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All Ancient Coin Internet auction this week

Coinciding with this week's Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo, we are offering an all-Ancients group of coins, totaling 83 individual and group lots, in our Weekly auction. Most of these coins are from a single collection assembled by a U.S. serviceman over the last 10 years, focused mainly on Greek coins and offering a broad-cross section of Classical and Hellenistic issues from Greek Italy to the Near East. The collection has been augmented with a nice offering of high-grade Macedonian tetradrachms of Alexander III the Great, some choice Roman denarii, and exceptional Late Roman billon issues in high grade.

This auction starts Thursday, June 6 at 10 p.m. Central time and concludes Thursday, June 13 at 10 p.m. CT. Here are a few highlights:

Beautiful Metapontum stater
Beautiful Metapontum stater


Beautiful Metapontum stater

Attractive Thessaly, Larissa drachm
Attractive Thessaly, Larissa drachm

Attractive Thessaly, Larissa drachm

Superb silver stater of Mazaeus, satrap of Tarsus
Superb silver stater of Mazaeus, satrap of Tarsus

Superb silver stater of Mazaeus, satrap of Tarsus

Lovely didrachm of Rhodes
Lovely didrachm of Rhodes

Lovely didrachm of Rhodes

Good style Thasos tetradrachm
Good style Thasos tetradrachm

Good style Thasos tetradrachm

Choice tetradrachm of Roman Macedon
Choice tetradrachm of Roman Macedon

Choice tetradrachm of Roman Macedon

Bold lifetime tetradrachm of Alexander III the Great
Bold lifetime tetradrachm of Alexander III the Great

Bold lifetime tetradrachm of Alexander III the Great

Nearly Mint State Alexander tetradrachm
Nearly Mint State Alexander tetradrachm

Nearly Mint State Alexander tetradrachm

Roman Republic quadrigatus
Roman Republic quadrigatus

Roman Republic quadrigatus

Good EF denarius of Antoninus Pius
Good EF denarius of Antoninus Pius

Good EF denarius of Antoninus Pius

Constantius I follis, left-facing bust
Constantius I follis, left-facing bust

Constantius I follis, left-facing bust

September 26-30 World & Ancients Signature Auction 3026, Long Beach CA — Although a few months off, this is shaping up to be one of Heritage's most impressive offerings of Ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins. Among the coins to be featured in this sale are the following:

Early Syracuse tetradrachm

Early Syracuse tetradrachm

Early Syracuse tetradrachm

Gold stater of Cyprus under Pnytagoras

Gold stater of Cyprus under Pnytagoras

Gold stater of Cyprus under Pnytagoras

Titus (AD 79-81) Colosseum Orichalcum sestertius

Titus (AD 79-81) Colosseum Orichalcum sestertius
Titus (AD 79-81) "Colosseum" Orichalcum sestertius

We're still seeking consignments for the September World and Ancient coins signature auction! If you'd like to see all or part of your collection sold at this high-profile venue, please contact David Michaels at DMichaels@HA.com or (310) 492-8615.

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Rare Casino Chips featured in Wild West auction

After a hiatus of several auctions, we are once again presenting a small but choice selection of rare casino chips, appearing in our June 22 Legends of the Wild West auction. This is the first installment of chips from one of the hobby's leading collections, and we expect to have another fine group in our fall auction.

Below are some of these rarities.

Dunes $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip

Dunes $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip
1st Issue

Estimate $18,000 - $24,000

Flamingo $25 Las Vegas Casino Chip

Flamingo $25 Las Vegas Casino Chip
5th Issue

Estimate $6,000 - up

The Mint $25 Las Vegas Casino Chip

The Mint $25 Las Vegas Casino Chip
7th Issue

Estimate $4,000 - up

Hotel Last Frontier $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip

Hotel Last Frontier $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip
3rd Issue

Estimate $5,000 - up

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Website Tips: MyConsignments

If you have consigned items with Heritage, you can keep up with them at "MyConsignments." This page can be reached from the MyHeritage tab on any Heritage web page, or directly from "MyBids" by clicking on the "MyConsignments" link.

