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Rare first-place silver medal among Olympic items up for auction

Rare first-place silver medal among Olympic items up for auction

Olympic medals dating to 1896, relay torches from several eras, and other Olympic memorabilia are among the items being auctioned just days before the Tokyo Games.

BOSTON — When the first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896, winners did not get gold medals as they will later this month when the Tokyo games get underway. Instead, they got silver, while runners-up got bronze. There were no medals for third place.

One of those exceedingly rare first-place silver medals is for sale in an Olympics-themed auction that opens Thursday.

“Interest is high now with the Tokyo Olympics approaching,” RR Auction Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston said.

The 1896 silver medal is expected to sell for about $ 75,000 given its rarity, Livingston said. Unlike today’s behemoth games with thousands of athletes and hundreds of events, the 1896 Olympiad featured about 250 athletes — all men — from a little more than a dozen nations competing in 10 sports.

A bronze medal from the same year is expected to fetch around $ 40,000.

Unfortunately, who won the medals has been lost to time, Livingston said.

Before the U.S.’s Dream Team of NBA stars dominated the 1992 men’s basketball tournament, there was the almost as dominant 1984 team that featured future NBA stars Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing.

That gold-medal winning team led by former Indiana coach Bobby Knight rolled to an 8-0 record, averaged more than 95 points per game and held their foes to an average of about 63 points per game.

One of those gold medals, with the multi-colored ribbon, is expected to sell for about $ 70,000, RR Auction said.

“Anything from the U.S. basketball team — and the 1980 men’s hockey team — always demands a lot of interest,” Livingston said.

The medal was consigned to the auctioneer by a collector who bought it directly from a member of the team, but exactly who that player is remains confidential, Livingston said.

Some of the other items for sale include a gold medal awarded to Swedish wrestler Ivar Johansson in the 1932 summer games in Los Angeles and a silver won by Bill “Rabbit” Thomson as a member of the Canadian hockey team in the 1936 winter games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.

The torches for sale include those from the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway; the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid; and the 1976 winter games in Innsbruck, Austria.

One of the more unusual items is a 17-foot wooden kayak used by Rolf Peterson of Sweden to win a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo games. It will set you back about $ 30,000.

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Azerbaijani Finance Ministry puts up mid-term state bonds for new auction

Azerbaijani Finance Ministry puts up mid-term state bonds for new auction

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 14

By Zeyni Jafarov – Trend:

The Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) held an auction on the placement of medium-term state bonds of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Finance, Trend reports on July 14 referring to a source in the BSE.

The amount of the bonds was 40 million manat ($ 23.5 million) and the term of maturity – 1,092 days.

During the auction, 14 investors filed 26 bids in the price range from 98.14 manat ($ 57.73) with a yield to maturity (YTM) of 7.2 percent to 100.4 manat ($ 59.06) with a YTM of 6.35 percent.

In accordance with the decision of the finance ministry, the cut-off price of bonds reached 100.296 manat ($ 59) with the YTM of 6.39 percent, and the weighted average price – 100.34 manat or $ 59.02 (6.37 percent).

The total amount of applications at nominal prices amounted to nearly 149.84 million manat ($ 88.14 million) while the volume of placement – 40 million manat ($ 23.5 million).

The maturity date is July 9, 20243.

The auction participants must fulfill their obligations to purchase bonds till July 14, 2021.

(1 USD = 1.7 AZN on July 14)

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Do you own this retro game? Old Nintendo cartridge sells for over a MILLION at auction

Do you own this retro game? Old Nintendo cartridge sells for over a MILLION at auction

A new record has been set for the most valuable game of all time after a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 was sold at auction for over one million pounds.

Retro games have been collected online and sold at different sales events for decades, and it appears things are only going to get more valuable.

This week’s record-breaking news was set by what is being labelled a pristine condition Nintendo 64 title, which sold for $ 1.56 million at auction (£1.12 million).

