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Treasures in Thursday Premier session at Long Beach

1904 $20 PR67 Cameo NGC
1904 $20 PR67 Cameo NGC
Since we introduced our Platinum Night sessions back in 2004, they have become a smash hit, easily the highlight of any auction event we've held. Not all of our auctions have a Platinum Night, but many, including the current Long Beach auction, include our new Premier Session, a single session containing the finest coins in the auction. At Long Beach, Session 3 is the Premier Session, scheduled for 6 PM Pacific Time (8 PM Central) on June 6.

Premier Sessions do not have their own catalogs; however, if you have a physical copy of the catalog for the full Long Beach auction, you will notice that the pages are outlined in green, making the session very easy to find. All kinds of material are covered, ranging in this auction from Colonials (Lot 4301 is a Choice AU example of a 1662 Oak Tree twopence, in the challenging (R.6) Noe-29 variety) to Nuggets (Lot 4935 is a 239 gram alluvial gold nugget). All coins in Premier Sessions are imaged in the catalog, and many of the images are enlarged.

Here are just a few of the items featured in the Long Beach Premier Session:

Bid on these great coins and the rest of the Long Beach Signature Auction at HA.com/coins. The Internet bidding deadline for the Premier Session is June 5 at 10 PM CT, with bidding continuing through Heritage Live until the lots cross the auction block.

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Seldom Seen Selections: The King of the Gold Dollars

1861-D G$1 MS63 PCGS. CAC. Variety 12-Q
1861-D G$1 MS63 PCGS. CAC. Variety 12-Q
The 1861-D has long been considered the "King of the Gold Dollars." Its reputation is derived not only from the small and unrecorded mintage, but also from the fact that the entire issue was struck under the auspices of the Confederacy. As such, it has both historic and numismatic significance. All of the coins of this issue were struck from a single pair of dies, in May, 1861, a month after the Dahlonega mint was seized by the Confederacy. The exact mintage is unknown, but is often estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,500 pieces. Aside from its historical significance, the 1861-D is also the most elusive D-mint gold dollar in terms of overall availability. It is unlikely that more than five to six dozen are known today.

Interestingly, more of these exist in high grade than one might expect. Thirty pieces have been certified in Uncirculated grades by the major grading services combined, a number that undoubtedly includes resubmissions. Winter writes in the second edition of Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint that "the number of high grade specimens is greater than normal for an issue with this small a mintage, suggesting the existence of a small hoard." It is not at all a stretch of the imagination to suggest that some Confederate officer, or some involved with the production of these fabled coins, kept a handful of souvenirs of what must have been a momentous occasion for those involved: a tangible association in golden metal of the rift that was dividing the fabric of a nation.

We are offering an example of this key coin, graded MS63 by PCGS, in our upcoming 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction in Long Beach, which is open for bidding now at HA.com/coins. The obverse of was struck from the already defective 1860 die, and, like that previous issue, the U in UNITED is diagnostically weak, as are the rims. In this case, the U is nonexistent, while the letters NI and ICA, in AMERICA, are indistinct, as is the O in DOLLAR on the reverse. A pair of roller marks (as struck) extend diagonally through the center of the reverse, and a rough-textured planchet streak (as struck), that covers the left side of the R, in DOLLAR, could be used in the future as a pedigree marker. The irregular strike and planchet roughness can undoubtedly be attributed to production by "amateur minters," as Winter terms the mint personnel who remained after the Confederacy took over the mint. Lightly abraded for the grade, this is an important coin from both numismatic and historical perspectives.

