Our Expert's Favourite Tribal Art Adornments of the Week

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The Naga people are an ethnic group conglomerating of several tribes native to the North Eastern part of India and north-western Myanmar (Burma). The tribes have similar cultures and traditions, and form the majority ethnic group in the Indian state of Nagaland, with significant population in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and some small population in Assam. From 23th to the 29th of June, Catawiki will an auction from this special tribal group, which means you can own a piece by yourself. Read to find which artefacts are in the auction.

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Previously at Auction: Three Unique Bicycles with a Weird History

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With our roots in the Netherlands, a country of bikes, it made perfect sense to host a Bicycle auction at Catawiki. The first results were a success, and this auction went from being a themed auction to a monthly auction, sometimes even hosted multiple times per month! We want to share the stories behind three of the most unusual bicycles that were sold ever on our auctions.

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The History and Meaning Behind Venetian Masks

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Venice has been called “the city of masks” for obvious reasons. Elaborate Venetian carnival masks are so widely recognised and appreciated for their beauty and complexity, but did you know that there is history and meaning behind the different types of masks? Our experts have curated a special Costumes & Masks auction and would like to share some interesting history with you to enhance your shopping experience. Keep reading to find out which mask suits you for your next costume ball...

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Find Out Why Tom Hanks Loves to Collect Typewriters

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We live a fast-paced life, more fast-paced than eighty years ago. Everything needs to happen quickly nowadays, and efficiency is the key theme of our society. Email is increasingly replacing the paper letter. Words flow from our fingertips faster than ever before, and not everyone is happy about it. Some people prefer writing slowly. Tom Hanks, actor, director and collector of typewriters is one of them. Read on to find out how Tom’s love for typewriters started and what he is willing to do to complete his collection.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Salvador Dali

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The man, the master, the marvel. Who doesn’t know him? Salvador Dalí is definitely one of the most exceptional, extravagant artists history has ever known. Read this article and find out 10 things that you didn’t know about Salvador Dalí.

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Jeff Koons Brings Art in New Louis Vuitton Collection

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What happens when one of the most high-end fashion brands collaborates with the master of contemporary art? You get a series of leather handbags and accessories inspired by the greatest old masters of all time. That is why Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons are a real match made in heaven...

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A Look Into Luxury Watch Brand IWC

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International Watch Company, abbreviated to IWC, was founded by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868 and is located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The fusion of an American engineering and pioneering spirit merged with the traditional foundations of a Swiss-based watchmaker equate to high quality watches of taste and precision. Keep reading to find out what sets IWC apart from the competition...

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The Great Impact of Meteor Showers

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Blazing across the sky in a fiery shower of glory; a meteor shower is the closest many of us will get to actual contact from outer space. Our expert takes us on a journey through the Earth's biggest impact sites, the different types of meteor impacts and the possible connection to the Bible.

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Now in Auction: A Dutch Collection of Fine Art and Exclusive Antiques

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The 17th and 18th centuries in Europe were a big inspiration for many designers and artist, including the following collection of art and antiques. The collection includes a selection of paintings, clocks and bureaus that are up for auction. The auction will end on the 25th of June. Keep reading to discover what is so unique about this exclusive collection and how you can bid on these pieces.

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The History of Rolls-Royce in 10 Interesting Facts

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For well over a century now Rolls-Royce has built high-quality cars with an iconic and elite status. Old Rolls-Royce models are still highly sought after and most can recognise a Rolls from the logo alone. How did Rolls Royce get where they are today you may ask? Keep reading to learn about the fascinating Rolls Royce history in 10 interesting facts!

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The Impressive Football Shirt Collection of Lionel Messi and Others

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F.C. Barcelona, Lionel Messi’s club, may have lost this year’s league to Real Madrid, but if there was an award for owning the biggest football shirt collection, it would probably go to Messi! Let’s take a look at some of the most impressive football shirt collections around!

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How Well Do You Know Rembrandt’s 'The Night Watch'?

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It is one of the most famous paintings in the world, the 11.91 by 14.34 foot masterpiece: The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn. You probably knew it depicts a militia company and can be seen in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Do you remember more facts about The Night Watch? Test your knowledge!

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10 Reasons Why Roger Moore was a Memorable James Bond

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Sir Roger Moore was an internationally famous actor, primarily known for his role as James Bond. The breakthrough in his career happened when he was cast as Simon Templar in the popular spy series The Saint. He starred in numerous other roles both on film and on stage and when he passed away he left behind a legacy. We have put together a list of the top 10 reasons that this actor, author and ambassador was so memorable in his role as the suave spy, Bond. James Bond.

