There are few things in this world as achingly beautiful as an immaculately-cared-for vintage roadster.
And tomorrow Sotheby’s is rolling a few dozen of them into Manhattan for an auction called The Art of the Automobile. If you’re in town and have ever felt the urge to see a Mercedes with gullwing doors, the race car Michael Schumacher piloted to victory in Monaco or the Jaguar Enzo Ferrari deemed the most beautiful car ever made (or have a couple million bucks lying around to buy any of them), this is your time.
Fortunately, there’s a typewritten label inside the pocket with MJ’s name, the date and, most importantly, contact information for the Savile Row tailor you’re going to want to get in touch with before trying on the jacket.
We’re guessing they’ll need to take it out a few inches.
If you happen to be in Monaco next month, we’ve got a car for you. This 1957 Ferrari 625 Spider is going up for auction on May 11, after nearly three decades in what we assume was an extremely well-appointed garage. They won’t say how much they expect it to go for (probably to spare our feelings), but we’re guessing it’ll cost slightly less than Instagram.
If yesterday’s icon gave you a yen for classic Clark Gable style, we’ve got good news.
This weekend, Gable’s riding jacket from Gone with the Windgoes up for auction, and for a specimen of 80-year-old style (masquerading as a specimen of 150-year-old style), it’s remarkably on point. The herringbone hasn’t aged a day, and the long tails aren’t that different from the style Monitaly’s been mining in recent collections.
Naturally, it looks best while you’re riding a horse...but a Vespa should do in a pinch.
Christie’s is gearing up for another blowout photography auction, and as always, it makes for great browsing. We’ve pulled together some of the best shots after the jump, including Salvador Dalí, Douglas Fairbanks and a couple tasteful nudes. Fair warning: it may be mildly NSFW if your boss isn’t an art lover.
It’s been a good day for watches. First, Ethan Newton posts this beautiful soft-focus shot of an Omega Seamaster. Then two similar Omegas come up for auction in England. Sometimes, the world just works out.
Most of the vintage Rolex trade specializes in ’60s-era divers, but there’s plenty of good wrist candy to be found in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, too—and some prime examples are coming up for auction at Bonhams next week.
This shot comes from a William Eggleston auction coming up next month, boasting three dozen photos. Between the cowboy hat and the muscle car, we wouldn’t be surprised if this one ended up on a few inspiration boards.
The vintage versions are more intricate than what you’d see in the modern day, with large-scale prints of military landscapes or equestrian scenes, but the effect when one’s stuffed into the front pocket of your blazer is just a blur of patterned color.
Think of it as a victory lap once you’ve mastered white linen.
You hear a lot about the good old days, but here’s an artifact to prove it. This turn-of-the-century Louis Vuitton suitcase is coming up for auction at Bonhams next Wednesday. Don’t be fooled by the monogram; the era means this was hammered out in a Parisian atelier, which makes for quite a find—and it’ll only set you back about a fifth of what the modern version costs. Going once…