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LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance Launches Video Announcing the First Vehicles to be Featured at the Exclusive Show on Oct. 26

This October, one of the most luxurious automotive experiences is cruising into the entertainment capital of the world for its inaugural year – the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance (LVCE).

The event will be held Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 and will feature a curated collection of approximately 200 vehicles at DragonRidge Country Club at MacDonald Highlands. In addition to the car show on Saturday, Oct. 26, the four-day event will include an opening night gala at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center on Friday, Oct. 25, a Tour d’Elegance down the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Oct. 27 and a celebrity golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 28.

“Bringing a Concours d’Elegance to the entertainment capital of the world has always been a dream of mine and I couldn’t be more excited to show the Las Vegas community a collection of some of the most exquisite vehicles in the world,” said Stuart Sobek, Founder and Chairman of LVCE. “I’ve attended Concours d’Elegance events throughout the world for more than 30 years and I’m excited to launch an annual car show unlike any other in the country.”

The vehicles showcased in this video are: legendary automotive designer Peter Brock’s Superformance Cobra Daytona Coupe, a white 1967 Corvette Sting Ray Roadster, a 1933 Lincoln KA Rumble Seat Roadster and a white 2017 Acura NSX.

Additionally, one vehicle that will be making an iconic return to Las Vegas that will be featured in the show is Frank Sinatra’s very own 1961 Dual Ghia L.6.4 Hardtop. The vehicle will be heading down from the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nev. for the inaugural LVCE.

To watch the full video, please click here.

For additional event information, to buy tickets or to apply a vehicle for entry, please visit lasvegasconcours.com. To stay up-to-date with LVCE, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @lasvegasconcours.

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For additional photo assets and interview opportunities with the event’s Founder and Chairman, please reach out to Julian Lupo.

ABOUT LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE (LVCE)

In the inaugural year, the 2019 Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance brings the historic automobile show to the entertainment capital of the world. LVCE exhibits nearly 30 classes of rare and unique automobiles invited from around the world, most never before shown in Las Vegas. The four-day event will be hosted at some of Las Vegas’ most prestigious locations including, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, DragonRidge Country Club at MacDonald Highlands and the iconic Las Vegas Blvd. Proceeds from the celebrity golf tournament will benefit the LVCE/ArtCenter Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit lasvegasconcours.com or follow LVCE on Facebook and Instagram.

Bring a Trailer Introduces New Premium Services

BRING A TRAILER INTRODUCES PLUS AND WHITE GLOVE PREMIUM SERVICES FOR A CUSTOM SELLING EXPERIENCE

The Plus Service includes professional photography and listing assistance while the White Glove Service provides sellers of high-end collector vehicles with a concierge listing experience with a customizable menu of services and direct communication with Bring a Trailer staff.

Online collector car auction host Bring a Trailer has expanded its available services with two additional ways to help sellers and buyers connect. In addition to its current $99 Classic listings, the site now offers Plus listings which include professional photography and writing consultation as well as the new White Glove Service which provides assistance to sellers through the process from start to finish – custom tailoring the listing services to the needs of the seller. A 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is the first collector car to be listed using Bring a Trailer’s White Glove Service and will sell at no-reserve on the Bring a Trailer Premium Services landing page, bringatrailer.com/premium.

Bring a Trailer’s new Plus listings offer sellers the same features that users are familiar with but adds professional photography services courtesy of its photography partner Snappr as well as staff consultations to help sellers show their automobile in its best light. This will help buyers better communicate the details of their automobile to the Bring a Trailer audience leading to a better experience for both. The new service charges a flat rate of $349.

For owners of rare and valuable collector vehicles or vehicle collections, the new, top-tier White Glove Service custom tailors an exclusive catalog of listing services to the specific needs of each seller. This custom selling experience can include professional photography as well as writing and curation of the listing, but there is no limit to the marketing which can be done with this option through both internal and external promotion. Pricing for the White Glove Service is dependent on the services desired. Both Plus and White Glove listings can now also be hosted for up to 21 days.

 “Our mission is to simplify the selling and buying process as much as possible,” said Bring a Trailer Founder Randy Nonnenberg. “These two additional methods of listing an automobile on our site are about providing more to our customers. More convenience, more services and, ultimately, more great cars. We are excited to be able to connect cars and car people on our site through our Premium and White Glove Service listings.”

Bring a Trailer’s new services is now available and hosts its first sale, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, at no-reserve immediately. Click here to see the listing, and here to learn more about the two new services.

