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 (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.

The Curse of Pompeii

Most tourists who visit Pompeii every year leave with nothing but memories. Some take away a little extra – pieces of Pompeii. Many of those who have slipped a piece of one the world’s most important archaeological sites into their pockets have come to regret their actions.

Tourists who took relics from the ruined Roman city have been returning them to the site, claiming they are cursed.
One man wrote from Latin America saying that he and his entire family had experienced “trauma after trauma” after he took a piece of stone from Pompeii. Massimo Osanna, Pompeii’s archaeological superintendent, said he had received up to a hundred packages from across the world in recent years containing items from the site, often accompanied by letters explaining the relics had brought them bad luck.
The “curse of Pompeii” says the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 was punishment inflicted by the gods after legionaries destroyed holy buildings.

“At a certain point, people started believing in this story again,” said Mr Osanna. “Even proper thieves have returned things to us.”
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