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New World Record for Oppenheimer Blue Diamond – Christie’s Geneva

GENEVA, Switzerland – A 14.62-carat blue diamond, has sold at Christie’s auction house in Geneva for a new world record price for the diamond type.

 

The large diamond known as the Oppenheimer Blue sold under the hammer for $50.6 million (USD) or (£34.7m).

 

The sale took nearly 20 minutes to complete as the phone were  filled to … Continue Reading ››

A 110-Year-Old Discovery Reveals the Youngest Preserved Fetus from Ancient Egypt

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE – (CNN) – The University of Cambridge revealed this week that they in fact have owned one of the oldest known fetuses in history.


The discovery of the ancient Egyptian mummy dates to around 665-525 B.C. – it is the only academically verified specimen to exist at 16 to 18 weeks. … Continue Reading ››

This Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Continuation Is a Masterpiece You Can Own

MONACO – (Road & Track) – There were a lot of beautiful cars built in the 1960s. But even when you consider the likes of the De Tomaso Mangusta, Ferrari Dino, and Lamborghini Miura, the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale still stands out. Even today, it has to be one of the most … Continue Reading ››

Lightning Kills Four Elephants in Sri Lanka

WILPATTU WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, Sri Lanka (AFP) – Four elephants, including two calves, were killed by lightning in northern Sri Lanka in one of the worst wildlife tragedies to hit the country in years, officials said Sunday.


A female elephant, aged about 25 years, and two of her calves, aged 10 months and two years, and … Continue Reading ››

Strolling and Selfies as Paris’s Champs-Elysees Goes Car-Free

Paris (AFP) – The sight of cars thundering down Paris’s most famous boulevard was replaced Sunday by people strolling, cycling and taking selfies in the sun as the Champs-Elysees went traffic-free.


The first instalment of a monthly series of pedestrian-only days was hailed as a resounding success by Parisians and tourists alike on the two … Continue Reading ››