Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Petra finds 'exceptional' 122-carat blue diamond

Diamond mining company Petra says it has found an "exceptional" 122.52-carat blue diamond. The "unique" stone was found at the Cullinan mine near Pretoria in South Africa, the company said.

The crystal is being analysed in order to gauge its value, and the company will not put it up for sale before its financial year runs out at the end of this month. Petra Diamonds shares jumped 6.5% after the announcement on Friday morning.

The highest price on record for a rough diamond is $35.3m

507.55-carat rough recovered from Cullinan in 2010 and sold for $ 35.3m

Monday, 28 July 2014

2014 Supercars

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari - Above sports cars, there are exotic sports cars. The LaFerrari is poised to be the king of all exotic sports cars. Its 789-hp V-12 gets a 161-hp boost from an electric motor.

MSRP $1,350,000

Porsche 918 is a plug-in hybrid. With a combined 887hp and 944 lb-ft of torque from its mid-mounted V-8 and electric motors—one at each axle—the 918 delivers acceleration, tenacious handling, and a 211-mph top end. MSRP $847,975

The McLaren P1 is a limited production plug-in hybrid sports car by British automotive manufacturer McLaren Automotive. The concept car debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The entire P1 production of 375 units was sold out by November 2013. MSRP $1,150,000

Pagani Huayra is powered by a 6.0-litre Mercedes V12, twice turbocharged to 730 horsepower. MSRP $1,444,120

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The Michael Banfield Collection

1913 Merryweather Fire Engine. Est 100k
A collection of vintage vehicles ranging from open top double-decker buses to a 1913 fire engine, and a 1935 London Taxi to a 1914 Rolls-Royce, will go under the auctioneer’s hammer on June 13 and 14 at Bonhams in Kent.
1904 Talbot CT4V-B 12/16-hp Brougham. Est.640,000 - 820,000.
In 1959, Michael Banfield bought his first classic car, a 1927 Bentley. Continuing with this passion, his collection grew, today amounting to over 1,000 items, from legendary classic cars, to buses, fire trucks, and an eclectic array of automotive memorabilia.

1904 Mors 24/32-hp Roi des Belges. $ 1m.

For the first time, this entire astonishing collection will be available at auction, with many cars coming into the public domain for the very first time.
A spokesman for Bonhams said: “For more than 50 years Michael dedicated himself to the preservation, promotion, and use of historic road transport as part of our national heritage.

Most of this work was undertaken on a voluntary basis as a true enthusiast.
1906 Minerva 40-hp Roi des Belges. $ 200,000 - 240,000
1910 Renault AX 8HP $ 40,000 - 46,000

1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50-hp Silver Ghost Landaulette. $ 640,000 - 910,000

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre. $ 73,000 - 91,000

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Canadian Government surplus auction site

Among surplus goods for sale is a commercial-sized potato peeler formerly located at the Kingston Penitentiary.
In the market for a slightly used RCMP vehicle? Or maybe you need a 2,300 kilogram-capacity forklift?

Perhaps an opal ring or a designer bag is something that would interest you? These items and more are featured on the Canadian government's surplus item auction site,

A mini-bus formerly used to transport senators and Senate staff around Parliament Hill is among the vehicles offered for sale on the federal government's surplus and seized goods auction site.
The government is also selling a 2009 white Ford Crown Victoria, referred to as a police interceptor.

"Rear doors do not open from the inside," the description of the ex-police car reads. "Vehicle starts with a boost and runs." The car, which is in Edmonton, also has a cracked windshield and a variety of other scrapes and scratches. The minimum bid is $900.

Allentown ventilated rodent housing for rats.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Silver in ancient Egypt

Gold was considered to be the skin of the ancient Egyptian gods and their bones were thought to be made of silver.

At beginning of recorded history, silver may have been unknown to the ancient Egyptians. They could obtain gold and electrum, which was a natural alloy of silver and gold, from the mountains of the Eastern Desert and Nubia. Early Egyptian language lacks a word for silver. They described it only as the "white metal", and when they did run across it, they seem to have regarded it as a variety of gold.

When silver was introduced into Egypt, it probably was more valuable than gold. It was rare, and on lists of valuables, items of silver were listed above those of gold during the Old Kingdom.

Jewelry made of silver was almost always thinner than gold pieces, as indicated by the bracelets of the 4th Dynasty queen Hetephere I, in marked contrast to the extravagance of her gold jewelry.
A silver treasure found at the site of Tod comprised vessels probably made in Crete. The hoard dates to the reign of Amenemhat II who ruled during the 12th Dynasty. (1962 BC)
By the Middle Kingdom, silver was less valuable than gold. By this time a much better supply of the metal had developed. During the 12th Dynasty, silver had acquired a value approximately half that of gold. By the 18th dynasty silver and copper had been established as a means of exchange.

Copper was valued at about one-hundredth the value of silver.
The rulers of the 21st and 22nd Dynasty, who were buried at Tanis used silver in their burials. Sheshonq II had a solid silver coffin with gilded details in the form of the hawk-god, Sokar.