On Thursday, July 13, Sotheby’s New York held a Summer Open House at their York Avenue headquarters to celebrate their summer sales of Contemporary Art, Design, Fine Watches, Jewelry, and Space Explorations. The evening started off with special appearance and talk led by Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise. Guests sipped Miraval rosé from Sotheby’s wine retail and enjoyed music by DJ Anden and a live performance by the Kronic Band while viewing five exhibitions across five floors. Sales on view included:
Contemporary Living, an online-only sale from 16-19 July combining the categories of Photographs, Prints, and 20th Century Design from the 20th & 21st Centuries igniting a compelling dialogue between a diverse group of works from each discipline. Along with midcentury Eames chairs, Alvar Aalto lighting and prints by Warhol were Samsung Frame smart televisions integrated into the vignette styled exhibition.
Jewels Online Part II (20 July-3 August) presents additional jewels from the Collection of Marjorie S. Fisher, Palm Beach. From strands of cultured pearls to diamond-set pieces, this sale offers selections from designers including Bulgari, De Grisogono and Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
Contemporary Art Online (7-21 July) offers 89 lots by contemporary artists including Julian Snchabel, Helen Frankenfaler,
Fine Timepieces Online (11-25 July ) features 80 watches from a variety brands including a curated selection of 25 Bell & Ross watches in celebration on the company’s 25th anniversary.
Sotheby’s is holding their first Space Exploration-themed auction since the two groundbreaking Russian Space History sales in the 1990s. Timed to coincide with the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20th, the sale offers a wide variety of material from both the American & Soviet space programs suited for both new and seasoned collectors – from lunar & space photography, flown mission artifacts and hardware, items from the personal collections of astronauts, autographed items, maps & charts, signed books, models, spacesuits, and much more. The star lot in the sale is the Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return bag (lot 102), used by Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission to bring back the very first samples of the moon ever collected.