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  1. The stakes of most matches would have to be doubled many times over before they equaled the value of the Charles Hollander Backgammon Set ( www.charleshollandercollection.com ) shown here. Made from...
  2. An Indian prince of the late 17th and early 18th centuries would not be caught dead without his dagger—if he had any sense of style. "Daggers were male jewelry, worn only by royals and aristocrats,...
  3. The Item This French snuffbox depicts Napoléon Bonaparte, his second wife, Marie-Louise, and their son, Napoléon II. It is dated 1815 and might have been made just prior to Napoléon’s arrival in...
  4. When art dealer Otto Naumann was ready to bring to market his finest acquisition, a $40 million Rembrandt painting of the goddess Minerva, he knew exactly where the grand unveiling should take place...
  5. Entrepreneur and environmentalist Kelly Lebwith knows that luxurious indulgence and environmental sensitivity can coexist in harmony. Her Souls collection (888.668.3489, www.soulsshoes.com ) of earth...
  6. We may have been guilty of hyperbole in January 1986, when our cover touted excerpts from the book Rolls-Royce/The Complete Works: The Best 599 Rolls-Royce Stories as the greatest stories ever told,...
  7. Calligrapher and scholar Mi Fu flouted 11th-century etiquette by choosing to pay his respects to a scholars’ rock before greeting the leaders of a distant town. “For 20 years I have been longing to...
  8. The Item This medallion flew into space aboard Apollo 12 in 1969. Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. had a total of 82 of them struck from silver ingots recovered from a Spanish ship that sank in...
  9. Donald Demers’ first submission to a juried maritime art exhibit fared only slightly better than the painting’s subject. The Thomas W. Lawson was a huge, seven-masted, early-20th-century schooner...
  10. The next best thing to exploring the wreck of Titanic might be visiting Peter Boyd-Smith’s antiques shop, Cobwebs, in Southampton, England. Titanic items remain especially popular with his clients...

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