About Bring a Trailer

Bring a Trailer was founded in 2007 to help connect buyers with the best rare, unique and collectible cars in the world. Site staff sift through submissions to offer only the best and most interesting cars in a unique, usable and community-oriented platform. Sellers can speak directly with bidders, answering questions and sharing photos. Over 15,000 cars have been listed on Bring a Trailer since its inception with more being added every day. Bring a Trailer auctions are listed at a flat-rate starting at just $99 with a sell-through rate of 75%.

WOLF D90

WOLF D90: Leader of the Pack

Introducing WOLF, a Java Black D90 restored by Arkonik and paired with colour-coordinated options throughout; from the TMD billet aluminium grille to the supple leather trimmed interior. This stealth-like Defender is poised to weave through the darkness, rolling on its KAHN® Defend alloys shod with BFGoodrich® tyres.

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1) Exterior: Java Black body Original style hood with Land Rover badge TMD Genesis alloy grille KAHN® Defend 198318″ alloys BFGoodrich® T/A KO2 tyres Bumper with end caps & DRLs Rear Land Rover Solihull Heritage badge Ebony Fire & Ice side steps NAS rear step

 

2) Interior: Black leather with diamond stitch trim Modular front seats with central lock box 4 Tip-up seats in load area Matching leather gear gaiter Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel Ice white LED lighting package Alpine® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay Air conditioning

2015 SHELBY MUSTANG GT350R

RARE 2015 FORD SHELBY MUSTANG GT350R SELLS AT BARRETT-JACKSON TO BENEFIT PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

Auction Photos By Barrett-Jackson

One of only 37 units ever produced, the Shelby belonged to the museum’s Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer, who has donated all of the proceeds to the Petersen and the Henry Ford Museum

On Friday, January 18, 2019, in front of a packed house and a live television audience, a 2015 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R owned by Petersen Automotive Museum Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer sold for charity at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. With 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Petersen and the Henry Ford Museum, the rare race spec Mustang hammered with a winning bid of $500,000 and was sold to celebrated collector and museum supporter Ron Pratte.

“The Petersen would not be the global force it is today without the help of Bruce Meyer,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “His tireless dedication and outstanding leadership over the past 25 years is unrivaled, and we are so thankful for his generous contribution to us through the sale of this extraordinary GT350R.”

Before crossing the block as Charity Lot #3006, Meyer’s GT350R showed less than 200 miles on the odometer. Since he took delivery of the car in 2015, Meyer prominently displayed it in his Beverly Hills Garage. His decision to offer the car at auction for charity came from his steadfast support of the Henry Ford Museum and the Petersen, where he serves as Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors and the founder of the Checkered Flag 200—the Petersen’s top-level membership program.  

Ford’s 2015 Shelby GT350R celebrated 50 years of the iconic Mustang by transforming it into an all-out, street-legal track star. Like the 1965 R-model, Ford only produced 37 units of the GT350R. Purchase, however, was restricted to Ford family and VIPs—making ownership an exclusive affair. The car features a 5.2-liter V8 backed by a six-speed manual transmission, producing 526 peak horsepower at 7,500 rpm.

While the GT350R will no longer reside in Meyer’s world-renown collection, a selection of his most important race cars will go on public display at the Petersen in the new exhibit “Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous” opening Saturday, February 23. The exhibit will feature a curated selection of Meyer’s most important motorsport icons, including the first production Shelby Cobra, the Porsche 935 K3 that won Le Mans, the Greer-Black-Prudhomme dragster, two Le Mans-winning Corvettes separated by more than half a century and more. 

For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

TRIBUTE DEFENDER 110

New TRIBUTE Defender 110: Making a Splash

This newly restored station wagon is a pure and sincere TRIBUTE to the Land Rover marque. The clean silhouette and Willow Green bodywork make this D110 instantly recognisable as an iconic Defender. The renowned, practical interior has been redefined with luxurious accents, including sumptuous chocolate brown leather upholstery, brushed alloy door furniture and a wood-rimmed steering wheel.

