Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Tokyo Fish Auction.

Interesting description of the Tokyo Fish auction in this blog:


Titanic key makes £90,000 in auction

A tiny key that might have helped prevent the Belfast-built Titanic sinking has fetched £90,000 at auction.

The key, with the tag "Crows Nest Telephone Titanic" opened the binoculars store, but was not on the ship when it sailed from Southampton. It was in the pocket of an officer transferred off the vessel days before its maiden voyage. He forgot to hand it to his replacement as he left. As a result lookouts had to rely on the naked eye.

Second officer David Blair held the key during the short journey from Belfast, where Titanic was built, to the south coast.

One of the lookouts on the Titanic told an inquiry into the sinking that with the binoculars the Titanic might have been able to dodge the iceberg. On the difference the binoculars might have made, lookout Fred Fleet said: "Well, enough to get out of the way."

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

'Easy Rider' items up for auction

Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas will auction some of Peter Fonda’s memorabilia from the ‘Easy Rider’ film on October 6th.

Among the items up for grabs are:

• The American flag taken from the back of the jacket Mr. Fonda wore throughout the film, with an estimated value of $50,000.

• A Department of Defence pin that adorned the jacket, valued at $15,000.

• Mr. Fonda's gold record for the film's soundtrack album, valued at $2,000.

• His personal collection of six movie posters, including those for Easy Rider and Ulee's Gold, Mr. Fonda's most honoured performance, with an estimated value of $500.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

The Parrot And The Auctioneer

To celebrate my 100th blog entry, I thought that I would include a joke. There really is not enough laughter in the world.

One day a man went to an auction. While there, he bid on a parrot. He really wanted this bird, so he got caught up in the bidding. He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid higher and higher and higher.

Finally, after he bid way more than he intended, he won the bid - the parrot was his at last!

As he was paying for the parrot, he said to the Auctioneer, "I sure hope this parrot can talk. I would hate to have paid this much for it, only to find out that he can't talk!"

"Don't worry." said the Auctioneer, "He can talk. Who do you think kept bidding against you?"

Auction at Green Party Conference.

The Green Party Annual Conference takes place from to-morrow Sept. 13th until Sunday next at The Cornerstone building of Liverpool Hope University, at Haigh Street, Liverpool L3 8QB.

I am conducting a fundraising auction for our GLA election campaign.
The event takes place on Friday evening at 8pm.
Here are a few of the items for sale:

1) Have your housekeeping done by Darren Johnson, London Assembly Member.

2) Tea for three and a tour of the House of Lords plus seats for a debate. Donated by Lord Beaumont.

3) Tony Benn's pipe - autographed by him.

4) An original ballot paper from the first free elections in South Africa, 1994, features Nelson Mandela etc.

5) Self portrait sketch and autograph by David Baddiel.

6) A genuine ROMAN COIN of the Emperor Constantius 11 (337-361 a.d.)

I am now accepting bids on the above. Please ring me on 07961 44 1722 or reply to this e-mail up to Wednesday night.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Maria Callas Memorabilia for Auction.

A collection of Maria Callas memorabilia from her husband's estate, including letters, photographs and musical scores, will be auctioned later this year.

The collection includes 63 love letters from Callas to industrialist Giovanni Battista Meneghini, who was married to the soprano during her rise to operatic fame, Sotheby's Milan said Monday.
Meneghini married Callas in 1949. She left him for Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis a decade later.

Letters from friends including Leonard Bernstein and Franco Zeffirelli; 300 musical scores, many including handwritten notes by Callas; concert gowns; and photos of Callas onstage and in the company of dignitaries such as President Kennedy will also be sold.

The auction will be held Dec. 12. The collection will be on public display in Milan on Dec. 7, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11, the auction house said.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Synagogue seats for auction

Two lifetime front-row seats to services at a Miami Beach synagogue are being auctioned off on eBay with bids starting at $1.8 million.

The winning family’s name will be engraved on Seats 1 and 2 of Row 1, Section DD, at Temple Emanu-El, The Associated Press reported. The winner also will receive free parking, two custom-made tallitot and yarmulkes, as well a tax write-off. The seats can be passed down to family members.

"It's a gift that goes from one generation to another," said Rabbi Kliel Rose, who came up with the concept with the help of two congregants who work in advertising and marketing.

