Sunday, 28 August 2016

Expensive Pez Dispensers

Pez (trademarked PEZ in capitals) is the brand name of an Austrian candy and their famous mechanical pocket dispensers. The candy itself takes the shape of pressed, dry, straight-edged, curved-corner blocks. Pez was originally introduced in Austria, later exported, notably to the U.S. One of the first character PEZ dispensers, the shape of the 1955 Santa Claus PEZ model is both rare and valuable. Departing from the norm, the dispenser has a round body, although the candy inside remains the same traditional narrow rectangular shape.

One last sold for $ 13,000
1982 World's Fair PEZ Dispenser. With only two in existence, the PEZ dispensers are the most valuable items of their kind. One with a blue stem features the head of an astronaut with a blue helmet. The other has a white helmet and a grass green stem.

The most recent known transaction involving either of these dispensers was in 2006, when the green astronaut sold for just over $32,000
The locking cap PEZ dispenser is a rare find from the 1940s. Among the first dispensers widely available and purposely shaped like cigarette lighters to help market them as smoking cessation aids, a few are vanilla colored and can sell for $ 2000. Certain very rare models, produced in Germany after WWII, bear the words "US Zone." and can sell for $ 5,000.

Available via mail order and in some retail settings in 1955, the Golden Glow PEZ Dispenser, with a wide gold colored base and gold stem, has become a rare find. With a stamp bearing the mark, "U.S. PATENT 2,620,061," these particular dispensers are highly sought-after.
The first robot PEZ dispensers, released in 1955, were solid colored in gray, navy blue, red, or bright yellow. Very rare, the 1955 Robot Flying Saucer promotional PEZ dispenser is the most prized and will easily bring $ 1,000 in good condition.
Alpine Man PEZ Dispenser is the 1972 Munich Olympics edition. Equipped with a brown or green hat adorned with feathers, this rare PEZ dispenser is highly coveted. The most desirable has a mustache.
Candy shooting PEZ guns appeared in the early 1960s and command high prices.
Make a Face PEZ Set were recalled over child safety issues. Resembling a tiny Mr. Potato Head toy, the pieces on the face are interchangeable. These particular dispensers often cost several thousand dollars in mint condition.

The Mickey Mouse Soft Head PEZ Dispenser is a prototype, which makes it very rare. Experts are aware of only one in existence. With a red rectangular candy shaft and a soft plastic Mickey Mouse head, this candy dispenser brought $7,000.
Pre-1989 Superhero PEZ dispensers are valuable. Popular versions include Wonderwoman, Batman, and Bugs Bunny.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Hermann Historica oHG Auction

Munich-based Hermann Historica oHG has affirmed its position as one of the leading auction houses for antiquities, antique arms and armour, firearms, and objects of military history with a highly successful 2016 Spring Auction season.

Top lot of the sale was a highly detailed pair of deluxe silver-mounted flintlock pistols, made in St. Petersburg in 1770 by Ivan Permiak, which sold for 80,000 euros.

Coming in second, with a final price of 52,000 euros against an estimate of 25,000 euros, was the sabre presented to General major Georg Freiherr von Krauchenberg (1776 - 1843)
An intact Illyrian helmet made 21,000 Euros against an estimate of 8,000 euros
8 archer’s rings in jade made 26,000 euros

A visor cap to the tropical uniform for Air Force officers, the so-called "Hermann Maier Hat" from 1942. 2500 euros

A sabre originally gifted to Prince Henry of Prussia (1862 - 1929) sold for 42,000 euros

Late-Gothic crossbow with horn prod, tiller covered in bone inlays, German, 1500. 20,000 euros

An all-metal flintlock wender pistol 18,000 euros.

An Italian silver-inlaid storta, circa 1600. 12000 Euros

A cuirassier’s armor from Nuremberg, circa 1600/1620, 31,000 euros.

A Nazi uniform ensemble for a department leader in the district leadership. 4500 Euros
A Pseudo-Corinthian bronze helmet, forged in Apulia during the fifth to the fourth century B.C. sold for 14,000 euros.

A Southern German late Gothic sallet, Innsbruck, circa 1490. 18,000 euros
Helmet M 1852 for enlisted men and non-commissioned officers of the Royal Bavarian Hartschiere Life Guards sold for 9,000 euros.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Gold-plated, diamond-encrusted iPhone 7 goes on pre-order for $ 1.3m

Rapper phone supplier Brikk has put together the pieces for it's new Lux iPhone 7. Brikk offers the 'iPhone 7' with large diamonds, small diamonds, yellow gold, pink gold and even platinum.

