Canadian auction company, Maynard Auctioneers had a record setting week. First it set the record for the highest price ever paid for an antique at one of their auctions in its one hundred and eight year history. That record was broken when it sold a Chinese porcelain platter for $506,000. This helped set their record for a three day art and antiques auction at more than $2,963,561.
The Chinese porcelain platter, which was expected to bring in between $1500-$2000, was not marked and there was no date attached to it. It was a simple blue and white platter which featured a peacock in a natural scenic background. The platter measured about 27.5 inches in diameter and was purchased via telephone by an Asian bidder, who was one of twenty eight bidders interested in purchasing the item.
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On June 18, 2010, Sotheby’s Auction will sell John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to A Day in the Life. The song, which is one of the most celebrated Beatles tunes, was originally written in 1967 and was included in their eighth album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This piece of handwritten ephemera from one of the most popular singers in the World’s most popular band is expected to bring in more than $1 million dollars.
Best known for his role portraying Captain Kirk in the Star Trek television series, actor William Shatner has donated his motorcycle for a charity event auction. The bike, a customized 2005 Harley Davidson FXDC Dyna Super Glide will be auctioned off on June 27, 2010 at the Planet Hollywood Resort Hotel and proceeds will benefit the Roddenberry Foundation which supports education, children and the environment as well as the Hollywood Charity Horse Show. This auction will also feature Star Trek memorabilia and collectibles.