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    Sunday, October 10th, 2010

    Three bottles, unopened, shaped like the World Cup from Italia '90. (click on image to enlarge)

    An reader named Chris Oglesby is seeking a value for an unusual item which could be categorised as a collectable.  It is a three bottle wine collection made for the 1990 World Cup, Italia ’90.
    The bottles are still in their original packaging, unopened and untouched.  Each one is shaped like a World Cup trophy.  If anyone can help they can get in touch with Chris at


    Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

    Sisi's riding crop (click to enlarge). UPDATE: IT MADE 37,000

    The Hapsburg Imperial Crest (click to enlarge)

    THE Empress Sisi of Austria (1837-1898), a tragic beauty famed in film and story, spent the 1879/80 hunting season in Ireland. A memento of that visit features at the James Adam Country House Collections auction at Slane Castle on October 5. Lot 209 is The Empress of Austria’s riding whip, c.1875 with ivory simulated cord grip, silver band with the imperial crest.  The pommel is in the shape of an imperial crown and the whip is  contained in a glazed mahogany presentation case with a silvered crest plate engraved with the imperial Hapsburg Arms on the back.  The provenance is Rahinston House in Co. Meath and the estimate is 3,000-5,000.