1. The urushi bicycle project - VANHULSTEIJN X SOTHEBY'S

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    Exclusively for Sotheby’s Dutch designer Herman van Hulsteijn created a very special edition of 9 extraordinary Vanhulsteijn bicycles covered in a dazzling coat of Japanese urushi lacquer and gold leaf. The curve is the single most distinguishing feature of this bicycle, stretching from the saddle toward the handlebars in front and terminating at the rear wheel at the back. It appears as if the rider is floating in mid-air. This particular bike design grew out of Hermans need to create ‘a good looking cycle’: a head-turner that is designed for fast, comfortable rides. At first he build a prototype just to himself, but as soon as he started riding around the city everybody wanted one. After selling a first batch of bikes, printed press and bloggers also noticed the innovative look of the Vanhulsteijn bicycle. This jump-started the development of the bike and allowed Herman to open the Vanhulsteijn shop and broaden his international clientele. Today the Vanhulsteijn bicycles are still handcrafted completely out of stainless steel in the middle of Arnhems working-class quarters by a small team of craftsmen using the latest techniques and a wide variety of high quality parts. For this occasion Vanhulsteijn teams up with two Russian artisans who specialize in Japanese lacquer techniques called urushi. This particular style of lacquer, Tsugaru Nuri implements several layers of gold leaf to achieve a stunning, rich effect that contrasts beautifully with the industrial parts of the bike. The layer of precious metal glows underneath the lacquer and creates an enormous feeling of depth whereby the pattern almost appears to be three dimensional. A pleasant side effect of this ancient Japanese technique is that every bike will have a naturally unique pattern. Needless to say all the bikes are fitted with the highest quality components available today which are listed below. Beside the frame, Herman van Hulsteijn designed the signature parts like the elegantly shaped brake levers and pedals himself. Every single part that has no lacquer on it was carefully polished by hand to highlight their shape. The ray-skin upholstery of the saddle and handle bar tops off the luxury look of the bike. Ultimately the bicycle is finished off with the Vanhulsteijn logo’s and number in the Maki-e technique: different grain sizes of gold dust sprinkled in urushi lacquer. Urushi is the sap of the urushi or lacquer tree (rhus vernicifera). It is a member of the sumac family (anacardiaceae) and native to China, Korea, Japan and the eastern Himalayas. The sap of this tree contains a resin (urushiol) which, when exposed to moisture and air, polymerizes and becomes a very hard, durable, plastic-like substance. Urushi is in fact a natural plastic. The process of applying the lacquer is long and labour intensive: independent of the size of the surface it takes on average 6 months to carry out the finishing. In some cases 60 layers are applied and polished by hand. Depending on the kind of lacquer the time it takes a single layer to dry can take from 2 hours up to 3 months. Due to its fascinating characteristics which are both sustainable and esthetically beautiful, urushi is still used for a wide variety of purposes. From its first use in the making of bowls, plates, trays, sake cups, boxes, combs and other objects, the use of urushi developed along with Japanese culture. In Japan the urushi bowl or plate became a part of the harmony of traditional Japanese food. In the noble court culture classical styles took form. Maki-e and raden urushi techniques elegantly used gold and silver to ennoble furniture, make up accessories, toys and writing implements. Urushi also became an integral part of the harmony of Natsume (tea canisters), Kogou (incense burners) and other tools and utensils used in the tea ceremony. In the Edo period people adorned themselves with urushi medicine cases, combs and hairpins. Many of these objects can be found in museums and private collections today. In the 20th century a number of designers working in France began to use Asian lacquer for furniture and other decorative arts. Eileen Gray and Jean Dunand are two of the artists who produced screens, furniture and paintings using Asian lacquer. Today, while many craftspeople still make beautiful lacquer ware, urushi has become an important material in the art scene in Japan and other parts of Asia. Contemporary artists are increasingly working with urushi, its colors, shapes and techniques in their paintings, art objects and jewelry. This combination of contemporary design and traditional craft is made to order and tailor made to Sotheby’s clients in a limited edition of 9 bicycles. For further inquiries contact us at info[at]vanhulsteijn.com.

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    • Bob Colacello: How and Why I Sold My Warhol

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      What to do with a giant portrait of yourself by one of the most famous artists of the 20th century? That’s the question Vanity Fair special correspondent Bob Colacello found himself asking last fall. In 1980 Andy Warhol, his then boss at Interview magazine, had painted a 40-by-40-inch likeness of Colacello as a gift for brokering a commissioned sale, but after 30 years, Colacello was finding it “hard to live with.” With Warhol prices continually hitting new highs—and with a mortgage to pay off—the writer decided to put his portrait up for auction at Sotheby’s. Videographer Jacques Del Conte headed to the auction house to witness the nail-biting sale and sat down with Colacello, who had plenty to say about the portrait and his mixed emotions in selling it. Directed and Edited by Jacques del Conte Music by Chris George Produced by Dana Brown

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      • The Ethiopian Caterpillar

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        The Ethiopian Caterpillar is a bejeweled automaton from the year 1820. Attributed to Henri Maillardet, only six automaton caterpillars are known to exist and the other five are in prestigious collections in Europe, include one in the Patek Philippe museum and another two in the Sandoz collection (see Parmigiani for more on them). The pre-sale estimate for this piece is $350,000-$450,000.

