Saturday, 30 August 2014

Expensive Auction Items

The hand-scribbled lyrics to Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for $2 million, a world record for a popular music manuscript and the "the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem."

It trounced the previous record holder, John Lennon, whose lyrics for "A Day in the Life" sold for $1.2 million.
Jeff Koons' Michael Jackson and Bubbles sculpture. Sold: $5.6 million, 2001.

John Lennon's Rolls Royce. Sold: $2,230,000, 1985.
Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” Stratocaster Guitar by Fender. Sold:$959,500, 2004.

Jerry Garcia's "Tiger" guitar. Sold: $957,500, 2002.
A “Beatles ’65” album signed by all four members of the band. $300,000.

George Harrison's guitar fetched $657,000.
Babe Ruth finished his career with 714 home runs and is widely regarded as the greatest professional baseball player in the history of the sport. $ 5,300.

Shaquille O'Neal custom Michael Jackson glove. $ 3800.

Michael Jordan signed basketball. $ 1400.
A stubless ticket from Cassius Clay's first fight versus Sonny Liston that took place on February 25, 1964 in Miami Beach, Florida. The ticket features head shots of both fighters. Ali would defeat Liston to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World. $ 1920.

Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston after knocking him down in the first minute of the first round of their championship fight on May 25, 1965. The poster has been signed twice by Ali. $ 1250
The King's memorabilia remains in high demand. His jumpsuit was valued at $80,000-100,000, though bidders boosted it to $197,000.

Elvis can be seen wearing the suit on stage in Las Vegas in the MGM documentary Elvis: That's the Way It Is (MGM, 1970).

Friday, 29 August 2014

The Ron Pratte Collection

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 29, 2014 — Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is honored to be selected by world-class businessman and car collector Ron Pratte for the sale of his world-renowned collection at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 auction.

Ron Pratte, a businessman who demands perfection in everything he has a hand in, built the majority of his collection at Barrett-Jackson auctions. This pristine collection includes Carroll Shelby’s personal vehicle – the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake, that sold for a world record $5.5 million, and a Pontiac Bonneville Special Concept Car, one of only two.

Shelby pegged the car's 0-60-mph time at just over three seconds.
The Pontiac Bonneville Special is a purpose-built concept car unveiled at the General Motors Motorama in 1954, the first 2-seater sports car Pontiac ever produced.

Two "Special" prototypes, one painted metallic bronze and one emerald green, were built with the intention of unveiling them simultaneously at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf in New York and the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1954.

The current record for a Tucker is $ 1.1m.
The Ron Pratte Collection, featuring cars and over a thousand pieces of automobilia, will be on the docket at Barrett-Jackson’s 44th Annual Scottsdale Auction taking place January 10-18, 2015 with television coverage on Velocity and Discovery.

This 1947 Bentley Mark VI last sold for $ 1.7m

One of only 153 1968 Shelby GT 500s.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction

(June 2, 2014) Greenwich, CT – Standing room only crowds packed the Bonhams tent at the 7th annual Greenwich collector motorcar auction with the sale totalling in excess of $8 million, with over 93% of lots offered sold. The capacity crowd grew nearly silent as the catalogue cover lot, a 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 'Periscopica', sold for over $1.2m.

1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.4-Liter Roadster US$ 203,500.

1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster Coachwork by Merrimac. US$ 250,000

1927 Amilcar CGSS Two Seater Sports US$ 191,400

1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon US$ 313,500

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Liter Roadster US$ 335,500

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The Millennium Dome Raid

The Millennium Dome raid was an attempted robbery of the Millennium Dome's diamond exhibition in Greenwich, South East London on November 7, 2000. A local gang including Lee Wenham, Raymond Betson and William Cockram had planned to ram-raid the De Beers diamond exhibition which was being held in the dome at the time.

The gang had then planned to escape via the Thames in a speedboat.
Police caught raiders red-handed when they foiled a massive diamond robbery at the Millennium Dome, a court has heard. Their actions stopped the robbers getting away with £200m worth of "perhaps the rarest and finest" diamonds in the world, the Old Bailey was told.

Martin Heslop QC prosecuting, spoke at the start of the trial of six men accused of plotting to rob the De Beers Millennium Diamond Exhibition.
Mr Heslop said the robbers were caught as they smashed their way into the Dome with a JCB digger, equipped with a giant mechanised shovel.
The attempted robbery was foiled by the Flying Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service, who already had the gang members under surveillance for their suspected roles in a number of unsuccessful armoured vehicle robberies. The operation to foil the robbery was the biggest operation undertaken in the Flying Squad's history and at trial the judge in the case made a special point of commending the way it was carried out.
The digger had been modified to carry four people inside. "Because of the very nature of the vehicle, it was less likely that anyone would have any chance of stopping it as they made their getaway," said Mr Heslop. Those inside came equipped with gas masks, smoke grenades and bottles of ammonia to discharge, he told the jury.

They also held a sledgehammer, wire cutters, a sophisticated nail gun and body armour.
The robbery was planned professionally and carefully down to the last detail and almost succeeded. But senior police officers, suspicious of a plan to obtain the diamonds, mounted a sophisticated operation to thwart it. On the night before the raid they removed the DeBeers diamonds and replaced them with worthless fakes, just in case the robbers succeeded.

Undercover police officers and sophisticated CCTV were ready in wait for the robbers, the court heard.
Four men who attempted to pull off a daring £200m diamond heist at the Millennium Dome have been found guilty of conspiring to rob. Gang members were caught by armed police as they smashed their way into the south east London attraction with an earth mover in November 2000.

The guilty men are: •Aldo Ciarrocchi, 32, of Bermondsey, London
•William Cockram, 49, of Catford, London
•Raymond Betson, 40, of Chatham, Kent
•Robert Adams, 57, no fixed address

Betson and Cockram were jailed for 18 years each. Adams and Ciarrocchi got 15 years each. Meredith was jailed for five years. The four had admitted conspiring to steal the 12 diamonds, including the Millennium Star, one of the world's largest gems, from the De Beers Millennium Exhibition.
The court heard how Adams - known as Bob the Builder - had confessed to police after his arrest.

He told officer Brian McNamara: "I was 12 inches from pay day. It would have been a blinding Christmas." Adams described trying to break through the £50,000 three-quarter inch armoured plated glass vault with a sledgehammer. "I cannot believe how easily the glass went. I only hit it twice," he told the officer.

Friday, 22 August 2014

3D-printed Jewelry
(IDEX Online News) – Shapeways, a 3D-printing marketplace and community, has added precious metals to its material options. As well as 14-karat gold and sterling silver, jewelers – and others – can now work with platinum, 18-karat gold, 14-karat rose gold and 14-karat white gold.

Shapeways said the latest additions means it offers the most options for 3D jewelry printing. The company’s system also means that jewelers do not need to maintain inventory. They can either print the products as needed or sell through Shapeways.
Most of the metal items on Shapeways are 3D printed using a wax casting process. The model is first printed in wax, using a specialized high-resolution 3D printer. It is then put in a container where liquid plaster is poured in around it. When the plaster sets, the wax is melted out in a furnace, and the remaining plaster becomes the mold. Molten metal is poured into this mold and set to harden. The plaster is broken away, revealing the new product, which is then cleaned and hand-polished.