Hammer time: nine e-auctions to mark this May

Where to bid in the coming month

Highlights of the Christie’s online watch auction include a Rolex Daytona with an 18ct gold bracelet strap
Highlights of the Christie’s online watch auction include a Rolex Daytona with an 18ct gold bracelet strap | Image: Christie’s

Watches

At Christie’s Hong Kong, the second chapter of the Important Private Asian Collection series opens as part of its Watches Online auction. Remarkable timepieces include a limited-edition Hublot MP-02 tourbillon in black PVD-coated titanium, an 18ct pink-gold Breguet tourbillon chronograph and a Rolex Daytona with an 18ct gold bracelet strap. christies.com; 6-20 May.

East 100th Street 2 by Bruce Davidson, on sale at Bonhams’ online photography auction
East 100th Street 2 by Bruce Davidson, on sale at Bonhams’ online photography auction

Photography 

“Like the people on the block, I love and hate it and keep going back,” said Bruce Davidson of the poverty-stricken East Harlem, New York, he photographed in the 1960s. The black-and-white East 100th Street images (estimate $40,000-$60,000) are featured in Bonhams’ online photography auction alongside an early self-portrait by Walker Evans and a selection of prints previously owned by Magnum photo editor Jimmy Fox. bonhams.com; 28 April-12 May.

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Ceramics

In 2002, ceramics aficionado Michael Evans downsized to a flat in south London in order to free up funds to further his collection. Over 40 years, Evans (who also goes by his Buddhist name, Dayabandhu) amassed some 1,200 pieces, from Walter Keeler stoneware to Edmund de Waal porcelain. They covered every surface of every room in his home, says Marijke Varrall-Jones, founder of ceramics art consultancy Maak, which is bringing 200 standout pieces to auction. Unifying Eye: The Dayabandhu Collection at maaklondon.com; 11-14 May. 

Some of ceramics aficionado Michael Evans’ 1,200-piece collection
Some of ceramics aficionado Michael Evans’ 1,200-piece collection

Design

Milan consultancy Mr Lawrence and Italian auction house Cambi are auctioning more than 100 collectable pieces by a roster of international designers, including Fernando and Humberto Campana, Roberto Sironi and Muller Van Severen. All proceeds will be donated to Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan to fund Covid-19 relief. Design Loves Milano at cambiaste.com; 12 May.

Milan consultancy Mr Lawrence and Italian auction house Cambi are auctioning more than 100 collectable pieces in Design Loves Milano
Milan consultancy Mr Lawrence and Italian auction house Cambi are auctioning more than 100 collectable pieces in Design Loves Milano

Hermès 

Amid the 150 vintage Hermès lots being offered by Artcurial are Birkin and Kelly Sellier bags, tweed and velvet blazers created in collaboration with Jean-Paul Gaultier, and calfskin bangles. More unusual pieces include a Hermès bicycle – and a skateboard decorated with Hermès prints. artcurial.com; May 29-June 4.

1986 Hermès Birkin bag in veau doblis, on sale with Artcurial (€5,000-€7,000)
1986 Hermès Birkin bag in veau doblis, on sale with Artcurial (€5,000-€7,000)

Natural history

At Christie’s, fossils, minerals and meteorites are hosted alongside an intact pre-17th-century elephant-bird egg (£30,000-£50,000) – fewer than 40 such eggs can be found in public collections around the world. Another highlight is the large Dronino meteorite (£20,000-£30,000), which is believed to have descended to Earth more than a millennium ago. Sculpted by Nature: Fossils, Minerals and Meteorites at christies.com; 4-21 May.

An intact, pre-17th-century elephant bird egg, on sale with Christie’s (£50,000-£70,000) – fewer than 40 can be found in public collections worldwide
An intact, pre-17th-century elephant bird egg, on sale with Christie’s (£50,000-£70,000) – fewer than 40 can be found in public collections worldwide

Cars 

Silverstone Auctions is selling a striking range of “best-of-breed classic cars”. These include a Peugeot 205 T16 Evolution 1 (£275,000-£325,000), which marked the brand’s entry into top-level rallying; a 1969 Jaguar D-Type Replica (£55,000-£65,000), which Formula One World Champion Jack Brabham called “a damn sight better than the original”; and a 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster (£95,000-£115,000), in signal red with tinted windows. Would-be bidders can book one-to-one appointments to view the cars at the auctioneer’s Warwick showroom. silverstoneauctions.com; until 23 May.

The Redundancy of Ideology by Peter Davies, one of the highlights of Saatchi Gallery’s Handpicked auction exhibit
The Redundancy of Ideology by Peter Davies, one of the highlights of Saatchi Gallery’s Handpicked auction exhibit

Art 

Handpicked: 100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery is the gallery’s latest collaboration with Christie’s. “It is an auction for the curious, for those keen to explore artists early in their career,” says Katharine Arnold, the auction house’s co-head of post-war and contemporary art. Estimates for the works by 100 emerging artists range from £1,000 to £15,000, and sale highlights include Peter Davies’ transient paintings, which juxtapose religious iconography with advertising slogans, and Mequitta Ahuja’s self-portraits, made with a process she invented called autocartography. christies.com; until 28 May.

The Gabriel shade by Atelier Vime, on sale in The Invisible Collection’s charity auction
The Gabriel shade by Atelier Vime, on sale in The Invisible Collection’s charity auction

Homewares

There’s just time to catch the charity auction being hosted by The Invisible Collection design store, which ends on 29 April. High-end homewares, donated by a host of international interior designers and artists, include Ashley Hicks’ sculptural totems, Carl Auböck’s bronze paperweights, and rattan lampshades by Atelier Vime. All proceeds go to one of three charities – the Fondation de France, Feeding America or the UK’s National Emergencies Trust – as chosen by the bidder. theinvisiblecollection.com; until 29 April.

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