When you first go to MyConsignments from the MyHeritage tab, you will see a listing of all auctions you have consigned to, whether recently closed, open for bidding, or opening for bidding soon. Click on any of the auction listings to see which of your items are included in the auction. You will see a listing of items broken down by lot number, if assigned, and each item will list the number of bidders, the number of trackers, the number of page views, and the current bid as listed on the website.


If the auction has closed, you will see a listing of your lots, along with your reserve, if any, and either a final hammer price or a notation of whether the coin sold or not.

If the auction is open for bidding, you will see the current bid level on your lots. If reserves have been entered for your lots, they will also show on this screen. If the reserve has been exceeded, the current bid will show in green, while if no bidders have yet met the reserve the current bid will appear in red.

If the auction isn't open for bidding yet, you can get a complete listing of items assigned to the auction, with links to the descriptions of the items and images, if available.

Please note that the majority of all serious bids are made near the close of an auction, and therefore the current bids listed may not be a valuable gauge of how your consignment is performing. The current bids do not reflect the actual secret maximum bid of the bidder, but only represent the next increment over the second highest bid. In the case of Internet only auctions, you will see the bids come up dramatically during the last few hours of the auction. In the case of auctions with floor components, such as Signature auctions, the Internet bids may never approach the actual hammer price of your lots on the auction floor.

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This Week's Top Ten

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

Constantine VI and Irene. 780-797 AD. Solidus, Constantinople, c. 792-797 AD. Berk 235. DO 3. Sear 1594. Mint State
Constantine VI and Irene. 780-797 AD. Solidus, Constantinople, c. 792-797 AD. Berk 235. DO 3. Sear 1594. Mint State

  1. Constantine VI and Irene. 780-797 AD. Solidus, Constantinople, c. 792-797 AD. Berk 235. DO 3. Sear 1594. Mint State. Realized $18,400
  2. Michael I Rhangabe and Theophylactus (AD 811-813). AV solidus. Constantinople. Sear 1615. DO 1b. Choice mint state. Realized $17,250
  3. Irene as sole ruler (AD 797-802). AV solidus. Constantinople. Sear 1599. DO 1a. Mint state. Realized $13,225
  4. Constantine VI and Irene. 780-797 AD. Solidus, Constantinople, c. 790-792 AD. Berk 234. DO 2. Sear 1591. Mint State. Realized $11,040
  5. Justin I and Justinian I (4 April-1 August AD 527). AV solidus. Constantinople, DOC 1c. MIB 1a. SB 114. Extremely Fine. Realized $10,575
  6. Justinian II (first reign, AD 685-695). AV solidus. Constantinople mint, AD 674-680/1. Sear 1248. DOC 7d. MIB 8a. Choice Extremely Fine. Realized $9,400
  7. Irene (AD 793-802). AV solidus. Sole rule, Constantinople, AD 797-802. Sear 1599. DO 1a. NGC CH XF 5/5 -3/5. Realized $9,200
  8. Ostrogothic. Theodoric the Great. In the name of Zeno. 493-526 AD. Solidus, Rome. Ratto 280 and Tolstoi 18 (under Zeno). Mint State. Realized $6,900
  9. Tiberius II Constantine. 578-582 AD. Solidus, Constantinople, c. 579 AD. Berk 75. MIB 2. DO 2. Sear 420. Mint State. Realized $6,325
  10. Anastasius I, struck by Clovis. Solidus, Uncertain mint. MEC 343. EF. Realized $6,325

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:

  • 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
  • Gallery Coordinator: Beverly Hills
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • PHP Web Developer: Dallas
  • Web Marketing & Social Media Coordinator: Dallas

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

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  Around Heritage

Alexander Calder brooch may bring $30,000 to lead Signature® Silver event

AN ALEXANDER CALDER SILVER AND STEEL WIRE PINA rare Alexander Calder silver and steel wire pin — gifted in the 1940s directly from the artist to Jean Hatton Duffy, editor of Progressive Architecture and one of the few examples of Calder jewelry to appear at auction — is expected to bring $30,000 to lead Heritage Auctions' Silver Signature® Auction. The June 14 auction kicks off a two-day treasure trove of finely detailed silver, European and decorative arts across a broad range of popular makers and exotic designs.