 

1) Exterior: Willow Green body Twin-Cat LED headlights with metal light guards Java Black KBX® Signature grille Java Black KAHN® Defend 194816″ alloys BFGoodrich® AT KO2 tyres WARN® Zeon 12-S winch Ebony Fire & Ice side steps Raptor-coated steering & front differential guardRear LED work lamp | NAS rear step 

 

2) Interior: Ruskin Inside™ Chocolate Brown and Vintage Thatch leather trim Modular heated front seats 2 Premium high back centre row seats Lock boxes in front & centre rows Matching leather door cards 4 Tip-up seats in load area Black suede headlining Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel Brushed alloy gear knobs & door furniture Ice white LED lighting package Alpine® sound system with Bluetooth & 4 speakers Sunroof Air conditioning

SIRE D110 × ARKONIK

A Rare Breed: SIRE D110 Edition

This Coniston Green Defender was photographed at Buttle Farm in Wiltshire, England. It has been reimagined by our client and will soon make its way to Pennsylvania, USA, where it will join the ranks of Land Rover thoroughbreds.

Buttle Farm has built a reputation for rearing rare-breed livestock organically, to produce charcuterie of the highest quality. This 1989 D110 is also of the finest pedigree and has been fully restored by Arkonik to preserve the iconic Land Rover marque. The Ruskin Inside® Cobnut brown leather trim and wood-rimmed steering wheel complement the vintage of this station wagon, further reflecting its fine lineage. 

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1) Exterior: Coniston Green body with Java Black wheel arches Satin Black KBX® grille & wing-top vents Satin Black chequer plate A-bar with twin HELLA® LED spotlights | Front bumper DRLs WARN® Zeon 12-S winch KAHN® Defend 1983 alloy wheels BFGoodrich® AT KO2 tyresRaptor Black steering & front differential guard|Individual folding side steps Front Runner® roof rack with rear ladder Rear LED work lamp NAS rear step

 

2) Interior: Cobnut Brown Ruskin Inside leather trim Modular heated front seats 2 Premium high-back centre row seats Lockboxes in front & centre rows Bench seats in load area Matching leather door cards Black suede headlining & side panels Brushed alloy gear knobs & door furniture Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel Ice White LED lighting package Alpine® Premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay Air conditioning Sun Roof

FABERGÉ × ROLLS-ROYCE

ROLLS-ROYCE DEBUTS ‘SPIRIT OF ECSTASY’ FABERGÉ EGG

From Kings and Queens to entrepreneurs, many of the most prominent and wealthy collectors of the 20th and 21st century have been beguiled by the lure of a Fabergé Egg. With just 50 pre-1917 Imperial Eggs completed, these exceptionally precious creations are some of the most valuable and coveted objects ever to have been made.

Now, in a contemporary fashion, a new Fabergé Egg has been created. Two of the world’s most esteemed houses of luxury have joined forces to create one unique objet d’art, for one discerning patron. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Fabergé proudly announce the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg.

For the first time in history, an iteration of the Spirit of Ecstasy, the enigmatic mascot that has adorned Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1911, is cocooned in an exquisite, contemporary, Fabergé Egg. The design, conceived by Rolls-Royce Designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes and rendered by Fabergé Lead Designer Liisa Talgren, has been brought to life by Fabergé workmaster Paul Jones, creating a contemporary interpretation of one of the world’s most fabled and prized possessions.

The commissioning of a Rolls-Royce motor car is often a seminal moment for the patron, so too is the commissioning of a Fabergé Egg.  Indeed, this ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg, the second to be commissioned in the ‘Imperial Class’ since 1917 – a category reserved only for Fabergé’s most illustrious creations – celebrates the history, heritage and legend for which both Rolls-Royce and Fabergé have been revered over more than a century. Both brands have navigated the vicissitudes of time and continue to produce the apogee of modern, highly sought after, true luxury items. The Egg is destined for the residence of a great collector of both brands.

The Egg connects the elements that lie at the very core of each marque – the Spirit of Ecstasy, the illustrious muse that has guided each Rolls-Royce motor car for over a century, and the form of a Fabergé Egg, the pinnacle of ornamental expression. The masterpiece resulting from this distinguished collaboration reflects the extraordinary attention to detail and the consummate craftsmanship for which both brands are renowned to this day.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “’The Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg was born from an intrinsic desire to further the realms of Bespoke personalisation. Responding to the continuing demands of patrons in search of unique and cherished possessions, a designer at the House of Rolls-Royce sketched an egg, igniting a fascination that will undoubtedly become one of the most collectable items of modern times.”

A team of seven craftspeople from Fabergé undertook the challenge of fabricating the design using the finest materials married with their extraordinary skill as artist jewellers. At first glance, the Egg is unmistakable in its character. Design cues from Fabergé’s heritage are masterfully woven into the intricate design which stands at 160mm and weighs just 400g, with the Egg harnessing the ‘surprise and delight’ attributes for which Imperial Eggs are celebrated. 

