Going, going …GONE!

Story & photos by Dr. Michael LIm The Travelling GourmetTM

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The irreverent Travelling Gourmet goes to Bonhams Spring Auction in the Regent Hotel and is…

MESMERIZED by Lot 1091. A step-cut diabolically HUGE Diamond & Diamond Ring by Van Kleep and Arpels, all 11.47 carats between trillion cut Diamond shoulders. It is set in a precious Platinum ring with more diamonds but only small ones. The light rays bounced off the precious stone and the gorgeous gem seemed to say to me, “You can have me…all of me…for only about USD800,000…” Alas, Lot 1091…I am not obsessed by material things.


I care more for priceless things like Freedom and Love. Freedom is priceless. The Universe is priceless. ,,Der Hase” by Albrecht Duerer in the Albertina Museum of Vienna is priceless. The Venus de Milo in the Louvre in ‘la ville lumiere’ is priceless. Between something that has a price, and something that is priceless, I CHOOSE the priceless. Not everyone and not everything has a price. There are people who cannot be bought at any price. Bear in mind, if you cannot be bought, you cannot be sold…The ,nouveau riche’ will never be able to understand this…denn sie sind ueberdumm und bloed, Ha! Ha! Die Gedanken sind frei!

A bottle of Whisky caught my eye, it was a Macallan Albert Watson 1946, one of only 36 bottles produced and aged in Sherry-Oak casks. Going for between USD32,000 to USD41,000…only.


And if you are in San Franciso in California in the good ol’ US of A in November 2013, you can bid for a rare 12 gauge A-1 Special Parker Brothers Boxlock Shotgun, exquisitely engraved. It is going for between USD60,000 to USD80,000. So very beautiful, it reminds me of a Spanish Senorita that I know…ay, yai yai, Caramba!!!



As I sipped my glass of Pinot Noir, a simple wine with a pale ruby colour and thankfully not over-oaked, I thought:

Money does not bring happiness, but it has been known to cause an occasional smile…:-)

Diamonds are NOT forever. True love is forever.

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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