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How to Keep Your Watch in Good Condition

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Whether you bought a new Rolex in a jewellery store or won a vintage Art Deco watch on the Catawiki Exclusive Watch auction; you probably wish to enjoy it for quite some time. Maintenance is essential to keep your watch in good condition! Read along for some tips and tricks.    by Berry Harleman ...

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How to Flip Antiques for Profit

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You’ve heard it before: buy low, sell high. With the rise in popularity of treasure hunting and flipping antiques for profit, we asked two of our experts for some advice that you can take with you to your next visit to a rummage sale, flea market and of course, Catawiki. Keep reading to find out how to get started, what to look for and how to eventually make a profit.

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In the Spotlight: The 1910 Navigator Deck Watch

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An extremely rare Navigator Deck watch, the so-called “combined sidereal and mean time watch” has graced our auctions and our expert is excited to explain just what makes this watch so special. There are only 4 of this 100-year-old watch known to exist today. One of these pocket watches was sold on auction in 2007 for over €30,000. Another one is on our Exclusive Pocket Watches auction which ends on Sunday, 11 June!

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9 Enzo Ferrari Quotes that Explain the Cars' History

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Behind all of Ferrari’s beautiful, innovative and fast cars is a man with a great dream and a strong will. Enzo Ferrari, or Il Commendatore (1898-1988), dedicated his life to racing and building the Ferrari enterprise: a characteristic man famous for his striking quotes. Here are some of his best quotes, linked to parts of his life and to the Ferrari legacy!

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What Makes Tourmaline Crystals World Treasures?

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Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but if it's colour you are really after, tourmaline crystals may be a more your cup of tea. What makes them so unique? For decades these beautiful, natural works of art have been the most prized stones of the mineral family. It is not surprising that tourmaline crystals are the most colourful stones in the world. Read more about the magic of these particular minerals and what makes them worth collecting.

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The Fascinating Backstory Of Marvin The Motorist Watch

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Although Marvin may not be in your top 10 most recognisable watch brands, the company dates back to 1850 and has a very interesting story. They gained their reputation through the exceptional movement in their watches, but their success came in part from knowing how to adapt to changing trends. Their 170 plus years of experience in watchmaking means that they have perfected their technology and style and know how to produce quality luxury Swiss watches. Keep reading to find out why Marvin is worth investing in according to our experts.

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Aubertin, Scanavino And Locci: Special Italian Art in Auction

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L'Ego Mondrian (blue), Interferences, Interfaccia #47, Feuille d'Aube and many more Italian works are featured at auction on Catawiki. Our auction dedicated to modern art is coming to a close this week. With works by many artists who have contributed to making the Italian art world famous, this auction offers a diverse, high-quality selection of Italian modern art. Keep reading to see some examples from the auction and to read about the artists and their techniques.

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Famous Collectors: Robert Downey Jr. and his Watch Fascination

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While recognised for his roles in films ranging from Sherlock Holmes to Tropic Thunder, award winning American actor Robert Downey Jr. is arguably most famous for his role as Iron Man in the Marvel movies. And like many people, he has a unique collection. But what does the man behind Tony Stark collect?

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The Evolution of Donald Duck

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Donald Duck made his debut on 9 June 1934 and has been loved by fans ever since. He is the most published non-superhero comic book character of all time. He also appears in more films and shorts than any other Disney character. Over the decades this duck has remained consistent, always wearing a blue sailor suit, but never pants and has taken on many roles from teacher to army officer and everything in between. Keep reading to follow the journey Donald has taken since his creation and how he became the duck of today.

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In the Spotlight: The Extremely Rare Omega Seamaster XVI Prototype from the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics

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This week we have an extremely rare Omega Seamaster XVI in our auction, one of just 100 in existence! These watches were Omega’s first Olympic commemorative wristwatches rather than pocket watch. They were created to honour the 1956 summer games in Melbourne, but the design had to be changed before they could be sold commercially. The Seamaster in our auction is one of the so called ‘pre-commercial’ prototypes. Keep reading to find out more about why this watch is so unique and why this design couldn’t be sold commercially.

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Prince's Top 10 Legendary Looks

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Prince's unexpected death was a great loss to the music world. He left behind innovative music, but also a host of unforgettable, legendary fashion statements. From head-to-toe sequins to bright colours and big collars, prints, and even nude, Prince created an iconic style that was all his own. And who could forget his love of the colour purple? This is our list of the top 10 most show-stopping looks from the music legend.

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How to Use Catawiki's Online Auctions to Raise Money for Charity

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You can now raise money the easy and effective way via our online auction platform with the Catawiki Charity Program! Here’s everything you need to know to set up your online charity auction.

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