vintage auction

Wake Up, America! 1917. James Montgomery Flagg.

27 ¾ x 40 3/8 in./70.4 x 102.7 cm

In a memorable image directed towards public awareness, Flagg exhorts America – depicted as Columbia dozing in false security on a front-porch rocker – to rouse itself against the war’s threat to free civilization in Europe. One of the best and rarest of World War I posters.

The Marilyn Monroe Auction

I was approached by a lovely follower of mine and she offered to send me pictures from the Marilyn Monroe exhibition from London. So please take a small glimpse of some of Marilyn Monroe personal belongings that soon will be auctioned off in LA

Marilyn Monroe Minaudiere
A ladies evening minaudiere with original box reading “Pandora by Wandsworth.” The small evening compact features three compartments. When opened, the centre features a loose powder compartment and original cotton buffer with mirror; the top compartment features a lipstick holder; with a tube of lipstick, a clear plastic comb and two loose mercury dimes dated 1943 and 1945. The lower department contains 8 Philip Morris cigarettes. Each end of the gold metal case is embellished with a citrine crystal floret. The compact is accompanied by a black velvet and white silk carrying case terminating in a black tassel. The case features a gold metal ring, which slides down below the wrist to hold the case in place. Case 4 ½ inches. $15,000-20,000

Dear Kiki , 

xoxo Paul 


Times of the Day. 1899. Alphonse Mucha.

Each: 14 ½ x 40 ½ in./36.7 x 103 cm

In subdued pastels, this “quartet of barefoot young ladies represents the different times of the day. The borders are decorated in identical patterns … and the crisscross areas at the top have different floral panels. Each girl appears in an outdoor setting, with slender trees or tall flowers emphasizing her slim figure … The borders are worked out in such an exquisite pattern that each picture appears to be mounted in an elaborate frame of its own, or else seen through a decorated window. Quite possibly Mucha’s whole concept for the series was that of gothic stained-glass windows” (Rennert/Weill, p. 232). This larger-format variant does not include the bottom text indicating the individual time of day.


Oh good, the members of the Society for Wearing Your Underwear on the Outside of Your Pants have all arrived on time for their meeting.


October 26, 2016 attending the Walk of Shame Spring 2016 show in Moscow 

Ulyana is wearing

  • Walk of Shame Spring 2016 dress ($1,195)
  • Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2014 capsule collection satin pants
  • 1964 Van Cleef & Arpels emerald and diamond necklace/brooch in the Moghul style (sold for $237,627 at a Christie’s auction May 16, 2007 in Geneva presumably to her now ex-husband for her)
  • Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps ($675)