🖼️ 👩🏻⚖️ 💸 Artworks from an acrimonious divorce have raised $676m at auction in New York, the most valuable sale ever held at Sotheby’s. Works by Rothko, Warhol and Pollock, acquired over more than half a century by real-estate magnate Harry Macklowe and his wife, Linda, were put on the market after the warring couple could not agree on the collection’s value. A judge concluded that the only way to establish its worth was to test the market and ordered the works to be sold. After the 14-week divorce case, the 84-year-old Macklowe celebrated marrying Patricia Landeau, 65, by posting 42ft-high images of the newlyweds on one of his buildings in New York’s Park Avenue – within sight of his ex-wife’s apartment.
A buoyant year for superyachts
🚢 😎 🏝️ This year will “smash all records for superyacht sales”, says Stewart Campbell, editor-in-chief of Boat International. People are thinking: “Life is short. Let’s buy a boat.” More than 1,000 superyachts are being built around the world, a 25% jump on last year. Jeff Bezos’s new $500m mega-yacht marks the upper boundary, but the market for second-hand superyachts has also had a record year, “by some distance”. People appreciate the comfortable, mobile isolation a yacht can provide, says Campbell, and after the pandemic, they’re thinking: “If not now, when?”