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.




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2993515/The-valuable-coins-world-Texas-property-developer-s-treasured-collection-early-years-American-republic-expected-fetch-220MILLION-auction.html


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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


See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2014/11/bonhams-theres-no-place-like-hollywood.html




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Sunday, 9 August 2015

World's Top Diamond Mines

ALROSA has 10 primary diamond mines, 10 alluvial mines, and 2 mines in development in Russia. The company also holds a 32.8% stake in the Catoca mine in Angola. ALROSA’s mines represent 8 out of the top 15 largest producing diamond mines in the world in terms of carats produced. Jubilee and Nyurbinskaya mines produced over 9 million carats in 2014 making them the fourth and fifth largest projects in the world.
1.) Jwaneng : Botswana. It is owned by Debswana. (50% DeBeers, 50% Botswana government) Jwaneng is the second largest diamond mine in Botswana and is nearing completion of the Cut-8 expansion, which will extend the mine life to at least 2025. Cut-8 will provide access to approximately 95 million carats of high quality diamonds, making Jwaneng the most valuable diamond reserve in the world. Jwaneng produced over 9 million carats of diamonds worth $1.3 billion in 2014.
2.) Argyle : Australia. The Argyle mine in northwest Australia is owned and operated by Rio Tinto. The mine began production in 1985. The Argyle mine is known as the worlds largest producer of fancy coloured diamonds. It produced 12.6 million carats in 2014, making it the second largest diamond mine in the world in terms of carats produced.
3.) Orapa : Botswana. Orapa is Debswana-owned. Botswana’s Orapa mine was the worlds largest diamond mine in terms of total value of carats produced in 2014. Orapa is estimated to be the worlds largest by value, estimated to produce $1.9 billion worth of diamonds. In 2014 the Orapa mine produced about 12.9 million carats.
4.) Catoca : Angola. The Catoca is owned and operated by Sociedade Mineira de Catoca, a joint venture of the state-run mining company Endiama (32.8%), Russia-based diamond producer Alrosa (32.8%), China Sonagol (18%), and Odebrecht Mining (16.4%). The mine went into production in 1997 and is expected to produce 60 million carats over its lifetime, about 35% of which are gem quality.
5.) Diavik : Canada. The mine is owned by a joint venture between the Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and Rio Tinto Group. The mine consists of three kimberlite pipes associated with the Lac de Gras kimberlite field and is located on an island 20 km2 (7.7 sq mi) in Lac de Gras. It is about 220 km (140 mi) south of the Arctic Circle. The Diavik Mine has 39.6 million carats of proven reserves and 13.7 million carats of probable reserves.
6.) Venetia : South Africa. The Venetia mine is owned and operated by De Beers. The open-pit mine began production in 1992 and now produces about 40% of South African total diamond production. The mine produced over 3.5 million carats in 2014 with production valued at over $500 million.

7. Ekati : Canada. The Ekati mine is 80%-owned by BHP Billiton. The open-pit mine began operations in 1998. In the third quarter of 2013 the Diavik Diamond Mine produced 1.7 million carats