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Gold Nuggets and more in Sunday Natural History auction

We know that many of our numismatist friends are interested in gold, silver and platinum, even if the metals have not been minted into coin form. Take a look at some of the beautiful native metal offerings available in our Nature & Science Signature Auction, taking place this Sunday, June 2 in Dallas and on the Internet through Heritage Live!™

Gold Nugget. Alaska
Gold Nugget.
Alaska

Large Gold Nugget with Quartz and Limonite. Wedderburn, Victoria, Australia
Large Gold Nugget with Quartz and Limonite.
Wedderburn, Victoria, Australia

Crystalline Gold. 16 to 1 Mine, Alleghany District, Nevada County, California
Crystalline Gold.
16 to 1 Mine, Alleghany District, Nevada County, California

Native Gold. Eagle's Nest Mine, Michigan Bluff Dist., Placer Co., California
Native Gold.
Eagle's Nest Mine, Michigan Bluff Dist., Placer Co., California

Crystallized Native Gold. Colorado Quartz Mine, Mariposa Co., California
Crystallized Native Gold.
Colorado Quartz Mine, Mariposa Co., California

Platinum Nugget. Kondyor Massif, Khabarovsk Krai, Far Eastern Federal District, Russian Federation
Platinum Nugget. Kondyor Massif, Khabarovsk Krai, Far Eastern Federal District, Russian Federation

Native Silver on Copper: Half Breed. Wolverine Mine, Wolverine, Houghton Co., Michigan
Native Silver on Copper:
"Half Breed".
Wolverine Mine, Wolverine, Houghton Co., Michigan

Native Silver. Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
Native Silver.
Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway

Native Silver. Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Native Silver.
Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

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Website Tips: Passwords

We have recently made a number of changes to our website to increase security. These changes largely involve passwords and when and how you enter them.

  1. All passwords are now encrypted. This means that nobody at Heritage has access to them.

  2. All passwords, including existing ones, are now case-sensitive. This may mean that a password you have using for a while may suddenly no longer work, especially if it's a password that you did not enter.

  3. If you forget your password and click on the "Forgot Password" link, we will now take you to a page where you can reset your password, rather than requesting your password to be sent to your email address.

    When you get to this page, enter your email address, and we will send you an email with a link to enter a new password of your choice.

    If you know your password, you can still change it through MyProfile, as always.

  4. All new passwords at HA.com, whether entered through MyProfile, the password reset page, or by signing up as a new member, must be at least eight characters long and include at least three of the following: Lower case letters (a-z), Upper case letters (A-Z), numbers (0-9), or special characters.

  5. HA.com no longer asks you for your username and password on the same page on which you place your bids. If you are bidding from an item page, by default you will be taken to a new page that will ask for your username and password, regardless of whether you're already logged in. To get around this, check "Remember my password for bidding" as you sign in.

    Search pages no longer display bid boxes unless you are signed in; instead they will ask you to sign in to bid. Once signed in, you will be able to place bids by simply clicking the "Submit Batch Bids" button.

    MyBids, MyTrackedLots, and MyWantlistMatches also no longer ask for your sign-in information to place bids. Because you must be signed in to reach these pages, you need only click the "Submit Batch Bids" button.

  6. If you try to track a lot while not signed in, whether on the search page or an individual item page, you will be taken to a sign-in page. Once you've signed in, your lot will be tracked.

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This Week's Top Ten

The ten highest valued Peruvian coins to sell in Heritage auctions:

Carlos II gold 8 Escudos 1699-R, KM26.1, Calico 112, MS64 NGC
Carlos II gold 8 Escudos 1699-R, KM26.1, Calico 112, MS64 NGC

  1. Carlos II gold 8 Escudos 1699-R, KM26.1, Calico 112, MS64 NGC. Realized $20,700
  2. Felipe V gold Cob 8 Escudos 1712-M Lima, KM38.2, MS63 NGC. Realized $20,700
  3. Felipe V gold 8 Escudos 1711-M, KM38.2, MS62 NGC. Realized $17,250
  4. Felipe V gold cob 8 Escudos 1736N Lima, KM38.2, AU50 NGC. Realized $14,950
  5. Carlos II gold cob 8 Escudos 1700-H, KM26, superb UNC. Realized $13,800
  6. Felipe V gold cob 8 Escudos 1733N Lima, KM38.2, MS62 NGC. Realized $13,800
  7. Felipe V gold Cob 8 Escudos 1711 L-H, KM38.2, MS62 NGC. Realized $12,925
  8. South Peru. 8 Reales 1839-MV Arequipa Mint, KM170.3. Superb AU-UNC. Realized $12,650
  9. Republic Silver Pattern Peso 1855-MB Lima, KM-Pn12, Proof 62 NGC. Realized $11,500
  10. Felipe V gold cob 8 Escudos 1711M, KM38.2, choice AU-UNC. Realized $11,500

Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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  Announcements

Heritage's Mark Borckardt to teach new ANA Summer Seminar Course

Our very own Mark Borckardt is among the slate of world-renowned numismatists teaching the new "Legends in Numismatics" course at The American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar. The course will be offered during both sessions, June 22-28 and June 29-July 5, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Course CatalogThis will be a rare opportunity for students to get first-hand experience with some of the icons in the numismatic industry. Along with Mark Borckardt, instructors will include Neil Shafer, Fred Holabird, and Ira Goldberg. This week-long session will give students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of territorial gold, money of panics and depressions, coins that made history and the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

From June 22-28, instructors will include Ira Goldberg, Neil Shafer, Fred Holabird, and Heritage's own Mark Borckardt. This week-long session will give students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of territorial gold, money of panics and depressions, coins that made history and the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

Find out more about the Legends In Numismatics course at the ANA Summer Seminar.

The ANA Summer Seminar is given in two sessions, June 22-28 and June 29-July 5. For more details, please visit the ANA's website.

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Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office

Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with a broad range of expertise to join our new S.F. office located in Jackson Square. If you have a good working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have an opening for a permanent position as a buyer in our San Francisco office. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients, evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate with numismatic experience.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Jobs@HA.com.

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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!

When you win any lot worth with a hammer price of $1,000 or more (or $2,500 for Art and Nature & Science lots), you will receive a coupon that entitles you (or your heirs) to re-consign that lot to Heritage at a reduced seller's commission. Selling through Heritage is a convenient and hassle free way to maximize your return (find out why). Maybe you'll need to make room in your collection for something better, perhaps your collecting tastes will change, or maybe it will be your heirs that benefit; but be sure to save the coupon, which could be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.

  • Coins: 0% Seller's Commission for all items $1K or more.
  • Comics: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for all items between $1K & $10K, and 0% for items $10K and over.
  • All Other Categories: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for everything else over $1K ($2,500 for Art & Natural History).

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  Employment Opportunities

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • Asian Art Specialist
  • Coin Buyer: (San Francisco, Dallas, New York)
  • Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
  • European Art Specialist
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York, Beverly Hills)
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong

If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Building Operations / Maintenance Supervisor: Dallas
  • Client Data Specialist: Dallas, Part-time
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
  • Consignment Coordinator: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • PHP Web Developer: Dallas
  • Rare Books Cataloger: Dallas

If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage

Two U.S. Model Colt Gatling Guns Expected To Bring $100,000+ Each

U.S. Model 1883 Colt Gatling Gun and Rare Limber With AccessoriesA U.S. Model 1883 Colt Gatling Gun and Rare Limber With Accessories. Serial no. 342 with 10 32-inch barrels — for decades the centerpiece of the collection of renowned Michigan Civil war re-enactor and firearms expert Michael Yeck, who passed away last year — is expected to bring more than $100,000 on June 8 as part of Heritage Auctions' June 9 Civil War and Militaria Signature® Auction.

"To call the Gatling Gun one of the most spectacular and evocative weapons ever made understates its impact on the American psyche," said Cliff Chappelle, Consignment Director for Arms & Armor at Heritage Auctions. "The chance to acquire one of these spectacular guns, let alone one as well-preserved, as sizable and from such an impeccable source, does not come around very often, I can assure you that."