And what makes this story so compelling is that there are a lot of people who can check their own back catalogue of retro titles or dusty boxes of junk in the loft for something similar.

Super Mario 64 was first released by Nintendo in 1996, becoming the best-selling game on the Nintendo 64 console.

And with over 11 million copies sold, there’s a good chance you could find your own retro titles gathering dust or at car boot sales.

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What makes this copy so valuable is the condition, with Super Mario 64 originally sold in cardboard boxes.

It makes finding one in mint condition all that harder, and a grading system exists for working out just how pristine a retro video game is.

As an example, the video game grading company Wata listed the $ 1.56 million-selling copy of Super Mario 64 at a 9.8 A++, which is almost a perfect score.

And the official Super Mario Auction page describes the unique lot number in the highest terms, telling potential bidders:

“Well — we’re a bit speechless on this one. What can we even say that would do this copy the justice it deserves?

“The cultural significance of this title and its importance to the history of video games is paramount, and the condition of this copy is just so breathtaking that we’re really at a loss here.

“If you have had your heart set on obtaining the highest graded copy of the single best-selling video game on the Nintendo 64 — the first 3D adventure of Nintendo’s mascot, Mario — we only have one piece of advice: this is not an opportunity to waste.”

The findings revealed by Many Spins revealed that across Europe, Super Mario 64 ranked as a firm favourite among 15 countries on the continent, including but not limited to Norway and Sweden, which both had an average monthly search volume of 1,600 for the game, followed by Austria (1,300), and Germany (9,900).

Duke Nukem was yet another popular choice among European countries, ranking as the most searched for retro video game in six, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Of those countries, the highest average monthly search volume came from Finland, with residents making 1,000 searches on average each month for the retro title. Bulgaria makes 210 searches per month on average, Slovakia makes 480, and Estonia, Lithuania, and Slovenia each make 140 each.

Sonic 3D Blast, Metal Slug and Devil May Cry also ranked as the favourite retro video games in numerous European countries, showing widespread popularity for the titles right across the region.

It’ll be Christmas in July in New Orleans when Crescent City Auction Gallery holds its July 17-18 Summer Estates Auction

Oil on canvas painting by Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958), titled Country Road, signed lower left. Estimate: $  30,000-$  50,000.

Oil on canvas painting by Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958), titled Country Road, signed lower left, 17 ½ inches by 20 ¾ inches. Estimate: $ 30,000-$ 50,000.

Large 20th century patinated bronze fountain figure of the Four Seasons, 87 inches tall. Estimate: $  5,000-$  10,000.

Large 20th century patinated bronze fountain figure of the Four Seasons, 87 inches tall by 53 inches wide. Estimate: $ 5,000-$ 10,000.

The oil on canvas painting by Swedish-born Louisiana artist Knute Heldner (1875-1952), is titled Shrimp Boats, No. 5, artist signed. Estimate: $  4,000-$  6,000.

The oil on canvas painting by Swedish-born Louisiana artist Knute Heldner (1875-1952), is titled Shrimp Boats, No. 5 and is artist signed lower right. Estimate: $ 4,000-$ 6,000.

Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan by Sergeyevich Lebedkin (Moscow, 1898-1914). Estimate: $  500-$  1,000.

Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan by Sergeyevich Lebedkin (Moscow, 1898-1914), featuring a 21kt gold and enameled sterling oklad. Estimate: $ 500-$ 1,000.

19th century American gilt and gesso Rococo Revival figural over-the-mantel mirror on a later white marble base, 96 inches tall. Estimate: $  3,000-$  5,000.

19th century American gilt and gesso Rococo Revival figural over-the-mantel mirror on a later white marble base, 96 inches tall by 75 ½ inches wide. Estimate: $ 3,000-$ 5,000.

Sold will be French, English and American furniture, original paintings by local and regional artists, fine jewelry and couture pieces, sterling silver, more.

