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The top auction lots to bid for this month


Grappling Hook by Banksy


Image courtesy of Bonhams

For many superyacht owners, the choice to build a custom yacht is appealing because of the opportunities it opens up to create something unique and personal. Thanks to luxury auction houses around the globe, the option to fill your yacht (or home) with equally unique objects from fine art to supercars and contemporary jewellery to classic black tie watches has never been easier. Click through to see our pick of the lots to bid for this month...

Grappling Hook by Banksy

The most famous work to emerge from Banksy's The Walled Off Hotel - both a functioning boutique hotel and political statement opened by the artist in Bethlehem - Grappling Hook is described by the artist as a "military grade grappling hook and combination spiritual ornament" which seeks to comment on the intertwined political and religious elements of the struggle between Palestine and Israel. Number 24 of a 26 piece limited edition, the work was originally sold as part of an anonymous pop-up in New York in 2017 and is accompanied by a hand-painted custom cardboard box and humorous sketch advising it should be used 'for display purposes only'.

_Grappling Hook by Banksy


Bonhams: Post-War & Contemporary Art, March 6, London_

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Düsenjäger by Gerhard Richter


Image courtesy of Phillips

If you're an avid collector of 20th Century art then March is a stellar month for rare and unusual investment pieces. Featuring works by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cy Twombly, Phillips' 20th Century and Contemporary Art sale offers one of the richest catalogues. The undeniable highlight, however, is Gerhard Richter's Düsenjäger. Painted in 1963 as one of the earliest pieces to come out of the German Pop art movement, this mammoth work stretches two metres in width and has been exhibited all over the world at institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Düsenjäger is particularly notable for its simultaneous use of photorealism and abstraction and, while Richter often downplayed the importance of his subject matter, the depiction of an Allied war bomber has variously been ascribed as a reference to the planes that destroyed Richter's childhood home in Dresden, a pointed comment on the tensions of the Cold War which were swirling at the time and a warning against the dangers of idealism.

_Düsenjäger by Gerhard Richter


Phillips: 20th Century and Contemporary Art, March 7, London_

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Caribbean oceanside villa, Dominican Republic


Video courtesy of Youtube/Platinum Luxury Auctions

Looking for a vacation home to suit all ages and interests? This beautiful coastal estate in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, offers the perfect spot for yacht owners to drop anchor and step ashore. Offering just under an acre of land, the 15,000 square foot estate is located in the exclusive Cap Cana community and overlooks the third and fourth fairways of the famous Punta Espada golf course and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The modern villa was built in 2009 and offers six guest bedrooms, including two master suites, seven full bathrooms and one half bathroom all decked out in a light and relaxed beach house-style decor. Further interior living spaces include a large chef's kitchen, dining room, yoga studio, cosy living room and vast loft-style seating area while outside entertainment spaces include a roof terrace with seating, dining and cooking areas. The landscaped garden also boasts a patio, pool and elevated spa with a 'water wall'. The property comes with a manager and chef as well as staff quarters with two bedrooms and a fitness centre.

_Caribbean oceanside estate

Previously offered for $6.8 million

Platinum Luxury Auctions: Caribbean oceanside estate, March 8, Dominican Republic_

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