| Apr 8, 2014
| 10:11 AM
It measures only 8 centimeters, or about 3 inches, in diameter and couldn't even hold a cup of morning coffee. And yet it is worth $36 million.
Or at least someone was willing to pay that much. A 15th century porcelain cup from China sold at a Sotheby'...
| May 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Comic actor Robin Williams, who stars on the sitcom "The Crazy Ones," is taking some trims in his real estate portfolio. First he sold a house in the Hollywood Hills for $869,000, and now he has listed a Napa Valley-area estate at $29.9 million.
| Apr 7, 2014
The Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Sotheby's auction house — these are just some of the major institutions that have been forced to repatriate artworks in recent years. Italy, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and...
| May 14, 2014
| 3:00 AM
From the moment AJ Palmgren learned of Lot 397, he knew he had to have it.
But he had never bid at an auction before, and as he took a seat toward the back of the gallery, his nerves took over.
"I hoped I wasn't going to space out," he said.
| May 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Orlando Bloom has sold a house in Hollywood Hills West for $3.9 million.
Set behind a tall wooden gate on three-quarters of an acre, the 1940s house has a black exterior and is surrounded by ferns and lush landscaping.
The Outpost Estates-area ranch...
| May 21, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Since 1977, visitors to Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum have encountered an ancient Cambodian statue that has the wide, hulking build and arrogant attitude of an NFL nose tackle who has just sacked a rival quarterback.
From its pedestal at the end of a...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 4:42 PM
A collection of jewelry once owned by the late Eydie Gorme that is headed to the auction block in New York City next month will be previewed locally -- for one day only -- this Sunday.
The March 30 preview at Sotheby’s Los Angeles marks the public...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 10:03 AM
Daniel Loeb, the lightening-rod hedge-fund manager, continued his assault on Sotheby's this week with a letter to the art auction house's shareholders asking them to vote for a new slate of board members that would include Loeb himself.
In the letter,...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 10:14 AM
The viola is often considered to be the neglected stepchild of the orchestra, stuck in between the more visible violins and cellos. Violists are sometimes referred to pejoratively as failed violinists.
But in June, a 300-year-old viola will take the...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Actress Anjelica Huston has parted with the five-story contemporary live/work home in Venice that she shared with her late husband, sculptor Robert Graham, for $11.15 million.
The 13,796 square feet of loft-like space, some 200 feet from the sand,...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 6:00 AM
After an international bidding war, a Westside mansion often described as a French palace has changed hands for $102 million, making it the most expensive residential sale ever recorded in Southern California.
As is often the case with high-end...