Best of the Best 2011: Pens: Visconti Golden Man HRH

  • Visconti Golden Man HRH
  • Visconti Golden Man HRH

    The inspiration was rather esoteric: The Visconti Golden Man HRH (+39.055.45652.31, www.visconti.it) pays tribute to a significant archeological discovery made 42 years ago in Kazakh­stan. In a Scythian burial mound, the remains of a warrior were found, adorned from head to toe in 4,000 pieces of gold. Most likely a prince from the fourth century B.C., he was named the Golden Man and soon became a powerful cultural symbol in Kazakhstan, depicted on monuments and the presidential flag. Visconti, the Italian penmaker, adorned its tribute writing instrument with enough gold and gems to satisfy a modern-day prince. The red-lacquer barrel and cap of the pen, which recall the prince’s warrior clothing and peaked hat, are inset with 250 white diamonds and patterned with gold. Priced around $44,000 and limited to only 18 examples worldwide, the Golden Man HRH is equipped to write its own backstory.

    From Around the Web...
    Out of the ordinary and historically significant, these treasures are perfect for Presidents Day…
    Settlers West Galleries in Arizona will be holding its annual miniature art sale on February 13…
    A new art club grants members exclusive access to exhibits and even allows them to touch the art…
    Photo by Cordero Studios/corderostudios.com
    His prized possession is a 30-pound tourmaline found in Brazil’s Jonas Mine in 1978…
    Photo by Leslie Bird
    A sports-memorabilia expert discusses the United States’ oldest big-four sport…
    Photo by Julien’s Auctions
    Over 1,200 items from the Beatle and the Bond girl, including art and instruments, will be...
    The superhero’s debut book sold for over $110,500, and the entire sale totaled $5.1 million…
    Photo by SCP Auctions
    The 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin were the first to include basketball as an official medal sport…
    Photo by Leslie BIrd
    Sports fans strongly identify with their teams for many psychological and physiological reasons…
    Photo by Christie's Images Ltd.
    In January, Christie’s London will auction some of the best examples, which can cost up to $30,000…