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$80k expected for Dracula desk
Agencies
London, November 03, 2012
First Published: 00:19 IST(3/11/2012)
Last Updated: 00:21 IST(3/11/2012)

The historic desk where author Bram Stoker created his classic 1897 vampire tale Dracula is going up for auction after having been restored and turned into a work of art.

California company Profiles in History will handle the sale, which will take place on December 15 and 16.
The auction house expects the desk, along with a matching baroque candelabra to sell for somewhere between $60,000 and $80,000.

The remarkable piece of furniture has had a long history, which, over the past century, has left it battered, with missing drawers, the Daily Mail reported.  

The Irish-born Stoker, who died in 1912, initially gave the desk to his friend JSR Phillips. The current owner commissioned British-based furniture maker and designer Mark Brazier-Jones to preserve the desk. pti

China cries foul over antiques
Beijing: A Chinese cultural heritage official has hit out at a planned auction in Britain of two antiques it claims were looted from Beijing in the 19th century, state media said Friday.

London-based auctioneers Bonhams will auction a Qing dynasty jade disc and a jade hanging vase which were “retrieved from the abandoned Summer Palace in Beijing” in 1860, the company said in an online statement.
An official from China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage slammed the auction as “against the spirit of international conventions”, China Daily reported.   afp

Angkor wat stone mystery solved
London: Archaeologists have uncovered traces of a series of canal, which suggest that the 5 million tonnes of sandstone used to build Cambodia’s Angkor Wat took a far shorter route than previously thought.
Earlier it was assumed they were taken 35 km along a canal to Tonle Sap Lake, rafted another 35 km along the lake, then taken up the Siem Reap River for 15 km, against the current.
But researchers have discovered canals leading from the foot of Mount Kulen to Angkor — a gentle 34-km route, as opposed to the arduous 90-km trek previously suggested.  ANI


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