The Egg rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloché base of 18 karat white gold. Arms of rose gold define the shape of the egg, acting as a protective chamber for the Egg’s precious inhabitant. Upon operating the movement via a discreet lever at the base of the stand, a sense of theatre ensues as the boughs open to present the fine figurine of the Spirit of Ecstasy, hand-sculpted in frosted rock crystal, standing nobly in her opulent surrounds. The rose gold vanes, embellished with nearly 10 carats of round white diamonds, resolve into swathes of natural amethyst weighing over 390 carats, specially selected for its colour saturation and quality. The purple hue of the enamel and amethyst provide a playful nod to the use of colour found in Fabergé’s heritage.

The technical mastery of Fabergé prevails. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg adopts a highly complex operating mechanism, conceived through computer aided design and animation, developed with micro engineering. The success of this mechanism, and in turn the piece as a whole, can be attributed to the goldsmiths’ art as craftspeople and their ability to meld this skill with technology, creating a work of art that could not be created by man alone. The piece embodies both the artistic design and engineering skill that one expects from a collaboration between Rolls-Royce and Fabergé, and has probably the most complicated opening of any Fabergé Egg to date. 

Sean Gilbertson, Chief Executive Officer, Fabergé said, “A unique moment in both our companies’ history, the creation of the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Egg represents the meeting of two masters of unrivalled quality and design, showcasing two globally recognised symbols – the Fabergé Egg and the Spirit of Ecstasy.”

Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell, Business Development and Global Sales Director, Fabergé added, “Two years in the making, we are very excited to unveil this special piece to our clients and partners across the globe together with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and are proud to continue making history by creating bespoke and unique pieces such as this. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Egg marks a demonstration of the reputation that Fabergé proudly carries today.”

Fifty Imperial Easter eggs were created for the Russian Imperial family between 1885 and 1916. These creations are inextricably linked to the lives of the Romanov family. Ten eggs were produced from 1885 to 1893 during the reign of Emperor Alexander III; a further 40 were created during the rule of his dutiful son, Nicholas II, two each year – one for his mother the dowager, the second for his wife. If we explore the great archives of Rolls-Royce, we find that Tsar Nicholas II was indeed also a patron of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg will be premiered at the House of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, to a host of distinguished guests and venerable patrons of the marque on 23 October, 2018. The Egg will then be on public display in Fabergé’s London window this Christmastime.

LAND ROVER × ARKONIK

A Slice of British Heritage: New Land Rover Defender Edition by Arkonik

This imposing 1991 Land Rover Defender has been revitalised with the craftsmanship and expertise that comes as standard from an Arkonik restoration. Stacked with overland accessories, and powered by an expertly refurbished V8 engine, the LOCH Edition is untroubled by anything the terrain throws at it. The formidable Epsom Green exterior honours the original Defender spirit, while signature detailing and a premium off-road pack ensures that you needn’t be landlocked if your adventurous spirit takes a hold.

1) Interior: Exmoor Trim® Brown leather trim | Modular heated front seats | Leather door cards | Front row loc-box (with 12V & USB) | 2 premium high-back heated centre row seats with loc-box (with 12V & USB) | 4 tip-up seats in load area | Black anodized alloy gear knobs & door furniture | Arkon X leather-rimmed steering wheel | Ice White LED lighting package | Alpine® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay and reversing camera display | Air conditioning

2) Exterior: KAHN® Defend 1983 alloy wheels | BFGoodrich® AT KO2 tyres | Puma bonnet | LED headlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch with Plasma cord | Front bumper daytime running lights (DRLs) | Baja Designs® front spotlights | KBX® Signature grille & wing top vents | Raptor-coated A-bar and winch bumper | Satin Black chequer plate | Front Runner® roof rack with rear ladder and LED spotlights | Fire & Ice Ebony side steps | Premium off-road package inc. Terrafirma® suspension | NAS rear step (2″ receiver)

Rare Glimpse of Tennessee Williams Paintings

At the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in Miami Beach

On view now through October 7th

From the Collection of David Wolkowsky,

Scion of Pioneer Jewish Family that Settled Key West in the 1800s and Contributed to the History

of Jews in the State Florida

Long known as “Mr. Key West,” David Wolkowsky, the famed scion of Florida’s pioneer Jewish family that helped to settle Key West in the 1800s, has loaned his paintings by close friend Tennessee Williams to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU for their premiere in Miami Beach.

