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Golden Oldies. [May. 28th, 2008|10:56 am]
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080528/od_afp/lifestylebritainauctionhistory_080528122922

LONDON (AFP) - An ancient gold cup mysteriously acquired by an English scrap metal dealer is expected to fetch close to a million dollars at auction after languishing for years in a shoe box under its current owner's bed.
Owner John Webber says his grandfather gave him the 5.5-inch (14-centimetre) high mug to play with when he was a child, back in 1945.
He assumed the golden cup, which is decorated with the heads of two women facing in opposite directions, their foreheads garlanded with two knotted snakes, was made from brass.
But he decided to get it valued when he was moving house last year and was told it was actually a rare piece of ancient Persian treasure, beaten out of a single sheet of gold hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ.
Experts said the method of manufacture and the composition of the gold was "consistent with Achaemenid gold and gold smithing" dating back to the third or fourth century BC.
The Achaemenid empire, the first of the Persian empires to rule over significant portions of Greater Iran, was wiped out by Alexander the Great in 330 BC.
Auction house Duke's, in Dorchester, south-west England, will put the cup under the hammer on June 5, with an estimate of 500,000 pounds (630,000-euro, 988,000-dollars).
Webber, 70, told The Guardian newspaper that his grandfather had a "good eye" for antiques and picked up "all sorts" as he plied his trade in the town of Taunton in south-west England.
"Heaven knows where he got this, he never said," he added, revealing that as a child, he used the cup for target practice with his air gun.

- Wow. Can't even imagine. That's so cool. I have a pot here that may be ancient, because of it's markings. Maybe it's time to go to the Antique's Roadshow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3ZYHl4QINI&e

And dude! It's Curly Sue! All grown up!
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From: christinaathena
2008-05-28 04:01 pm (UTC)
Wow ... that's pretty amazing! And to think he used it as target practice ...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 04:03 pm (UTC)
I know, right!? That's the part that kills me!!
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From: christinaathena
2008-05-28 04:06 pm (UTC)
I wonder how much damage he inflicted on that cup ...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 04:07 pm (UTC)
I know. It's still worth a cool million. *shakes head*
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[User Picture]From: heywood417
2008-05-28 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I TOTALLY need to find something like that under my bed. That would be way better than the current dead cockroaches & lint balls. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 04:10 pm (UTC)
EWWW!! Omg. I hate cockroaches. Omg. *shudder, shudder, shudder*


Okay, sorry. I have a thing about bugs.

I want to find something cool like that under my bed too! Right now there's old sippie cups, theatre memorabilia and dirty clothes. haha
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[User Picture]From: heywood417
2008-05-28 04:24 pm (UTC)
LOL...that's where I used to keep some of my theater memoribilia too! Especially movie posters...I had a TON of posters, and kind of rotated them.

Now it's all in storage at my folks house in MO.

Yeah...roaches SUCK. I also occasionally get these flying bugs in my house...I think it's some kind of beetle or something, but I DO know the mf's nocturnal, because they only seem to show up at night...it'll be about 10-11pm, and I'm in bed reading, and all of a sudden, I hear a couple weird "thuds" out in the hallway...and immediately think someone broke into my apartment. Then it gets quiet, and a minute later I hear the characteristic bug-buzz...and I hunt the mf down and KILL IT. And then I finish my panic attack and go back to bed. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 04:27 pm (UTC)
OMG! I have the same damn beetles!!! I hate those pieces of scumshit!

Okay, sorry. I get really upset about bugs, and those bastards have made my life a living hell. Every time I see one, I have a panic attack, and they like fly right at me, because they know it scares the hell out of me. Jerks.
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[User Picture]From: heywood417
2008-05-28 04:33 pm (UTC)
My favorite weapon of choice is the nearest large book, which lately has been Gregory Maguire's "Mirror Mirror".

And I totally hate them too. I haven't had one fly at me yet...though I did have one "conveniently" crash land near the bed so I didn't even have to get out of bed to kill it. Course...still had to get up to flush the bastard...

It'd be so much nicer if they just committed suicide FOR me. Ya know? It would actually be TOTALLY great if I just woke up one morning and found a little note scrawled on a piece of toilet paper laying on the back of the toilet, with "Goodbye cruel world, sorry we made your life such a hell" scribbled on it...and there were just a ton of drowned cockroach and beetle carcasses floating in the toilet.

I can't expect them to flush themselves for me. I mean, I'm no physicist or anything, but I don't think they have enough body weight to manage it. I'll be their Dr. Kevorkian, if that's what they need. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 04:36 pm (UTC)
LOL!!!

I adore you. =)

That's awesome. I really wish that were possible. That would make my day. I'd go into the bathroom, flush and be all happy.
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[User Picture]From: heywood417
2008-05-28 04:37 pm (UTC)
LOL, thanks. Yeah...it feels pretty good to crack myself up. I think I may have to repost this convo in my own journal. That's good material--I could use that for a book someday! LOL
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 04:39 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! :)
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[User Picture]From: suspiria
2008-05-28 04:48 pm (UTC)
My parents love antiques and finally got tickets for Antiques Roadshow. Holy cow are they excited. They're all aflutter picking out which things to take. =)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 04:49 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's so cool! :)
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[User Picture]From: flamingruby
2008-05-28 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hey, the bullet holes might add to its value!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 06:02 pm (UTC)
lol! Right? I think it was just an airgun though so probably no bullets, unless I'm confused about waht an airun is, which is entirely possible.
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[User Picture]From: 1happygirl
2008-05-28 06:26 pm (UTC)
I wonder where his grandfather got it from.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 06:28 pm (UTC)
Me too!
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2008-05-28 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm sending in all my random stuff IMMEDIATELY.

Interestingly enough, my dad is an antique dealer. He is also in major debt. And he has this house full of random stuff some of which I'm sure is worth good buckage. But is he selling it? no. he's just complaining about money LOL. HELLO DAD!

Hey, off topic - you don't have a karaoke or instrumental recording of "You're the Top", do you? I'm trying to track one down for a party on fRiday, I"m parodying it for a friend's birthday Roast. It's a longshot I know, but my accompanist fell thru and I'm asking everyone.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 06:35 pm (UTC)
lol! Well the market for selling antiques isn't so good right nwo given the economy either, you know?

And I don't. :(

Have you tried Broadway share? You could even make a Broadway secret about it if you wanted. lol You're bound to get it somewhere.
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2008-05-28 06:35 pm (UTC)
nevermind i totally found it on amazon.com. YAY
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 06:39 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! :)
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[User Picture]From: insane_hope
2008-05-28 07:37 pm (UTC)
I love antique road show. I'm a sucker for old things. too bad none of my crap will fetch me almost a million dollars
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 07:40 pm (UTC)
I know, right? lol.
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[User Picture]From: jenniferline
2008-05-28 07:43 pm (UTC)
I saw that story this morning on Yahoo and just about choked. At least he didn't do any permanent damage to it. I always hate it when people are told on "Antiques Roadshow" that if only they hadn't altered a piece, it would have fetched ten trillion dollars. LOL
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-28 07:47 pm (UTC)
LOL! I know, right!?
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[User Picture]From: ebourland
2008-05-28 10:08 pm (UTC)
*goes to cabinet, checks cups*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-29 12:55 am (UTC)
lol! Awesome. ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-29 12:55 am (UTC)
LOL. I'd cry.
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[User Picture]From: ellensparkleyes
2008-05-29 07:49 pm (UTC)
that is pretty cool. too bad he didn't know about it earlier in life...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-30 05:58 am (UTC)
seriously.
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