"The Calder brooch comes with impeccable provenance and well represents this auction's emphasis on presenting exquisite examples by the finest craftsmen," said Ed Beardsley, Vice President and Managing Director of Fine & Decorative Arts. "Many of the pieces in this auction are truly unique and serve as a perfect complement to our auction of fine European paintings and decorative arts taking place the next day."

AN ALEXANDER CALDER SILVER AND STEEL WIRE PINA monumental George III silver hot water urn crafted by master silversmith Paul Storr, circa 1810-1811, is expected to bring $15,000+ after it was discovered during an appraisal fair held at Heritage's Dallas headquarters. Unusually large and accented by a beast-mouthed spout and bone finial, the 172 oz. urn body is engraved with a coat of arms and a high-spirited motto "I AM READY." It is one of two Storr discoveries made during the appraisal fair. A large, Paul Storr George III silver serving tray, measuring 22-5/8" long and weighing 137.4 oz., is expected to bring $5,000+.

The tray is one in a selection of 25 offered by makers ranging from Gorham and Tiffany and highlighted by a rare and notable George Washington Birth Centennial silvered-copper commemorative tray. Produced by an unknown maker, circa 1832, the 33-inch-long tray is decorated with a bold portrait bust of George Washington and accented with images of the Declaration of Independence and a ribbon inscribed with the names of 14 states. The tray carries a conservative estimate of $500+.

A KIRKBY, WATERHOUSE & CO. GEORGE IV SILVER COVERED SOUP TUREENThe auction holds a trove of unusual discoveries such as a circa 1821 Kirkby, Waterhouse & Co. George III covered soup tureen, accented by an imposing but peculiar final of an arm clutching an arrow, is expected to bring $8,000+. A Gorham repoussé water pitcher, fashioned into the highly-detailed form of a primordial monster draped in seaweed, complete with a C-scroll handle as a beaded octopus tentacle, is anticipated to reach $7,000+ and an uncommon, Zaun German secessionist silver, amethyst and jade bowl on a wood base, made circa 1910, is expected to bring $4,000+.

A number of collections within the auction emphasize silver's many forms and designs. More than 250 lots are devoted to rare and unusual silver flatware, ranging from a cased, 16-piece Tiffany & Co. ice cream serving set in the Japanese pattern, which may bring $15,000+, to a cased, 119-piece set of Heinrich Fries Continental service, weighing 302 oz., which may fetch $6,000+, to a Gustav Klingert Russian cloisonné enamel and gilt scoop, which may bring $1,000+.

AN IMPORTANT AND RARE GORHAM STEEL AND 14K GOLD MATCH SAFEAn extensive collection of important match safes includes a rare Gorham steel and 14K gold match safe, decorated with etched wood grain decoration in the manner of mokume gane, which is expected to bring $12,000+. Records from the Gorham archives show this exact match safe required 8-1/2 hours to make including 3-1/2 hours to produce the multi-colored wood grain effect.

Another selection, largely discovered in the Midwest as part of an extensive collection of coin silver, comes 40+ silver soup ladles from makers ranging from Tiffany, Reed & Barton, Gorham and George Sharp, highlighted by a Tiffany & Co. Persian pattern ladle from 1872, which may realize $700+.

Heritage's Decorative Art and European Paintings Signature® Auction takes place June 15, highlighted by Maurice De Vlaminck's Normandie, pommiers dans la neige, Giovanni Battista Torriglia's The Soap Bubble, both expected to surpass $70,000+, and a strong assortment of fine, fresh-to-market smalls and furniture, such as a Louis XV-style vitrine by Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener, which may realize $20,000+.

More information about Fine Art auctions.

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Record-setting minerals collection leads Heritage Auctions' $3.57+ million Nature & Science sale

ROSE QUARTZThe imposing La Madona Rosa, a large and important Rose quartz specimen, set a record June 2 as the most valuable fine mineral specimen ever offered at auction when it realized $662,500 to lead Heritage Auctions' break-out $3.57+ million Nature & Science event.

