Lee Ufan B. 1936 , 李禹煥 From Point Brian Jones: a bespoke green suede fringed jacket by Ossie Clark,  1969, The Macallan Millennium Decanter-50 year old-1949 RUSCHA, ED.  B.1937. Complete Set of 16 Artist's Books by Ed Ruscha. Various Places: Various Publishers, 1968-1973. NEW YORK YANKEES LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. Document Signed, entitled "YANKEE STADIUM CORPORATION-THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS and Daniel R. Topping and Del E. Webb as copartners doing business as NEW YORK YANKEES," THE DISCOVERY OF COSMIC RAYSHESS, VICTOR FRANZ. 1883-1964.  THE 1936 NOBEL PRIZE MEDAL FOR PHYSICS, PRESENTED TO VICTOR FRANZ HESS FOR HIS DISCOVERY OF COSMIC RADIATION. Nobel medal, in gold, 65.8 mm diameter, 206.2 grams.  Designed by Erik Lundberg and struck by the Kungliga Mynt och Justeringsverkey (Swedish Royal Mint).  Marked on edge "GULD 1936."

Alastair Smart looks at a selection of Bonhams sales around the world

New York: Airborne investigations

Victor Franz Hess could never be called your stereotypical scientist, sitting secluded and sun-deprived in his laboratory. In 1911 and 1912, the Austrian physicist made a series of daring ascents (to heights of 17,000 feet) in a hot-air balloon to take measurements of radiation in the atmosphere. In the process, he made the landmark discovery of cosmic rays, an achievement for which he was hailed a pioneer by Einstein and awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1936. The medal and diploma Hess obtained for winning the Prize will feature in the New York sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts in June.

Image: The 1936 Nobel Prize Medal for Physics presented to Victor Franz Hess (1883-1964) for his discovery of Cosmic Radiation
Estimate: $300,000 - 500,000
Sale: Fine Books and Manuscripts, New York, 7 June
Enquiries: Tom Lamb +1 917 206 1640
tom.lamb@bonhams.com

Hong Kong: Super Ufan

Korean-born artist Lee Ufan needs little introduction these days. In 2010 he opened his own Tadao Ando-designed museum at Naoshima Art Site in Japan, followed the next year by a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Then, in 2014, came a show at the Palace of Versailles. A minimalist with a fascination for nature, Lee, whose work features in Hong Kong's Modern and Contemporary sale in June, is acclaimed for his founding role in the Japanese Mono-ha movement and pivotal contributions to the Korean Dansaekhwa style, creating serene white canvases illuminated by expressive touches of paint.

Image: From Point, 1984
Estimate: HK$350,000 - 550,000
Sale: Modern and Contemporary Art,
Hong Kong, 6 June
Enquiries: Jennifer Tang +852 2918 4321
jennifer.tang@bonhams.com

San Diego: Hot property

Brooke Sivo has become Bonhams' regional representative in San Diego County and Palm Springs. With a background in American, English and Continental furniture, he has been appraising property for almost 40 years. He will twin this appointment with his existing role as director of the American Furniture and Decorative Arts department in San Francisco, a post he has held since 1989. Sivo said, "As it is such a popular area for people to buy second homes, there is a wealth of fine furniture, paintings and decorative art in the south-west area [of California] that I hope our many specialists and I can assist in bringing to auction. I look forward to working toward those new goals for Bonhams."

Enquiries: Brooke Sivo +1 323 436 5420
brooke.sivo@bonhams.com

Knightsbridge: Between the buttons

An Ossie Clark jacket owned and worn by Brian Jones, the founding member of legendary British rock band the Rolling Stones, will be offered as part of the Entertainment Memorabilia sale on 28 June. The quintessentially Sixties jacket, made of suede and with cowboy fringing, was worn by the guitarist until his tragic death in 1969, aged 27. It is part of a collection of clothing and artefacts offered by Jones's then girlfriend, Anna Wohlin.

Sale: Entertainment Memorabilia, Knightsbridge
Estimate: £15,000 - 20,000
Enquiries: Katherine Schofield
+44 (0) 20 7393 3871
katherine.schofield@bonhams.com

Edinburgh: For peat's sake

A bottle of the Macallan Millennium – distilled in 1949, aged for 50 years in Spanish oak sherry casks and bottled in 1999 – is a highlight of June's Whisky Sale in Edinburgh. One of only 900 bottles produced, it comes in a Caithness Glass decanter, accompanied by a stopper and in its own oak presentation case. The Millennium is considered the greatest aged Macallan – and with so few bottles made, it is also one of the world's most sought-after whiskies. Back in 1949, the Speyside distillery still used its own traditional malting floors, heating the air to dry the fermented barley and turn it into malt. That year they faced a post-war shortage of coal, so they added more peat than usual to their fuel. Although the whisky's prevailing taste is Christmas cake-style fruit, connoisseurs to this day can also detect a hint of extra peat smoke in the Macallan Millennium.

Image: The Macallan Millennium Decanter – 50 year old, 1949
Estimate: £15,000 - 17,000
Sale: The Whisky Sale, Edinburgh, 7 June
Enquiries: Martin Green +44 (0) 131 225 2266
martin.green@bonhams.com

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