NEW ORLEANS, LA, UNITED STATES, July 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — It’ll be Christmas in July in New Orleans when Crescent City Auction Gallery holds a big, two-day Important Summer Estates Auction the weekend of July 17th and 18th. The sale is brimming with over 800 quality lots of fine French, English and American furniture, over mantel mirrors, original paintings by local and regional artists, fine jewelry and couture pieces, a piano, sterling silver, nativity sets, model boats and more.

Start times both days will be 10 am Central time. Expected top lots include a large 20th century patinated bronze fountain figure of the Four Seasons, 87 inches tall by 53 inches wide (estimate: $ 5,000-$ 10,000); an oil on canvas painting by the French artist Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958), titled Country Road, signed lower left, 17 ½ inches by 20 ¾ inches (estimate: $ 30,000-$ 50,000); and paintings by Knute Heldner and AJ Drysdale.

The oil on canvas by Swedish-born Louisiana artist Knute Heldner (1875-1952), is titled Shrimp Boats, No. 5 and is signed lower right. It measures 29 ½ inches by 35 ½ inches and should bring $ 4,000-$ 6,000. The oil on canvas laid to board attributed to Norwegian-born Louisiana painter William Buck (1840-1888) is titled Covington Scene. It’s expected to finish at $ 3,000-$ 5,000. Both would be fine additions to any Southern collection.

It’s an eclectic sale, with merchandise ranging from vintage couture (Chanel, Hermes, Prada, Louis Vuitton, others) to fine estate jewelry (white, yellow and black diamonds, tanzanites, emeralds, sapphires, South Seas pearls, more) to a Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan by Sergeyevich Lebedkin (Moscow, 1898-1914), featuring a 21kt gold and enameled sterling oklad, measuring 12 ½ inches by 10 ½ inches (estimate: $ 500-$ 1,000).

A 19th century American-made gilt and gesso Rococo Revival figural over mantel mirror set on a later white marble base, having an overall size of 96 inches tall by 75 ½ inches wide, is expected to gavel for $ 3,000-$ 5,000; while an American spelter slag glass lighted base lamp, probably Edward Miller, 21 inches tall, should knock down for $ 500-$ 900.

A circa 1940 44-piece Stieff sterling flatware service in the “Williamsburg Queen Anne” pattern, having a total weight of 53.75 troy oz., is estimated to ring up $ 1,000-$ 2,000. Also, a silverplated epergne/centerpiece, together with a silverplated circular mirror plateau, with relief fruit and scroll decorated rims (two pieces) should hit $ 400-$ 800.

A large oil on canvas painting by Scott Upton (N.C., b. 1958), titled Glimpse of the Hidden, signed and titled on verso, 47 ¾ inches by 71 ¾ inches, is expected to garner $ 3,000-$ 5,000. Tops in the American furniture category is a circa 1880 Victorian carved walnut marble-top sideboard, 76 inches tall by 58 inches wide (estimate: $ 600-$ 900).

French furniture, a staple at nearly every Crescent City auction, will feature the following examples:

• A French Provincial Louis XV style carved cherry sideboard from the early 1800s, 42 ¼ inches tall by 55 ¼ inches wide (estimate: $ 1,000-$ 2,000).
• A French Empire carved mahogany marble-top center table made in the 19th century, 29 inches tall and 38 ½ inches in diameter (estimate: $ 800-$ 1,200).
• A 19th century French Empire style carved mahogany marble-top commode, 34 ¾ inches tall by 50 ½ inches wide (estimate: $ 700-$ 1,200).
• A French Provincial Louis XV carved walnut vaisselier (furniture for storing and displaying china), 85 inches tall by 52 inches wide (estimate: $ 600-$ 1,200).
• A 20th century French style ormolu mounted ebonized mahogany bombe Boulle marble-top parlor cabinet, 38 ½ inches tall by 39 ½ inches wide (estimate: $ 600-$ 900).

