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Rare luxury items up for auction at Sotheby's

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: ASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 30 November 20221. Various of the Golden Canary diamond2. Tight of U.S. Constitution up for auction3. Wide of T-Rex skull up for auction4. SOUNDBITE (English) Quig Bruning, Senior Vice President and Head of Jewelry at Sotheby's++COVERED++"So we're just kicking off our luxury week here in New York so that sales of jewelry, watches, wine and spirits, we'll have cars, we'll have properties we'll have the US Constitution, a dinosaur skull. This is a week where our luxury division exhibits all of our greatest things."5. SOUNDBITE (English) Quig Bruning, Senior Vice President and Head of Jewelry at Sotheby's"So the luxury market, in general, has gone from strength to strength over the past year. The sales that we've had in New York and globally, specifically for jewelry have far outpaced we've been doing the past couple of years."6. SOUNDBITE (English) Quig Bruning, Senior Vice President and Head of Jewelry at Sotheby's++PARTIALLY COVERED++"So I'm standing in front of the Golden Canary diamond. It's the largest flawless or internally flawless diamond ever graded by the GIA. It's 303 carats, deep, brownish yellow. And its name is the star lot of our December 7th magnificent jewel sale."7. Various of the Golden Canary diamond8. SOUNDBITE (English) Quig Bruning, Senior Vice President and Head of Jewelry at Sotheby's++COVERED++"The history of it is great too. It was discovered in the 1980s by accident by a little girl playing in Africa and we know the history from that moment until today."9. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Eblin, Vice President and Senior Specialist in Jewelry Department at Sotheby's"Though we've estimated it at $15 to $20 million, we're selling it without reserve. That means there's no minimum selling price."10. Tight of ring11. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Eblin, Vice President and Senior Specialist in Jewelry Department at Sotheby's++PARTIALLY COVERED++"This is a stone that was cut from a crystal that was found in the wreck of the Atocha. That is a ship that was sunk in 1622 and after 350 years, it was recovered by the team of Mel Fisher."12. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Eblin, Vice President and Senior Specialist in Jewelry Department at Sotheby's++COVERED++"This was recovered as a crystal and became part of the proceeds that Mr. Frank Perdue was given after being one of the earliest backers of the recovery effort."13. Various of ring on hand14. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Eblin, Vice President and Senior Specialist in Jewelry Department at Sotheby's++PARTIALLY COVERED++"This ended up being Frank Perdue's prize, which he gifted to his then fiancee, Mitzi Perdue. And this was used as an engagement ring. And after all this time, Ms. Perdue is going to be selling this to benefit humanitarian relief in the Ukraine. It's a very noble cause, an incredible jewel, an incredible story."15. Tight of ring on handSTORYLINE:As the holiday season ramps up, Sotheby's auction house in New York is getting ready to auction off some of its highest value luxury items, ranging from multi-million dollar pieces of jewelry to historical artifacts and even a one-of-a-kind dinosaur skull fossil.The crown jewel of its current collection is knows as the Golden Canary diamond.At an estimated value of $15 to $20 million, the 303 carat diamond has humble beginnings.Sotheby's says the diamond was found in the 1980's by a young girl who was playing in a pile of rubble the backyard of her uncle's house in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is believed that miners in the area had discarded the rock, believing it was too big to contain a diamond.The Golden Canary diamond will be auctioned off among other high-value jewels at Sotheby's on December 7th.Coming in at a more wearable size, the Long-Lost Emerald is another jewel being auctioned off at Sotheby's in the coming weeks.Recovered from the 1622 shipwreck of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, the emerald was discovered by a team funded by poultry magnate Frank Perdue 37 years ago.Perdue gave it to his wife as an engagement ring. Now, years later, she is auctioning it to donate the proceeds to support humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.Sotheby's estimates the value of the ring, itself, between $50 and $70 thousand dollars, but says the story behind it, as well as the charity benefit could drive the price even higher.At least as rare, and certainly more fragile is an original copy of the U.S. Constitution that will soon hit the auction block.The printing is one of only 13 copies known to exist, and one of only two in private hands. It was last seen at auction in Philadelphia in 1894.Last year, the other privately-held copy sold at a Sotheby's auction for $42.2 million.It goes up for auction on December 13th.Perhaps the oldest object of them all is the rare fossilized skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex -- which auctioneers says is the most complete example ever discovered by archaeologists. Sotheby's says the skull was discovered on private land in Harding County, South Dakota.The skull is estimated to achieve $15 to $20 million at auction when it hits the block on December er 9th.. AP Video shot by Robert BumstedProduced by Robert Bumsted===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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