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James Bond 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Could Be Yours For £3.5m From Sotheby’s

The enormous success of 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger also marked the beginning of long association with British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin. The Aston Martin DB5, the model most associated with James Bond, is now one of the world’s most iconic cars, and in an auction at Sotheby’s California in August, you could buy one of the few remaining vehicles with a direct association with James Bond. The vehicle for sale is a 1965...

Mapping of the Moon Exhibition Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing this July, the exhibition The Mapping of the Moon: 1669-1969 at The Map House, London, marks 300 years of lunar and celestial cartography. Taking place from June 21st to August 21st 2019, the exhibition celebrates the work of early astronomers in the 17th century to the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 and beyond. Highlights from the exhibition include signed memorabilia by astronauts...

Marilyn Monroe: Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Beautiful and tragic, actress Marilyn Monroe will always be associated with the allure of gems—if nothing else, her signature song Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend will ensure that.  The Hollywood diva, whose glittering career ended with her controversial death in 1962, appeared draped in jewellery for her show-stopping song in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953. But though her character, showgirl Lorelei Lee, had been caught in compromising photos with a diamond mine owner, the...

Summer Rare Book Fair ‘Firsts London’ Opened by Stephen Fry

The 62nd edition of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association’s Summer Rare Book Fair – Firsts London takes place in London’s Battersea Park from Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June. This year’s line-up includes: * More than 150 exhibitors from around the world. * Opening by actor, writer and bibliophile Stephen Fry, at noon on Friday – watch Stephen talk about his passion for rare books at Rare Books Los Angeles. * Shakespeare’s First Folio coming...
D-Day Anniversary Memorial Sculpture Maquettes to be Sold at Masterpiece Art Fair

Life & CultureD-Day Anniversary Memorial Sculpture Maquettes to be Sold at Masterpiece Art Fair

Maquettes of the bronze sculpture commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, by British sculptor David Williams-Ellis, will be sold at the Masterpiece Art Fair after exhibition at the Portland Gallery. The sculpture, which after two years work has taken its place overlooking what was code-named Gold Beach during the Normandy invasion, shows a trio of British soldiers surging forward, bearing the standard weapons and equipment of the time. Memorial The statue in Ver-sur-Mer...
London Festival of Architecture Explores ‘Boundaries’ in World’s Largest Event

Life & CultureLondon Festival of Architecture Explores ‘Boundaries’ in World’s Largest Event

The London Festival of Architecture 2019 programme launched on June 1st with a diverse, challenging and engaging series of over 400 events exploring this year’s ‘boundaries’ theme across London through to June 30th. From street dance and a séance at John Soane’s country retreat to debates challenging architecture’s hidden boundaries of gender and privilege, the London Festival of Architecture’s 2019 programme is one of the richest ever. The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the...
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