Seattle (PRWEB) February 23, 2009
While interest in and visitors to the online auction site of Godfrey Lundberg's remarkable hand engravings collection - the Lord's Prayer on the Head of a Gold Pin has been brisk, the deadline for bids will be been extended to Monday, May 25, 2009 in order to accommodate interested parties.
As the original deadline date of February 25 nears over 1500 people have visited the auction website within the past three months with traffic steadily increasing by 10% per month. Additional historical information along with an in-depth research paper on the engraver Godfrey Lundberg have recently been added to the website: http://antique-engravings.com/.
"Bids have come in and will be kept confidential," says spokesperson Tim Warren. "We just wanted to extend the auction deadline to insure we had time to sufficiently spread the news about this unique opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind collection of rare art and history."
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 which was unveiled to the world at the 1915 Pan-American Exposition in San Francisco also includes a two-letter monogram of the abbreviation of the United States "US" engraved into the point of a fine gold sewing needle.
Unique and unmatched in its day, this rare antique hand engraving accomplishment has yet to be duplicated or surpassed.
The minimum bid has been set at $1.5 million U.S. Bidding will now take place until May 25th, 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 highest bidder 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.