01 April, 2019

The Dodo is Back!

In this auction round-up, the Dodo is making a comeback with an auction featuring one of the most famous flightless birds. 

Elsewhere, Lord Vader will be the star of an auction when a costume, taking a mighty 25 minutes to put on, goes under the hammer. With seven-figure estimates flying around, is the force strong with this one?

Finally, a colossal 400 lots of jewellery from the renowned Al Thani collection will be going under the hammer. Dating back hundreds of years, it chronicles the evolution of jewellery design from some of the finest hands in the world.

Dodo Expected to sell for £600,000 in auction

Apart from being one of the most well-known extinct birds, the Dodo still remains a mystery.

With so much written about it, there’s not much to know about the bird in life. But what was it?

Well, it’s said their name means fool in antiquated Portuguese because they were seemingly unmoved from invaders to their native land.

The result of the colonisation wiped out the 3ft flightless bird with the last sighting being 1662.

Despite being indigenous to Mauritius, finding their remains was no easy task. In fact, the most famous collection can be found at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

The skeleton in question was discovered in the 19th century. It was pieced together using bones from different dodos birds. 

Carrying an estimate of £400,000-£600,000, it will be one of the star lots going under the hammer at Christie’s on 24th May.

Vogue Jewellery Auction

Around 400 pieces of jewellery from the renowned Al Thani collection are going under the hammer!

Consisting of jewellery, objects adorned in jewellery and gemstones, the quality is plain to see.

Charting over 3 centuries of design, you can immerse yourself in the creativity of fine jewellery making which includes modern artisans like Bhagat Jewellers.

But what can you expect? One of the standouts is a feathered turban made for the Maharaja of Nawanagar in 1907, it features more than 150 carats of diamonds!

In addition, a dagger with a carved jade hilt which belonged to Shah Jahan. He was the 17th century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.

Lord Vader Costume Expected to Sell for $2m

Darth Vader, one of the most feared men in the Galaxy will be the star of an auction after a 17-piece ensemble of his iconic uniform is going under the hammer!

Boasting a tradition of appearing at fan conventions and premieres, it was created in 1979 by the Star Wars design team.

Carrying an estimate of $1m-$2m, the lot comes with a mask, boots, capes and more!

Commenting on the sale, the seller said it takes 25 minutes to put on and it can get extremely hot in the suit as components are made out of leather, fibreglass, wool and more.

It’s unclear whether this suit will cause such a disturbance but if it does, the force is strong with this one.

Final Words

The auctions are causing waves of excitement which is only going to get bigger. 

A life-sized Darth Vader suit is on the bucket list of many people but to own one that went to conventions and premiers is something else! 

Despite the Dodo auction consisting of various bones from different Dodo birds, it does give us a chance to appreciate one of the most fearless birds in history.

Finally, the Al Thani collection of jewellery is truly something to behold. Combining the finest jewels, precious metals and fine jewellery making, it's created stunning pieces that illustrate India's reputation for beautiful pieces of jewellery.

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Auction News - Dodo, Iconic Jewellery and Lord Vader Sale
Auction News - Dodo, Iconic Jewellery and Lord Vader Sale
Auction News - Dodo, Iconic Jewellery and Lord Vader Sale
Auction News - Dodo, Iconic Jewellery and Lord Vader Sale
Auction News - Dodo, Iconic Jewellery and Lord Vader Sale
Auction News - Dodo, Iconic Jewellery and Lord Vader Sale
Auction News - Dodo, Iconic Jewellery and Lord Vader Sale