Dodo bone and giant egg for sale

A bone from the femur of the extinct dodo and a giant egg from an Elephant Bird are going on sale at Christie's

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100 lots up auction celebrating 100 years of pop culture

100 lots have gone up for auction at Christies, celebrating 100 years of pop culture. the auction is being held entirely online. It runs until 5 December and features costumes, props, photographs, original artwork, instruments and personal items. Estimates for lots range from £800 to £30,000.

Imperial Stormtrooper helmet used in the 1977 movie "Star Wars: A New Hope"

The helmet, which is expected to fetch 3,000 to 5,000 pounds Credit: PA Wire

An engraved K-Modified Selmar trumpet once owned by Louis Armstrong

The trumpet, which is expected to fetch £6,000 to £8,000 Credit: PA Wire

A Givenchy gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 movie "Paris When It Sizzles"

The gown is expected to fetch £8,000 to £12,000 Credit: PA Wire


German Enigma machine auctioned

Christie's is selling a German three-rotor Enigma cipher machine, from around 1939, as part of its natural history sale next month. The code machine, estimated to be worth £40,000-£60,000 was widely used during World War II to encrypt and decode messages sent between the military and its commanders.

Its interchangeable rotors made a total of 15 billion billion possible readings for each character. This was considered too complex to be broken, but due to the efforts of Alan Turing and a team of analysts at Bletchley Park, the mechanism was cracked, enabling the allies to read all secure messages

Louis mistress desk sells for £3m

A desk believed to have once been owned by the mistress of King Louis XV of France has sold for more than £3 million at auction, setting a record for a piece by the French furniture maker who created it.

The desk was the highlight of an auction at Christie's in London, Masterpieces Formerly in The Collection of Monsieur and Madame Riahi.

Djahanguir Riahi, a French-Iranian, spent more than 50 years amassing a world class collection of 18th century furniture and works of art.

Last night pieces from his collection sold for almost £20 million, including six works that fetched more than £1 million.

The desk dates from about 1755 and is thought to have been in the renowned collection of Madame de Pompadour, the mistress to King Louis XV of France.

Bond memorabilia to go under the hammer

It's 50 years to the day since 007, the spy with a licence to kill, first appeared on the silver screen in "Dr No".

To mark the occasion, London auction house Christie's is hosting a sale of James Bond memorabilia, including items from the archives of film company EON Productions and some items donated by cast members themselves.

The lots are expected to fetch between £1,000 and £100,000 when they go under the hammer tonight.



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