This is one of the few times they have been exhibited outside of Key West. The exhibition Tennessee Williams: Playwright and Painter is an intimate showing of nine exquisitely rare paintings by one of America’s greatest playwrights, created by Williams in Key West during the 1970s. One of his closest friends was David Wolkowsky, the Key West developer who owned a private island called Ballast Key (nine miles from Key West), and the Pier House Resort.

Both idyllic locations were the scene of many glamorous gatherings hosted by David and Tennessee, including parties for Hollywood luminaries, heads of state, and society’s crème-de-la-crème.

If these paintings could talk, oh the stories they’d tell . . .

Subject matter includes the writer’s famous cohorts during the 1970s in Key West (including a portrait of a very young Michael York), and personifications from Williams’ own poetry, short stories, and characters from his plays.

Billie Holiday songs played in the background while Williams captured different images on his canvas.

Some of the paintings by Williams feature gay themes. An “open secret” throughout his fabled career, the playwright struggled with societal prejudices from a young age, and the taboos surrounding homosexuality during his lifetime manifested in a number of Williams’ paintings.

His artwork remains widely popular among collectors, most of these sought-after paintings from the last years of his life are in private hands and rarely seen.

These precious gems are the pride of the Key West Art & Historical Society, and the Miami Beach exhibition (on view through October 7 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU) is an uncommon opportunity to see in person how Williams expressed through painting his feelings about sexuality, loneliness and being gay.

Most of these sought-after paintings from the last years of his life are in private hands and rarely seen.

David Wolkowsky, who still lives in Key West and is almost 100, is from one of the earliest Jewish Families of Florida, and their history is documented as part of the Jewish Museum of Florida’s permanent collection about the history of Jews in the State of Florida. Wolkowsky is revered as a Key West original with a “campy sense of style, whose name every local knows.”

Williams was often found at Wolkowsky’s private, celeb-drenched affairs. Guests included the likes of Truman Capote, British Prime Minister Edward Heath, and members of the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Mellon families. According to Key West lore, Wolkowsky was notorious for serving plain hot dogs, white wine and potato chips to his famous guests, while Tennessee painted and drank red wine.

“The story behind these paintings, and the close friendship between Wolkowsky and Williams, is just one example of the many unexpected treasures in the rich history of Jewish culture in the State of Florida, spanning four centuries,” said Susan Gladstone, the Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

“The fact that Williams painted, much less that he painted in Key West, is a surprise to many and his paintings have mostly remained outside of the public eye. We are honored to have these works here at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and to be one of the few museums that David Wolkowsky has selected to exhibit these works outside of their Key West home,” adds Gladstone.

Read more about the life of David Wolkowsky and his contributions to the history of Florida, in “This Man Is An Island,” written by Michael Adno – bittersoutherner.com/this-man-is-an-island-david-wolkowsky-key-west/

More about Tennessee Williams:

Tennessee Williams’ plays during the 1940s and 1950s were innovative, confrontational, and presented audiences with controversial subject matter such as deep, dark family secrets, Southern Gothic themes, and other taboos that had never been seen on the stage before.

His Southern dramas, The Glass Menagerie, A Street Car Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof were blockbusters that were adapted into iconic films.

Williams single-handedly introduced Marlon Brando to the American theater, and some of his other leading stars included Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Tallulah Bankhead and Bette Davis.

For more than 30 years, Williams lived part-time and wrote in a small cottage on Duncan Street in Key West, and took up oil painting in the 1960s. On his patio, he would sketch friends, acquaintances, various literary characters and authors. Guests would often visit his home on Duncan street and purchase his recently created paintings.

By the beginning of the 1960s, American theater shifted, and Williams’ new plays were not as popular. In 1963, his lifetime partner Frank Merlo died of lung cancer in Key West. The years following Merlo’s death were difficult for Williams although he continued to write until his own death in 1983. His literary career includes plays, short stories and novels. As a writer, Williams was persistent and tireless. His later plays strove towards innovation and bold experimentation and continue to be revived and performed today.

Like most writers, William’s life was fraught with hardships and struggles.

Upon viewing these paintings, it is clear that painting provided solace and refuge for one of America’s most celebrated playwrights.

In this exhibition, Williams pays homage to his own literary works (including his first novel, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone), writers he admired (Jean Genet, Arthur Rimbaud and Wallace Stevens), and a portrait of a very young Michael York, who starred in the 1973 production of Williams’ Out Cry. Of significance is the fact these works were created during the 1970s, a progressive era for artists, activists, and forward thinking, with the notion of liberation being key.

These rare paintings now on view in Miami Beach at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU through October 7 capture the essence of a strong and independent artist living in a particular time and place.