Weekly News Roundup: November 29 to December 3

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find an old map, the Emancipation Proclamation and James Bond versus Darth Vader.

From The National Post:
17th century map of Canada discovered on dusty Scottish shelf

Someone finally got around to checking out a dirty utility room in an old Scotland home. And there under years, possibly decades, of dust was a 1699 map of Canada drawn by famed cartographer John Thornton. Made of vellum, it is “remarkably well preserved,” according to the auction house that will sell it in January. It is believed it will gavel down in the neighborhood of $125,000.

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Emancipation Proclamation copy may bring $1.5 million

One of the 48 copies of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln is expected to go for something in a completely different neighborhood. Lincoln signed that many so that they could be sold for $10 each to raise money for wounded Civil War soldiers. Robert F. Kennedy bought this particular one in 1964 for $9,500. One of 25 known to still exist, the document will be sold at auction and is expected to go for between $1 million and $1.5 million.

From The Hollywood Reporter:
Bond Prop Outsells, But ‘Star Wars V’ Costume Fails to Move at Christie’s Auction

James Bond didn’t need Luke Skywalker to beat Darth Vader. A gun that Sean Connery held in a “From Russia with Love” poster sold for 15 times more than Christie’s had estimated—$439,000. The Darth Vader costume worn by David Prowse in “The Empire Strikes Back”? Didn’t make the reserve price.

From The Christian Science Monitor:
Apple-I computer sells for $210K at auction

UPDATE: The sale price of an Apple-I back in 1976 when it first hit the market was $666.66. The price today was a tad higher—425 times higher. This muscle machine had a memory of a mighty 4KB. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who attended the Christie’s auction, said he was “very delighted for the gentleman who purchased it.” Hope the gentleman has a backup computer that runs faster.

From ABC News:
Lee Harvey Oswald’s coffin to be sold

Add another item to the seemingly never-ending list of weird items up for auction. This time it is the pine coffin that accused JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was buried in. Why isn’t Oswald still in it, you might ask. A conspiracy theory had circulated that it wasn’t Oswald, but a look-a-like Russian in the casket. Marina Oswald was able to get the body exhumed, and it proved to be her husband. So Oswald’s remains were reburied in a different coffin. The opening bid will be for $1,000.

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