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Famous Watches – Celebrity Owned and Inspired

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By   24 days ago

Luxury watch brands have been endorsed by actors, athletes, and prominent figures for decades. Unlike the standard celebrity and brand partnership, high-end watch manufacturers refer to their endorsers as “brand ambassadors”. Luxury watches, and celebrity endorsed watches, are consistently used as collateral for a pawn loan with New York Loan Company, Manhattan’s only high-end pawnshop. Some [...]

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Exploring the Worlds Most Expensive Wine

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By   24 days ago

One of the most unique and unexpected items that luxury pawnshop Beverly Loan Company accepts as collateral is fine wine. Specializing in such a rare form of collateral has even attracted media attention from Reuters and NPR. There are a few select wines that continue to top the list of the finest wines and these are the types of [...]

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Flying (and Diving) Into Darkness: Three New Breitling Blacksteel Watches

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By   25 days ago

Breitling goes “back to black” with three new line extensions of its Colt Chronograph Automatic, Navitimer 46, and Avenger II Seawolf models, all in cases made of “Blacksteel,” a metal with a layer of highly resistant carbon-based treatment that Breitling first starting using for its watch cases in 2012. Here’s what you need to know about all [...]

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Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari and Van Cleef & Arpels are constantly reinterpreting their iconic motifs

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By   25 days ago

From figurative to abstract, full-pavé to skeletonised, Cartier’s panther motif might come in different shapes and forms, but the DNA of the French high jeweller remains essential in the designs. “Tradition is not the enemy of evolution,” says Pierre Rainero, Cartier’s director of image, style and heritage. “Evolution is part of our tradition.” The balance [...]

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The Graff Venus: a high-stakes heartbreaker

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By   26 days ago

Today Graff unveiled the record-breaking Venus, the largest flawless heart-shape diamond ever certified by the GIA. Just as you thought another diamond record couldn’t be broken, Graff Diamonds in London has pulled out a trump card. And what a weighty one it is: the Graff Venus weighs an impressive 118.78 carats, making it the largest flawless heart-shape diamond ever to be certified [...]

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Luxury watch auction round-up: Ronnie Peterson Heuer Carrera breaks record

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By   28 days ago

From a Heuer Carrera chronograph to a gold Breguet and a ‘Magician Box’ A Heuer Carrera chronograph was sold for more than ten times its estimate last month when it fetched SFr225,000 ($227,000) at Sotheby’s in May, making it the most expensive Heuer sold. The gold chronograph was originally a gift to the Swedish Formula [...]

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Classic US Coins: 1870-S Coins for Budget-Minded Collectors

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By   28 days ago

In the realm of classic U.S. coins, the most exciting and mystifying date may be the 1870-S. For collectors who cannot afford one of the rarest silver dollars, the only 1870-S half dime or the Eliasberg-Bass Three Dollar Gold piece, there are other 1870-S coins, especially quarter eagles, which are affordable. Though rare overall, there are many 1870-S quarter eagles with [...]

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Where to Buy and Sell Tiffany & Co. Jewelry

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By   31 days ago

At Jewelry-N-Loan, a full-service pawnshop in the heart of Orange County, jewelry by Tiffany & Co. is consistently walking through the doors. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one, or you’re looking for extra cash in your pocket by selling or pawning your Tiffany jewelry, Jewelry-N-Loan will take [...]

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Thai parents pawn Hermes, Gucci, LV bags and Blythe dolls to pay school fees

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By   566 days ago

Original article from inquirer.net BANGKOK, Thailand—Luxury items such as Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton handbags and Blythe dolls have been sold at pawnshops nationwide as parents struggle to find money for their children’s tuition fees and related expenses for the new school year this month. The influx of luxury items has prompted many pawnshops to [...]

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Pawn shop buys rare Pres. Lincoln document

By   599 days ago

Original article from turnto23.com If you’re looking for a rare collectible item, the Gold and Silver Trading Company on Union Ave may have exactly what you’re looking for. But that’s not all, you can find everything from lawn mowers and tools, to rare coin’s and sports memorabilia. “Basically, anything we think is cool we will [...]

