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England…Lord Nelson “friend” sword-pistol up for auction…..

A sword-pistol once owned by a close friend of Admiral Lord Nelson is to be auctioned in Staffordshire.

The weapon, which belonged to Alexander Davison, was recently on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Cuttlestones, which is auctioning the weapon at Penkridge on Friday, said it expected the sword-pistol to sell for £10,000 to £15,000.

It said to think “you could be holding a pistol” which may have been used by Nelson was” tremendously exciting”.
“A few years ago now the descendants of Davison, who lived in France, decided to put a sale together of his items and they made millions of pounds.

“It’s as close as we know that it [the sword-pistol] is thought to have belonged to Lord Nelson.”

The weapon, which has a 65cm [25in] sword blade attached, was made by firearms manufacturer HW Mortimer in 1805.

Mr Gamble added: “You’d engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat and if you thought you were losing, you’d shoot them as a secondary option.

“It was a fashionable weapon for a short period of time.”
Davison first met Nelson in Quebec in 1782 and the two remained in close contact until Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

In 1804 Davison was jailed for six months for election fraud following a failed attempt to become a Member of Parliament.

He was again found guilty of fraud for falsifying purchase orders and receipts in 1809. Upon release he lived quietly in Brighton until his death in 1829

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Photo of Titanic Iceberg Up for Sale…….

An auction house is selling a black and white photo of the iceberg that experts say the Titanic struck shortly before it sank on its maiden voyage.
The photo was taken April 12, 1912, two days before “the unsinkable ship” met her demise when she hit an iceberg shortly before midnight April 14, killing 1,502 people.
The photo shows a huge iceberg with a distinctive elliptical shape. The photograph was taken by the captain of the S.S. Etonian, according to RR Auction of Amherst, N.H. The caption reads, “Copyright. Blueberg taken by Captain W.F. Wood S.S. Etonian on 12/4/12 [April 12, 1912] in Lat 41° 50 N Long 49° 50 W. Titanic struck 14/4/12 [April 14, 1912] and sank in three hours.”
There were no photos of the iceberg before this one emerged, but two Titanic crew members drew sketches of the iceberg that they saw April 14. Both sketches are similar to the elliptical shape of the iceberg in the photo, according to RR Auction.
The coordinates scribbled on the photograph are not far from where the wreckage of the ship lies on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
“In my professional judgment, this iceberg is the one that sunk the Titanic,” Titanic artifact collector Stanley Lehrer told the Daily Mail.
Lehrer is noted for his collections of rare Titanic artifacts that have been displayed around the world.
“The captain took the pictures because he was fascinated with the unusual shape of the iceberg. This particular iceberg had an ellipse on the top right of the iceberg,” Lehrer added.
RR Auction expects the photograph to sell for $8,000 to $10,000 when bidding opens Dec. 13. The photo is one of more than 400 items from the Titanic that are up for bidding.

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Charlie Chaplin’s bowler and cane to hit auction block…..

One of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic bowler hats and canes, the staple of Hollywood silent-era comedy, will go under the hammer in Los Angeles this weekend, auction house Bonhams said on Tuesday.
Chaplin’s hat and cane – synonymous with his trademark “Little Tramp” character in films such as “City Lights” and “Modern Times” – are expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000 in the November 18 auction.
It is unknown how many of Chaplin’s bowlers and canes still exist, said Lucy Carr, a memorabilia specialist at Bonhams. The ones up for auction come from a private collection but have a direct link to Chaplin, Carr said.
The waddling and bumbling Little Tramp character propelled Chaplin to global fame. The character, which Hollywood legend says was created by accident on a rainy day at Keystone Studio, first appeared in 1914’s “Kid Auto Races at Venice” and lastly in 1936’s “Modern Times.”
Chaplin’s hat and cane are the highlights of an auction of popular culture artifacts including a saxophone that belonged to jazz pioneer Charlie Parker ($22,000-$26,000) and a handwritten letter from John Lennon in which The Beatle sketched himself and wife Yoko Ono nude ($18,000-$22,000).
Other items hitting the block range from an archive of Marilyn Monroe photographs ($15,000-$20,000), an early Charles Schulz “Peanuts” comic strip ($10,000-$15,000) and a wicker chair from Rick’s Cafe in “Casablanca” ($5,000-$7,000).

