18 March, 2019

Lasting Legacies

In this edition of auction news, you'll uncover the fascinating barn find of a Shelby GT which is soon to go under the hammer.

There are even more surprises on the way as the gun used by Van Gogh is in an auction too!

Finally, Karl Lagerfeld, the late creator director of Chanel, will be the star of an auction. A collection of his sketches will be sold in auction. Rarely seen, they give an insight into his creative mind.

'Barn Find' Shelby GT Auction

We all love a good barn find. The Mercedes 300 SL, Jaguar E-Type, Ferrari 250 and more are some of our favourites, what about yours?

A contender for your list may be this Shelby GT500. 

It was discovered in Texas around 10 years ago. The owner, Amos Minter, managed to get the car running and kept the patina. 

But what is it? A 1968 example which is one of 1,020 but the engine was swapped for a 4-speed manual. This vital piece of information has somewhat skewed the value of the car. 

To give you an idea, cars of this model have sold for up to $150,000. However, collectors will determine that when it goes under the hammer in May 2019.

Van Gogh Gun in Auction

Van Gogh, the post-impressionist Dutch artist, is one of the most celebrated artists of the 19th century and even now.

A tormented artist, he suffered a series of breakdowns and spent time in a mental institution. He moved to Auvers-sur-Oise where he later died. 

The 7mm gun used during the death of Van Gogh is heading to auction. Scheduled for June 2019, it's creating a wave of excitement.

With a high estimate of $56,000, bidders will have the opportunity to compete for an extremely rusty Lefaucheux revolver. 

Remarkably, it was discovered by a farmer in the same field that Van Gogh was shot in the stomach in 1890.

The gun was last made available to the public in 2016 for the 'on the verge of insanity' exhibition. 

Lagerfeld Sketches

Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most iconic fashion designers of all time passed away not long before Paris Fashion Week. The news of his death went beyond fashion and into the wider world. 

The mastermind behind making fur a fashion item and various other creations, it was not uncommon for him to discard his sketches, photos, clothes and more!

However, a never-before-seen collection of 125 sketches are heading into an auction. 

Some of these sketches date back to the '60s and show off his versatile skill set as the designs are in different shapes, sizes, colours and more!

With the likes of Elizabeth Taylor in mind, Lagerfeld was already designing for the best and continued to go from strength to strength. 

He also worked with Fendi and forged a strong partnership with the family which lasted until his passing.

Final Words

What was your favourite story?

The Shelby GT500 sale will be a fantastic auction because of how rare the car is and also the automatic engine being swapped for a manual. 

With varying estimations being made, this sale could mark a massive steal for the winning bidder! 

The sketches from Karl Lagerfeld provide a fantastic insight into his creative mind and will be a fine addition to any collector, designer or museum.

With so many sketches up for grabs, there's an opportunity to utilise his design philosophy and create a new identity in the fashion world.

Finally, the revolver auction may perhaps solve one art's biggest debates. How exactly did Van Gogh die? Was it suicide? O murder? 

Head back to The Journal for more news! 

 
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Auction News - Van Gogh, Shelby and Lagerfeld Auction
Auction News - Van Gogh, Shelby and Lagerfeld Auction
Auction News - Van Gogh, Shelby and Lagerfeld Auction
Auction News - Van Gogh, Shelby and Lagerfeld Auction
Auction News - Van Gogh, Shelby and Lagerfeld Auction
Auction News - Van Gogh, Shelby and Lagerfeld Auction
Auction News - Van Gogh, Shelby and Lagerfeld Auction
Auction News - Van Gogh, Shelby and Lagerfeld Auction
Auction News - Van Gogh, Shelby and Lagerfeld Auction