not only does the auction site feature pricing information for the items, but it offers thorough descriptions and historic information about them, accompanied by relevant media.
In total, the sale raked in $2,101,814 for Sotheby’s, with the most expensive item being a replica of Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi’s clay model of “La liberté éclairant le monde”(the Statue of Liberty) that sold for $970,000. Other top sellers include a gold “freedom box,” the Mets Bullpen Cart, and a Tiffany & Co. silver Art Deco cigar box.