Original artwork by New Orleans and regional artists is just as ubiquitous and will be led by an early 20th century oil wash on board painting by Alexander J. Drysdale (La., 1870-1934), titled Louisiana Bayou at Dusk, signed lower left (estimate: $ 800-$ 1,200); and a 20th century mixed metal sculpture by New Orleans artist Thomas Mann, titled Techno Rabbit Clock, with a carrot form stand, 6 inches tall, signed (estimate: $ 800-$ 1,200).

An oil on board painting by Colette Pope Heldner (New Orleans, 1902-1990), titled Swamp Idyll, signed lower left and signed and titled on verso, 19 ½ inches tall by 15 ¼ inches wide, carries a pre-sale estimate of $ 500-$ 800. Also, a large silver gelatin photographic print by George Valentine Dureau (New Orleans, 1930-2014), titled Two Young Boys, unsigned, 41 inches tall by 34 inches wide, should command $ 400-$ 800.

On to Europe, where an early 20th century oil on canvas painting by Henry Schouten (Belgian, 1857-1927), titled Horse and Donkey, signed lower left and 17 ¼ inches by 25 ¼ inches, is estimated to fetch $ 1,500-$ 2,500. Also, an oil on canvas Portrait of a Lady in White, initialed (“V.J.”) and initialed and dated (1836), should finish at $ 1,200-$ 1,800.

A 19th century patinated bronze sculpture by Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1796-1875), titled Spread Wing Eagle, 9 ½ inches tall and impressed “F. Barbedienne Fondeur”, has an estimate of $ 1,000-$ 2,000; while an early 20th century Continental School gilt bronze figure of a Classical Male Athlete, 25 ½ inches tall, possibly a Grand Tour souvenir, should rise to $ 800-$ 1,200. These are just a small sampling of what bidders can expect.

Live, in-person bidding, as well as exhibition previews, will be held by appointment only, in the Crescent City gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Previews are being held daily (except on Sunday) and started July 8th. A Saturday, July 10th preview will be held from 9 am -1 pm. To schedule an appointment for live gallery bidding on auction day, or for a preview, call 504-529-5057, or, you can send an email to [email protected]

Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and BidSquare.com. Absentee and phone bids will be accepted until 1 pm Central time on Friday, July 16th. A 25 percent buyer’s premium will be applied in-house (three percent discount for cash or check). A printed catalog is available; call 504-529-5057 or email [email protected]

Crescent City Auction Gallery is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you can call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can send an e-mail to [email protected] All phone calls and e-mails are confidential.

For more regarding Crescent City Auction Gallery and the two-day Important Summer Estates Auction slated for the weekend of July 17th and 18th, visit www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.

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It'll be Christmas in July in New Orleans when Crescent City Auction Gallery holds its July 17-18 Summer Estates Auction

Historic Annapolis, Maryland Georgian Revival Mansion on Severn River to Auction No Reserve via Concierge Auctions

Historic Annapolis, Maryland Georgian Revival Mansion on Severn River to Auction No Reserve via Concierge Auctions

The Friary, 1604 Winchester Road, Annapolis, Maryland

Historic Annapolis, Maryland Georgian Revival Mansion on Severn River to Auction No Reserve via Concierge Auctions

270-degree river views and 60-foot infinity edge pool

Historic Annapolis, Maryland Georgian Revival Mansion on Severn River to Auction No Reserve via Concierge Auctions

Sprawling fully renovated historic Georgian Revival mansion

Historic Annapolis, Maryland Georgian Revival Mansion on Severn River to Auction No Reserve via Concierge Auctions

Live and entertain in perfectly appointed luxury

Historic Annapolis, Maryland Georgian Revival Mansion on Severn River to Auction No Reserve via Concierge Auctions

Located minutes to downtown Annapolis and just 45 minutes to Washington, D.C.

The Friary will auction in August via Concierge Auctions in cooperation with Listing Agents David DeSantis and Brad Kappel of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

We’re partnering with Concierge Auctions whose comprehensive database of high-net-worth individuals is sure to attract someone who will appreciate the home as much as we have.”

