Antique · Porcelain

A British farmer’s Chinese treasure trove fetches £45million

A collection of Chinese antiques, belonging to a British farmer, Roger Pilkington, has sold at auction for £45 million. The collection, consisting of around 100 pieces from the Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, dating from the 7th century to the 20th century. They had been collected by Mr Pilkington between 1950 and 1969, when… Continue reading A British farmer’s Chinese treasure trove fetches £45million

Book · Great Books · Literature · Novel · Reading

A Prayer for Owen Meany

  A Prayer for Owen Meany (Published in 1989) was John Irving’s seventh novel. Set in a small New Hampshire town during the 1950s and 1960s, the story is told through the eyes of John Wheeleright and follows his boyhood friendship with the remarkable Owen Meany, through to young adulthood. Irving discusses the value of… Continue reading A Prayer for Owen Meany

Gemstone · Gemstone · Jewellery · Jewelry

Heist Blue Diamond sells for £20 million

A rare blue diamond, that was the target of the attempted 2000 Millenium Dome jewel heist in London (which was foiled by police), has sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong for £20 million (USD $31.8 million). The 10.10 carat De Beers Millenium Jewel broke the record for the most expensive gem ever sold at auction… Continue reading Heist Blue Diamond sells for £20 million