Sunday, 29 November 2015

Top Collector Guns

"One of One Thousand" Winchesters was a marketing strategy in which Winchester selected one rifle out of every 1,000 they produced and outfitted it with a special barrel, stock, and trigger. This gun was then engraved with the words, “One of One Thousand,” and sold for a premium price. The guns were available in both models 1873 and 1876. Fewer than 200 were made. At auction, these guns have sold for several hundred thousand dollars.
Luger .45 ACP. "The Million Dollar Luger," this gun was the precursor to the Luger Pistole Parabellum 1908. It was created for submission to the United State Army’s gun trials and it is widely believed that only two were produced. Of the two, only one is known and it sold at auction in 2010 for just under $500,000. It is assumed that the other .45 ACP Luger was lost or destroyed since it has never surfaced.
Colt Walker. This single-action revolver was the predecessor to the collectible Colt Dragoon. The Walker was designed in 1846 and only about 1,100 of the guns were manufactured. Authentic Colt Walkers in good condition have gone for as high as $1,000,000. Even in poor condition, a Colt Walker would command a substantial sum.
Dance and Brothers Revolver. J.H. Dance and Brothers began manufacturing firearms for the Confederate government in 1862. Their six-chambered revolvers were widely used by Confederate soldiers. Only around 500 guns were produced and far fewer are known to survive. Authentic Dance and Brothers revolvers have been known to sell for $50,000 or more.
Fabbri Over Under Shotgun. Fabbri made a name for itself as the maker of fine, handcrafted, Italian guns. A brand new over under shotgun from this maker could set you back more than $200,000. These are beautiful firearms with elaborate and intricate engravings. Because of the labour-intensive production process, Fabbri only makes about 25 guns per year.
This golden 7.65mm Walther PP was likely never holstered, never mind fired, by Adolf Hitler. It sold for $114,000 at a 1987 auction to an anonymous bidder. It has since changed hands several times and would fetch much more today.

Wyatt Earp is an icon of the American Old West. His pistol made $ 225,000 at auction. This particular firearm is very likely the one Wyatt used in the most legendary gunfight in Wild West history, the O.K. Corral shootout.
The shot that killed Jesse James was delivered by a heavily used .44 Smith & Wesson. It brought $350,000 in 2003.

The Fox Gun Company made this gun especially for Teddy Roosevelt’s safari as he ended his presidential term. It brought $862,500 in 2010.
Simon Bolivar’s Flintlock Pistols: $1,687,500

George Washington’s Saddle Pistols: $1,986,000 in 2002.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Life Percolating at Depth

First, there was the microbe that scientists found living in lightless solitude more than two miles down a South African gold mine. Nothing alive had ever been found at that depth before.

Then there was the “Worm From Hell,” the first complex, multicellular creature found living at almost equal depths in the same group of mines.

Now the researchers who made both of those discoveries have hit another jackpot: the discovery of a “veritable zoo” of multi-cellular creatures living in the wet rock fissures of the gold and diamond mines of the Witwaterstrand Basin of South Africa, roughly a mile below the surface.
The creature found in 2011 – Halicephalobus mephisto – is a tiny nematode and are the deepest-living terrestrial multi-cellular organisms on earth. It’s an animal that lives where no other animals were thought to exist, in the rocky underworld known as the “deep subsurface”.

To H.mephisto, the subterranean world is an all-you-can-eat buffet. They feed on bacteria and other microbes that grow in rich mats on the rocky surface. There’s no risk of starving underground.
The earlier discoveries had already dramatically changed scientists’ understanding of life in the underworld.

The number and variety of creatures found so deep has proven that previous estimates of the amount of life (biomass) underground and under the bottom of the oceans have been too low. Those estimates have ranged from 20 percent to 50 percent of the total mass of life on Earth.

The rod-shaped D. audaxviator was recovered from thousands of litres of water collected deep in the Mponeng Mine in South Africa in 2008.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Tutankhamun: gold mask made for Nefertiti?

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves has found new evidence suggesting the death mask of ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun was not made for him – in fact, it was made for his stepmother, Queen Nefertiti. Reeves points to a cartouche (royal name stamp) that appears to have been retouched as evidence. The stamp conceals traces of another name: Ankhkheprure Nefernefruaten, which can be translated to Queen Nefertiti.
Other features that back his conclusion include the presence of pierced ears. In almost all other ancient Egyptian depictions, pierced ears were a feature only reserved for queens and children.

The discovery was made possible by an accident involving the mask’s beard being broken off and hastily glued back on by an employee of the Egyptian Museum in January.
This is the second time this year Reeves has shaken up the archaeological community. In October, he studied ultra high-resolution images and believed he found clues in the walls of Tutankhamun's burial chamber of having been painted over with scenes depicting the young Pharaoh’s life, as well as hidden doors that may lead to the discovery of Nefertiti's final resting place.

Tutankhamun was made a pharaoh when he was nine years old and died at 18. His step-mother, Nefertiti, was the wife of Egypt's most controversial pharaoh, Akhenaten. Nefertiti is widely regarded as the most beautiful woman of ancient Egypt, but the cause of her death and final resting place remains a mystery.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Lamborghini 2016

2016 Lamborghini Veneno
Automobili Lamborghini is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury sports cars. It is owned by the Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary, Audi.

Lamborghini's production facility and headquarters are located in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.

2016 Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini 2016 Asterion

2016 Lamborghini Aventador

2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Roadster

2016 Lamborghini Madura white concept

Lamborghini 2016 Concept

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Mecum Auction Company

2005 Ford GT. 6,941 Miles. Sold for $230,000
The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader in live auctions of collector cars, classic cars, corvettes, hot rods, street rods and muscle cars.

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV. 400/370 HP, 4-Speed. Sold for $160,000

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback. Professional Restoration Sold for $250,000

1992 Ferrari 512 TR. 3,200 Miles Sold for $295,000

1968 Ferrari 330 GTS. $ 3,000,000

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S. Sold for $2,300,000

2005 Maserati MC12. Sold for $1,575,000

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible. Executive Demonstrator of John Herlitz Sold for $2,250,000

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster. $1,000,000

1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera. Steve McQueen's Last Special Order Porsche Sold for $1,950,000

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE. 426/425 HP, 4-Speed Sold for $185,000

1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro. 427/425 HP, 4-Speed Sold for $155,000