— Steve Phillips, Seller

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 2, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Nestled on 23 acres in Annapolis, the sailing capital of the world, and just 45 minutes from the nation’s capital, The Friary, a Severn River waterfront historic mansion will auction next month via Concierge Auctions in cooperation with David DeSantis and Brad Kappel of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Currently listed for $ 24.9 million, the property will sell with No Reserve to the highest bidder. Bidding is scheduled to be held on August 12–18th, via the firm’s digital marketplace, ConciergeAuctions.com, allowing buyers to bid remotely from anywhere in the world.

“We spent more than five years restoring and renovating the property—it became a labor of love and one of the finest estates in the Maryland region and also a place where countless memories were made,” said the seller, seafood tycoon Steve Phillips. “The property is special, infused with architectural beauty, history and countless nooks and crannies throughout made to relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery. We’re partnering with Concierge Auctions whose comprehensive database of high-net-worth individuals is sure to attract someone who will appreciate the home as much as we have.”

Live and entertain in luxury with over 35,000 square feet of living space. The iconic estate, located at 1604 Winchester Road, has been painstakingly renovated to balance modern luxury while paying homage to it’s Georgian roots, featuring a main core where 18th-century elements, such as the original heart pine floors and foyer arch moldings, have been flawlessly preserved. A cleverly designed limestone rotunda containing a conservatory and atrium lead to either of the home’s wings: the guest wing with spacious common room, or the chapel-turned-ballroom with a limestone fireplace, herringbone teak floors, and arched double doors with a terrace beyond. The commercial-sized gourmet kitchen and second catering kitchen make entertaining on any scale a breeze. Outdoors, its 270-degree views of the Severn River offer incredible appeal.

“The craftsmanship, attention to detail, and care that has gone into the property renovations is truly remarkable. The current owners struck the perfect balance between maintaining the home’s historical roots while upgrading it for modern luxury. By partnering with Concierge Auctions, we can combine our firm’s reach with their global database to identify a buyer who can appreciate all of the history this property has to offer,” stated DeSantis.

Not only does the construction of the home offer a rich history, with original architects inclusive of William Molting, the “Dean of Baltimore Architects,” and James Wyatt, whose firm’s iconic Baltimore designs include the Baltimore Court House, Fifth Regiment Armory, Keyser Office Building, and part of Johns Hopkins University, but the land on which the Friary now stands has vivid and curious roots traceable from 1660, when it was originally patented and later sold to the prominent Hammon family of Annapolis. History flows above and below ground as the extensive tunnel systems indicate ties to the underground railway and secret basement passageways were purportedly used to hide illegal weapons. Later purchased in 1950 by the Catholic Church, it was converted to the St. Conrad Friary, whose Capuchin Fransican Friars maintained it for 34 years.

The beautiful house then sat in wait until 2002, when the current owners revisited the then-27-bedroom behemoth and breathed fresh life into the property, where a seamless blending of classic Georgian to a more varied, yet still cohesive, homage to the owners’ love of Southeast Asian and Indian influence can be observed. One entire wing, that was once a chapel added during the monks’ tenure, became an incredible great hall with a limestone fireplace that accents the Medieval sensibility of the room and brings warmth to the herringbone teak floors. The second wing, formerly the monks’ institutional dormitory, was transformed into a one-story guest wing with two guest suites and a spacious common room. Two wide port-hole windows with an underwater view of the infinity pool just outside bathe the space in a soft blue glow. The conservatory transitions to the great hall and the guest wing and provides access to the incredible limestone indoor spa. The interior design is as carefully selected as the architectural improvements. Even the palettes for paints throughout are based on the traditional hand-painted silk wall covering in the dining room, indicative of the care put into every detail of the extensive renovation.

