Did you know? The wedding took place May 19, 2018 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. The cost of the event was approximately $45 million, most of which went to pay for the elaborate security provided for the newlyweds. The British Royal family, generously picked up the tab. Harry gave his bride an engagement ring fashioned by Cleave and Company consisting of a large center diamond from Botswana and two smaller diamonds that belonged to his mother, Diana Princess of Wales. The bride’s full given name is Rachel Meghan Markle. This is her second marriage, having been married to film producer, Trevor Engleson. She has two dogs and is a distant relative of both Winston Churchill and William Shakespeare! The groom is, of course, a member of the British Royal Family in good standing. The couple, following their marriage and extensive honeymoon travel, now reside in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington. Before the wedding Harry and Meghan were granted new royal titles, courtesy of Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth ll. They became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, respectively.
Even if you don’t call yourself a loyal fan of “the Yanks”, it’s nearly impossible not to respect and be somewhat in awe of the myriad accomplishments of this historic MLB team since their start in 1901. In 40 World Series appearances, the New York Yankees have won an astounding and record setting 27 times. This figure translates to an appearance every 2.7 seasons and a championship every 4 seasons. Between the years 1949-1953, the team won the World Series five times in a row! The St. Louis Cardinals, in second place, have bagged a total of 11 World Series victories. The New York Yankees have captured more titles, including 40 American League pennants, than any other franchise in the four major North American sports leagues! Eleven Yankee managers and forty-four players, including iconic legends Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig and Whitey Ford, have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Valued at approximately $4 billion, the Yankees are the second highest (NFL Dallas Cowboys are number one) valued sports franchise in the United States.
Who would have guessed? The winning online auction bid came in at a whopping $115K! The figure exceeded the auction total of similar items once belonging to John F. Kennedy, John Lennon and Beethoven. According to reliable sources, the Illinois based company MastroNet Inc. has experienced great success selling similar memorabilia once securely affixed to Mickey Mantle, Neil Armstrong and Che Guevara. Elvis Presley was as well known for his black, lustrous, well-oiled and slicked back pompadour as he was for his swiveling hips and indefatigable ability to mesmerize his female fans. Elvis’ personal barber discovered a once in a lifetime opportunity. Rather than sweeping up and disposing of it, he simply collected the hair on the floor following the King of Rock’n’Roll’s frequent haircuts. He then offered the King’s tresses to the highest bidder. Yes, the item referred to at the beginning of this blog that sold in auction for $115K, was in fact a lock of Elvis’ hair! Simply ingenious!
It’s the Mega Superstar of Hot Wheels. Only two prototypes of the die-cast micro-mini vehicle are known to exist. None were ever sold to the public. The 1969 Pink VW Beach Bomb Rear-Loader (based on the Volkswagen Microbus) is the absolute rarest and nearly impossible to procure Hot Wheel in existence! It features surfboards loaded into the back of the vehicle through the rear window. The prototype never saw the light of day after designers ultimately deemed it too narrow, top heavy and unable to fit properly in the Hot Wheels Super Charger. On the redesigned version that the public finally got to see and purchase, the boards slid into a side pod. All problems solved! Mattel began producing the made to scale replicas of cars, trucks, SUV’s and classic cars in 1968. They have been on fire ever since! The estimated value of the VW Beach Bomb has reached figures as high as $150K! FYI: For its 40th Anniversary in 2008, the company celebrated by creating a diamond-studded Hot Wheels cast in white gold with 23 total carats of diamonds and featuring genuine rubies as taillights. Cost $140K!
Did you know? The husband and wife team of Charles and Bernice Alexandra “Ray” Eames, made furniture design history with their iconic Eames Lounge Chair (1956). The duo also made quite a splash in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and even film! For over four decades (1943-1988) the former California based Bay Cities Garage operated as the Eames Office producing both functional and artistic furniture designs. The Eames partnership pioneered new technologies including fiberglass furniture, plastic resin chairs as well as innovative designs featuring wire mesh. The Eames Office was a truly diversified workplace that made it a point to hire locals, veterans and housewives. In the 1940s, the dynamic couple designed and built the groundbreaking Eames House, located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as their home. The structure, consisting of pre-fabricated steel and glass parts, was erected in just days and is still regarded as a milestone in modern architecture. The Eameses are also credited with the production of 125 short films (1950-1982). Charles and Ray, in 1979, were presented with the prestigious Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Original examples of the Eames Team’s designs are still among the most highly sought after and collected items in the furniture category.
Although the Indian Head Penny, which evolved from both the Large Penny and the Flying Eagle Penny, was only struck from 1859 until 1909 the iconic coin still ranks among the most desirable pennies with collectors. Most people believe the obverse portrait on the penny to be that of a stoic Indian Chief complete with headdress, but in truth the image was intended to be Lady Liberty with an Indian headdress! Look closely at the face and you’ll surely see Lady Liberty’s familiar profile adorned with a headdress, as was intended. Indian Head Pennies have a variety of values, with the earlier examples from the years leading to the Civil War among the highest. In 1864 the U.S. Mint changed the composition of the penny from copper/nickel to bronze and added the small L (to commemorate James Longacre, the designer and engraver of the coin), to the bottom of the headdress. This design remained the same until it was replaced in 1909 by the Lincoln penny. How valuable can an Indian Head Penny get? An 1877 MS66 Indian Head Cent sold for a staggering $149,500.00!
Did you know? The New York Times called him “one of the funniest, most distinctive comedic voices in years”! His many loyal fans couldn’t agree more. Stand-up comedian Bill Burr is finally a married man, regardless of what he has humorously said in the past regarding the ‘dubious and scary’ institution of marriage. Bill took the plunge on October 2013, when he became husband to producer, director and screenwriter, Nia Hill. The pair has one child, Lola, and currently reside in Los Angeles. Bill began his comedy career after moving to NYC in 1995 following a series of short-lived menial jobs including a dental assistant and warehouse monkey. Bill has released and produced myriad comedy albums and specials and hosts the wildly successful ‘Monday Morning Podcast’. He has appeared in dozens of movies and television series and boasts 12 credits as a writer and 9 as a producer. Rolling Stone magazine aptly referred to Bill as “the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor”!
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