Seattle, WA, (PRWEB) January 5, 2009
Serious collectors of rare antiques can now bid on one of the most coveted of private collections. For over 90 years, the world's smallest hand engravings have been in a bank safe deposit box in sealed containers. The collection can now be purchased online through a newly launched auction site.
It took master engraver Godfrey Lundberg http://antique-engravings.com/about/ three years (1913-1915) to painstakingly inscribe the twelve lines, 65 words and 254 letters of the Lord's Prayer on the head of a smaller than usual gold pin. The collection also includes a two-letter monogram of the abbreviation of the United States "U.S." engraved into the point of a fine gold sewing needle.
The minimum bid has been set at $1.5 million U.S. Bidding will take place until mid-March, 2009 or until the Buy It Now (B.I.N.) price of $3 million is met. Interested bidders can go to http://antique-engravings.com/bid-on-engravings/ for more details.
In addition to the two rare antique engravings the buyer will also receive:
•Original microscopes, stands, carrying case, and display cloth with "LUNDBERG" on it
•The original die set used for making the stampings
•Four polished crosses stamped with shorter versions of The Lord's Prayer and one cross left tarnished to show what 92 years does to a stamping.
•Three polished lapel stickpins and one "tie tack" lapel pin with short versions of The Lord's Prayer stamped on them
•The original planning sketch made by Godfrey Lundberg before starting the project
•An original scrapbook containing letters of authentication, photos and more than 80 original newspaper clippings from around the country
•Original translation and certification of family records by the Royal Vice Consulate of Sweden in Seattle
•Original copy of family records from Sweden
•A booklet with quality photocopies of all documentation and records, a copy of authentication with accompanying photos, and a photocopy of a page featuring the engravings from The World of Ripley's Believe it or Not by Julie Mooney
Both engravings are housed in their original sealed specimen containers to protect them from air, dust, and damage. Each of the sealed containers may be positioned on a stand in front of the original Bausch and Lomb microscope for viewing under magnification. The collection has been fully authenticated and judged in "very good" condition by an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers.
All bids and inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence. Additional details including photos can be seen online at: http://antique-engravings.com/ or you can contact representative Tim Warren at 707-824-2904.