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The Olympics are coming up this year in London England, which no doubt sparked at least some of the interest in the auction of an Olympics antique. A record price was set when the Olympic cup given to winner of the marathon in 1896 fetched more than $868,000. Auctioned by Christie’s in London, this cup was made silver and sold by the grandson of Spyros Louis, who won the cup so long ago.
An Earl Moran painting of the “Blond Bombshell,” Marilyn Monroe sold at auction this past month for a record auction price of $83,650 at a Heritage Galleries auction in Beverly Hills California. Not only did this painting bring in seven times of its prior sales estimate, but it set the record for an Earl Moran painting. The painting, which actually depicts a young Norma Jean, is a signed, pastel on board, measuring 31.5 x 23.25 inches under glass and is considered to be in very good condition.
This month the white suit that John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album sold for more than $46,000 at auction. Tailored in Paris by designer Ted Lapidus and originally given to his friend Richard Ross, the suit sold for less than its pre-action value. The suit was sold at a Braswell Galleries auction in Norwalk Connecticut which also included a blazer worn by Lennon as well as a 1972 Chrysler station wagon driven by the singer and his wife Yoko Ono when they lived in New York City.
It weighed in at 24.78 carats and set a record price for a single piece of jewel. Sotheby’s in the Netherlands this week sold a rare pink diamond for more than $46 million which surpassed by pre-auction estimates of $27-38 million. The diamond is an emerald cut gemstone that was once owned by Harry Winston and is considered one of the rarest in the world. A blue diamond sold this year at Sotheby’s for $6.3 million.
In London England a book written by Victorian Era author Jane Austen set a record auction price at $223,000. The first edition tome, Pride and Prejudice, was written in 1813 and was part of a larger lot of books sold by Sotheby’s which brought in a total of close to $5 million. In addition to Ms. Austen’s book, the auction featured a signed first edition of A Christmas Carol by Dickens and a collection of poems b William Shakespeare. Pride and Prejudice, when first written and released, cost about $1.43 and the book has sold more than 20 million copies since then.
It wasn’t just any Aston Martin car, it was the DB5 that starred with Sean Connery in the movies Goldfinger and Thunderball. The car, which sold for more than $4.4 million, was owned by Jerry Lee, a radio personality from Pennsylvania. It sold for about $12,000 in 1969 and was equipped with all the gadgets associated with the Hollywood and the movies. Proceeds of the sale go to the Jerry Lee foundation to help fight crime in poverty stricken areas.