Rare and unusual coins, bank notes and medals will go under the gavel as Editions V. Gadoury auctions off over 1,700 pieces at an event taking place at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel at the end of the month.
Monaco-based numismatic house Editions V. Gadoury will be hosting two exceptional auctions on 30th and 31st October with a giant 1,700 lot selection of coins, bank notes and medals from around the globe.
A collector’s dream, the lots will be comprised of pieces ranging from antiquity to present day, some truly extraordinary with “provenances that can be traced by for many years.”
One of the highlights of the sales will be the ‘Gentlemen of the Royal House’, a collection of medals and coins from the House of Savoy. This is only the third time this lot has gone up for sale.
The auction can be attended in person at the Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel, where all the necessary health regulations will be put in place to ensure a safe experience. For those who prefer to stay at home, or who are too far away to be there in person, bids will be taken both online and by phone. Additionally, the lots can be viewed beforehand at the shop located at 57 rue Grimaldi.
Some of the pieces being sold include a coin stamped in Roman Empire in 44 B.C. going under the hammer for €30,000, a rare Chinese Ming Dynasty-era (1368-1399) bank note with an opening bid of €1,000, a nearly uncirculated US $2 note signed by Andy Warhol opening at €900, and a rare and amazingly conserved coin featuring 13th century Carlo I d’Angio, King of Sicily and Count of Provence opening at €25,000.
Editions V Gadoury has been based in Monaco since 1973 and has been well-known for its numismatic collections as well as for publishing respected books on currencies from around the world.
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Monaco resident and iconic James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore died on Tuesday, May 22, after a short battle with cancer. He was 89 years old.
His three children from Italian actress Luisa Mattioli, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, announced his passing on his Twitter account: "With a heavy heart, we must share the terrible news That our father, Sir Roger Moore, died today.”
Sir Roger survived a first case of prostate cancer, diagnosed in 1993.
While his most prominent role was James Bond, whom he played between 1973 and 1985, he had built his reputation on British TV as Simon Templar in the popular series The Saint.
Taking on the Bond role from Sean Connery, Moore played the world-famous British spy in seven feature films: Live and Let Die (1973), followed by The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill.
He praised Daniel Craig in his recent 007 films, saying he had previously put Sean Connery at the top of the list.
Moore famously downplayed has talent. He commented in 2014: “During my early acting years I was told that to succeed you needed personality, talent and luck in equal measure. I contest that. For me it’s been 99 percent luck. It’s no good being talented and not being in the right place at the right time.”
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Moore said: “Being eternally known as Bond has no downside. People often call me ‘Mr Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?”
Famously entertaining on and off screen, in 2008 Moore told GQ magazine: “You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I chose both.”
Moore, who wrote two books about playing Bond, as well as two autobiographies. was a regular visitor with his wife to Bouchon restaurant next to the Columbia Residence in Monaco.
A resident in Monaco, Sir Roger was given a knighthood in 2003 for his charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. “The knighthood for my humanitarian work meant more than if it had been for my acting. I’m sure some people would say, ‘What does an actor know about world issues?’ But [working for UNICEF] I’ve become an expert on things from the causes of dwarfism to the benefits of breastfeeding. I feel very privileged.”
Having been inspired by Audrey Hepburn, who had thrown herself into the role of charity, Moore followed her benevolent path.
Nearly 10 months to the day, he used Twitter to break the news of his step-daughter losing her battle to cancer. “Our beautiful daughter Christina (aka Flossie) lost her battle with cancer 25 July at 10 am. We are heartbroken.”
He is survived by his wife of fifteen years, Kristina Tholstrup.
Article first published May 23, 2017.