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eBay Begins Streaming Live Sotheby’s Auctions

By   604 days ago

Original Article from nytimes.com The buildup was intense. Since July, when Sotheby’s struck a deal with eBay to have its auctions carried live, the marriage of the blue-blood auction house to the blue-collar online retailer had generated tingles of anticipation. But on Wednesday, when eBay streamed Sotheby’s auctions for the first time, the event could not have been more [...]

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Pawn to cushion payday lenders from regulatory blow

By   606 days ago

Original article found on reuters.com (Reuters) – Payday lenders that have substantial pawn operations are better positioned to absorb the blow from proposed U.S. regulations aimed at cracking down on an industry that has been criticized for saddling borrowers with debt they cannot repay. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a number of guidelines [...]

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Reality TV burnishes image of the neighborhood pawn shop

By   608 days ago

Reality TV And It’s Positive Effect on the Image and Industry of Pawn Shops Original article on reuters.com  (Reuters) – After centuries on the fringe of consumer finance, the neighborhood pawn shop is pushing its way toward the mainstream, thanks to the power of reality television and the long arm of government regulation. The History [...]

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Pawnbroker Report Trends & Steady Industry Growth

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Pawnbroker Report Trends & Steady Industry Growth Original Article At: nationalpawnbrokers.org The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) today announced the results of the NPA 2015 Trend Survey that assesses how changes in the U.S. economy have affected the pawn industry since the beginning of 2014. Findings of the survey demonstrate conservative growth within the industry over [...]

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Pawn Shops: New Image for an Old Industry

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By   1225 days ago

The pawn business has experienced significant growth in the past few years, but the industry has been around for thousands of years. Pawnbroking goes as far back as 3000 years in history with pawn shops in Imperial China.  They were common in ancient Greece and Rome as well.  Queen Isabella of Spain is believed to [...]

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Cash America Expands its Texas Presence

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By   1256 days ago

Cash America has acquired a 41-store chain of pawn shops primarily under the name of Top Dollar Pawn and owned by TDP Superstores Corp.  President and CEO of Cash America said, “We are excited about this opportunity to further expand Cash America’s pawn lending business in the State of Texas. This group of 41 stores [...]

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Van Cleef & Arpels launches Two Butterfly creations as spring season blossoms

By   249 days ago

Original article from saudigazette.com   THIS March, Van Cleef & Arpels is celebrating spring by unveiling new pieces in its Two Butterfly collection. Inspired by all the freshness and vitality of the season, these creations combine the gentle luster of mother-of-pearl and pink gold with the sparkle of diamonds. Enthralled by the spectacle of nature’s [...]

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One of Rolex’s most iconic models just got a huge update

By   259 days ago

Original article from businessinsider.com It’s always news when Rolex drops an update for one of the iconic models in its lineup, and this year is no different. A huge update to a model on the higher end, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, had watch geeks freaking out at Baselworld, the world’s largest watch industry fair held [...]

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The Big Three Jewels: Why Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald Top the List of Precious Gems

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By   264 days ago

Original article from forbes.com Cartier Tourbillon Mysterieux Azure Until recently, only emerald, ruby and sapphire were officially called precious gems. Everything else was called semi-precious. The precious categorization is a reference to value: a really fine ruby, emerald or sapphire can be priced higher per carat than a diamond. Sapphires are extremely hard and durable, [...]

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10-Carat Blue Diamond May Fetch Up to $35M at Sotheby’s

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By   269 days ago

Original article from blouinartinfo.com The largest oval fancy vivid blue diamond ever to appear at auction will cross the block at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 5. Headlining the auction house’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale, the rare stone weighs 10.10 carats, is internally flawless, and is estimated to fetch between HK$235 million and [...]

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Billionaire Forbes puts Napoleon III art collection up for auction

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By   275 days ago

Original article found on dw.com American publisher Christopher Forbes has brought his Napoleon III collection of 2,000 art objects back to Paris for auction. It has allowed the Emperor into the Opera Garnier for the first time. A box was built for Napoleon III, the President of the Second French Republic and Emperor of the [...]