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The “Diamond” of diamonds…..PERFECTLY TRANSPARENT

Today (Tuesday) Christie’s auctions off the Archduke Joseph Diamond, which is expected to fetch more than $15 million. The 76.02 carat diamond, with perfect color and internally flawless clarity, came from the ancient Golconda mines in India. Its value just keeps on rising: In 1993, Christie’s sold the same diamond here for $6.5 million. Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry for Christie’s Americas and Switzerland, called it “one of the world’s most famous and desirable diamonds to appear at auction.”
This 76.02-carat diamond gets its name from from Archduke Joseph August (1872-1962), a previous owner of the gem and a prince of the Hungarian line of the Hapsburg dynasty. The Archduke was a descendant of the Emperor Leopold II, son of Empress Maria Theresa who owned the famous Florentine Diamond, one of the most notable and unique diamonds in history and an heirloom of the Hapsburgs for many years. But whereas the Florentine was unusually large for an Indian diamond and light yellow in color, the Archduke Joseph is a colorless diamond; it possesses the most notable characteristic of the best Golconda diamonds, namely a high internal clarity. Thus its D-color certification. It is cut in a rectangular cushion shape, perhaps a style of cutting that is not entirely unfitting with its Indian origin. It has horizontally divided pavilion main facets.

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England…..Rare ‘Amen’ glass auctioned for £43,000 in Shropshire..

A Jacobite “Amen” glass has been auctioned for £43,000 in Shropshire.

The glass, engraved with two verses of the Jacobite anthem, went under the hammer at Halls fine art auction house in Shrewsbury.

Halls said the glass was one of a number in the auction celebrating the movement that plotted against Protestant kings of the 17th and 18th Centuries.

The bids quickly exceeded pre-sales estimates of £20,000-£30,000, it added.

The glass was bought by a telephone bidder from London. Halls said it is among fewer than 40 known examples in the world.

‘Secret societies’

The collection containing the Lennoxlove Amen glass had belonged to the late Edward V. Phillips, who was a corn merchant.

Amen glasses were passed around in secret societies devoted to the restoration of a Catholic monarch, the auctioneers said.

Jeremy Lamond, Halls’ fine art director, said: “These glasses are testament to the fact that this was perhaps one of the few times in the history of alcohol when the glass was more dangerous to the imbiber than its contents.

“For those caught with such articles, penalties were severe, including imprisonment and, sometimes, execution.”

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England….’Oldest Vauxhall’ to be auctioned by Bonhams


A car that is believed to be the oldest surviving Vauxhall is expected to fetch up to £80,000 at auction in London.

The cream two-seater with brown leather upholstery was ordered for Vauxhall managing director Percy Kidner in November 1903.

In April 1904 Mr Kidner sold it to Dr Dudley Bernhardt, who lived in Marylebone, central London.

The “very important motor car” is due to go under the hammer at Bonhams on New Bond Street later.

The car remained in the Bernhardt family and was in regular use until about 1920.

‘Very important car’

In 1955, it was loaned to the London Science Museum.

The museum modernised the vehicle with help from Vauxhall Motors in Luton and it took part in London to Brighton runs.

The car underwent a major refurbishment in 2001-2002.

Tim Schofield, director of Bonhams’ UK motor car department, said: “This is the first time in 108 years this historic landmark vehicle has been offered on the open market.

“We believe it is the oldest surviving Vauxhall, which makes it a very important motor car and a great addition to what is shaping up to be a fantastic auction at our flagship saleroom.”

Also due to be auctioned are a 1904 Wolseley Tonneau, which is estimated to fetch up to £150,000, and a 1904 Wilson-Pilcher, which has a pre-auction estimate of £220,000.

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Rare century-old $5 bill issued in Fairbanks, Alaska, expected to bring up to $300,000….

