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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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[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: 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: 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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