Jean-Mairet & Gillman: Upcoming Luxury Watch Designer

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Jean-Mairet & Gillman may not be as world renowned as Rolex (yet), but this modern brand is quickly making a name for itself in the watch world and is worth discussing. After discovering this exclusive watch in one of his upcoming auctions, our watch expert was eager to share the story of how Jean-Mairet & Gillman came to be and why this watch, the Hora Mundi, is so special. Keep reading to find out why our expert is so excited about this particular watch.

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A Day in the Life of Modern Jewellery Expert: Joyce Drijver

Interviews

How well do you know our experts? Every week at our Catawiki blog, we introduce a Catawiki expert and learn a bit about what their life looks like. This week we have spoken with our expert Joyce Drijver, an enthusiastic expert in modern jewellery. "Every day is different if you are an expert at C...

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Famous Collectors: Queen Elizabeth and her Passion for Stamps

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Have you ever heard of the Royal Philatelic Collection? It is one of the most remarkable stamp collections in the world. British Queen Elizabeth is the proud owner of it. She continued the hobby of her ancestor George V and further expanded the collection. Thanks to her the collection is now known internationally and has become legendary.

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Understanding the Background of the Mystical Birthstones

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If you think about mineral stones, accompanying legends may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Did you know that there is deeper meaning behind birthstones and that legend says that the stones hold special powers for those who wear them? Read all about what our expert has to say about the mystical stones and their powers...

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Take a Look at Leonardo DiCaprio's Big Art Collection

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Have you always dreamed of being in Leonardo DiCaprio’s bedroom? We have. But no it’s not for the reason you might think, but to check out his art collection of course! Besides acting, Leonardo managed to develop a distinguished eye for modern art. Read on to discover what works of art hang on Leo’s walls, which are his favourite artists and what artworks you can buy for yourself!

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How Rollei Cameras Became a Success Story

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When the first Rollei camera came out in 1929, it quickly was the must-have under professional photographers. Working for an optics and photography company, Reinhold Heidecke had the brilliant idea to produce a roll-film camera. His employer was not keen on his idea so Heidecke went in search of started his own company. He quickly met Paul Franke, who was intrigued by the idea of Heidecke’s long live dream. The two went into business together and on 1 February 1920, their company ‘Franke & Heidecke’ was born. Read on to discover how this company became the vintage Rollei that photograph fans know and love today.

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10 Facts About the Hermès Kelly Bag That May Surprise You

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The Kelly bag from Hermès has been an iconic fashion item for decades. It is very valuable, whether you buy a new one or win a vintage Kelly bag at our Fashion auction. Keen to learn more about this luxury bag? Here are 10 interesting facts!

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The secret behind the success of Rolex

Interviews

Rolex watches are worth gold. A glance at our auction shows us that a Rolex can easily cost a few thousand euros. But Rolex watches were not always worth so much money. The founder of Rolex used its watches for the common man. As we know now, time has changed. Read more to find out how Hans Wilsdorf conquered the world with his Rolex and how much a Rolex is worth nowadays.

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Our Expert's Favourite Watches of the Week

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Catawiki’s watch experts have selected their favourite lots this week and want to share them with you. If you’re interested in any of the watches below, you can place your bids at our Watches auctions. Keep reading to discover what our experts are excited about and why.

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5 Buddhist Artefacts Explained: The Story Behind Prayer Beads and Singing Bowls

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We all recognise the Buddha sculpture when we see one, and most of us have come across a prayer wheel or singing bowl now and then, but what is their purpose and what do they symbolise? Our expert has explained the function and symbolism behind five Buddhist artefacts. By Sarah Orford - Asian Art...

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Top 10 Most Expensive Locks of Hair Ever Sold

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The market for famous pieces of hair is a market in itself. Collectors from around the world scour the internet to find that one special piece of hair that belonged to a person they are fascinated with. Most of the pieces of hair are from famous people who have passed away, making the locks even ...

