We were notified today by a dealer of antique photography of this amazing original Victorian photograph of a man from the 1840s who has more than a passing resemblance to a certain actor we are familiar with. It is currently being auctioned on eBay and is listed as, “A truly incredible unique early 1/6th plate daguerreotype photo of a man who looks very very much like Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, so much so it’s spooky!”

It is an original one of a kind silver over copper daguerreotype (the image is developed on a silvered coppered plate and not paper) dated c1845 and thus has not been tampered with in Photoshop.

There have been many historical images like this pop up of other celebrities over the years, but we think this is one of the best yet. The auction ends 2nd May, 2016 at 21:41:32 BST and you can bid on it HERE

George Zimmerman Is Auctioning The Gun He Used To Kill Trayvon Martin

Now is your opportunity to own a piece of American history,” Zimmerman said in the auction description.

Bidding starts at $5,000

“The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin,”

George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, says he is auctioning the gun he used to kill the unarmed black teen.

Yes, you get it right: you can buy a little piece of history that was used to kill an unarmed kid with Skittles in his pocket. I hope someone buys his gun and shoots his ass with it. What a garbage person. #Hate it!

Native American Tribe Fights To Stop Texas From Auctioning Off Its Sacred Objects
“These are our items, these are our laws.”

An upcoming auction in Texas intends to sell over 100 Native American items — including ceremonial pipes that are deeply sacred to the Oglala Sioux and guns that were used in the Massacre at Wounded Knee — over the objections of tribes who say it’s disrespectful.

Attorneys for the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions say they can legally proceed with the sale. But the Oglala Sioux tribe intends to file an affidavit to prevent the sale of the ceremonial pipes.

“These are our items, these are our laws,” Trina Lone Hill, the historic preservation officer for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, told ThinkProgress.

It’s illegal to sell Native American ceremonial items. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which was passed in 1990, stipulates that “cultural items” owned without the right of possession to them may not be sold on the market.

The three pipes up for sale belonged to prominent Oglala Sioux figures, including Chief Red Cloud and Chief American Horse. The tribe hopes to return them to the original owners’ direct descendants, who oppose auctioning them off.

In Oglala Sioux tradition, a sacred woman gifted the pipe to the tribe as a means to lift their voices to Wakan-Tanka, the Great Spirit. Tribal members traditionally smoked pipes when narrating stories from their oral tradition and finalizing negotiations.

Selling ceremonial pipes is “taboo,” Lone Hill said. “The pipe is the most sacred item in our whole culture.”

The Massacre of the Wounded Knee occurred in 1890, as tensions were increasing between the U.S. government and the Sioux. The government had procured much of their land and became uneasy as the tribe regained unification through the sacred Ghost Dances. The Seventh Cavalry confronted the tribe and killed as many as 300 men, women, and children.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Lone Hill said she finds it “very insulting” to auction off weapons used at Wounded Knee. “It was a massacre; it wasn’t just a skirmish. It was women and children being killed.”

Tim Giago, a former journalist and member of the Oglala tribe, hopes the owner of the collection decides to donate the three guns to his nonprofit organization, the National Historic Site of Wounded Knee, Inc. The organization is raising funds to purchase the land at Wounded Knee, and Giago plans to build a museum there to commemorate the deaths of several hundred Native Americans. He would like the guns to be displayed in that museum.

The collection of Native American items being auctioned off belongs to Paul Rathbun, who says his grandparents and great-grandparents gathered them when they lived at Pine Ridge. According to the collection description, Chief Red Cloud offered Rathbun’s grandfather the pipe as a gift. Rathbun says none of the items “were purchased at a disadvantage or taken” from tribal members.

The auctioning off of Native American items has long been a concern for tribes. Native American leaders and U.S. officials have publicly opposed several of these auctions in France over the past several years. But it’s been difficult to get courts there, which aren’t beholden to the same U.S. laws, to agree to remove scared objects from sale.

Recently, an auction house in Paris sold 313 Native American artifacts,despite opposition from various tribal leaders and multiple U.S. government officials, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The auction house did retract the Acoma Pueblo shield from sale, citing reports claiming that the item may have been stolen in the 1970s.

There is some evidence of this happening in the United States, too. A rare warrior’s helmet of the Tlinget tribe in Alaska was sold to a private collector during an auction in Connecticut in 2008. Roisita Worl, an anthropologist and enrolled member of the Tlinget, said “I was very, very, very sad that something as important and as significant as a war helmet is going into a private collection.”

In Texas, members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are hoping for a different outcome. “Please respect our ways,” Lone Hill said. “[The pipes] are very sacred and we want them back.”

Shirley Temple’s Collection of Tea Cup Gifts, Late 1930s
During her late childhood years and into teenage years, it became a custom for Gertrude Temple, Shirley Temple’s mother, to present her with tea cups and saucers on her birthday or other special occasions. These were especially prized by her, including works by important French, English and German porcelain firms including Royal Worcester, Royal Crown Derby, Staffordshire, Copeland Spode, Sevres, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, and more.

Bidders at the Love Shirley, Take Two auction on November 22 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York will have an opportunity for a tea party of their own, as the collection is being presented as one group.

The Love, Shirley Temple: Take Two commemorative book and auction catalog is shipping now. 

Be sure to order yours today at www.theriaults.com.

Information for the November 22nd event taking place at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York: https://www.theriaults.com/november-21-and-22-2015-love-shirley-temple-take-two-and-auction-antique-dolls

Theriault’s Facebook page dedicated to “Love, Shirley Temple”: http://www.facebook.com/loveshirleytemple


Ganondorf Sculpture Charity Auction! Ended!!!

Whoever agrees to donate the most to Doctors With Out Borders will get this handmade Ganondorf sculpture!

Winning Bid is:  $350

Thanks so much to everyone that bid and to sargaswielder who won!!

- The auction ended on May 2nd, 2016 at 2pm eastern standard time.)

Details about the sculpture:

  •  I made him from polymer clay, metal, plastic, and paint.
  •  The head and chest crests have real cut stones in them. (Not sure exactly what kind they are though, but an anon said they look like andalusite or topaz.)
  •  He’s about the height of an amiibo. (about 4 and a half inches tall)

How to participate is below:

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The auction goes live at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Bids start at $5,000

The seller describes the gun as “an American Firearm Icon” and whole auction as “your opportunity to own a piece of American history”.

I wish this were one of those fake news stories but sadly it is not. George Zimmerman made me sick to my stomach once more this morning. He had this to say about his auctioning off the gun that he used to kill unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin: “I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon,”…“The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012.” Just when we think we’ve hit the bottom, someone finds a new way to dig even deeper.