Very Rare U.S. Model 1875 Colt Gatling Gun on Original Naval Boarding Carriage Delivered to U.S. Navy February 24, 1881The day before the Model 1883 Gatling Gun is offered, a second, smaller Gatling Gun from Yeck's collection — a U.S. Model 1875 .45 government caliber Colt Gatling Gun, serial no. 293, on its original Naval boarding carriage, delivered to the U.S. Navy on Feb. 24, 1881 — will come across the block as part of Heritage's June 8 Arms & Armor Signature® Auction. It is also expected to bring more than $100,000+.

"He bought the guns primarily to promote himself and his business and to have a goodtime," said Matthew Hand, Yeck's grandson and the executor of his grandfather's estate. "In the 1960s and 1970s he was the largest black powder muzzle loading weapon supplier in the Midwest. In fact, there are still a number of Civil War re-enactment weapons out there made by him and with his equipment on them."

Yeck, a veteran of the Normandy Invasion, was told by his doctor in the early 1960s that he was getting an ulcer and needed to find a hobby to help him relax. Yeck soon found himself drawn into the world of black powder muzzle loading weapons, acquiring a flintlock pistol. Intrigued, and never one to do anything halfway, Yeck soon started acquiring a wide variety of powder and ball weapons, learning about their make and manufacturing them himself.

"He kinda went all out," said Hand, "and decided to start his own antique firearms business, which kept growing and growing through the 1960s, 1970s and in to the early 1980s, when he finally had to slow down."

Yeck became very well known in collecting circles for his extensive militaria, artillery, machine gun, World War I and II rifles and uniforms collections, as well as his impressive grouping of classic and antique cars. Along the way, as he participated in more and Civil War re-enactments, he and his business, Michael Yeck Antique Firearms, became a fixture on the scene at any gathering or demonstrations.

"Anytime there was a big shoot or a show, he would bring the big Gatling Gun along, set it up and demonstrate it," said Hand. "He was a fixture at Greenfield Village in Dearborn (MI) and would take it all over the Midwest."

The most important questions for collectors may well be a) do they work and b) what's it like to fire them. The answer to the first question is obviously yes, as seen in the video linked here.

The second question is best answered in Hand's own words:

"The large gun is just massive, bumps a little every time you fire and gives you a sense of control — you can feel every round," he said. "The smaller one you have to crouch behind it and it literally roars shakes the ground. You can feel the percussion in your face."

More information about Historical auctions.

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Martian meteorite expected to bring $160,000+ to lead natural history selection

NWA 7397 - NOTABLE OFFERING OF A MAGNIFICENT MARTIAN METEORITE, INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR REVEALEDA large end section of a Martian meteorite, packed with olivine and chromite ovoid crystals, is expected to bring $160,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions' Nature & Science Signature® Auction June 2 in Dallas.

The auction includes a strong selection of fossils, insects preserved in amber and meteorites in addition to the landmark presentation of The Hoppel Collection, the finest and most comprehensive mineral collection to come to auction in modern times.

"The specimens in this sale represent some of the finest fossils, meteorites, and natural history items I have had the privilege to handle," said Craig Kissick, Associate Director of Nature & Science for Heritage Auctions. "This auction will appeal to everyone fascinated by natural history and truly has something for everyone — even those new to this collecting genre."

Meteorites from Mars are among the most exotic substances on Earth with less than 300 pounds known to exist. The Martian specimen weighs 1.37 pounds and was jettisoned off the Red Planet's surface after it was struck by an asteroid. The auction also features and polished end piece of a pallasite, formed at the dawn of the solar system and discovered in China in 2003. The specimen has the largest gem-like olivine crystals ever collected embedded in a silver nickel-ore matrix and is expected to bring $40,000+. A 16.86-pound muonionalusta iron meteorite carved and polished to create a modern work of art is expected to bring $18,000+. A similarly large-sized Chondrite meteorite weighing 19.57 pounds and discovered in Morocco's Sahara Desert is expected to bring $15,000+.

