Weekly News Roundup: November 23 to November 27
In art, antiques and collectibles news, a half-smoked cigar shows up, Michael Jackson is still a superstar and big-bucks whiskey.
From The Times (UK):
Winston Churchill D-Day cigar discovered
Under almost any other circumstance, a partially smoked cigar would be heading for the trash can not the auction block. But when that cigar was smoked by Winston Churchill during a D-Day planning meeting, well, that’s a different story. British “Antiques Roadshow” figures the stogy will go for £800 ($1,300).
Glove, other Michael Jackson items fetch $2 million
Auction update: That sequined glove Michael Jackson wore when he introduced the moonwalk was bought by the owner of a Macau casino for $420,000. Then there was a fedora Jackson sported on a 1995 MTV show. Someone shelled out $73,800 for it. Even though Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, said, “Michael Jackson is looking down and has to be happy,” there are probably some happy people still on planet Earth.
From The Guardian:
Dalmore Oculus whisky fetches a record £27,000 at auction
Now here’s the question: You pay big bucks for some supremo, blended vintage malt whisky, do you drink it? Hmm.
From The Associated Press:
Rare Charles Darwin book found on toilet bookshelf
An English family had a bookshelf in its bathroom. On the shelf was a first edition of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species”—only 1,250 were printed. At some point, someone in the family or a guest must have taken it down and realized its value. Its value? Christie’s is thinking close to $100,000.
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