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The Most Expensive Items Ever Auctioned

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By   279 days ago

Original article from money.cnn.com VIEW THE SLIDESHOW Going once, going twice, sold! Wealthy collectors are smashing records at auctions around the world. Here are some of the most expensive items ever sold. Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting, Les femmes d’Alger (Version O), sold for $179,365,000 at Christie’s auction house in New York in 2015. It set a new [...]

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Colored Stones Will Drive Jewelry Market in 2016, Says Bonhams

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By   311 days ago

Original article from blouinartinfo.com Colored gemstones set new records for Bonhams in 2015 and will continue to be in high demand in 2016, the auction house said. Emily Barber, Bonhams’ London-based jewelry department director, predicts that gemstones of various hues will drive the market as fine examples get rarer and rarer. “Without a doubt we [...]

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Christie’s to Auction James Bond ‘Spectre’ Memorabilia in Charitable Auction

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By   312 days ago

Original article from artnet.com One of two Aston Martin DB10 show cars headlines the charity auction. Photo: Christie’s London James Bond is coming to Christie’s next month. The auction house will host a charity sale featuring all sorts of 007 related memorabilia fromSpectre, the franchise’s latest release. The proceeds from the sale of 24 lots will go [...]

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eBay Begins Streaming Live Sotheby’s Auctions

By   604 days ago

Original Article from nytimes.com The buildup was intense. Since July, when Sotheby’s struck a deal with eBay to have its auctions carried live, the marriage of the blue-blood auction house to the blue-collar online retailer had generated tingles of anticipation. But on Wednesday, when eBay streamed Sotheby’s auctions for the first time, the event could not have been more [...]

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Reality TV burnishes image of the neighborhood pawn shop

By   608 days ago

Reality TV And It’s Positive Effect on the Image and Industry of Pawn Shops Original article on reuters.com  (Reuters) – After centuries on the fringe of consumer finance, the neighborhood pawn shop is pushing its way toward the mainstream, thanks to the power of reality television and the long arm of government regulation. The History [...]

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Hardcore Pawn Visits New York Loan Company

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By   1246 days ago

New York Loan Company was excited to receive a visit from Seth Gold and Ashley Broad, stars of TruTV’s hit reality show Hardcore Pawn. Seth and Ashley were in town for an interview with Fox & Friends, a show on Fox News that is filmed across the street from New York City’s Diamond District, where [...]

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Rick Harrison’s Advice on Business

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By   1286 days ago

People have pawned, bartered and exchanged for quick access to money for centuries.  While technology and currency has advanced, the practice remains relevant today.  Thanks to the hit TV series Pawn Stars, pawn shops are more popular than ever.  Owner and star Rick Harrison says as kid he was the child of a working mom [...]

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Jordan Tabach-Bank Scores at Top of Charts on Braindex

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By   1305 days ago

Jordan Tabach-Bank is the latest celebrity to appear on Braindex, a fast-paced trivia game that lets players go head to head with celebrities.  The popular Apple iPad application allows viewers to watch the game show like they would on television while playing along in real time with their touch screen. ‘Don’t just watch a game [...]

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Pawn Stars UK Debuts this Fall

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By   1334 days ago

A&E Networks UK’s HISTORY will soon have its own version of “Pawn Stars.”  The show will be set at Regal Pawn, located just outside of Chester, near the border of Wales and England.  Regal Pawn’s owner Mark “Big Mark” Manning, his daughter Vicki, his best friend Little Mark and Little Mark’s son, Marco will make [...]

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Something for Everyone on “Pawn Stars”

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By   1335 days ago

History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” has been a success since it debuted in 2009.  One of the shows stars, Rick Harrison doesn’t seem to have an answer for why the show is so popular.  “I have no idea,” he says. “Obviously, America loves fat guys in a pawn shop.”   He does, however, know what his favorite [...]

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