Lyor Cohen, Bob Colacello, Diego Marroquin, Alberto Mugrabi, Stavros Niarchos & Vito Schnabel Celebrate Aby Rosen’s Birthday the Paramount Hotel

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
Last night on Thursday, May 16th, the art, fashion and social worlds collided at Aby Rosen’s birthday bash at the Paramount Hotel in New York City. Guests dined on Panini bites from the hotel’s own Corso restaurant while dancing to music by DJ Nick Cohen. To cap the evening off, guests toasted to Rosen’s birthday with a splash of Dom Pérignon and a pop of confetti.

Guests included Bono, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Owen Wilson, Samantha Boardman, Alexander Acquavella, Ara Arslanian, Kalus Biesenbach, Nicolas Berggruen, Peter Brant Jr., Hannah Bronfman, Tory Burch, Le Call, Eva Chow, Dori Cooperman, Sante D’Orazio, Brandon Davis, Laura de Gunzburg, Michaela & Simon de Pury, Ron Delsener, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Lily Donaldson, Anh Duong, Brendan Fallis, Yvonne Force Villareal, Michael Fuchs & Alvina Callardeau, Larry Gagosian, Jacqui Getty, Alexander Gilkes, Laurence Graff, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Gherardo Guarducci, Marjorie Gubelmann,  Zani Gugelmann, Kim Heirston & Richard Evans, Nicky Hilton, Stellan Holm, Jane, Holzer, Jamie Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Genevieve Jones, Kalliope Karella,  Charlotte Kidd, Eugenio Lopez, Ghislaine Maxwell, Averell Mortimer, Topper Mortimer, Jon Neidich, Casey Neistat, Fernanda Niven, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Mortimer Sackler, Lauren Santo Domingo, Allison  Sarofim, Stella Schnabel, Izak Senbahar, Tony Shafrazi, Carlos Souza, Elie Tahari, Andre Leon Talley, Olivier Theyskens, Jamie Tisch, PC Valmorbida, Natalia Vodianova, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, Vera Wang, Ouattara Watts, Adam D. Weinberg, Dustin Yellin among many others.

The Paramount Hotel has been an established member of the New York City Times Square market since 1928 and has considerable name recognition among NYC business and leisure travelers. The 20 story Landmarked hotel has a long history of elegant glamour and comfort. The emotional heart of the property is its impressive and dynamic lobby that is the living room for guests to convene.


Basquiat Painting, 'Dustheads,' Fetches Record $48.8 Million At Christie's Auction In New York

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
New record aa sale of postwar and contemporary art at Christies last night in NYC!!!

A Jean-Michel Basquiat (zhahn mee-SHEHL' BAH'-skee-aht) painting has set a new auction record. Christie's says "Dustheads" sold for $48.8 million. His "Untitled," a painting of a black fisherman, held the previous record when it sold for $26.4 million last November.

Art dealers, collectors, advisors, curators... all together agree to say that last night auction was quite amazing with two other breaking world auction prices for artists were works by Roy Lichtenstein ("Woman With Flowered Hat" fetched $56 million) and Jackson Pollock (An important drip painting by Pollock, "Number 19," realized a record $58.3 million).

Christie's says Wednesday's auction brought in $495 million, the highest total at any art auction.


Gerhard Richter hold a New Record at Sothebys NYC

Good evening contemporary art lovers! 
The paintings by Gerhard Richter, 81, snapped up the price of gold. Domplatz, Mailand, oil representing the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, was sold Tuesday in New York for a whopping $ 37, 125 million to collector Don Bryant, founder of the California vineyard Bryant Family Vineyard Napa. It was auctioned for $ 37.1 million last night at an auction at Sotheby's in New York.

The German artist ever held the previous record with Abstraktes Bild (890-4), sold for $ 34.2 million last October by Sotheby's in London. Since then, he is considered the most expensive living artist in the world. The retrospective which had been devoted to the Pompidou center between June and September 2012 had attracted 425,000 visitors. A success in merging abstract and figurative painter, yet often overlooked on this side of the Rhine.

Dedicated to contemporary art, the sale proved disappointing for other parts, such as a painting of Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait of PL, estimated between 30 and 40 million, but did not find lessee.


Ferragamo Celebrated the Launch of L'Icona Highlighting the 35th Anniversary of Vara

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
On April 30th, Ferragamo celebrated the launch of L’Icona, an online project curated by photographer, Claiborne Swanson Frank, which goes live today, in recognition of the 35th anniversary of the iconic Vara with a party in New York City.

L’Icona is an online project curated and art directed by fine art portrait photographer, Claiborne Swanson Frank, to celebrate and rediscover Ferragamo’s most recognized shoe, Vara. Introduced in 1978, Vara is the iconic mid-heel shoe with a grosgrain bow and gold plaque bearing the Ferragamo logo. In recognition of Vara’s 35th Anniversary, L’Icona will launch May 2013 and feature a digital collection of Swanson Frank’s portraits captivating some of the world’s most  modern, iconic women- including Miroslava Duma, Camilla Belle, Jessica Hart, Lake Bell, Lauren Santo Domingo, Chiara Clemente, Olivia Palermo, Alexandra Richards, Elettra Weidemann, Marina Larroude, Susie Lau, Sophie Auster, Lauren Remington Platt, Amanda Hearst, Lily Aldridge, Asia Baker, Dani Corona, Minnie Mortimer, Jessica Joffe and Laure Hériard Dubreuil - shot in their choice of Vara or Varina.  Chosen for their inherent and effortless style, the women were able to customize their choice of Vara or Varina, a limited edition service which will also launch to the public when the site goes live on May 1st at Guests at the event were the first to see the site live and customize the shoe for order.

Guests including Eva Longoria*, Lily Aldridge*, Michael Avedon, Asia Baker*, Azealia Banks, Veronica Miele Beard, Veronica Swanson Beard, Derek Blasberg, Phillip Bloch, Haley Bloomingdale, Chiara Clemente*, Dori Cooperman,  Danielle Corona*, Donna D’Cruz, Laura de Gunzburg, Jazzy de Lisser, Zani Gugelmann*, Jessica Hart*, Amanda Hearst*, Julie Henderson*, Nicky Hilton, Kathy & Rick Hilton, Jamie Johnson, Genevieve Jones*, Natalie Joos, Charlotte Kidd, RJ King, Marina Larroude*, Leandra Medine, Bonnie Morrison, Gigi Mortimer, Stavros Niarchos Jr., Garrett Neff*,  Ashley Platt*, Sophie Plimpton, Pietro Quaglia, Karim Rashid, Lauren Remington Platt*, Theodora Richards*, Amanda Ross, Kate Schelter, Danielle Snyder, Jamie Tisch*, Nicole Trunfio*, Alexander von Fustenberg, Caroline Winberg, Anya Ziourova among others, joined James Ferragamo to celebrate L’Icona, which features a digital collection of Swanson Frank’s portraits captivating some of the world’s most modern, iconic women. Guests were able to get a sneak peek of the website and customize their own Varas while they sipped the specialty cocktail Vara 35 and enjoyed music by Alexandra Richards* and a performance by Sophie Auster*.

*indicates guests dressed in Ferragamo