February 14, 2008 |
A Russian businessman paid a record price Wednesday for an 18th century violin that had not been played in public for more than 70 years. Maxim Viktorov, who bought the instrument by master violin maker Giuseppe Guarneri, paid "well in excess" of the previous world auction record for a musical instrument of $3.54 million, auction house Sotheby's said. It said Viktorov bought the violin privately, and did not disclose the price. Viktorov promised that the instrument, dating from 1741 and at one stage owned for 15 years by Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps, would now be played regularly in public.
December 11, 2002 |
A leaded-glass lamp designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been sold for just under $2 million, a record for a Wright piece at auction, Christie's auction house said. The lamp, created around 1903 for the Susan Lawrence Dana House in Springfield, Ill., was acquired Tuesday by a telephone bidder who wished to remain anonymous. The double-pedestal lamp, designed in shades of green, yellow and amber, was one of a pair of lamps that stood in the library of the house, which was also designed by Wright.
April 15, 2006 |
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is on the market and may fetch a record price for an Orange County hotel, industry observers said. Its owner, Chicago-based investor Strategic Hotel Capital, is selling off its assets, including the Dana Point property and the Park Hyatt in San Francisco, said hotel consultant Alan Reay of Atlas Hospitality. The sellers hope to get close to $400 million for the 393-room hotel, according to Commercial Real Estate Direct, a real estate news service. -- Roger Vincent
January 7, 1987
The top price at dockside auctions was $7.95 a pound for scallops, which have been in short supply because of rough weather and holiday demand, said fisheries specialist Paul Swain. He estimated that the scallops would retail at about $9.50 a pound. The old record, $7.86, was set Friday and the previous high, $7.75, was recorded in October and December, 1983. The 1986 high was $7.60, paid Dec. 17.
May 14, 2009 |
Artist David Hockney's 1966 painting "Beverly Hills Housewife" sold for a record $7.9 million at a New York City auction after fierce bidding Wednesday, a sign collectors are eager to buy rare and high-quality works despite the recession, the Christie's auction house said. That shattered the artist's previous record of $5.4 million for "The Splash," sold in 2006 at Sotheby's. A Claes Oldenburg sculpture "Typewriter Eraser," from 1976, also set a record, selling for $2.2 million at the auction.
May 19, 1989 |
The owner of a failed savings and loan is selling his Newport Beach mansion for "close to the asking price" of $14.5 million, reportedly the highest price ever paid for a residential property in Orange County, the broker on the deal said Thursday. Leroy Carver III is in escrow on a deal to sell the 18,000-square-foot house, still under construction on Harbor Island in Newport Harbor, said real estate agent William F. Cote. The three-story structure, scheduled for completion in eight months, is being built mainly from a $7.9-million loan Carver obtained two years ago from his Carver Savings & Loan in Escondido, according to Orange County recorder's office records.