16 October, 2018

Auction Stories Where You Are

There were some fantastic stories coming out the auction world. An auction dubbed 'The Midas Touch' featured a highly unusual item but, after learning it was sculpted by Marc Quinn, then maybe it's not a surprise! However, we have a bust of Kate Moss made out of 18k gold!

Elsewhere, a piece of the moon which landed on Earth went above its estimate but how long has it been there? Finally, there will be an online auction featuring an array of Stephen Hawking memorabilia with his PhD expected to sell for an impressive amount!

Take a look at our auction round-up.

A Piece of The Moon Sells in Auction 

Yes, you read that correctly. A piece of the moon was sold in auction for $612,500. The lunar meteorite is believed to have landed thousands of years ago. 

Known as 'The Moon Puzzle' or NWA 11789, the meteorite is made up of 6 fragments and weighs 5kg.

Trivia - it was found in Mauritania, north-west Africa last year.

The meteorite comes in six pieces that fit together which may be due to its partial fusion crust which seared the rock as it fell. 

The winning bidder was a representative working with the Tam Chuc Pagoda. It's a complex in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam where it will be on display.

Stephen Hawking Memorabilia Auction

Stephen Hawking, the world-famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist, will be the star of an auction when items personal belonging to him hit the auction block next week. 

Called 'On the shoulders of Giants', the online auction will contain 22 lots and will give us another chance to see how much this man shaped modern cosmology and our own understanding of the universe.

Among the highlights of the auction is a script for his appearance in The Simpsons, a copy of his PhD Thesis (expected to reach £150,000) and his most important papers such as the Black Hole Explosions paper released in 1974.

The auction will also include the sale of his earliest-surviving wheelchair and proceeds will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

With a contribution to science which goes beyond words and numbers, Stephen Hawking will remain an important benchmark in the field of science and life.

He died in 2018, at the age of 76, but defied science by living beyond their expectations after being with Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 22.

Bust of Kate Moss

British Supermodel Kate Moss became the talk of a recent auction dubbed 'The Midas Touch'.

Marc Quinn, a British contemporary artist, used her as the subject of an 18k bust. Bringing new meaning to the saying 'worth its weight in gold', it's a sight to behold.

Is this the ultimate centrepiece? Weighing a colossal 8,021 grams, it carried an estimate of £300,000 and £400,000.

At the close of the auction, it was revealed the item sold for £380,000!

Final Words

What was your favourite story?

The bust of Kate Moss is an extraordinary example of what you can do with over 8kg of gold. Where would you put it? On the mantlepiece? Table centrepiece? Perhaps in the bedroom? The options are endless!

Stephen Hawking will forever be a national treasure and this auction will highlight some of his biggest achievements and the impact he had on science and us.

Finally, the moon may be over 200,000 miles away but that doesn't mean it's out of reach!

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Auction Stories - Kate Moss, The Moon and Stephen Hawking
Auction Stories - Kate Moss, The Moon and Stephen Hawking
Auction Stories - Kate Moss, The Moon and Stephen Hawking
Auction Stories - Kate Moss, The Moon and Stephen Hawking
Auction Stories - Kate Moss, The Moon and Stephen Hawking
Auction Stories - Kate Moss, The Moon and Stephen Hawking
Auction Stories - Kate Moss, The Moon and Stephen Hawking
Auction Stories - Kate Moss, The Moon and Stephen Hawking
Auction Stories - Kate Moss, The Moon and Stephen Hawking