The annual Masterpiece London Fair has been hailed a success once again, as celebrities and millionaires were drawn to the various exhibits displayed in the grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea. Spotted at the fair drinking champagne and viewing the treasures were stars of the reality TV programme Made in Chelsea. The luxury fair is held every year, often featuring spectacular items like a first edition novel of “Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Among the treasures on display were a bureau bookcase from the George II period and a clock, which is believed to have belonged in a Florence Medici palazzo. Art and jewellery were all showcased, with some exhibitors saying that they will be interested in appearing again in 2014. One such exhibitor was Marwan Chatila, who displayed diamond jewellery from his collection at Bond Street. A Lichtenstein painting, “Puzzle Portrait”, was thought to be worth up to £20 million by art dealers at the exhibition. A Salvador Dali timepiece was included at the exhibit, presented by dealer Simon Shore, who also displayed work by Claude Monet. The first edition of the “Great Gatsby” was showcased for £120,000, possibly gaining value due to the popularity of the hit movie of the same name.
Although the Masterpiece London showcases some of the finest pieces in the world, antiques dealers in the Ribble Valley area can offer items at a more affordable price, including antique furniture like antique bookcases to house rare first editions. Following the Masterpiece fair, a Midsummer Party was held to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care organisation.
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