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#1 Goldfinger

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 07:16 AM

Hi Guys:

Looking for an emerald to give your wife on Christmas? Here's the perfect gift.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...em=330196321412

There's kind of an amusing story to go along with it too.

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 08:03 PM

And I quote from the enchanted listing, "There they assembled a team of mules for a journey that would take them over 700 miles through unforgiving jungle and last almost 11 months. 5 months into their journey, their mules were attacked by a pair of black panthers. Having no other choice, the 8 men built a stretcher from wood and vines and carried the rock by hand the rest of the way".

Not sure I can swallow all of that.... innocent0009.gif
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#3 Goldfinger

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 06:25 AM

I think he had too many caipirinha's when he wrote that story. laught16.gif laught16.gif

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 06:12 AM

Hey folks I live only about two days drive from the "supposedly" mine site of the discovery...

this story is so full of bull crap it hurts.....first if there is a mine there and workers, how do they

get supplies in and out.... horses...leapords...walking to San Paulo three states away....and

it would be impossible to make the trip undetected....very populated with roads...citys...and not

least of all the Brazilian capitol would be in their path...Brazilia no less....

whoever wrote that story has never been here and is definitely a LIAR....

If it beeps--dig it!! Garimpo

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:48 AM

Does it come with the sunglasses? If not, I'm not buying it.
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 05:51 PM

Well, not sure about if the story is true or not, but the seller has been around eBay for some time. With an excellent feedback score and history of almost 1000 transactions.

One thing for sure...., he is not kidding about trying to sell it.

Not exactly the same story, but speaking of million dollar mineral items. Here is a cool story about a Limestone Mesopotamian sculpture that sold for 57 million recently.



NEW YORK (AFP) - A tiny and extremely rare 5,000-year-old white limestone sculpture from ancient Mesopotamia sold for 57.2 million dollars in New York on Wednesday, smashing records for both sculpture and antiquities.

The carved Guennol Lioness, measuring just over eight centimeters (3 1/4 inches) tall, was described by Sotheby's auction house as one of the last known masterworks from the dawn of civilization remaining in private hands.

"It was an honor for us to handle The Guennol Lioness, one of the greatest works of art of all time," Richard Keresey and Florent Heintz, the experts in charge of the sale, said in a joint statement.

"Before the sale, a great connoisseur of art commented to us that he always regarded the figure as the 'finest sculpture on earth' and it would appear that the market agreed with him," they said.

Five different bidders, three on the telephone and two in the room, competed for the sculpture. The successful buyer was identified only as an English buyer who wished to remain anonymous.

The sale easily broke the previous record for the highest price for a sculpture at auction, which had stood at 29.1 million dollars and was set just last month at Sotheby's in New York by Picasso's "Tete de Femme (Dora Maar)."

It also beat the 28.6 million dollars paid for "Artemis and the Stag," a 2,000-year-old bronze figure which sold also at Sotheby's in New York in June and held the record for the most expensive antiquity to be sold at auction.

Described by Sotheby's as diminutive in size, but monumental in conception, The Guennol Lioness was created around 5,000 years ago -- around the same time as the first known use of the wheel -- in the region of ancient Mesopotamia.

The piece was acquired by private collector Alastair Bradley Martin in 1948 and has been on display in New York's Brooklyn Museum of Art ever since.

Keresey described the work before the sale as "one of the oldest, rarest and most beautiful works of art from the ancient world."

"This storied figure, in its brilliant combination of an animal form and human pose, has captured the imagination of academics and the public since it was acquired by the Martins in the late 1940s," he added.

The figure depicts a standing lioness looking over her left shoulder, her paws clenched in front of her muscular chest.

Experts have speculated that the figure may have played a role in some ancient belief system or mythology in Mesopotamia, which today lies in parts of modern day Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.



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Posted 17 December 2007 - 06:00 PM

Found this.......



Judge Appoints Temporary Receiver for $400,000,000 Emerald - One of the Worlds Largest
September 26, 2007

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September 25, 2007 At 3:00 PM Judge Paul A.Crotty signed an Order today appointing a temporary receiver to oversee the sale of the BAHIA EMERALD, one of the World’s largest emeralds weighing 840 pounds, and recently appraised at $400,000,000.00 (four hundred million dollars)(1) Despite the existence of a written agreement, the emerald’s owner Larry Biegler is attempting to deny a local jeweler Gary Weiss the right to sell the 180,000 carat emerald.

Burt Pugach, subject of the recent film “Crazy Love”(2), was spotted filing the motion at Federal Court in lower Manhattan today (photo enclosed). Mr. Pugach who recently blew the whistle on M & T Bank(3).in a $250,000,000 mortgage fraud case, is still active at 80 years old and can often be found at the courthouse.

A hearing is scheduled for October 2, 2007. Jewelry 47 vs. Biegler et al. Southern District of New York 2007 CIV 8272. .For further questions regarding this story contact the Law Firm of Gordon & Gordon, P.C. (718) 544-7070.



And this too...

The Bahia Emerald link

The Brazilian State of Bahia is known for many things, including sandy beaches, sea cliffs, mangrove swamps, and tropical islands. Bahia's coast is recognized worldwide as an area rich in culture and striking natural beauty, but travel westward into the state's interior region and you will find yourself surrounded by dense and rugged jungle. It is here, in the midst of unforgiving rainforest and wild beasts that the story of the Bahia Emerald begins.
On July 9, 2001, a miner in the Carnaiba Emerald mine came upon the head of an unusually large crystal protruding from black rock. Within minutes, everyone gathered around to watch one of the veteran miners excavate the rock around the crystal using a small pick and hammer. Several hours later, they all stood around the most awesome concentration of Emerald crystals that anyone had ever seen.
Knowing that word of such a treasure could cause unwanted attention, the mine supervisor quickly assembled a team of his most trusted miners with the purpose of moving the rock containing the crystals to a safe place. It took 8 men over 5 hours to move the 840 lb. rock to the nearest clear trail. There they assembled a team of mules for a journey that would take them over 700 miles through unforgiving jungle and last almost 11 months.
5 months into their journey, their mules were attacked by a pair of black panthers. Having no other choice, the 8 men built a stretcher from wood and vines and carried the rock by hand the rest of the way.
When the miners finally arrived in Sao Paulo on April 20, 2002, they brought the rock to the Bank of Brazil. A world renowned gemologist was brought in to appraise the find, and when he was finished, announced that it was indeed one of a kind. Fearing that the rock could fall into the wrong hands, it was immediately shipped to the United States under heavy guard so that it could be further examined by scientists and collectors.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 06:30 AM

This thing keeps popping up in the news.


http://www.cnn.com/2...rald/index.html

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 11:40 AM

Yep Steve, They had it on local TV this AM, and I thought my 7" smokey quartz was something!


QUOTE (Goldfinger @ Dec 28 2008, 06:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This thing keeps popping up in the news.


http://www.cnn.com/2...rald/index.html

Steve


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Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:47 AM

Anyone see the news this morning? There are now 5 people claiming ownership of this emerald now. laught16.gif laught16.gif laught16.gif As in any ownership case - the more the object is worth- the people that come out of the woodwork to claim ownership. They now say the value is 400 million which is a bunch of BS. No one in their right mind is going to pay anywhere near that kind of money for what is mostly just massive emerald and a few crystals sticking out of it.

http://finance.yahoo...Landed-in-Court

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