Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Hollywood Prop and Costumes Auctions III


BULLITT (1968) Steve McQueen License Plate. Used as the license plate for Frank Bullitt's Ford Mustang GT
September 23rd is the date to set for a global auction showcasing 450 of the film industry's most iconic movie props.

Prop Store, one of the world's leading vendors of original props and collectible memorabilia will host the live auction. The original props are from over 150 films and television shows

Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) Sword was used throughout the film.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) -- Stormtrooper Helmet

Star Trek (TV 1966) -- Spock's (Leonard Nimoy) Science Officer Costume

Used by Pierce Brosnan in the 1997 James Bond movie "Tomorrow Never Dies", this prop pistol is designed specifically to fire blanks

The Dark Crystal (1982) -- Fizzgig Puppet
Back to the Future: Part II (1989) -- Grays Sports Almanac. A key component in the story of Back to the Future: Part 2, this "Grays Sports Almanac" was used by Biff Tannen to alter history by placing bets in order to get rich.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) -- The Terminator's SFX Crane Chase Jacket was made specifically for the chase sequence through the streets of Los Angeles.

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) -- Hero Stormtrooper Blaster

Star Trek: the next generation Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) -- Starship Miniature Model

Blade Runner (1982) -- Rick Deckard's (Harrison Ford) Hero Vid-Phone.
See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2015/07/hollywood-prop-and-costume-auctions.html
See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2015/08/hollywood-props-and-costumes-at-auction.html
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Monday, 28 September 2015

Spectactular fossils of the Green River Formation


Large teeth and rear-placed fins make Phareodus encaustus well suited for catching and eating other fish.
Rocks of the Green River Formation contain a story of what the environment was like about 50 million years ago in what is now parts of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

Streams draining the steep and newly formed mountains carried large amounts of sand, silt, mud and dissolved minerals into lakes that occupied the intermountain basis. Over time the sand, silt and mud began infilling the lakes. Abundant plants grew on broad swampy areas that developed around the margins of the lakes.

This 5.5 inch long bat is the most primitive known.
Claws on each finger of its wings indicate it was probably an agile climber and crawled along and under tree branches searching for insects.
A lagerstätte is a sedimentary rock unit with fossil content. The Green River swamps and lakes provided an exceptional environment for fossil formation.

The lakes and swamps were calm where remains were quickly buried by sediment. This resulted in one of Earth's most spectacular deposits of preserved plants, animals, insects and fish.

This 1.7 meter (5 foot 6 inch) softshell turtle is one of the largest turtles from Fossil Lake. During the Eocene, trionychid turtles reached maximum size.

This fully-articulated early horse is an extremely rare find.

The insect fossils from Fossil Lake sometimes show color patterns, wing venation, and sex-related characteristics.

Palm Tree Flower
Turritella Agate is the name used for a brown, translucent, fossiliferous agate found in the Green River Formation of Wyoming. It is easy to recognize because it contains large fossil snails that stand out in a white-to-tan color that contrasts with the brownish agate.

This organic gem material was incorrectly named decades ago when the christener thought that the spectacular spiral-shaped gastropod (snail) fossils entombed within the stone were members of the marine Turritella genus. That was an error. The fossils are of the freshwater snail, Elimia tenera, a member of the Pleuroteridae family.



See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2015/08/christies-out-of-ordinary-auction.html
See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2015/06/the-burgess-shale-formation.html
See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2015/04/utahs-dinosaur-death-trap-reveals-trove.html

http://geology.com/articles/green-river-fossils/



Saturday, 26 September 2015

Ancient Mysteries

Tarim Mummies. During an excavation beneath the Tarim Basin in western China, archaeologists were surprised to discover more than 100 mummified corpses that dated back 2,000 years. Victor Mair was stupefied when he found blonde-haired and long-nosed Tarim mummies after they were dug up and put on display at a museum. In 1993 Mair returned to collect DNA samples from the mummies. Test results validated his hunch that the bodies were of European genetic stock.

While ancient Chinese texts describe groups of far-East dwelling Caucasian people, there is no mention of how or why they ended up there.

The Carnac Stones. With over 3,000 prehistoric standing stones, Carnac (in Brittany, France) is the largest megalithic site in the world.

Not all of the Carnac stones were apparently set up for the same purpose. There are stone circles, rows of stones aligned perfectly, and even mausoleums with roofs made entirely of large stones. Stones may have been periodically placed over thousands of years, but a rough calculation for the beginning of the stone placements is 4000 BC.

Minoan Palace Ruins at Knossos
Fall of the Minoans. The Minoans were an Aegean Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from about 2600 to 1400 BC.

The Minoan eruption on the island of Thera (present-day Santorini) was among the largest volcanic explosions in the history of civilization. The eruption is believed to have severely affected the Minoan culture. Archaeological evidence found on Crete indicate that a massive tsunami, generated by the Theran eruption, devastated the coastal areas of Crete and destroyed many Minoan settlements.

Bog Bodies. A bog body is a human cadaver that has been naturally mummified in a peat bog. Such bodies, sometimes known as bog people, are widespread. Bog bodies have retained their skin and internal organs due to the unusual conditions of the bog. These conditions include highly acidic water, low temperature, and a lack of oxygen.

The overwhelming majority of bog bodies have been found in Northern Europe, particularly Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Helike Delta with the Gulf of Corinth at left.
Lost City of Helike Helike was situated on the northwestern part of the Peloponnesian peninsula. During its heyday, Helike was an important economic, cultural and religious centre.

One night during the winter of 373 B.C., the city of Helike was obliterated. The rescue party that came in the following morning found no survivors. No trace of the legendary society existed outside of ancient Greek texts until 1861 when an archaeologist found a bronze coin with the unmistakable head of Poseidon. In 2001, a pair of archaeologists located the ruins of Helike.
Rongorongo. Rongorongo is an indecipherable hieroglyphic script used by the early inhabitants on Easter Island. While no other neighboring oceanic people possessed a written language, Rongorongo appeared mysteriously in the 1700s.

The language was lost—along with the best hopes for ever deciphering it—after early European colonizers banned it.


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Friday, 25 September 2015

Birds by Cartier

Société Cartier designs, manufactures, distributes and sells jewellery and watches. Founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, the company remained under family control until 1964.

Ruby, sapphire, emerald, citrine and diamond flamingo clip. Cartier 1940.

Cartier 1950s Emerald Ruby Sapphire Diamond Parrot Brooch
The company's headquarters is in Paris and it is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. Cartier has a long history of sales to royalty and celebrities.  King Edward VII of England referred to Cartier as "the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers."

Cartier operates more than 200 stores in 125 countries, with five flagship stores world-wide.

Morganite, Pearl, Onyx, Pink Sapphire and Mother of Pearl Bird Brooch



See -----> http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2014/01/panther-by-cartier.html
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