Sunday, 30 August 2015

Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale

A rare, ex-works Aston Martin Ulster racing car from 1935 has sold for £2.9 million at the annual Bonhams auction during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Aston Martin Ulster Team Car, LM19, sold for £2,913,500, one of the highest amounts ever achieved for a pre-war British sports car and smashing the existing record for a pre-war Aston Martin.

A 1961 Porsche RS-61 Spyder offered by Stirling Moss sold for £1,905,500.
A Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster sold for £1,513,500. Unveiled in 1998, at the time the CLK was most expensive production car ever built. The model offered at Bonhams was the very first example ever built.

1954 Ferrari 4.9-litre 375-Plus Sports-Racing Two-Seat Spider Competizione. Sold for £10,753,500 in 2014

1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Long Chassis Touring Spider. Sold for: £2,689,500

1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman Limousine with coachwork by Barker. Sold for: £4,705,500 million




Saturday, 29 August 2015

Best Jewelry Designs From Baselworld 2015

Fawaz Gruosi, De Grisogono, the “Crazy Skull” jewelry watch 3D printed jewellery design competition

Brumani Panaché Earrings

Sutra Paraiba drop earrings in white gold set with 39 carats of Paraiba tourmalines

Sutra Colombian emerald earrings with diamonds in white gold.

Yoko London Pearl Necklace

The Fabergé Pearl Egg, 2015 - Closed

The Fabergé Pearl Egg, 2015 - Open

Roberto Coin Falco ring and bracelet


Jacob & Co. earrings made with 27 carats of Colombian emeralds


Pasquale Bruni

Graff. Carissa necklace with 67.20 carats of rubies and 73.36 carats of diamonds, and matching earrings with 22.12 carats of rubies and 4.47 carats of diamonds

Pasquale Bruni. Morganite drop necklace




Friday, 28 August 2015

Poodle from Hell found

Scientists have unearthed a spectacularly preserved, nearly complete fossil in northeastern China of a feathered dinosaur with wings like those of a bird, although they doubt the strange creature could fly.

The researchers said the fast-running meat-eater was about 6 feet (1.8 meters) long and covered with simple hair-like feathers over much of its body, with large, quill-like feathers on its wings and long tail.

Finding the dinosaur raises questions about why wings evolved in the first place.
The largest-known dinosaur with wings, it lived about 125 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. University of Edinburgh paleontologist Steve Brusatte dubbed the dinosaur, named Zhenyuanlong suni, a "fluffy feathered poodle from hell."

Birds evolved from small feathered dinosaurs. The oldest-known bird, crow-sized Archaeopteryx, lived about 150 million years ago.

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

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.