Brikk's Lux iPhone 7 collection has options for everybody. Hopeless cheapskates can order from the Standard Collection, where prices start at $4,995, while those who know a bargain when they see one can opt for the nifty Bespoke Collection Imperial handset, which costs $1.3m.

For that folks get the accessories thrown in too.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Most Expensive Meal in the World

A meal at Singapore’s Ce La Vi restaurant has been dubbed as the most expensive in the world – a whopping $2 million. For that money the personalized, diamond studded chopsticks worth $17,000 per pair are yours to keep.

The gold-plated chopsticks are set with 4-carat round diamonds. But there's more. The buyer will get luxury rides – including a helicopter and cruise – leading them to the dining venue at Marina Bay Sands Hotel and a 2-carat blue diamond ring in rose-gold dubbed “The Jane Seymour” at the end of the meal.
To make it a truly personalized experience, even the furniture will be custom-made, and to finish the night with a bang, fireworks will accompany a Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac when the ring is presented.

Very naturally Ce La Vi will be closed to the unwashed peons and the lucky couple will be dining in complete, well heeled, privacy.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sotheby's - Treasures

German, probably Cologne, circa 1300-1320 Chess Piece: A King, Portrait of Frederick II Hohenstaufen (1194-1250) £653,000
The Sotheby's Treasures sale is one of the pre-eminent decorative art auctions. The Treasures sale exhibit with museum-like quality the carefully curated Furniture, Silver, Vertu, Clocks and Sculpture masterpieces, selected for their beauty, rarity, royal and aristocratic provenance. Attracting interest from across the globe, these magnificent objects transcend any single collecting field.

Louis XIV Savonnerie Carpet £341,000

Southern German, Augsburg, circa 1600. The Rothschild Orpheus Cup - £1,061,000

A pair of Regency gilt-bronze six-light candelabra and stands, circa 1802–06. £317,000

A George III mahogany longcase barograph regulator, case by Thomas Chippendale, 1766. Estimate 400,000–600,000 ($580,000–870,000).

An ormolu and enamel musical automaton “jardinière” table clock, the case Chinese, Qianlong, probably Guangzhou; circa 1785. £1,025,000

An Italian ivory and mother-of-pearl inlaid rosewood, kingwood, amaranth, fruitwood and oyster veneered olivewood marquetry commode, attributed to Pietro Piffetti, Turin, circa 1730. Estimate £200,000–300,000 ($289,000–433,000).

Pair of salts with the profiles of King Henry IV of France and Marie de’ Medici and grotesques, French, Limoges, early 17th century. £125,000

An Italian neoclassical giltwood and verre eglomisé console table, Sicilian, late 18th century. Estimate £70,000–100,000 ($102,000–145,000).

A rare jewelled and Canton-enamelled gilt-decorated sword and basse-taille scabbard with gold foils, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period, circa 1800. Estimate £125,000

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Martin Katz - Jewels. Like No Other

Australian black red opal ring set in 18K white gold; micro-set with 234 white diamonds and 377 red and orange sapphires, 36 tsavorite garnets and 5 green tourmalines.
For over 25 years, Martin Katz has married exquisite gemstones with meticulously designed settings to create extraordinary jewelry.

Katz, 58, has long had a passion for gems. In college, he built a small business selling puka shell and silver jewelry to sorority girls. After graduation, he moved to California and began working in the trade.

Eventually, he launched himself as a private jeweler. Becoming a designer wasn’t part of the plan. “Designing came out of filling a void,” he says, for clients seeking a specific piece to round out a vintage collection. “I’d say, ‘If we could make one, we’d take the top of this one and the shape of that one.’ That’s how it all started.”

His reputation grew, and before long, his contemporary designs were selling better than the vintage.

White gold ring with a 4.25ct oval pinkish orange padparadscha sapphire, microset with diamonds and pink sapphires.
Katz’s pieces start at $2,500, but the core artistic collection ranges from $25,000 to $125,000.

He’s especially known for his expertise in colored stones; paraiba tourmaline, red spinel, alexandrite, and notes that pink and yellow diamonds are trending higher.

Cushion-cut Mandarin garnet of 10.25 carats encircled by a micro-set border of orange sapphires and band with white diamonds with 2 half-moon diamond sidestones.

Cushion-cut orange sapphire, 15.5 carats; set in 18K white gold, micro-set with 118 amethysts and 98 diamonds.

Cushion-cut sapphire, 10.95 carats; microset with 128 diamonds and 64 blue sapphires. Set in platinum.

Cabochon fire opal, 13 carats; 354 diamonds, 14 green tsavorite garnets and 179 orange-red sapphires. 18K white gold setting.