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Government Auction's New Year's Day sale a celebrated event

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Friday, 21 December 2012 16:31
Vacheron Constantin Geneve man's watch. GovernmentAuctions image.

TEHACHAPI, Calif. – Government Auction's historic Jan. 1, 2013 auction will feature a huge selection of designer watches, fine jewelry and gold coins in this world-famous auction event on the online auction site Bidding in this one-day annual event will start at only $2 on most lots. The auction will begin at 6:30 a.m. Pacific.

A featured high-end jewelry piece is a stunning 16.92-carat sapphire and diamond ring. Long considered in ancient times to be a precious stone representing holiness or the heavens, the blue sapphire was a favorite among kings for their supposed ability to attract divine favor. This divinely composed ring is made of 14K white gold and contains 2.65 carats side diamonds surrounding the main large rectangular cut fancy blue sapphire. The total weight of the ring is 13.7 grams.

Offered for auction in the watch category is a Vacheron Constantin Geneve man's watch. Founded in 1755, the Vacheron company has a long illustrious past and its products have been owned at different times in its history by notables such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius XI, Harry Truman and the Duke of Windsor. The watches are manufactured in Geneva, Switzerland and it is one of the oldest watch manufactures in the world. With a pedigree such as this, these prestige watches are highly sought after and collected. The Vacheron featured in this auction event is a simple yet elegant design of a brown leather band with a white face and black lettering encompassed in stainless steel casing. Also featured in the fine watch category is a man's Rolex Submarine stainless steel watch. The watch comes in the original box with certificates included.

In keeping with the luxury theme offered for auction is a Louis Vuitton purse. The top-handle purse is brand new from the factory and sure to be a bidding favorite. The handbag is the classic design Louis Vuitton is famously known for: brown leather and gold logo. The clasp and top part of the bag is a lighter cream-color leather with gold colored fittings.

In addition to the luxury goods being presented, the auction house is also featuring a collection of gold coins. A valuable coin offered is a 1904 $20 U.S. Liberty Head gold coin. The Double Eagle, as the coin is also referred to, was minted from 1850 to 1907 during the height of the California gold rush. Of all the gold coins minted before 1907, the Double Eagle had the highest gold content, almost one full ounce of pure gold. Designed by James B. Longacre the coin weighs 33.43 grams and is composed of 90 percent gold and 10 percent copper.

In the antique category a highlight item is an antique three-piece Ansonia clock. The Ansonia Clock Co. was a major American clock manufacturer based in New York in 19th century. The highly successful business crafted thousands of clocks in numerous styles. This clock is genuine Ansonia and in mint condition. It features a romantic spring theme of a young maiden surrounded by sculpted irises and pansies. The patina is original and delicately colored in bronze, light green, blue and purple tones.

Additional auction highlights include a rare Crescent upright coffee grinder, a 1793 Chain Cent XF porous full-rim coin, a Caille upright slot machine and more.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Debbie on 661-823-1543 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to

Sapphire and diamond ring, 14K white gold, 16.92 carats, rectangular cut. GovernmentAuctions image. Three-piece original Ansonia clock set, mint condition. GovernmentAuctions image. 1904 $20 U.S. Liberty Head gold coin. GovernmentAuctions image. Rolex Submarine stainless steel watch with original box and papers. GovernmentAuctions image. Louis Vuitton purse, brand new, never used, in original bag, retail $2,200. GovernmentAuctions image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 11:09

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