Imagine snagging a case of the legendary 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle – valued at about 10,000 pounds (S$17,200) per bottle today – for just over a thousand pounds. That was exactly what Tan Ying Hsien witnessed at a Christie’s wine auction, where the lot was listed with an estimate in the low hundreds
Ancient Chinese folklore has it that, when his work was done, Pangu – the creator of the universe in Chinese mythology – laid down and died. His breath became the wind, his eyes the sun and moon, his flesh the land, his teeth and bones metals and rocks, and his marrow – pearls and jade. (Related: Jade: All you need to know about this precious mineral )
In 2017, a Twitter video uploaded by English art dealer and broadcaster Philip Mould went viral. The short clip showed a gel-like solvent being enthusiastically applied to a portrait from 1618 and in seconds, the unsightly sepia-tinted varnish melted away like the mould in a Magiclean commercial, revealing the startlingly pearlescent pigments that have been hiding beneath it for the last 400 years. It’s profoundly satisfying to watch, but real art restoration is less like a magic trick and more like a slow, highly exacting excavation that can take weeks or even months to complete.
A painting of the Singapore River by Aw Tee Hong was sold for HK$1.125 million (S$198,000) at a Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction on Sunday – setting a personal record for the artist. The untitled oil on canvas work by the 88-year-old Singapore artist came from a private collection in Singapore. It went under the hammer at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Modern & Contemporary South-east Asian Art Day Sale in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Foliage, flora, vegetation – the most prevalent motif for Spring 2020 sprouted from plant life.
Often overshadowed by their buzz-worthy Korean counterparts , Japanese skincare products remain highly regarded for their premium quality, stringent R&D and exquisite textures.
A fragrance only really comes alive on skin.
Daniel Chew and Rebecca Ting launched Beyond The Vines (BTV) in 2015 with the goal to kit women with quality wardrobe staples that won’t break the bank. Four years on, they’ve become the role model for homegrown brands that have found success locally and abroad: Beyond The Vines now boasts an impressive total of 14 stores and points-of-sale.
It’s fair to assume that certain fashion items have incredible longevity: You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t hanker for a Chanel 2.55 or an Hermes Birkin even after decades.
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