14 September, 2018

Auction Round-Up

In this week's round-up, Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio and Apple have stolen the headlines in the auction world.

Let's take a closer look at these stories.

Novak Djokovic Auctions Limited Edition Racquet and Seiko Watch

Fresh after winning the US Open, Novak Djokovic is auctioning off a signed tennis racquet and limited edition Seiko watch to raise money for the Novak Djokovic foundation.

The goal of this sale is to raise money to fund early childhood education in Serbia because 1 in 2 children don't have access to pre-school education.

Trivia - The racquet was used to defeat Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters.

So far, the Novak Djokovic foundation has helped 10,000 children aged 3-5 by investing in schools, teacher training, sports days and more!

The items are expected to reach $15000-$25,000.

Leonardo DiCaprio Raises $11m at Auction

Surrounded by a 350-strong crowd of invited guests, Leonardo DiCaprio raised a staggering $11m for environmental causes at an auction.

Collaborating with Jackson Family Wines, the 17-lot auction was comprised of art, collectables and experiences.

The likes of Edward Norton, Naomi Campbell and Mark Ruffalo attended the event with Chris Martin performing for guests.

The Leonardo DiCaprio foundation aims to fund environmental projects which provide critical funding to areas where they can make the greatest impact. So far they have raised $100m.

Apple 1 Computer Expected to Reach over $300,000

An original Apple 1 computer is heading into an auction and is expected to sell for over £300,000. 

Released in 1976, Steve Wozniak hand-built the device and together, he and Steve Jobs unveiled it at California’s Palo Alto Homebrew Computer Club in the same year.

Trivia - The device itself is a bare circuit board designed for programmers. 

In 10 months, they created 200 and sold 175 of them before it was discontinued in 1977. To increase their rarity, Apple 1 owners were offered a discount on the Apple 2 if they traded in their Apple 1.

It's said that there are only 60 left in the world with only 8 working.

Trivia - This Apple 1 was restored to its original state by Corey Cohen, an Apple 1 expert. In addition, the device was subject to 8 hours of testing.

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Auction Stories - Djokovic, DiCaprio and The Apple 1
Auction Stories - Djokovic, DiCaprio and The Apple 1
Auction Stories - Djokovic, DiCaprio and The Apple 1
Auction Stories - Djokovic, DiCaprio and The Apple 1
Auction Stories - Djokovic, DiCaprio and The Apple 1
Auction Stories - Djokovic, DiCaprio and The Apple 1