Wednesday 12 August 2015

The Pogue Coin Collection

An 1804 silver dollar is worth $8 to $10m.
The world's greatest private collection of American coins was sold in a record-breaking series of seven auctions at Sotherby's and Stack's Bowers Galleries. Gathered over more than 30 years by Texas property developer A. Mack Pogue and his son, D. Brent Pogue, the collection contains coins from the early years of the American republic, from 1792 to the 1830s.

These are the most sought-after U.S. coins in existence, as the crude production techniques of the period meant that the coins were fragile, making surviving high-quality examples extremely rare.

A 1796 quarter dollar

1793 chain cent–the nation’s earliest penny

The 1795 Flowing Hair, Three Leaves silver dollar

1797 half dollar coin is worth up to $1.75m

1822 five dollar gold coin $8m
An 1808 quarter eagle led Stack's Bowers and Sotheby's sale of the Brent D Pogue collection in New York on May 20, 2015. The lot sold for $2.3m, setting a new world record for a US quarter eagle at auction.




Tuesday 11 August 2015

Hollywood Prop and Costume Auctions

A Batman suit worn by Val Kilmer and a Riddler suit worn by Jim Carrey from the movie Batman Forever. The suits are each valued around $40,000

The full body radio-controlled figure used in 'Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines' which stood in for Arnold Schwarzenegger. $40,000

The prop gun used by Harrison Ford in Blade Runner. $100,000

Hugh Jackman's claws used in his role as Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand $30,000

This original stop-motion animation puppet from the movie Mars Attacks $8,000

The purple dress worn by Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: $ 10,000

Richard Burton's costume from "Cleopatra." $ 20,000

The belt and costume worn by Michael Jackson during the filming of the video for the song Bad. $ 40,000

Captain America Auction. Lot #154 Captain America Hero Suit $233,700

The Superman outfit worn by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 film “Superman: The Movie”. $ 75,000

Russell Crowe’s chest armour from the legendary movie Gladiator $58,425

The costume worn by Robert Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, with chrome metal hook arms. $ 7,000

Matthew Broderick's leather jacket from Ferris Bueller's Day Off $ 10,000

Predator 2 costume and animatronic head $ 80,000

Original "Balok" Puppet Head from Star Trek: The Original Series (NBC-TV, 1966-69) $ 25,000

Judy Garland's costume from "The Wizard of Oz." $ 480,000

Claude Raines' costume from "Casablanca." $ 55,000

Aragorn's sword Andúril, made for Viggo Mortensen, from Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King. $437,000.
Saruman's wizard staff used by Sir Christopher Lee in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Sold for $125,000

Ripley's flamethrower Alien $ 40,000

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Wednesday 5 August 2015

World's largest gold nuggets

#1 - Welcome Stranger The Welcome Stranger is the biggest alluvial gold nugget found, which had a calculated refined weight of 3,123 oz and was discovered by Cornish prospectors John Deason and Richard Oates on 5 February 1869 at Moliagul, Victoria, Australia, about 9 miles (14.6 kilometres) north-west of Dunolly.
# 2 - Pepita Canaa The title of the 'largest known nugget still in existence' goes to a nugget found at the Serra Pelada minesite in Brazil in 1983 by Julio de Deus Filho. Known variously as the 'Canaa Nugget' and 'Pepita Canaa Nugget', it is displayed in the Banco Central do Brasil's museum. Its gross weight is 60.82 kilograms with a gold content of 52.332 kilograms or 1,682.5 Troy ounces.
#3 - Golden Eagle nugget weighing in at 1136 oz., found by sixteen year old Jack Larcombe on January 8th, 1931 in Larkinville, Western Australia.
#4 - Newmont's Normandy Nugget. The world’s 2nd largest existing gold nugget is the Normandy Nugget. It was discovered in 1995 in a dry creek bed near Kalgoorlie, Australia and weighs in at 899 oz. Currently its on display at the Perth Mint in Australia.

#5 - Hand of Faith nugget weighing in at 875 oz. It was found in 1980 in Wedderburn, Australia using a metal detector. It currently resides at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.
The "Boot of Cortez" is one of the most unusual nuggets in the World, and at 389.4 ounces Troy (32.4 Troy pounds), it is the largest surviving placer nugget discovered in the Western Hemisphere.

The solid gold nugget was found in the Mexican Sonora Desert near the Arizona border in 1989. It was found by a local prospector using a metal detector he bought at Radio Shack. The nugget sold for $1,853,500.00 at auction in Dallas, in 2008.
The Fricot Nugget is crystalline gold that was found by William Russell Davis in 1865. It was discovered while mining at the Grit Mine at Spanish Dry Diggin's in El Dorado County. It weighs 13.8 pounds (6.25 kg) and is the largest surviving crystalline gold nugget from the California Gold Rush era.
The largest gold nugget ever found in Alaska is named the Alaska Centennial Nugget at 294.10 Troy Ounces. It was found near Ruby, Alaska in 1998 by a miner as he operated his bulldozer. The nugget rolled off the pile of dirt ahead of the bulldozer blade.
An amateur prospector discovered a huge gold nugget with an estimated value of more than $300,000 in Australia's Victoria state in 2013.

The nugget weighing 177 ounces, or 5.5 kilograms was unearthed with a metal detector just outside Ballarat in a popular area for prospecting.

In early 2015 Berek Sawut, an ethnic Kazakh sheep herder, was taking an evening rest near the mine in China's northern Xinjiang region when he found a 17 pound nugget "practically lying on the bare ground."

It was found in the region's remote Altay Prefecture area.