Blog Train: We Believe
Location: Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
I wanted to share with you a little bit of history on a piece of jewelry that I have included in this month’s download. As you know I often include extractions of brooches or charms from my own collection, or of those in the public domain. This particular cross that I have included this month once belonged to Pope Paul VI.
In 1965, when Paul VI was invited to be the first Pontiff ever to address the United Nations, he gave this cross and a ring with the hopes that the proceeds from its sale at auction would contribute to the UN’s efforts to end human suffering.
The auction took two years to prepare and was handled by Parke-Bernet, the nation’s largest fine art auction house (until it was acquired by Sotheby’s in the late 1960’s). An 8-page brochure about this cross, and ring was printed for this unusual sale which took place in November, 1967. Chicago jeweler Harry Levinson bought both pieces of jewelry for $64K and the amount was divided between four UN agencies. After that, the two pieces of jewelry were bought and sold several times. At one point they were even owned by renowned daredevil Evel Knievel.
It is a mystery to me why it took two years to set up an auction, and then, why did a set appraised at a million dollars sell for only $64K? Normally an auction house of such stature would be able to set up an auction very quickly, including all of the advertising and publications required – and then, if bids did not equal the set minimums, it would not be sold. The buyer, Harry Levinson, had a reputation for acquiring unusual pieces – he once owned the Russian Imperial Nuptial Crown, and the 70 carat “Idol’s Eye”, which was originally set into the eye of an idol, before it was stolen.
The Idol’s Eye was also rumored to be a ransom payment for a lovely princess. I’ve included a link to the Idol’s Eye history, if you are interested. I wish that I had known Harry. Apparently he was an upstanding fella, and there is a school named for him in the Chicago area. Even in his 90’s he was showing up at work in his jewelry store 6 days a week. Unfortunately he was a frequent target for burglary, and at the age of 94 was attacked in his home and died. (My goodness, how morose this post is becoming! I’m sorry – I thought that perhaps you would find it interesting. )
So on with the blog train. It is called the “We Believe” blog train, and yes, this is a blog train for designers that believe in Christianity. Each kit will have at least one piece that symbolizes our precious beliefs. The theme for this month is “He Leadeth Me”. I hope that you will find pieces that will further your own collection of digital designs! The blog role is below – please check out their links and pick up their designs too.
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