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Graff Diamonds to Co-Host Art Southampton VIP Preview July 25

Art Southampton's Luxury Sponsor, the internationally famed House of GRAFFdistinguished for the most fabulous jewels in the world, will present an exceptional display of its elegant creations at the exclusive VIP Preview of Art Southamptonbenefiting Southampton Hospital on July 25.

Historically favored by royalty and the most discerning clientele, GRAFF Diamonds is famous for offering the finest diamonds, exquisite workmanship, and unique creations, a sampling of which will be on display at Art Southampton. Highlights will include breathtaking necklaces from the Scroll Collection. There will also be informal modeling of the precious gems throughout the VIP Preview's cocktail reception.

"As Art Southampton has become the premier contemporary and modern art fair in the Hamptons, it is a natural fit with GRAFF's commitment to excellence - a commitment which is reflected both in the quality and craftsmanship of our diamonds and rare gemstones - as well as the institutions and philanthropic causes we support" said Henri Barguirdjian, President and Chief Executive Officer of GRAFF Diamonds.

Nick Korniloff, Director + Partner of Art Miami LLC which presents Art Southampton, said, "We are proud that the internationally famed jeweler House of GRAFF has become our luxury partner this year as Art Southampton has clearly demonstrated its ability to draw in the most discernible international collectors with a keen interest in viewing and acquiring only the best the world has to offer."

The House of GRAFF is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. The name symbolizes rarity, beauty, excellence and the finest diamonds. GRAFF is one of the world's leading diamond companies involved in every stage of the jewelry making process, from mining and polishing to the magnificent hand finished piece. With boutiques worldwide, GRAFF jewelry is exceptional; the quality, the style and the workmanship are unsurpassed. As Founder and Chairman of the company, Laurence Graff has set a superior standard of excellence and innovation in the world of high jewelry. It has already been said that more important gem quality diamonds have passed through his hands than any other living diamantaire.

Following the extraordinary success of its inaugural edition last summer, Art Southampton (presented by Art Miami) the premier international contemporary and modern art fair and marketplace for acquiring the finest works of art available in the Hamptons, will return at the height of the social and cultural season this summer July 25 through 29, 2013.

More than 90 of the world's most respected galleries including James Goodman Gallery, Hollis Taggart Galleries, Osborne Samuel, Arcature Fine Art, Gallery Valentine, Yares Art Projects, Pace Prints, ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN, Galerie Terminus, NICHOLAS METIVIER GALLERY, Todd Merrill 20th Century+Studio Contemporary, Cynthia-Reeves, Ascaso Gallery, Gerald Peters Gallery, Edelman Arts Inc., Magnan Metz Gallery, Mike Weiss Gallery, Claire Oliver Gallery and Shine Artists will be exhibiting master works from artists such as:

Avery, Bluhm Fonseca, Gottlieb, Stamos, Kline, Olitski, Sherman, Warhol, Wesselman, Lichtenstein, Basquait, Mitchell, Bochner, Condo, Chamberlain, Frankenthaler, Kusama, Motherwell, Noland, Rauschenberg, Rivers, Stella, Cruz Diez, Botero, Soto, Baechler, Calder, Moore, Avedon, Chadwick, Close, Dali, Fischl, Picasso, Nevelson, Miro, Johns, Indiana, Dubuffet, Argue, Cragg, Ramos, Richter, Rosenquist, Paley, Rickey, Sultan, Wyeth, Goldberg, Hoffman, Vicente, Kahn, Baselitz, Haring, Poons, Burtynsky, Dzubas, Giacometti, Francis, McGinness, Mapplethorpe, Lewitt, Jawlensky, Bleckner, Mazzucco, Clergue, Man Ray, DeKooning, Banksy, Katz, Ernst, Steir, Ruscha, Léger, Matisse, Koons, Nicholson, Baldessari, van Dongen, Bourgeois, Freud, Chagall, Lam, Muniz, Davis, Matta, Butterfield, Thiebaud, Judd, Flavin, Schnabel, Albers, Kurtz and many more.

Additionally, Art Southampton will feature two special exhibitions -Warhol byGallery Valentine, and the New York Academy of Art Exhibition of famed alumni, which is curated by internationally acclaimed artist Eric Fischl.

The season's "can't miss" event of the summer will take place in a spectacular 100,000-square-foot pavilion on the grounds of the sprawling 18-acre Southampton Elks Lodge estate adjacent to the Southampton Golf Club located at 605 County Road 39, Southampton, New York 11968.

For more information on the Fair, register to be eligible for VIP status and for a full list of participating galleries, please visit E: T: +1.305.515.8573

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