Italian Style

A quick preview from our recent excursion to Italy. Stay tuned for more….

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Inside the E-Type


Courtesy RM Auctions

Here we have a peek inside the legendary Jaguar E-Type, one of the most beautiful cars ever built both inside and out, courtesy of RM Auctions’ upcoming Salon Privé sale in London. Read more at A Continuous Lean….

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Fred Astaire’s Ferrari

Courtesy of RM Auctions

On offer at RM Auctions‘ Monterey sale during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 19–20: this race-winning 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider, which played a starring role in the 1959 apocalyptic thriller On the Beach starring Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. Read more at DRIVEN….

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Motoring with Mick Jagger

Courtesy of DRIVEN

It’s 1971 and the Stones have just released Sticky Fingers. Mick is in need of some R&R, so in true rock star style he jumps in his Morgan roadster and lights out for St. Tropez. Read more on DRIVEN.

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Gatsby Country

Gatsby’s house was recently torn down but the sporting spirit of Long Island’s North Shore lives on… in pictures like these. Above, world class polo player Stewart Inglehart at the Meadow Brook Club. Check out the scene c.1946 at A Continuous Lean.

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Faulkner from Hollywood to West Point

Whether in Hollywood doctoring scripts in the 1940s (above) or addressing cadets at West Point, literary lion William Faulkner was a paragon of style. Read more at A Continuous Lean….

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Finds: Pan Am Pilot’s Rolex

Courtesy Antiquorum

At Antiquorum’s important watches sale in Geneva this weekend: a Pan Am pilot’s 1957 Rolex “Tropical Dial” GMT-Master, complete with the flyer’s cap, briefcase, lighter, ashtray and flight instruction manual, estimated at $27,000 – $38,000 (Read more at A Continuous Lean).

We ourselves sport the modern offspring of this model, the GMT-Master II. Damned handsome it is too, though we’re thinking of upgrading to the new 40th anniversary “Steve McQueen” Explorer II.

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Caine in Cannes

From Cannes Cinema (Cahiers du cinema, May 2011, $39.95) ©Traverso / courtesy Cahiers du cinema

In honor of the Cannes film festival which starts today, we bring you this snap of the great Michael Caine from the cinematic happening in 1965, courtesy of Cahiers du cinema’s cool new illustrated history. Pick up a copy here and read more at Gilt MANual…. Continue reading

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The Art of the Bowtie: Bogie by Avedon

Courtesy of Bonhams

Lot 110: Richard Avedon (American, 1923-2004)

Humphrey Bogart, Actor, New York, 1953
Gelatin silver print, printed 1970, from Minneapolis Portfolio (New York: self-published, 1970), signed and numbered 8/35 in pencil in the margin; signed in ink and with his copyright, edition, and title stamps on verso, framed. 24 x 20in

Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

At Bonhams Photographs sale, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, May 1o, 2011.

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A Tale of Two Warhols














Christie’s Images Ltd.

A lot of fuss is being made over a blood red 1986 Andy Warhol self-portrait expected to fetch up to $40 million at Christie’s on May 11. The nine foot high tribute to the artist’s unbridled ego, painted shortly before he died, is the centerpiece of the auction house’s eye-popping Post War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York. Another major Warhol portrait in the same auction is getting short shrift, however – and that’s a damn shame because it has the red menace beat hands down.

Painted in 1963 (above) it’s the earliest Warhol self-portrait on record and measures in at a much more modest 3.5 ft. Estimated at up to $30 million, in our opinion it’s inestimably cooler. That’s because it’s from Warhol’s classic cool years before the fright wigs, corsets and ever-spiraling eccentricity; it’s almost a how-to for dressing like you’re going to a great party with Edie Sedgwick instead of a freak show at the Factory. Read more at Gilt MANual….

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