The $5 bill displayed for decades on Charles Fairbanks IV’s wall was long a treasured family heirloom from Alaska. Now, to the surprise of the grandson of a turn-of-a-century vice-president, it’s also become a likely treasure trove.
The rare find is expected to fetch as much as $300,000 at auction this month when a Texas auctioneer plans to put it up for bids in Dallas and online as part of the American Numismatic Association National Money Show.
The bill was presented in 1905 to Vice-President Charles W. Fairbanks — Theodore Roosevelt’s No. 2 — and was from the First National Bank of Fairbanks, Alaska. The family has had it in their possession ever since and recently decided to auction it off through Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.
“It’s a wonderful, wonderful find,” said Dustin Johnston, director of Heritage’s currency auctions.
Auction officials say the Fairbanks bill that features an image of President Benjamin Harrison is a highlight that’s expected to sell for $200,000 to $300,000. The minimum starting bid is $120,000.
Fairbanks always knew the bill was special, at least to his family, given that it was presented to the former vice-president as a memento from the frontier city named after him.
Fairbanks learned last year that the uncirculated note’s estimated value had skyrocketed far beyond the estimate of $50,000 to $60,000 set in the mid-1990s, which prompted him to start locking it up whenever he travelled.
With the new estimate, the 66-year-old great-grandson no longer felt comfortable displaying it on a wall in his Santa Barbara, Calif., home.
It was no longer just a framed family keepsake, so off it went to a safety deposit box.
“Why stress out and worry about something?” Fairbanks said. “It’d be like having a Monet in the house.”
But keeping it hidden didn’t do anyone any good. So Fairbanks decided to consign it to Heritage. He said his family has plenty of other historical memorabilia, or he wouldn’t have done it.
Charles W. Fairbanks was a U.S. senator from Indiana in the late 1890s when he was credited with playing a key role to resolve a border dispute with Canada triggered by the Klondike Gold Rush. As a result of his efforts, most of the disputed territory went to the United States.
But the real reason the city of Fairbanks was named after him was because he played a key role in the appointment of a federal judge, James Wickersham, a man Fairbanks met during the border dispute, according to University of Alaska Fairbanks historian Terrence Cole. To return the favour, Wickersham urged city founders to call the settlement Fairbanks.
“He said, ‘I owe everything that I am to him,'” Cole said.
Auction officials also note the bill’s rarity. Only three banks in Alaska — out of more than 12,000 banks nationwide — issued the bills.
The Fairbanks bill was just one of four notes of its kind in the $5 denomination that were issued in 1905 by the now-defunct Alaska bank, according to Johnston. One of those bills sold 15 years ago for close to $100,000 and the market has “really picked up for the rarest pieces,” he said.
A third bill is in storage at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, collections manager of ethnology and history Angela Linn said Wednesday. The bill is in pristine condition and looks as if it just came off the printing press, she said, adding that its distinctive quirk is a curve in part of the edge.
The bill being auctioned is unfolded and there is no wear, either, Johnston said. Its colour is a little muted because the family displayed it for so long. There also have been some minor restorations to the back corners, but Johnston doesn’t expect that to affect the selling price, given the bill’s rarity, pedigree and history.
It’s probably one of the better national bank notes that will come to auction over this decade, he said.
“It’s easily in the top five of what I’ve handled,” Johnston said.

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Rare Bonnie & Clyde artifacts head to auction…..

The center piece of the auction, which is being held at RR Auction at the Crowne Plaza Nashua, in New Hampshire, is a Colt .38 detective special revolver. The revolver, nicknamed “the squat gun” because Bonnie was squatting on it at the time of her death, was found taped to Bonnie’s thigh after she was shot and killed by Texas Ranger Captain Frank Hamer and his posse. Hamer later speculated that it was hidden there because it is one of the few locations “no gentleman officer would search.”

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ATTN: COIN COLLECTORS…Monday Night Coin Auction

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Elvis Presley’s Dirty Underwear Could Fetch $16,000 At Auction

When it comes to Elvis Presley souvenirs, the following shows that one collector’s ewww is another’s treasure.

A pair of soiled underwear worn by Presley under his white jumpsuit — and not washed afterward — is expected to fetch $16,000 (10,000 pounds) at an auction in England next month, Metro UK and other outlets reported. But Omega Auctions’ website, which displays the item, put the estimate between $11,000 and $14,000 as of Monday afternoon.
As for their condition, let’s just say the fuller-cut jockey-style briefs look as if the King did more shaking on stage than in the bathroom. There appears to be other tell-tale signs of potty neglect as well. He wore the skivvies during a concert in 1977, and were obtained from the estate of his dad, Vernon Presley,, according to reports.

The BBC wrote that the underwear wasn’t supposed to show any lines beneath his iconic white jumpsuit. The undies are framed for suitable display.

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