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The Gifts Prince Harry Has Given Meghan Markle Will Make You Green With Envy

In the emotional roller coaster that is 2017, we’re holding on extratight to the existence of true love – more specifically, the love between Prince Harry and Suits star Meghan Markle.

 The couple are extremely private, but we do get glimpses of their storybook romance from their rumored gift exchanges.

Prince Harry knows how to pick out basic sentimental gifts like bracelets and flowers, and he also knows how to make his partner feel like a million bucks, or pounds, if you will.

  • Painting: Harry selected an understated piece of art after browsing a VIP section in the Walton Fine Arts gallery in Kensington. Painted by British artist Van Donna, the charming work is called “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” It is a diptych, a painting that comes in a set of two panels. The left canvas depicts a boy and a girl holding hands, and the right canvas features the words “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” A local art collector informed People that Harry wanted “something for an important person.” We wonder who.

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Everything you may have missed from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s adorable royal love story

July 2017: It’s revealed that Harry gifted Meghan half a painting. It was the royal version of BFF necklaces.

People magazine reported in July that Prince Harry purchased a piece of artworkfrom British artist Van Donna called “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” for an “important person” way back in October 2016.

We’re just going to go ahead and assume that he made the sweet gesture for Meghan since he began dating her around this time. He also asked if the painting could be split in two, so here’s hoping one piece hangs in each of their homes.

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BREAKING: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding date announced

The statement added that Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the family have been informed by Prince Harry, fifth in line to the throne. He has also sought and received the blessings from Markle’s family.

“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person,” Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said in a statement.

On this occasion, IBTimes Singapore brings you the chronology of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal love story that started in 2016.


July 2017: People magazine reported in July that Prince Harry had purchased a painting from British artist Van Donna for an “important person” back in October 2016. The name of the art piece was “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” He asked to make two parts of that painting if possible, as he wanted to take half of it and gift the rest to his beloved.

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$50 Million Matisse From Peggy and David Rockefeller’s Estate Expected to Break Record in Charity Auction

Touted as the most valuable philanthropic auction ever—all proceeds will be donated to charity—a collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller’s masterworks will tour Hong Kong, London, and Los Angles before hitting the block in New York in the spring of 2018.

Five months after Christie’s announced the sale, an assortment of the works have been made public. Leading the sale is a Rose Period Picasso acquired from Gertrude Stein’s collection (est. $70 million), while Henri Matisse’s Odalisque couchée aux magnolias (1923), a painting of a reclining nude, is expected to set a new world auction record for the artist at an estimated $50 million. Other highlights include Claude Monet’s Nymphéas en fleur (1914-17) (est. $35 million) and a selection of Chinese art objects.

Henri Matisse “Le Repos Du Model” – Lithograph, 1922 Signed In The Stone. Stamped. Ed. 575. Click image to enquire.

Prior to Peggy’s death in 1996, and David’s death this past March, the couple pledged to give the majority of their wealth to charitable causes. In keeping with their philanthropic endeavors during their lifetime, all proceeds from the sale of his estate will go towards cultural, educational, medical, and environmental causes.

With a fortune estimated at $3.3 billion, the late former banker and heir to the Rockefeller fortune, David Rockefeller amassed an array of stunning paintings, which will be sold alongside selected heirlooms inherited from previous generations. Together they make up an eclectic and wide-ranging array of Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and Modern art, as well as porcelain, silver, American decorative art, furniture, and more.


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The Meteoric Rise of Buying Art Online

Would you buy a painting online? If someone was asked that question 15 years ago, the answer would almost certainly have been “no”. However, with the rise of the internet age, the world has become a radically different place – we now buy everything, from groceries and clothes to cars and holidays, all entirely online, so why should art be any different?

A report published by Hiscox and ArtTactic last year found that, despite the fact that the global art auction market saw decreased sales figures, that decrease was coupled with an upswing in online art sales. In 2015 alone, the rush of people choosing to buy art online increased the market by 24%, which totalled $3.27 billion in revenue.

If the increase in buying art online continues at its present rate, then by 2020, the internet art market alone will be worth $9.58 billion. According to the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report of 2016, this impressive growth may be thanks to consumer’s decreasing wariness about buying art based only on a digital image. Technological improvements like the ability to quickly load large files, screen quality increases and the increased picture quality seen in online galleries (like Walton Fine Art’s shop) mean that digital representations of works are sharper and more precise than ever before, increasing consumer trust and making it easier for customers to anticipate what they’ll be getting when they buy art online.

More good news for the online art market is its rate of consumer satisfaction – the same report showed that 92% of online art buyers expect that they will buy the same amount or more online again in the next 12 months, while buying art online opens up the market to younger audiences, with 19% of under-35s buying their first artwork over the internet – a 4% increase since last year.

Art at lower price points tends to sell best online, with prints and paintings proving the winners so far. When interviewed about this, Osman Khan, the director of online art auction house Paddle8, said that he expected the value of the individual transactions to increase as “collectors and galleries establish relationships, gallery reputations are cemented, and the marketplace becomes more established.”

He added that the truly unique aspects of buying art online are that the internet is able to act as a combination of an informational channel, a distribution channel and a curatorial service. By essentially creating digital art galleries, online art shops allow collectors to explore art and artists which they might never otherwise have access to, discovering new artists and works with only a few clicks. With these digital galleries, and the ability to read all about artists on various websites, the art world has opened up to anyone with a passion for artwork, democratising the process of discovering artists and purchasing works for the first time.

Khan goes on to say that, thanks to the rise of platforms allowing people to buy art online, there is a “new, previously untapped community or art buyers” and finishes on an optimistic note – saying that thanks to this upswing in interest, the art world on the whole is beginning to pick up.

“A rising tide lifts all boats.”

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Ferrari could quit Formula 1 over new proposals by Liberty Media… whaaat??

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has said the team could quit Formula 1 if they do not approve of the direction taken by new owners Liberty Media.

The Ferrari chief pinpointed proposals for a new engine design from 2021 as he made the threat in a conference call with investors.

Marchionne said F1 had been “part of our DNA since the day we were born”.

But he added: “If we change the sandbox to the point it becomes unrecognisable, I don’t want to play any more.”

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His concerns follow objections from both Mercedes and Renault over plans for a new engine design that were presented jointly on Tuesday by governing body the FIA and the F1 Group, which was bought by Liberty earlier this year.

Like most other teams, Ferrari is committed to F1 contractually until 2020 but has nothing tying it to the sport after that…

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