An amazing and very important jewelry, called the "Graff Ruby" was sold at Sotheby's "Magnificent Jewels and Nobel Jewels" auction for over 8 million dollars (8,285,000 CHF) It was part of the Dimitri Mavrommatis collection and it weights 8.62 carats. The Graff Ruby From the lot's note:
This spectacular gemstone was first sold at auction nearly nine years ago. It quickly soared to some six times its low estimate and was purchased by the celebrated jeweller Laurence Graff establishing a world record price at auction for a ruby of its size. Mr Graff named the stone after the sale the ‘Graff Ruby’, and in a Bloomberg interview in February 2006 was quoted as saying ‘…the cut and spread of colour is the finest I have ever seen’. Since then, the prices for truly exceptional Mogok rubies, arguably the rarest of all gemstones, have continued to soar on the very few occasions they have appeared on the market.
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Completed by Patek Philippe in 1932, the Henry Graves Supercomplication watch is now the most expensive watch ever sold. It was sold for $24 million (CHF 23.2 million) at Sotheby's Important Watches auction in Switzerland. Henry Graves Supercomplication You can read more about this auction and the history of the Patek Philippe watch on the Sotheby's site or on Bloomberg's  
9505 Lania Lane Beverly Hills It has 12 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, sits on 25 acres of land and it is the most expensive house listed on the US market currently for $195,000,000 Owned by real estate entrepreneur Jeff Greene, who spent eight years and $25 million expending the villa. It was bought by Mr Greene for $35 million in 2007 from Saudi businessman Mishaal K. Adham and his wife. More information about this magificant property including photos can be found on the listing brokerage website
An Apple-1 computer broke the record and became the most expensive Apple computer ever sold during Bohnams' New York auction. This Apple-1 is one of the 50 such devices ever made. The winner was the Henry Ford museum and the winning bid including premium was a stunning $905,000, almost twice the pre-auction estimate. [caption id="attachment_8148" align="alignnone" width="640"]Apple 1 computer The Apple 1 computer that was sold by Bonhams for almost a million (image from Bonhams.com)[/caption] The Apple 1 computer sold by Bonhams for $905,000 (image from Bonhams) You can read more about this record breaking auction event in Bonhams's press release
The recent "Post-war & Contemporary Art Evening Auction" at Christie's in London resulted in some amazing sales including the successful sale of Francis Bacon's painting titled: "Study for Head Of Lucian Freud". It was sold for an £11,506,500 ($19,664,609) Francis Bacon "Study for Head Of Lucian Freud" From the lot's note:
Having spent its entire life in the collection of Roald Dahl and subsequently in the collection of his estate, Study for Head of Lucian Freud, 1967 is one of only two single portrait heads that Francis Bacon executed of his friend and sometime rival, the chronicler of the human condition, Lucian Freud. The essence of Freud emerges from a sumptuously thick and complex surface comprised of lustrous undulations of crisp white titanium mixed with sweeps of emerald, all set against a velvety black void. His features appear and dissolve in the alternating sweeps of gestured paint, with flecks of vermilion articulating Freud’s existence all the more acutely. Darkly haloed by a thin trail of emerald tracing the outline of Freud’s crown, there is more than representation on display here – this is the individual presented as their very essence. It is this very quality that made Study for Head of Lucian Freud so compelling to Dahl, who was to acquire it in the same year as its execution. The work brings together three titans of the arts from the 20th century at the height of each of their artistic powers. Dahl, arguably the greatest children’s author of the 20th century, was first recognized in the 1960s for his uncanny ability to relate to children. His voice on the page was especially attuned to children’s ears and he was able to speak to them like no other adult has, or perhaps ever will. The last of four works, which Dahl acquired by Bacon during the 1960s, Study for Head of Lucian Freud was most certainly chosen for its extraordinary ability to capture the essence of Freud. Much like his masterful triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud, 1969, Study for Head of Lucian Freud is Bacon’s own raw and intense presentation of Freud. With each masterful sweep of his brush, Bacon has created an emblem to the legendary relationship, defend as much by the friendship as by the rivalry that existed between these two titans of 20th century art. Bacon has animated his friend’s visage, imbuing it with energy and attitude through impulsive, staccato dashes of colour. Conveying the intimacy of their relationship, Bacon succeeds in communicating a sense of Freud’s character, his inner resolve, pride and vitality in paint.
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