🐒 Jeff Koons ’ sculpture Balloon Monkey (Magenta) will be offered at Christie’s later this month, with a presale estimate between £6 million and £10 million (US$7.6 million and US$12.6 million). Proceeds from the sale will fund humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, in particular, efforts to assist soldiers and civilians gravely wounded by war.
‘“Every fellow Ukrainian civilian killed or wounded by Russian shelling, shooting, and systematic violence means a wound in our souls. With the proceeds of the auction, we can help save lives,”
- Victor and Olena Pinchuk, one of the most influential couples in Ukraine.
🎭 An original copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, often referred to as the most important book in English literature, will be auctioned next month in New York. The book, which was printed almost 400 years ago, is one of fewer than 20 copies left in private hands and is estimated to fetch up to $2.5m (£2m), according to the auction house Sotheby’s. Curated by Shakespeare’s trusted colleagues John Heminges and Henry Condell, the folio comprises 36 plays, half of which had never before been printed.
In the last poll you voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Eid Mar Roman Coin for which we proceeded to bid £1m, unfortunately, we were beaten with a bid of over £2m! Also garnering 85% of the vote was 'Darwin - Origin of Species' with honourable mentions going to Banksy and Batman No.1 Comic Book!
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