SPECTACULAR 'GEM' AMMONITELeading the selection of artistic fossil discoveries is a rare and unusually large Gem ammonite — from Alberta, Canada's famous Bearpaw Formation and prized for its iridescent colors — is expected to bring $50,000+. Additional ammonite specimens include a red gem-quality Ammonite on black shale, which is expected to bring $15,000+ and a sliced ammonite pair, measuring an unusual 43 inches wide containing more than 70 distinct chambers in the shell, which is expected to bring $8,000+.

Additional fossil specimens include an elegant fossil sea lily known as a "Feather Star" and dating to the Lower Jurassic and frozen for eternity in Pyrite, is expected to bring $30,000+. Three fossilized turtle shells discovered in the U.S. Badlands represent the diversity of prehistoric life. The first is an unusually large fossil tortoise shell measuring a rare 23 inches long and expected to bring $3,500+, and the second is coloration, and expected to fetch $800+. The third discovery is a rare baby fossil tortoise shell retaining both the top (carapace) and bottom (plastron) shells and is expected to bring $400.

Additional highlights include five separate lots of prehistoric-age insects forever encased in amber, or fossilized tree sap, including a pair of midges trapped in mid-copulation, expected to bring $300, and a 16 inch long tuft of wooly mammoth wool dating to the Pleistocene, expected to fetch $400.

More information about Nature & Science auctions.

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  Heritage Interactive
Opinion Poll

Answer this quick question and see how your opinion compares with your peers.

How would you characterize the way you collect gold coins?
       A) I collect or invest in gold coins exclusively
       B) I collect other coins, but primarily gold
       C) I collect primarily silver and copper, but will buy a gold coin when the right one becomes
                   available
       D) I have one or two gold coins, but do not collect them actively
       E) Do Golden Sacagawea and Presidential dollars count?




Last week's question:

How far do you travel to visit your local coin shop?
A) Less than 20 miles (29%).
B) Between 20 and 50 miles (14%).
C) Over 50 miles (14%).
D) I don't visit coin shops, but buy my coins at shows (14%).
E) I buy most of my coins over the Internet (29%).

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  Is it Time to Sell?
Numismatists collect pieces of the past in many different ways, but when the time to sell comes, they all agree: earn the most money possible. Heritage delivers the best auction in Chicago — before the ANA show — when all our clients still have their entire budgets to spend. Our systems, our programs, our website, our staff experts, our event — all work together seamlessly to deliver extraordinary prices for you.

Your coins can sell alongside the magnificent "King of American Coins" at our Platinum Night® & Signature® Auctions in Chicago. But you need to act quickly! Call the Heritage Consignor Hotline at 1-800-872-6467 x1000 to reserve a place for your coins in this auction.

2013 August 8 - 9 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont
Consignment Deadline: June 26, 2013

David Mayfield
Vice President, Numismatic Auctions
David@HA.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

Interested in Selling?
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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
June 5-9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1186
June 5-9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1186

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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131323
Closes June 2
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131323
Closes June 4
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241323
Closes June 6
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231323
Closes June 6
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141323
Closes June 4
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Other Signature Auctions
June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction - Dallas #5110 June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction - Dallas #5110
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June 8 Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas #6098 June 8 Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas #6098
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June 9 Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas #6099 June 9 Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas #6099
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June 14 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5159 June 14 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5159
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June 14 Silver Signature Auction - Dallas #5127 June 14 Silver Signature Auction - Dallas #5127
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June 15 Decorative Art & European Paintings Signature Auction - Dallas #5139 June 15 Decorative Art & European Paintings Signature Auction - Dallas #5139
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121322
Closes June 2
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151322
Closes June 2
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161322
Closes June 2
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171323
Closes June 4
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251323
Closes June 4
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201323
Closes June 6
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