Additional features include a formal dining room, parlor with original moldings on the foyer arc, and eleven fireplaces, one made of original marble from the Italian family quarry of Michelangelo Buonarroti; a library with mahogany and American oak paneled walls, hand-tooled leather ceiling, and 18th century brass chandeliers; a family room with three pairs of glass arched double doors and imported teak ceilings, built-in cabinets, wainscoting, and herringbone floors; a large office space off the master suite with potential to be converted to an additional bedroom suite; an indoor spa made of limestone and radiant-heated sandstone floors with resistance pool, sauna, and whirlpool, hermetically closed from the rest of the house to retain temperature and humidity via arched double-glass doors; music room, game room, secret vault, catering kitchen, workshop, and wine cellar with original exposed brick walls and natural wood beams; an outdoor dining area that it gas and water-wired for easy addition of an outdoor kitchen, a rooftop garden, 60-foot infinity-edge pool, and tennis court; direct access by funicular to a 6-slip private dock with boat lift; and a nine-car garage with epoxy floor, built-in cabinetry, oversized tubs and sinks, and bathroom—all just minutes to downtown Annapolis, St. John’s College, and the United States Naval Academy and within one hour from three local airports including Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Dulles International Airport, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

“We are excited to be bringing this property to auction with Concierge Auctions. From selecting the date of sale, to the global marketing reach, to full transparency throughout the exposure cycle, their process allows our clients control over the sale of their property,” stated Kappel.

The Friary sits overlooking a gracious bend of the Severn River with ideal proximity to both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. As one of the most distinctive estates offered on the East Coast, it is assuredly difficult to want to leave the spectacular grounds, but the call of downtown Annapolis from mere minutes away is enough to entice exploration. The City Dock offers a new angle to admire the water from and learn why Annapolis is the sailing capital of the world. Settle into one of the many restaurants for an unforgettable meal. Hike or jog the 13.3-mile B&A Trail, stretching from Boulters Way to Glen Burnie in Baltimore, to reconvene with nature. Hit the water at the Annapolis Yacht Club or stand on solid land to watch its racing events each year. Annapolis’ countless parks are easy to enjoy with its average of 208 sunny days per year, mild springs and falls, and the inviting breeze courtesy of Chesapeake Bay.

The Friary is available for showings daily by appointment and are additionally available for private virtual showings.

As part of Concierge Auctions’ Key for Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes, the closing will result in a new home built for a family in need.

Agents will be compensated according to the terms and conditions of the Listing Agreement. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information, including property details, exclusive virtual tour, diligence documents, and more, visit ConciergeAuctions.com or call +1.212.202.2940.

About Concierge Auctions
Concierge Auctions is the world’s largest luxury real estate auction firm with a state-of-the-art digital marketing, property preview, and bidding platform. The firm matches sellers of one-of-a-kind properties with the most high-net-worth property connoisseurs on the planet. Sellers gain unmatched reach, speed, and certainty. Buyers get incredible deals. Agents earn their commission in 30 days. Since its inception in 2008, Concierge Auctions has generated billions of dollars in sales, broken four world records for the highest-priced homes ever achieved at auction, and grown its activity in 44 U.S. states/territories and 29 countries. The firm owns the most comprehensive and intelligent database of high-net-worth real estate buyers and sellers in the industry, and has contributed more than 300 homes to-date as part of its Key For Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes™, which guarantees that for every property the company sells, a new home is funded for a family in need. For more information, visit ConciergeAuctions.com.

Emily Roberts
Concierge Auctions
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The Friary | Annapolis, MD

Historic Annapolis, Maryland Georgian Revival Mansion on Severn River to Auction No Reserve via Concierge Auctions

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WoW Classic Auction House end time ahead of WoW TBC pre-patch release

WoW Classic Auction House end time ahead of WoW TBC pre-patch release

On Friday, Blizzard will be taking the WoW Classic Auction House offline as part of the build-up to the launch of the important World of Warcraft Burning Crusade pre-patch.

The good news is that everything will be back online later this month, meaning it won’t be long before normal business has resumed.

But for anyone who is in a hurry, it would be best to finish whatever transactions you’re hoping to complete this week in the coming hours.

