Tag Archives: Auction

Instant Karma: World’s First Porsche Fails To Sell At Auction Because Of Bad English?

by Anura Guruge



Click to access ‘MarketWatch’ story.


Classic.

A German car and a Dutch auctioneer. I know the Dutch have a long, storied history when it comes to auctioneering BUT how do you end up with one that even his OWN PEOPLE can’t understand.

This was a multi-million dollar question. Nobody at Sotheby’s was paying attention? This is crazy.

But, I class it as ‘Instant Karma‘. German cars give you that. Trust me on this.


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SOME Of David Rockefeller’s Acadia, Maine, Estate Items To Be Auctioned, August 17, 20018.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access article from “Mount Desert Islander”.


Click for last year’s post on THE house for sale.


This from what I gather is basically ‘odds and ends‘ of no ‘great’ value — though all of those terms are relative when you are dealing with the likes of the Rockefellers.

As the above ‘MDI’ article points out in the 4th paragraph 1,500 items were already auctioned off at Christie’s in New York for a staggering $833 Million. Yes, you read that right; $833 Million. Close to a Billion.

I doubt that there will be any bargains at the August 17th auction in Northeast Harbor. The whole Acadia area, Northeast Harbor in particular, has an abundance of money, much of it, like the Rockefeller’s, old money. So, cash and cheques will be flying. Plus there will be sentimentality and those hoping that they might be able to make a profit reselling. So, I don’t plan to be there. Long drive.

But, I wanted to make sure that YOU knew about it. Happy bidding.



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With The ‘Street Fair’ Done & Dusted, Huggins Hospital [Wolfeboro, NH] Offers Online Auction & Raffle.

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Click image to access the official auction Website.


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Status, very early Saturday, September 17, 2016 morning (like 12:30 am) of some of the auction items. 12 days to go. Use above link to access.



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Tintin (By Hergé) Memorabilia Auction At Delcampe.

My current collection of Tintin comics. I really SHOULD complete the set.

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Click images to ENLARGE and enjoy here.

Here is the link to the ‘Delcampe’ auction page.

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What the comics looks like. Click to ENLARGE and savor.


I have now been an avid fan of Tintin comics for nearly 50 years — though in my old age I do appreciate that much of the material is blatantly racist and that Tintin is far from what I would want in a son! I actually tackled this in detail in this post, 4 years ago, when the the Vatican classed him as a ‘Catholic Hero‘.

As you can see from the top image I do have a FEW Tintin comics. They represent the 4th set of Tintin comics I have owned over the last 50 years! My adoptive father, who loved books (probably even more than I do (if that is indeed possible), introduced me to Tintin comics, in Ceylon, in the early 1960s — when I was around 8 – 9. As I have chronicled before the one thing that I had a plenty when growing up (alongside corporal punishment, food and tuition) was book. My father got me whatever books I wanted or what he thought I would like. He got me the Tintin books because he wanted to read them too. And that is OK. It is one of the few family traditions that have endured. The current set of Tintin comics I have — I got for Devanee a few years ago. She reads them, I look after them along with our collection of Asterix comics (and I will confess I like Astrix much, much more than I do Tintin). I went through the same process with Matthew, my son, when he was about 9. I got him Tintin books — because like I and Devanee he loved them.

I did say 4th set. So first set was what my adoptive father got me in Ceylon in early 1960. When we left Ceylon in 1967 I was not allowed to take any of my HUGE collection of books. They were just given to folks. Great shame. That library would be worth a FORTUNE today since it included complete sets of books by the likes of Enid Blyton. In the 1970s as a fairly well to do professional in England I bought myself all the Tintin & Asterix comics for my new library. That library too got mangled when I moved to the States in 1985 though I did bring across 3,500 books! [I was given a 40′ container to bring across whatever I wanted.] The 3rd set was what I bought for Matthew and the 4th for Devanee.

I just got an e-mail from Delcampe about the Tintin auction. Funnily enough, in the last month, Devanee had mentioned that she would like me to get more Tintin books. Hhhmm. I haven’t bought much from Delcampe. But I will take a look at this auction. IF I see anything that is cheap I will indulge.


Quite The List Of Tax Lien Properties For Auction, ‘At Absolute’, In Campton, New Hampshire.

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Click to access auction site.


This Absolute Auction, by the McGlauflin Group has been in the local papers quite a bit. I like Campton. We even looked at some places in Campton in 2007 before (alas) moving to Alton.

At any other time I might have been slightly motivated to have a look at some of these properties since I am sure there are some absolute bargains to be had at this absolute auction. But the goal is NOT to buy any property in NH anymore! 


Alton (N.H.) Gilman Library, “Sky Over Alton” Astronomy Presentation, October 17, 2014 — Some Pictures.

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Related posts:
>> Slides for Alton Library astronomy presentation.
>> Alton Gilman astronomy presentation
>> Oct. 5, 2014.
>> Oct. 17 Alton presentation in ‘Baysider’ — Oct. 9, 2014.


>> Alton Gilman Library presentation
>>Nov. 6, 2013.
>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
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Taylor Presentation pictures — Nov. 5, 2013.

>> I make it to NASA — Nov. 4, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE.

All these pictures (bar the first two) were taken by Devanee Guruge.

Alton photographer, John Bishop, a friend, who arrived and joined Devanee in taking pictures. So I had two tripods with cameras at the back.


