Wednesday, December 30, 2009

keepin it in the family for new years

Prime Family Portrait, 1852

Francis Benjamin Johnson, 1860

James McKeen Cattell, 1860

all Daguerreotype Portraits via US Congress archives.

1925 Bugatti Brescia Type 22 Roadster

Bonhams Sale 18191 - Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile, 23 Jan 2010 Rétromobile Salon, Porte de Versailles, Paris

One of the most celebrated of all Bugattis, having lain submerged beneath the waters of Lake Maggiore in Switzerland for more than 70 years.

The story going around Ascona is that Marco Schmuklerski left in 1936, leaving behind the Bugatti, which was stored in the yard of a local building contractor, Barra. Its owner at this time is not known, but the local customs officers knew of the car's existence and insisted on payment of the import duties owed. At that point these duties may have amounted to more than the value of the Bugatti, which was 11 years old and well used. In the case of non-payment of the duties, the car had to be destroyed and the simplest way to do so was to tip it into the nearby lake. To facilitate its recovery the Bugatti was attached to a heavy chain, but when this finally corroded away the car fell to the lakebed at a depth of 53 metres.

Monday, December 28, 2009


2nd Lieut Gilbert S M Insall 1919 by Edward Newling

Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park Air Officer Commanding, Malta, in his Plane by Leslie Cole

Aletha Harcourt, Ambulance Driver, Bushey Heath ARP, 1942 by George Harcourt

An Airman: Lieut R T C Hoidge by William Orpen

Artillery Drivers in the Snow, Italian Front by Neville A. Lewis

all paintings from the Imperial War Museum's Collection.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Whiskey Wars

Bonhamns & Butterfields

The Willard S. Folsom Collection of

Old and Rare Single Malt Whiskies

Thursday December 17, 2009 at 4pm

New York

Willard On Life:

"Some say the glass is half empty, others say it’s half full. I

say, pour the water out and put some Scotch in that glass."

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