Luxury Outlook 2023
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
David Harewood and Alex Kingston were among the actors and alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) who attended a cocktail party at Sotheby’s London. Harewood is an actor and presenter known for his role in Homeland, while Kingston’s notable roles include ER.
At the event, guests enjoyed performances by RADA graduates and took part in a charitable auction to support the drama school. The event, which took place on June 1, came almost exactly a year after Sotheby’s hosted a reading with performances by RADA graduates for the Jubilee Arts Festival.
A new venue has opened in Shanghai as Sotheby’s celebrates 50 years in Asia. The multi-functional hub showcases fine art and luxury items and hosts exhibitions, talks, and other events. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on May 19. Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s chairman, Asia, worldwide head and chairman of Chinese works of art, Nathan Drahi, managing director, Asia, and Yu Jinsheng, secretary general of the art committee of the China Association of Auctioneers attended.
Diamonds were the focus of a talk led by Kristian Spofforth, Sotheby’s head of department, Jewelry, at Annabel’s private members’ club. Spofforth explored colored diamonds and other market trends and offered a peek behind the scenes of some of the most famous ever diamond sales.
The event, which took place on June 6, was held as part of a wider month-long celebration in honor of 60 years since the opening of Annabel’s, marking its diamond jubilee. The establishment has hosted celebrities, presidents, and even royalty— it is the only nightclub that Queen Elizabeth II ever visited-—since it opened in 1963.
“A huge number of important classical composers and performers, past and present, are from the LGBTQ+ community,” says award- winning conductor Oliver Zeffman. “But, for whatever reason, there has never been a Pride concert in Europe dedicated to classical music before. So, I thought, ‘I should do one’.”
Members of the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an LGBTQ+ community chorus and top international soloists took part in a public performance led by Zeffman at Sotheby’s London on June 30. An expanded program, which featured the world premiere of composer Julian Anderson’s Echoes, was then performed at the Barbican Centre, London, on July 7.