It wasn’t packed but the folks that were there were very receptive and engaged. I had planned for about 90 minutes but we were still there, having a lot of fun, 2 hours later. They seemed to really like it — or at least that is what they claimed.

I had fun. But, I have never done a presentation where I have not had fun.

Our friend, Alton photographer, John Bishop, turned up — unexpectedly given that we thought we was going to be in Manchester visiting a friend that was in hospital. John set up his, professional grade Canon, and started taking pictures in tandem with Devanee — who relished the opportunity to use my Canon. I should get John’s pictures on Sunday.

Part II of this astronomy presentation is on Friday, November 20, 2014. You can come to that even if you didn’t come to last night. They are self-contained, though I will not go over the same material.

So that was that. I am glad that I did it.

Holly Brown, the librarian, always extremely nice, had displayed my astronomy books on a table etc. She was very happy, and that was good.


Slide (Hardcopy) For Gilman Library, “Sky Over Alton” Astronomy Presentation On October 17, 2014.

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Related posts:
>> Alton Gilman astronomy presentation
>> Oct. 5, 2014.
>> Oct. 17 Alton presentation in ‘Baysider’ — Oct. 9, 2014.


>> Alton Gilman Library presentation
>>Nov. 6, 2013.
>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
>>
Taylor Presentation pictures — Nov. 5, 2013.

>> I make it to NASA — Nov. 4, 2013.

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Click image IF you want to download a 3.2MB Adobe Acrobat PDF of the slides. I tried to keep the transitions to a minimum so that most of the images will appear in the PDF. But, I am so used to using animation that I did NOT succeed entirely — though, I think, this is the BEST I have ever done. So IF some slides don’t make sense or they look incomplete is because there are OVERLAY transitions [i.e., animations] that don’t make it to the PDF. Sorry.


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The slides. Click to ENLARGE. Use image above to download PDF of the slides. See caption notes ABOVE.


My Astronomy Presentation At The Alton, N.H., Gilman Library On October 17, 2014 Makes It To ‘Baysider

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>> Alton Gilman astronomy
>> presentation
Oct. 5, 2014.
>> Alton Gilman Library presentation
>>Nov. 6, 2013.
>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
>>
Taylor Presentation pictures — Nov. 5, 2013.

>> I make it to NASA — Nov. 4, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access “The Baysider” original.

Click to access original on page A8 of the Thursday, October 9, 2014 “The Baysider”.


Telescope & Astronomy Presentation At The Alton, N.H., Gilman Library On October 17, 2014.

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Related posts:
>> Alton Gilman Library presentation
>>Nov. 6, 2013.
>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
>>
Taylor Presentation pictures — Nov. 5, 2013.

>> I make it to NASA — Nov. 4, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE.

Use link below to access the the Alton Gilman Library original
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Click here to access the Gilman Library Webpage about this presentation.

This relates back to my ‘Comet ISON‘ presentation at the Gilman Library last November. It went well, was reasonably well attended and, most of all, well received. Holly Brown, the librarian, was very pleased.

Since then I have kind of become a de facto local ‘expert’ on all things to do with the skies. So when they received this telescope in the Summer she asked me to have a look at it and see if there was anything I could do to kind of kick it off.

These two presentations, which were supposed to have been in September & October, but are now in October & November are the outcome of those conversations.

I haven’t had the time to actually use this telescope. I have, however, told a number of kids to borrow it from the library.

Peering through telescopes is no longer my thing. Which is why we are down to just one telescope at home. With my eyesight and time constraints I am much better off looking at images on the computer. And ironically that is what professional astronomers do. But, I am all in favor of kids exploring the skies with a telescope. So I am very glad that we have this cute little telescope at the library.

Now I have to start thinking about putting together a presentation for October 17th. It should be fun. So much I could cover. The sky is the limit.


My ‘Comet ISON’ Presentation For Portsmouth, N.H. Rotary International Club, Today.

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Since Rotary is famous for their auctions to raise money for the Club, I gave them a copy of one of my books to auction. It went for $55! Wow. It is for the Club and everybody knows that. But, I was so happy.

Since Rotary is famous for their auctions to raise money for the Club, I gave them a copy of one of my books to auction. It went for $55! Wow. It is for the Club and everybody knows that. But, I was so happy.


I used to be in Rotary. I was even the Sergeant-At-Arms.

I offered my ‘Comet ISON‘ presentations to a number of N.H. Rotary Clubs BUT Portsmouth was the only one that took me up. I am glad.

What a club. Close to 150 members. I thought Laconia was big at 100.

Very, very nice people, but that tends to invariably be the case with Rotary.

Even made me a bit nostalgic. I had fun at Rotary. Being Sergeant-At-Arms suited me.

The meeting was at the very salubrious ‘Portsmouth Country Club‘. What a great lunch.

I had a great time. Lovely people. I think they liked the presentation. I only had 20 minutes, so I had to keep it pithy.

I have offered to come back and do a different presentation next year.

This was fun. Deanna went with me, as she does to most presentations I do. She really liked it.

That they auctioned off one of my books for $55 was a blast. That was a compliment. I love Rotary auctions. I used to be a bidding addict. It is for a good cause so that makes it rewarding.

I just LOVED that they read out LOUD the famous Rotary 4-Way TEST.

I am a great believer in the 4-Way Test. Though no longer a Rotarian, I think, I still live by the 4-Way Test.

Thank YOU, Portsmouth Rotary. That was fun. Can’t wait to come back and do another presentation.