Thursday, October 29, 2015

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 (Québec), 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.

Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Discovered

Archaeologists digging at Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest coast of Greece, have discovered the rich grave of a warrior who was buried at the dawn of European civilization.

Archaeologists expressed astonishment at the richness of the find and its potential for shedding light on the emergence of the Mycenaean civilization, the lost world of Agamemnon, Nestor, Odysseus and other heroes described in the epics of Homer.
The tomb is said to be the the most complete Greek find of its kind since the 1950s. The find includes gold, silver, ivory, and bronze artifacts, as well as engraved gemstones and an ornate ivory-and gilt-hilted sword.

The warrior was buried around 1500 B.C., next to the site on Pylos on which, many years later, arose the palace of Nestor, a large administrative center that was destroyed in 1180 B.C., about the same time as Homer’s Troy.

The palace was part of the Mycenaean civilization; from its ashes, classical Greek culture arose several centuries later.

A bronze mirror with an ivory handle



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