King Farouk’s gold watch expected to sell for $400K-$800K

King Farouk of Egypt’s personalized Patek Philippe Reference 1518 to be auctioned March 23, 2018, at Christie’s Dubai. Pre-sale estimate: $400,000-$800,000. Image courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2018

DUBAI – Christie’s will offer King Farouk of Egypt’s personalized Patek Philippe Reference 1518 in its upcoming Dubai watch auction on March 23. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $400,000-800,000. Around 180 watches will be on public view from March 19 through 23, the day of the auction.

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Massachusetts’ high court: Do you recognize this justice?

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court seeks the public’s help in identifying of the man in this portrait. Image courtesy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

BOSTON (AP) – A man’s portrait has hung for years outside the chambers of the chief justice on Massachusetts’ highest court. The problem? No one knows who he is.

It’s a mystery that has stumped officials at the Supreme Judicial Court for more than a decade. Now they’re turning to the public for help in cracking the case of the unknown justice.

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Eagles Super Bowl parade to bring surprises, free subways

Closeup of the Rocky Statue that stands in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the Feb. 8 Super Bowl celebratory parade will finish. Photo by Bobak Ha’Eri, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia officials are revealing plans for Thursday’s Super Bowl parade and say fans should expect some dramatic surprises along the five-mile route — and free subway rides all day.

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Putting on the Ritz: Paris hotel to auction luxury pieces

Entrance to the Ritz Paris. Flickr image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic license

PARIS (AP) – Fancy a little glamour for the old homestead? From bathtubs to beds, decorative sofas to minibars, Paris’s glitzy Ritz hotel is auctioning off some 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects emblematic of the luxury it offers its wealthy clients.

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Tanzania to auction hippo teeth, despite criticism

Mother hippopotamus with her calf. Image by Jnissa. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Authorities in Tanzania plan an auction of 3.5 tons of hippo teeth next week, drawing criticism from conservation groups who say the sale could encourage increased killing of the vulnerable species for its body parts.

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Philly mayor accepts Brockton mayor’s Rocky statue bet

Closeup of the Rocky Statue, in the likeness of actor Sylvester Stallone, that stands in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Bobak Ha’Eri, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

PHILADELPHIA (AP)  Philadelphia’s iconic Rocky statue could be forced to sport New England Patriots colors thanks to a Super Bowl wager with the Massachusetts hometown of heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano.

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Cities vying for Amazon’s 2nd HQ secretive about perks

Amazon.com’s Day 1 Tower in Seattle, Washington. Photo by adamajreynolds, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – State and local governments have been more than happy to play up the amenities they think make their locations the best choice for Amazon’s second headquarters. But many of them will not disclose the tax breaks or other financial incentives they are offering the online giant.

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Groups ask for denial of hunter’s black rhino import request

Black rhinoceros in the Etosha National Park. Photo by Yathin S Krishnappa, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

DALLAS (AP)  – Animal rights groups are calling on the U.S. government to block a Texas businessman from importing the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros from Africa. Read more

5 ways Parisians might celebrate New Year’s Eve

1902 poster advertising Champagne Delbeck, Reims, France. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Poster Auctions International

PARIS (AP) – Looking for fabulous sightseeing, strolling and shopping to ring in the new year? Paris has got you covered. Or maybe you’re simply…thirsty. No problem. Whether you fancy Champagne on New Year’s Eve atop the Eiffel Tower or New Year’s Day coffee at a sidewalk cafe, here are five ways to raise a toast, Parisian style.

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Giant peach, massive moonpie to ring in 2018 in the South

Shown at its former site, the peach awaited New Year celebrations to begin at Underground Atlanta. Public domain image taken in 2016

ATLANTA (AP) – There will be a new site this year for Atlanta’s New Year’s Eve Peach Drop, one of several large events planned across the South, organizers say.

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