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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Infamous guns at Auction

Two guns once owned by Bonnie and Clyde sold for over half a million dollars. Clyde Barrow's 1911 Colt .45-caliber automatic sold for $240,000.

Bonnie Parker's .38-caliber Detective Special that she had taped to her thigh when she was killed in a hail of gunfire in 1934 sold for $264,000 to the same bidder.

An online bidder paid $130,000 for a .45-caliber Tommy gun and $80,000 for an 1897 12-gauge shotgun that were seized from one of the duo's hideouts in Missouri in 1933.

Lawmen seized the weapons on April 13, 1933 after a bloody raid on an apartment in Joplin where the Barrow Gang were holed up. Two lawmen were killed while the gang escaped.

Al Capone’s Colt .25 semi-automatic pistol sold for over $ 16,000 in 2012.

His Colt .38 revolver sold for over $100,000 at a Christie's 2011 auction in London.
A gold-plated 7.65 Walther semi-automatic pistol with Hitler’s initials inlaid in gold on the ivory grips. It sold for $114,000 at a 1987 auction.

The pistol was taken by an American soldier during a dramatic attempt to capture or kill the dictator in Munich in the waning days of the war. Hitler was miles away in his bunker at the time.

John Dillinger's derringer, a miniature pistol that was found in the outlaw's sock when he was arrested in 1934 sold for $45,000.

The wooden gun Dillinger famously used to escape from the Crown Point, Indiana jail sold for $ 19,000.

A purse pistol Jesse James gave his wife, Zee, to commemorate the birth of their daughter sold for $20,000.

On October 5, 1892 five members of the Dalton Gang rode into the small town of Coffeyville, Kansas. After a failed bank robbery, the ensuing firefight killed four townspeople and four members of the Dalton Gang. $ 50,000.
Wyatt Earp's Colt .45-caliber revolver. $ 225,000. The revolver was passed down by the Earp family and is likely the one Wyatt used in the most legendary gunfight in wild west history, the O.K. Corral shootout — which became legend.

.44-caliber Smith & Wesson that killed Jesse James: $350,000. The James Gang terrorized Kansas and Missouri for nearly two decades led by the outlaw Jesse James.

The shot that killed James was delivered from a .44 which brought $350,000 at an Anaheim auction in 2003.
A tiny 6-inch derringer sitting in a display case at Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site is perhaps the most valuable in the world. Yet the only price ever paid for the item was around $25 in the mid-1800s, by John Wilkes Booth.

One shot was all Booth had to end Abraham Lincoln’s life when he entered the President’s theater box on April 14, 1865. Kept for generations as evidence by the War Department, the relic eventually returned to its fateful origins at the Ford Theatre where it had changed the course of history.

Auction Stars

Action Comics No. 1. Price: $1.5 Million

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa ($12 Million)

Marilyn Monroe Dress $1.26m

A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird sold for more than $100,000.

The violin that played during the final hours of the sinking of the Titanic. $1.7 million.

Vintage model Rolex from 1942. It was one of just 12 created, and only eight still in existence. It sold at auction for $1.16 million.

Qianlong Vase. It took just 30 minutes for bidders to snap up this 18th century Chinese vase to a massive $53 million.

Artemis and the Stag. Curators predicted the 2,000-year-old bronze piece would fetch $7 million. Instead it became the most expensive relic ever sold when it commanded $28.6 million.

'World's Oldest' Champagne: $43,630. The bottle of Veuve Clicquot sold on June 3, 2011. In July 2010, divers off the Finnish coast discovered 145 bottles of wine and champagne that had gone down with the ship, a two-masted schooner which ran aground in 1830.

Recently, teenage sensation Justin Bieber got a stylish hair cut and delivered his hair to Ellen Degeneres, who put it on eBay for auctioning. Price: $40,668

Custer's Last Flag: $2,210,500. The flag was discovered by Sergeant Ferdinand Culbertson, one of the burial party after the bloody battle.

Billy the Kid Photo: $2.3 million. Sometimes referred to as "the Holy Grail of photography" this 130-year-old tintype of infamous outlaw Billy the Kid sold on June 25, 2011.

9ft-long intact Triceratops fossil. $1.8 million

1929 Al Capone Signed Booking Document. $10,000

Elvis Presley's soiled underwear sold for $8,000

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Uni-Select Inc. - UNS.t

Uni-Select Inc. - UNS.t is a Canada-based distributor of automotive parts and paint products.

The Company is engaged in the distribution, sale and marketing of replacement parts, equipment, tools and accessories, and paint and related products for motor vehicles in the Canadian wholesale automotive aftermarket.

On October 28, 2015 the company released News

Uni-Select Announces Strong Q3 2015 Financial Results

- $276.2 million in sales, up 4.0% organically;
- EBITDA margin reaches 9.4%;
- Net earnings up 6.1% to $15.7 million, while EPS reaches $0.73, up 4.3%;
- Adjusted EPS, once converted to Canadian dollars, is up 18.8%;
- First full-quarter completed without the assets of Uni-Select USA, Inc. and Beck/Arnley Worldparts, Inc. since the closing of the sale transaction on June 1, 2015.

Unless otherwise indicated in this press release, all amounts are expressed in US dollars.

Boucherville (Qu├ębec), October 28, 2015 – Uni-Select Inc. (TSX:UNS), a leading distributor of automotive products in Canada and parent of FinishMaster, Inc., a leading distributor of paint and related products in the United States, today reported solid financial results with increased profitability for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

"I am very pleased with the performance displayed by our automotive and paint and related products businesses in the third quarter and particularly delighted that both sectors are delivering healthy organic growth, said Henry Buckley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uni-Select." We now turn to the fourth quarter with confidence that our continued focus on growth initiatives, accretive acquisitions and our commitment to the continued expansion of a network of corporate stores will all contribute to our successes in the months ahead."

The 2015 results in dollars vary compared to last year’s figures, since the 2015 nine-month period includes five months of operations from the net assets of Uni-Select USA, Inc. and Beck/Arnley Worldparts, Inc., sold on June 1, 2015.



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