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Archduke Joseph 76.02 carat diamond at Christie’s

Archduke Joseph 76.02 carat diamond at Christie's

Flawless and colorless Archduke Joseph 76.02 carat diamond at Christie’s

Archduke Joseph 76.02 carat diamond at Christie’s
The four-hundred-year-old Archduke Joseph Diamond, which is flawless, colorless, and a whopping 76 carats goes under the hammer at Christie’s, in Geneva, on November 13, 2012. It is set to fetch more than $15million. Describing the star lot Christie’s head of jewellery, Rahul Kadakia, told ‘It’s about the size of a quail’s egg, and completely pure and clear in color.’ Although it has an estimate of $15million, experts believe the diamond will fetch a lot more, attracting buyers from the Middle East, Asia and Russia. The gem is named after its original owner Archduke Joseph August, who was the highest ranking official in the Kingdom of Hungary during the 19th century.

It is believed that Archduke Joseph August passed the diamond on to his son Archduke Joseph Francis in 1933 when records show him depositing it into the vault of a Hungarian bank. An anonymous buyer purchased the stone three years later and left it in a safe during World War II, where it fortunately escaped the attention of the Nazis. Since then the diamond has changed hands privately, but the company declined to comment on the identity of the current owner.

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Golden dragon of buttons by Robin Protz

Golden dragon of buttons by American artist Robin Protz

Beautiful Golden dragon of buttons by American artist Robin Protz

Golden dragon of buttons by Robin Protz. Kinetic sculpture of Nelligan the Dragon is an incredible installation of 40,000 buttons by American artist Robin Protz. She named it in memory of Maureen Nelligan, a school mate who died of leukemia at age 16. Holographic Sculpture of Nelligan the Dragon, floating in the air at hundreds of the finest threads is representing the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe.
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Lichfield Cathedral out of straw

A faithful farmer has built this replica of 12th century Lichfield Cathedral near his 250-acre sheep farm in Whittington, Staffordshire

Lichfield Cathedral out of straw

A faithful farmer has built this replica of 12th century Lichfield Cathedral out of straw near his 250-acre sheep farm in Whittington, Staffordshire.

Lichfield Cathedral out of straw. A team of English farmers have built a scale model of Lichfield Cathedral – out of unusual material – straw. It took them three weeks to complete before it was unveiled yesterday. Farmer Rob Gray, 50, decided to build the replica of 12th century Lichfield Cathedral which is near his 250-acre sheep farm in Whittington, Staffordshire. The monument is exactly one fifth the size of the original – the only medieval English cathedral with three spires.
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Exquisite Rene Lalique jewelry

Exquisite Rene Lalique jewelry

Exquisite Rene Lalique jewelry

Exquisite Rene Lalique jewelry
French glass designer, Art Nouveau jewellery designer Rene Lalique created truly unique jewelry. And his works were popular among royalty and celebrities. In particular, Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and legendary Sarah Bernhardt, as well as fashionable Parisians and residents of other world capitals. Undoubtedly, Rene Jules Lalique was one of the leaders of the Art Nouveau style. Besides, the name of Rene Lalique in the history of jewelry is in line with the names of such world-renowned artists, as Carl Faberge, Frederic Boucheron, Louis-Francois Cartier, and Louis C. Tiffany. Meanwhile, he always followed the rule of three French F «femme, faune, flore» (woman, fauna, flora), which remains the motto of the house.
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Szymon Klimeks miniature models

Szymon Klimeks miniature models

Copper cart. Szymon Klimeks miniature models

Szymon Klimeks miniature models
Talented Polish engineer Szymon Klimek combines art and engineering in his works.  So far, he has created a gallery of beautiful models of the early 20th century cars, in particular, trains, steam engines and fancy carriages. But the interesting thing is that any product easily fits a regular wine glass. Miniature models are made of very thin sheets of copper and steel. While completing the work, the author gives the desired shape and fastens together the details with glue. However, the creation of miniature can take up to two months of hard work. According to the master, his work is at the intersection of decorative, engineering, and jewelry. By the way, Klimek prefers to keep his miniatures in wine glasses.
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Michele Placido dream man of Soviet women

Michele Placido dream man of Soviet women

Handsome Italian actor Michele Placido dream man of Soviet women

Michele Placido dream man of Soviet women
Undoubtedly, handsome Italian actor Michele Placido was the love of all Soviet women, and when the TV series began – streets became deserted. In short, the 1984 series La Piovra was mega-popular. Meanwhile, when on TV was another series of fearless Commissioner Corrado Cattani, leading an unequal battle with the Mafia, the streets of Italy also died out. And not only ordinary citizens, but also the police, and even the notorious Sicilian Cosa Nostra watched the series. Indeed, Michele’s glory was huge.
As a result, adorable Corrado Cattani received thousands letters from Russia and Ukraine (of course, with female pictures in them). Just some extracts from them: “Dear Cattani (or Michele), come to Russia, I would be able to protect you from the mafia and financially secure.” Or “Favorite Corrado, waiting for you, you will have everything you want, you will be acting in the best Russian films, you’ll love me till the end of my days.”
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James Bond World Day

You Only Live Twice, 1967. James Bond Day

You Only Live Twice, 1967. James Bond Day

First of all, James Bond World Day is on October 5, 2012, and declared internationally. Noteworthy, viewers saw the first film about the 007 “Dr. No” October 5. And it is on this day 50 years ago, Sean Connery appeared before the audience from the screen for the first time. So, winking, he said: “My name is Bond. Sir James Bond, Commander of the Navy of Great Britain, also known as “007”. The main character of the novels by British author Ian Fleming is a fictional agent of MI6. In fact, “bondiane” is a series of James Bond films, and it is one of the longest running film series in history. Meanwhile, from 1962 to 2012, the film came out 23 times (an average of one film in two years). Besides, series brought to its creators more than 6 billion U.S. dollars, becoming the second most successful in the history of film series.
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