$5M Buyer Sought for Queen Victoria’s Coronet, Patton Armored Diesel Will Light Your Fire, and More Fresh News

Queen Victoria's sapphire and diamond coronet. Image courtes of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet. Image courtesy of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Britain’s Culture Minister Matt Hancock has placed a temporary export bar on Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet in an effort to keep it in the country. Unless a buyer steps forward who’s willing to pay $6.5 million, the UK could lose one of its greatest treasures. [Read more from www.gov.uk]
  • Introducing Patton Armored Diesel, named for the legendary World War II general – but don’t look for it at a gas station. The new limited-edition collector bottle is better suited to a liquor cabinet. [Read more from the Associated Press via The Roanoke Times]
  • You may never look at your pocket change the same way again. A 1792 ‘Birch Cent’ sold for more than half a million dollars at a Heritage auction held at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. Wondering what it looks like? [Read more from Art Daily]
  •  Ever daydreamed about owning a castle but felt you’d never be able to furnish it all? Problem solved! A magnificent Italian medieval castle is going under the hammer on Sept. 8, complete with its centuries-old furnishings included. [Read more from ArtFix Daily]

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