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Pieces of Eight: Bob Dylan, A Gorgosaurus, Big Stakes and A Collectables World First

A different sort of hammer has fallen on a century-old vampire fighting kit, complete with holy water bottle and wooden stake, after it was auctioned.
Pieces of Eight: Bob Dylan, A Gorgosaurus, Big Stakes and A Collectables World First

🎼. A one-off re-recording of Bob Dylan singing his 1963 classic Blowin' In The Wind has sold at auction for almost £1.5 million.

The release is the first new studio recording of the song since Dylan wrote it in 1962 and was sold by Christie's in London on Thursday.  The sale beat Christie's original estimate of £600,000 - £1 million.  The name of the bidder has yet to be revealed. The auction house said it was "pleased with the excellent result".

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With no rights to distribute, this unique recording may only be heard by a handful of people. Is this a crying shame or akin to fine art? The patented "Ionic Original" disc made of aluminium, treated with a layer of nitrocellulose then coated with a sapphire and quartz gradient is playable on any regular turntable. It is a masterpiece in its own right, generating a significant sum for the artist but is it fair to the millions of Dylan fans who will never get to hear it?

🦖 A full skeleton of a Gorgosaurus—a close relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex—could sell for as much as $8 million when it hits the auction block this month, marking the first time the massive dinosaur species has ever been available for private collectors to purchase, according to Sotheby’s.

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Our Take: The sale of Dinosaur remains may be high value but it's also highly controversial. Despite their popularity at auctions - A Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton nicknamed “Stan” sold for $31.8 million in 2020 - experts suggest the practice encourages looting and damage of historically significant sites and remains.

🧛🏼‍♂️. A different sort of hammer has fallen on a century-old vampire fighting kit, complete with holy water bottle and wooden stake, after it was auctioned.  The bizarre box of paranormal paraphernalia, including candlesticks, crucifixes and pistols, was once owned by British peer Lord Hailey.  It sold for £13,000 at a Derbyshire auction - five times its guide price!

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"Vampires have been part of popular culture for more than 200 years. They are enshrined in European folklore. The publication of John Polidori's The Vampyre in 1819 had a major impact and that was followed by Bram Stoker's 1897 classic Dracula. "However, a belief in vampires and strange superstitions go back even further and persist to this day. The task of killing a vampire was extremely serious and historical accounts suggested the need for particular methods and tools." - Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers

🎨 For Showpiece number three, we've offered collectors an incredible world first opportunity to own part of the original masterpiece and a Warhol Foundation approved edition replica to proudly display at home.  A scannable 'Showpiece Crystal Plinth' links the physical item directly to your digital ownership.


That's it for this week, thanks as always for reading and if you have any comments please get in touch via hello@showpiece.com.

The Showpiece Team