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        • Sotheby's Realty France, "Lifestyle: Real People"

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          Filmed, edited and directed by Thibault Walthert Steadycam : Guillaume Zekkout 2 heures 56 Productions Crew : Henri Baudras and Chloé Mercier. Music by Alexander Kraft Production/Postproduction : 2 Heures 56 Productions A unique view behind the scenes of Sotheby's International Realty France - Monaco: This incredibly stylish music video is a true cinematic oeuvre that shows the authentic Sotheby's Realty France - lifestyle: All properties are real Sotheby's Realty France properties, all "actors" are real Sotheby's Realty - representatives, and all "props" (incl. pure bred horses, cute dogs, vintage cars, and gorgeous Ralph Lauren - and Cifonelli - clothes) are the property of the people shown... . Even the catching yet soothing music (which will become available on iTunes soon) was composed by Sotheby's Realty France - chairman Alexander Kraft (and produced by Paris producers "Toneskills"). Finally, both concept and script of the video were developed in-house (and produced by Paris-based production company "2heures56 Productions"). A truly authentic experience from A to Z... Matériel utilisé : Canon 5d mark 2 24-105mm L F4, 5.6 50mm F1.8 14mm Samyang F.2 Pocket Dolly Philip Bloom Trépied Manfrotto Steadicam Logiciels utilisés : Adobe After Effect CS6 Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

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          • The Sale Of The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication

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            Last week's sale of the Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication made by Patek Philippe for $24,000,000 has become international news. This mega pocket watch has been in countless newspapers and magazines around the world over the past 10 days since the gavel fell at Sotheby's in Geneva. But, this is HODINKEE – and we always try to go the extra mile so that those who may not be able to hop on a jet for an evening sale in Geneva can still experience the thrill of seeing the world's most expensive watch go under the hammer. For the full story, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/video-watching-the-supercomplicaiton-sell-at-sothebys

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            • The making of the Macallan 64 years old in Lalique Cire Perdu decanter

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              Following the intricate process of designeing and creating the most expensive whisky decanter ever sold at auction. The Macallan 64 years old in Lalique Cire Perdu sold at auction at Sotheby's New York in November 2010 raising US$460,000 for charity: water to provide clean and sae drinking water to people in developing countries.

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              • Sotheby's Realty France, "Lifestyle: Real Estate"

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                Filmed, edited and directed by Thibault Walthert Steadicam : Guillaume Zekkout Music by Alexander Kraft Production/Postproduction : 2 Heures 56 Productions A unique view behind the scenes of Sotheby's International Realty France - Monaco: This incredibly stylish music video is a true cinematic oeuvre that shows the authentic Sotheby's Realty France - lifestyle: All properties are real Sotheby's Realty France properties, all "actors" are real Sotheby's Realty - representatives, and all "props" (incl. pure bred horses, cute dogs, vintage cars, and gorgeous Ralph Lauren - and Cifonelli - clothes) are the property of the people shown... . Even the catching yet soothing music (which will become available on iTunes soon) was composed by Sotheby's Realty France - chairman Alexander Kraft (and produced by Paris producers "Toneskills"). Finally, both concept and script of the video were developed in-house (and produced by Paris-based production company "2heures56 Productions"). A truly authentic experience from A to Z... Matériel utilisé : Canon 5d mark 2 24-105mm L F4, 5.6 50mm F1.8 14mm Samyang F.2 Pocket Dolly Philip Bloom Trépied Manfrotto Steadicam Logiciels utilisés : Adobe After Effect CS6 Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

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                • Luxury Real Estate Video Tour (HD)

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                  Luxury HD video property tour by Falling Awake Productions for Sotheby's Prominent Properties / Sotheby's International Realty. For more information, please visit: www.fallingawakeproductions.com

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                  • Sotheby's /// Baie-Saint-Paul

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                    Extremely rare plots! Excellent opportunity for world-classproject resort. Charlevoix is a World Biosphere Reserve, protected byUnesco. Steep cliffs along with the sea and the mountains formed by a meteorite, this region offers a MAJESTIC atmosphere throughout the year. Barely 1 hour 15 minutes from Quebec City and Jean-Lesage International Airport. In winter time: 15 minutes from Le Massif ski resort In summer time 20 minutes from one of the most exquisite golf courses in Canada, Fairmont Manoir Richelieu (36holes) At the foot of the plots, at some 2 minutes away, lies thevillage of Baie-St-Paul, offering full service such asrestaurants, art galleries and museum, in addition to the rail shuttle which transports tourists all year round, to skiingactivities during winter and golf, during summer. Unique and a total must-have for key investors looking for an EXQUISITE and remarkable site in the mountains, in Canada, facing due south, boasting striking panoramic views of the river, which is as colossal as the SEA itself and to-die-for sceneries of its spectacular environment. Derek St-Hilaire & Martin Dostie Sotheby's International Realty Quebec 465 Grande Allée Est, Québec,Qc Www.sothebysimmobilierquebec.com Video: Film Making & Production // www.dfmotion.ca Post-Production // cargocollective.com/1one

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                    • Art is a Passion Investment: A Conversation with Iain Robertson

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                      Iain Robertson, Head of Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, discusses the state of the art market, emerging markets, and art as a passion investment. sothebysinstitute.com

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