The auction's cornerstone presentation of Part I of The Hoppel Collection realized a combined $3+ million, shattered numerous records and already stands as the most valuable fine minerals collection ever offered at auction. Numerous journalists, connoisseurs from various art fields as well as dedicated mineral collectors attended the auction, which was packed to standing room only. The 20-year collection included such diverse items as a rarely-preserved gem-grade aquamarine crystal which has survived unscathed since it was found in the early 1990s and realized $158,500; and a rare world-class specimen of Linarite, which also realized $158,500, to set a record for the highest price paid for such a specimen of this species.

"This auction is proof that as a collectible, fine and rare minerals have value and credibility and that concept has now been proven in a public and transparent fashion," said James Walker, Director of Fine Minerals for Heritage Auctions. "There was a palpable buzz in the room for the entire auction. Our goal is to create an archive, a reference base if you will, for those who want to enter this collecting arena."

RHODOCHROSITEThe auction featured rare examples from all over the planet of some of the finest mineral specimens (some of which are millions or tens of millions of years old!), including an large specimen of Rhodochrosite from the old Home Sweet Home Silver Mine in Colorado, which realized $146,500; a gem-quality ammonite from the late Cretaceous era which realized $80,500 and a Brazilian tourmaline crystal standing 16 inches tall, which realized $68,500.

A 10" tall piece of pink Kunzite, a variety of Spodumene, with provenance to George F. Kunz, Tiffany & Co.'s vice president and chief mineralogist in the early 1900s, realized $68,500. The pink gem variety of Spodumene was named after Kunz who gave this particular example to his Tiffany co-worker George Wild.

TANZANITERare gemstones enjoyed vigorous bidding action, as a fine, 21.41 carat Tanzanite gemstone realized $30,000; a deep red 93.6 carat Cuprite gem from Namibia, sold for $20,625; and a monstrous, 237 carat Fluorite gemstone, mined in New Hampshire, realized $16,250.

Three rare and historic (circa late 1800s-early 1900s) Michigan copper specimens performed well as a native copper crystal preserved inside of a copper ‘skull' - the only known example known to exist — brought more than four times its estimate to sell for $23,750 and set a record for a specimen of its kind; a lattice of copper crystals realized $22,500 and a significant group of inter-grown copper crystals lead the trio at $27,500.

The auction offered collectors a few bargains as well, including a sample of Calaverite from Colorado's Cripple Creek region, which realized $2,375. "There's more than $2,300 worth of gold in that example," Walker said. "The savvy person who understands that got a deal on that buy."

The next offering of The Hoppel Collection is scheduled October 20 in Dallas and will feature a number of important examples of similar natural treasures, Walker said. "We already have considerable material in hand for the next two auctions and its' wonderful stuff equally as fine as the selection we offered in the opening salvo," Walker confirmed. "If the response so far is any indication, were are going to have another record-setting crowd in attendance as we did in the first auction."

More information about Nature & Science auctions.

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  Heritage Interactive
Trivia

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

1. How many years did the US mint make 20 cent pieces?
       A) 1
       B) 2
       C) 3
       D) 4
       E) 5


2. What was the date of the last Franklin half dollar with an S mintmark?
       A) 1948
       B) 1954
       C) 1955
       D) 1963
       E) No Franklin half dollars had an S mintmark




Last week's question:

How would you characterize the way you collect gold coins?
A) I collect or invest in gold coins exclusively (5%).
B) I collect other coins, but primarily gold (11%).
C) I collect primarily silver and copper, but will buy a gold coin when the right one becomes (42%).
D) I have one or two gold coins, but do not collect them actively (35%).
E) Do Golden Sacagawea and Presidential dollars count? (7%).

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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 #131324
Closes June 9
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131324
Closes June 11
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241324
Closes June 13
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231324
Closes June 13
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141324
Closes June 11
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Other Signature Auctions
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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June 22-23 Americana, Political Signature Auction - Dallas #6096 June 22-23 Americana, Political Signature Auction - Dallas #6096
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June 22-23 Legends of the Wild West Signature Auction - Dallas #6101 June 22-23 Legends of the Wild West Signature Auction - Dallas #6101
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Other Internet Auctions

Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121323
Closes June 9
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151323
Closes June 9
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161323
Closes June 9
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171324
Closes June 11
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251324
Closes June 11
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201324
Closes June 13
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Monthly Internet Wine Auction Monthly Internet Wine Auction #221324
Closes June 13
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