The auction ends today, three days before the High Holy Days, but as of Saturday evening no one had bid.

Temple Emanu-El, a 1,400-seat Conservative congregation, was founded in the 1940s on South Beach.

Thursday, 6 September 2007



The West Ham United and Sporting Collection of Memorabilia accumulated by a retired senior West Ham United Official over a twenty year employment period with the Upton Park Club is to come up for auction on

Sunday 9th September at

South Eastern Auctions Ltd, 104 Branbridges Road, East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 5HH.

The collection includes a rare signed and dedicated monochrome picture of BOBBY MOORE HOLDING THE 1966 WORLD CUP ON THE WEMBLEY PITCH together with the official 28th June 1993 Westminster Abbey "service of thanksgiving for the life of Bobby Moore", a rare signed champagne bottle autographed and dedicated by completely teetotal Trevor Booking, a miniature bottle of whiskey signed by the West Ham football team, a 1980 West Ham v Arsenal official F A Cup Final program, West Ham United presentation crystal goblets, bound match programs, black and white pictures of West Ham Football teams from the 1890's to the 1940's, signed autographs of George Best, Denis Law, Gordon Banks, Ron Harris, Emlyn Hughes, Henry Cooper, official 1966 World Cup stamps, 1980 silk West Ham v Arsenal Cup Final pennant etc.

Viewing is on Saturday 8th September 10.00am - 5.00pm. Auction takes place Sunday 9th September at 11.00am with viewing from 9.00am.

See the full catalogue at

I will be doing the auction, so I hope to meet some of my readers there.

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

New Super Villain – The Auctioneer.

Action Comics has introduced a new villain to the DC Universe–The Auctioneer.

This is an alien that steals stuff, like Churches, National Monuments, and Superheroes. He then sells them to the highest bidder. He makes his first appearance in no. 842. In Action Comics 843, you find out that he also sells the TV rights to his battle with Superman.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Lock of Che Guevara's Hair for auction

A former CIA operative and Cuban exile plans to auction what he says is a lock of Che Guevara's hair, snipped before the Argentinean revolutionary and friend of Fidel Castro was buried in 1967.

Gustavo Villoldo, 71, was involved in Guevara's capture in the jungles of Bolivia. He plans to auction the hair and other items kept in a scrapbook since the joint CIA-Bolivian army mission 40 years ago.

The scrapbook also holds a map used to track down Guevara in Bolivia, photos of Guevara's body, intercepted messages between Guevara and his rebels and a set of Guevara's fingerprints taken before his burial.

“It's hard to predict how much the collection will net at auction because there is nothing comparable on the market” said Tom Slater, of Heritage Auctions of Dallas, where the items will be sold on Oct. 25/26.

I’m told that weight for weight, celebrity hair is the world’s costliest commodity.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Attempt to stop auction of Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is suing the heirs of late Hollywood legends Mary Pickford and Charles "Buddy" Rogers over alleged plans to sell the late couple's Oscar statuettes.

Pickford won an Oscar for best actress for her role in the 1929 film "Coquette" and was awarded an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1976. Rogers, who married Pickford in 1937, was honoured by the academy in 1986 with his own statuette as recipient of a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The Academy claims that they have the right of refusal to buy these Oscars. They have filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The academy has the right of first refusal to buy the three Oscars, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.. It is seeking an order to buy the Oscars back from the heirs for $10 each.

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Social Networking patent for auction

Ocean Tomo Auctions will offer the “Jaipuria Patent” for sale, U.S. Patent 7,047,202 which was filed back in 2001 and is considered one of the most important patents related to social networking. It will be offered as Lot 54 at the Ocean Tomo Fall 2007 Live IP Auction on October 25th at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

The patent claims priority to an earlier Indian patent and describes many of the fundamental workings of social networks, including creating an online social network including individual users and groups, accessing and using social network via the Internet or wireless devices, and advanced user privacy features.
In other words, this patent describes much of how all social networks are created, and thus gives the owner a significant advantage over the competition.

If the hype surrounding this one is true, MySpace, LinkedIn, Facebook and others may all be using processes covered by it.

For more information on the Jaipuria Patent or to register to bid at the Ocean Tomo Fall 2007 Live IP Auction, you can visit www.OceanTomoAuctions.com or auctions@oceantomo.com.