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Austrian billionaire’s jewels seen fetching over $150 million at auction

GENEVA (Reuters) -The 700-piece private jewellery collection of the late Austrian billionaire Heidi Horten, the world’s largest and most valuable collection of its kind to come to auction, could sell for more than $150 million, Christie’s said on Monday. Some of its most spectacular pieces include the 90-carat “Briolette of India” diamond necklace by Harry Winston, and the “Sunrise Ruby”…

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Dusty painting hidden behind door turns out to be Brueghel ‘masterpiece’

PARIS (Reuters) – A rediscovered painting of Flemish 17th-century painter Pieter Brueghel the Younger, for years hidden in a family house, will be presented for auction in Paris on Tuesday and is expected to fetch 600,000 ($647,340.00) to 800,000 euros. The painting L’Avocat du village (the Village Lawyer) is one of Brueghel’s largest known works, measuring 112cm high and 184cm…

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Kandinsky masterpiece sells for record $45 million

Wassily Kandinsky’s masterpiece “Murnau Mit Kirche II”, recently recovered by the descendants of its owner, a German Jew killed by the Nazis, sold for $45 million on Wednesday, a record for the artist according to auctioneers Sotheby’s. The 1910 painting, a colourful vision of the German village of Murnau with its church spire stretched like the peaks of the Bavarian…

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