From what has been shared by Blizzard, the WoW Classic Auction House will be offline at 6pm BST.

The Auction House is scheduled to return on May 18, following the release of the new WoW Classic TBC pre-patch.

A message from Blizzard explains: “In order to prepare our game service to be ready for both the upgrade to The Burning Crusade Classic and the availability of Classic Era realms on May 18, we will close the Auction Houses on all WoW Classic realms at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT) on Friday, May 14.

“We expect Auction Houses to become available again when the game service resumes following maintenance on May 18.

“We advise WoW Classic players to refrain from posting new auctions shortly before the closure, as it will not be possible for other players to access the AH thereafter, and deposit fees cannot be refunded.”

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As mentioned above, the WoW Classic pre-patch won’t be arriving until May 18, with plenty of changes set to take route.

The pre-expansion will last only a few weeks, with The Burning Crusade set to commence on June 1.

World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic will launch in the Americas, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand at the same time.

With the pre-patch of the Burning Crusade Classic, all WoW Classic realms will move or progress to the Burning Crusade Classic expansion.

“Beyond the Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands lies a realm shattered by the machinations of the Burning Legion: Outland, the once beautiful orc homeworld of Draenor.

“Seek out its mysteries beginning June 1 when Burning Crusade Classic launches around the world.

“Before that, however, every hero must make a choice. Beginning on May 18, after each regional scheduled maintenance, the Burning Crusade Classic Pre-expansion Patch will be released, and each character must choose whether to advance onward to Burning Crusade, move to a Classic Era realm, or use the Character Clone service to play in both games.

“Heroes who choose to cross the Dark Portal will find themselves in Hellfire Peninsula, an aptly named barren wasteland, where fel orcs and cruel demons roam free.

“The established outposts of Thrallmar (for the Horde) and Honor Hold (for the Alliance) are not able to deter this endless tide of darkness on their own.

“It is up to you to fight for this shattered world to rid it from evil… or watch its demonic denizens consume everything you hold dear.”

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Inside the 112-room mansion dubbed Wales' Palace of Versailles listed for £750k at auction

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Floating Waterfall, Palace of Versailles

The historic property, named Kinmel Hall, is located near Abergele, Clwyd in Conwy and is in need of major renovation. It has been listed with a guide price of £750k, but sell for much more depending on interest when it is auctioned off in May.

According to Rightmove, where the estate and its surrounding buildings are currently listed, it was designed by the architect WE Nesfield in the style of the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

Kinmel Hall has 365 windows, 122 rooms and 12 entrances, making it suitable for a range of purposes depending on who buys it.

So far, the estate has operated as a private home, health spa, military hospital and even a conference centre, but since 1999 it has remained unused.

The buildings span an area in excess of 80,000 square feet, with the overall site encompassing 17.51 acres.

Kinmel Hall

Kinmel Hall has 365 windows, 122 rooms and 12 entrances (Image: Rightmove / Off the Ground)

Inside Kinmel Hall

The estate is in need of a refurbishment. (Image: Rightmove / Allsop)

Kinmel Hall’s current state is clear from the images included in the listing, with some parts of the property starting to crumble.

In its present form, it comes complete with a large central staircase, huge formal rooms, a chapel and even a courtyard stable block.

The main building was completed in 1850 by owner Hugh Roberts Hughes, who used profits from a copper mining enterprise on Anglesey to build the lavish property.

Its current hall is thought to be the third version built on the Kinmel Estate and was constructed around 1874-76.

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A hall inside Kinmel

Its current hall is thought to be the third version built on the Kinmel Estate. (Image: Rightmove / Allsop)

Kinmel Hall from above

The property’s guide price at auction is £750,000. (Image: Rightmove / Off the Ground)

The estate’s surrounding gardens were designed by Mr Nesfield’s father, with a Venetian-style in mind to complete the luxurious grounds.

