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Tucson, Arizona police are looking for a clock that has been authenticated as belonging to King Louis XV that was stolen last month. The clock was part of a heist that consisted of jewelry and artwork which totaled in the millions of dollars. The police are also looking for Timothy Steven Shope as part of the investigation.
Police in San Francisco, California are hunting for an 18th century Italian violin that was stolen from the trunk of a car. The violin, which was crafted by Nicolo Gagliano in the mid-1700’s is valued at more than $175,000.
In Wellington, Kansas, officials are looking for black wrought iron fence and a gate that was stolen from some gravesites at a local cemetery. The fences are believed to be over 100 years old. Officials there declined to put a dollar amount on the 80 feet of fence that was stolen.
Mikey and his buddy Bill are out hunting in the woods, when all of a sudden, Bill collapses. His eyes have rolled up inside of his head and he does not appear to be breathing. Mikey grabs his cell phone and immediately calls 911. “911 Emergency, What is your emergency,” the operator answers. Mikey is gasps, “My friend Bill is dead!! What can I do?” In a smooth and calming voice, the operator tells Mikey, “Take it easy sir. First, let’s make sure he is dead.” For a brief second there is a silence and then the operator hears a shot. Mikey comes back to the phone and says to the operator, “Okay, now what?”
Sloans & Kenyon Auction in Chevy Chase, Maryland recently announced a record price for a colorful Cubist seascape which sold for $26,620. The painting, “Boats in the Morning” was done by Marcel Mouly in 1965. Bidding opened at $11,000 for the painting and the paintings new owner participated in the bidding live online through LiveAuctioneers.com.
Capodimonte porcelain dates back to the reign of Charles of Bourbon and the Kingdom of Naples in the eighteenth century. Charles initially set a side a small building at his Royal Palace to produce porcelain under the artistic director Giovanni Caselli and chemist Livio Ottavio Scheppers. However, by 1743, he had determined that the conditions of the small building did not allow for an appropriate and efficient work environment, so he commissioned construction of a new factory in Capodimonte.
Growing up we could all remember those colorful orbs of glass that we played with. The game of marbles is attributed to the Ancient Romans, who according to author Chris Cooper, “invented more games than any other civilization.” After all, what else was there to do back then, it’s not as if you could turn on the TV, pop in a DVD or play a video game. Back then however, the game was known as “nuts” because it was indeed first played with nuts. Now, there is a great website dedicated to marbles and everything related to them.
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The Naples Daily Newspaper, of Naples, Florida reported this week that as many as 700 people may have been victims of fraud by a couple selling electronics on EBay. The couple, Alisher Mardonov and Shahnova Khakimova, are wanted for questioning in relation to this crime. So far, 480 people have filed victim’s reports with the local Sheriff’s Office but EBay officials estimate that that number may swell to as many 700 people throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The couple originally was conducting legitimate business transactions on EBay under the name Alisher71 but things turned sour in mid-November of 2005, when would be customers started reporting that the merchandise they had paid for had never been received. Mardonov and Khakimova, both originally from Uzbekistan in Central Asia, are believed to still be in the country and an all points bulletin has been published by law enforcement. Anyone with information regarding these individuals is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Department.
Mouly, whose previous auction high had been $6,696 for another painting in 2003, was born in Paris in 1918. He is the last living student of Pablo Picasso and was a protégé of Fernand Leger. His paintings are included in museum collections all over the world including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Museum of Geneva. In the mid-1990’s Mr. Mouly exhibited at many different venues alongside his son and sculpture Pierre Mouly.
Charles ascended to the Spanish throne in 1759 after the death of Philip V. When he left Naples he ordered the Capodimonte factory demolished and took all of his porcelain manufacturing secrets with him to Madrid, Spain. Charles’ son, Ferdinand succeeded his father as King of Naples and started another factory where his father had pulled up roots. By 1772, a new factory, known as the Royal Factory, had been built and production resembled the original Capodimonte factory.