The magic of Monte Carlo

The treasures of a Belle Époque villa for auction in Paris include pieces linked to the Romanovs and Emanuel Nobel

16th June, 2019
Silver and cut-glass caviar cooler (€50,000-€70,000)

When furnishing a new home, most couples are keen to create an atmosphere in which family and friends will feel at ease. When the location is Monaco, it ups the ante a little.

The principality’s 1860s reinvention was all down to His Serene Highness Prince Charles III and François Blanc, the brilliant French entrepreneur known as the Magician of Monte Carlo. Blanc’s invention of the single zero-style roulette wheel revolutionised the game. The opening of...

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