James Bond 007 watch sells for $160k

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James Bond’s watch with Geiger counter sells for $160,000. It’s the one he used in Thunderball. That’s enough for a whole lot of shaking the relevant market. Will it ever be the same?

The Minoan Bullfighters

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The museum on the island of Crete was exquisite though small in comparison. It concluded the excursion that I went on that day in May 2013.

The Minoans were the first Mediterranean Civilization

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This is me on the Greek island of Crete. It is here where the first civilization in the Old World first appeared: The Minoans. It is they who were probably the people of the legendary Atlantis. And this enchanted land was destroyed by volcanic cataclysm ~1500 B.C. Today a remnant of Atlantis remains and is called Santorini. May 2013.

The Minoan Ruins: Crete

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One of the responsibilities of professional appraisers is to understand the big picture, the really big picture. We need to understand in context everything there is about culture, economics, geography, design, architecture, etc. so that when we encounter an object we are able to identify it accurately. Traveling is invaluable because it exposes us, all… Read more »

The European Union: A Failed Experiment

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A FAILED EXPERIMENT: Is it? Almost. What’s the roadblock? Mindset. In large part Europeans are socialists. Like the USSR used to be, there is no reward for extraordinary effort and no facility for those who are inclined to buck the entrenched system. Everyone must dangle from the socialist teat. For the EU to be effective,… Read more »