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Everything you need to know to become a seller on Catawiki

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Bidding on Catawiki can become addictive. A while ago, we wrote this article about the so-called ‘auction virus’ which causes some people to only stop bidding once they’ve won an item. This is a phenomenon that we will never hear sellers complaining about. And the great thing about this story is ...

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Salvador Dali: The Real Meaning Behind His Surreal Art

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Describing his own work as “hand painted dream photographs”, Salvador Dalí is widely recognised for his surrealist works, most notably his melting clocks. Perhaps you’ve wondered what his paintings mean. Just like dreams, his works combine highly realistic images in unrealistic ways and, like dre...

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How Catawiki Determines the Value of Oriental Rugs

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Oriental rugs come in many different forms and colours but mainly distinguishes itself in Persian rugs, antique oriental rugs, or hand knotted rugs. If you are looking for a rug to invest in it may be difficult to decide which one you should choose. The price of a rug is based on a number of spec...

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Extraordinary find: 6000 pounds for a purse from the fleamarket

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Purses are available in all sorts and sizes. Most are of average value, but this does not apply to the purses of the famous exclusive brand Hermès. So, when Annemei Kalden was on a French flea market and stumbled on a real Hermès purse, she didnt believe her eyes...

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Mother's Day Shopping: Gift Ideas for 5 Types of Super Moms

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Moms have super powers. They can heal bumps and bruises with a simple kiss, they know exactly where to find that one thing you’ve lost and they somehow always know what you’re doing, even when you thought you were being sneaky. These superheros in our lives deserve a little special treatment on m...

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Now up for auction: Ancient Egyptian ushabti for Princess Nesy-Khonsu

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Each week, we have a huge amount of incredible items up for auction. More often than not, items have either an incredible story or a certain historical value, that you might not know about. We’d like to change that! Earlier, we wrote about the Ancient Egyptian ushabti’s. This week, we will discuss the ancient royal shabti for the Princess Nesy-Khonsu.

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The Passion for Collecting Star Wars Memorabilia

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In 1977, the first Star Wars movie came out. Since then, millions of fans are suffering from a Star Wars craziness. Many fans are competing with each other about who can collect the most items. Patrick Keuris from Zwolle is such a collector. There is so much to find that unless you are a billio...

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

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There are a lot of ways to raise money for charity online: crowdfunding, donations, friend raising, petitioning, you name it. But there is also another new and innovative way that might have been overlooked: online auctions. 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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Top 10 Most Expensive Steiff Bears

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If you were asked what the most valuable teddy bear in the world was, what would you say? We agree that your own beloved bear is the most valuable in terms of nostalgia. We’d say the same about our own bears. However there are some extremely expensive bears out there. Want to know what makes som...

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Sports in Numbers: 9 Interesting Facts about Sports, Auctions & Collecting

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We all know that some people turn collecting into a sport. While someone is looking for that one special item to complete his or her collection, someone else is only just beginning. There are many collectors in sports too, so some items could be worth a lot of money! We made a list of nine intere...

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Ardbeg Distillery: Whisky That's Out of This World

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Did you know that there was a whisky experiment conducted in outer space? That’s right, Ardbeg Distillery has a lot to be proud of and one of their many accomplishments was launching the first whisky experiment in space. But who is Ardbeg and what’s their story? Keep reading to find out why this ...

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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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Top 10 Most Expensive Model Cars Ever Made

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Cars not only come in big sizes, they are also scaled to fit into the palm of your hands. From Ferrari to Volkswagen, every rare model car has a story, which makes collecting them even more fun. If you really want to go all the way with your collection, certain companies have produced very exclu...

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Special Auction: Original Illustrations of Neave Parker

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William Neave Parker dedicated his life to writing a number of books and articles about prehistoric animals. He illustrated animals as well and collected them in a book. One of those illustration books was called the The Story of Mammals. Are you an admirer of Neave Parker's work? Then you are in...

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