The building has been given Grade I status because of its periodic features and distinctive design, as well as being considered as a historic part of the region.

It is even believed that Queen Victoria visited it in 1870 and presented the property with carved wooden panels to show her royal approval, though these were reportedly stolen in 2013.

Commenting on what is thought to be Wales’ largest country house, one local resident said: “It’s essential that Kinmel Hall’s new owner has the vision, dedication and finances to ensure a prosperous future for this hugely important site as part of the region’s economy and community. This needs to include an appreciation of its architectural, historical and cultural significance.”

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The property's chapel

The property comes complete with a chapel. (Image: Rightmove / Off the Ground)

Another said: “Like Versailles it should come into public ownership.”

A third added: “The Welsh government should take it and open it to the public.”

Similarly, someone else said: “Open to the public, or affordable housing. Sick of properties running to waste so the developers can knock it down and build luxury flats rather than preserve listed features.”

In February 2021, a campaigning group called The Friends of Kinmel Hall petitioned the Conwy County Borough Council to help protect the building.

Speaking to North Wales Live at the time, Rosie Burton, a spokeswoman for The Friends of Kinmel Hall, said: “We are asking them (the council) to proceed with an Urgent Works Notice, which will at least protect the hall from any further damage and make it secure, and proceed with a compulsory purchase.

Kinmel Estate from another view

The buildings span an area in excess of 80,000 square feet. (Image: Rightmove / Allsop)

“I understand there are a number of potential purchasers so the council would not be at much risk of funding repairs to the damage as they could do a ‘back-to-back’ agreement, which means they compulsorily purchase it and sell it on the same day.”

The building is believed to have been sold to British Virgin Islands registered Acer Properties Ltd for £1.45m in 2011, who are thought to still currently own the estate.

It has been listed on Save Britain’s Heritage ‘buildings at risk’ register for several years, with the charity joining the fight to save it just last month.

The estate is being marketed jointly by Allsop and Carter Jonas and will appear at auction on May 13.

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‘We could not believe it’: Mother’s joy after Ronaldo’s armband, which he hurled after Serbia goal tantrum, is flogged at auction

‘We could not believe it’: Mother’s joy after Ronaldo’s armband, which he hurled after Serbia goal tantrum, is flogged at auction

The armband that Cristiano Ronaldo threw to the floor as he stormed off during a 2022 World Cup qualifier last week has been sold at auction in Serbia to support a campaign trying to raise around $ 3 million for a child’s care.

Six-month-old Gavrila Djurdjevic, who lives in the village of Cumic, near to the city of Kragujevac in central Serbia, suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and needs the costly treatment.

His family will be given the proceeds after the armband sold for $ 75,000, although organizers told Tass that the total had reached around $ 12.7 million at one point before the astronomical early top bidders were found not to have the funds.

“We could not believe that some people who do not even know us would take the armband, auction it and help our child,” Gavrilo’s mother, Nevena, told Reuters.

Quick-thinking on-duty firefighter Djordje Vukicevic picked up the fresh piece of memorabilia from the sporting icon, later deciding to donate it to Djurdjevic.

“Ronaldo was agitated,” community-minded Vukicevic recalled. “He threw the armband. It fell right next to me. The entire crew agreed it would go [to help] little Gavrilo.”

Raging Ronaldo discarded the strap after being infuriated by a farcical piece of officiating, when an assistant referee failed to spot that his shot, which would have earned Portugal a late win in Belgrade, had clearly crossed the line.

After Serbia hacked the ball clear, the disbelieving visiting captain raced over to the assistant on the near side to animatedly protest that the goal should have been awarded, receiving a booking from the referee, who Portugal boss Fernando Santos later claimed had apologized to him for the dreadful decision.

Santos’s skipper then left the pitch seconds before the end, still clearly enraged as he chucked the band onto the pitch on his way off in an angry expression of his burning disgust.

Djurdjevic’s mother said that the campaign had raised almost $ 600,000 so far.
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