How To Spend Your Bonus: #15 Down At The Auction House

Sokol K Spacesuit

Sokol K Spacesuit - Sokol K Russian Spacesuit

The Sokol K spacesuit worn by Alexei Leonov, Commander of the Soyuz 19 spacecraft, is among the highlights of the Space History Sale at Bonhams, New York, on May 5th 2011. The suit is expected to fetch $100,000 to $150,000.

Don't fancy a communist spacesuit? How about a tissue dispenser from Apollo 14? It's expected to fetch $6,000 - $8,000 at the same sale.


An Eric Clapton Guitar

Eric Clapton - For all rock aficionados, Eric Clapton is auctioning more than 70 guitars at Bonham's, New York, on 9th March. Clapton is auctioning the memorabilia in order to raise money for his drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in the Caribbean.

Probably the pick of the guitars is a 2005 Fender Stratocaster Signature Model, which Clapton used during the Cream Reunion concerts at the Albert Hall in 2005. The guitar is expected to fetch $20,000 - $30,000.

As well as guitars the auction includes around 70 amplifiers.

Clapton is widely regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine named him fourth on their list of the 100 best guitarists in music history.


L.S. Lowry’s ‘The Football Match’The Football Match -

Not seen in public for two decades L.S. Lowry's 'The Football Match' is up for auction on 26th May at Christie's London. Lowry's 'stickman' depiction of a football match in Manchester is expected to fetch £3.5m to £4.5m.


Winston Churchill's Glasses

Churchills Glasses - A pristine pair of tortoiseshell reading glases, worn by Sir Winston Churchill, will be auctioned by JP Humbert on 17th March.

The glasses, worn by Churchill in later life, are described as being in 'pristine condition'. They were sent to be repaired at Dixey, of Wigmore Street, London, and never picked up.

The glasses have been authenticated with a compliments slip from the opticians and several photographs of Churchill wearing them. They are being sold with a reserve of £300.


1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico CoupeFerarri 340 Mexico - On sale at RM Auctions' March event at Amelia Island this particular Ferarri is one of only 3 produced. It was made to compete at the La Carrera Panamericana and finished third in 1952. It was also on the Ferarri stand at the 1953 Turin motor show.

Of particular significance for collectors is that this model is completely original, it hasn't had any major restoration and all the serial numbers match the original build. It's also eligible for the Mille Miglia so you can show it off to the world, should you choose to.

This car is expected to fetch $2.7-$3.5 million. If that's too much of a stretch there's a 1953 Ferarri 212 Inter Coupe at the same event, which has a guide of $375,000-$575,000.


Sources: BBC, Reuters, BornRich

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