It was originally bought for $1,000 in 1912 (almost 93,000 in today’s money) but has now gone under the hammer for $4,705,500, making it the most expensive Rolls- Royce ever sold at auction.

The Rolls Royce Silver

Unique: This 100-year-old

Unique: This 100-year-old Silver Ghost Rolls Royce has sold for a world-record price of 5 million after a furious bidding war at Bonhams.

Through the roof: The

Through the roof: The lengthy auction saw two enthusiasts dueling for the pristine car as the bidding went up in increments of 100,000, smashing past the 2 million estimate.

In great

What it lacks in gadgetry, the British-made classic more than compensates for with an extraordinary level of luxury that leaves its modern-day counterparts looking a little unsophisticated.

 Its gleaming interior fittings are made of silver and ivory, while the door panels are embroidered silk, with brocade tassels attached to silk window shades for privacy.


 The sale took place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex on Friday. Auctioneers had expected it to sell for around 2 million and were astonished when the bidding between two rival collectors topped 4 million. James Knight, from Bonhams auctioneers, said: ˜There were three bidders, then one of them dropped out at 2.3 million and we thought it would end there.

Traveling in style: The

Travelling in style: The design chosen by its original owner echoed the luxurious ‘ Pullman ‘ Railway carriages pioneered by American George Pullman.

The lu

The front seat and                                                          steering

Luxurious: The elegant passenger compartment (left) complete with 29 beveled glass windows and (right) the stylish steering wheel.

˜But then another bidder entered and the bidders were duelling. It went up in increments of 50,000, and then 100,000, and then back down to 50,000.

˜It went on and on and on and was the longest car sale I have ever witnessed. It was pure theatre. Everyone was very respectful but when the price reached a milestone, like 3 million, there was an intake of breath.

˜The bidders were duelling and when the hammer came down there was spontaneous applause. ˜It was fitting because the car is celebrating her centenary.

The car was commissioned by Rolls Royce connoisseur John M. Stephens, who also bought the first Silver Ghost the luxury car-maker produced in 1906. The body was built by former royal carriage-maker Barker’s of Mayfair , which had previously built coaches for King George III and Queen Victoria.

Standing the test of                                                          time:

Standing the test of time: The 7.3-litre, six-cylinder engine is still purring smoothly and is capable of doing around 15 miles to the gallon.

Mark of history: A plaque

Mark of history: A plaque bearing the vehicle’s chassis number of 1907.

Touch of class: The

Touch of class: The original owner employed the services of the best coach-making company, Barker and Co. Ltd, to do the bodywork.


Classic designs: One of the car’s brake lights. The Rolls- Royce still had its headlights, carriage lights, rear lights and inflatable tyres when it went up for sale.

The car even had an early speedometer – an important addition given that a 20 mph speed limit was introduced in 1912.Unlike most car enthusiasts of his time, Mr. Stephens, from Croydon, South London, asked the makers not to include a glass division window between the driver and the passengers as he wanted to drive it himself rather than rely on a chauffeur.

The car’s distinctive cream and green design echoed the luxury ˜Pullman Railway carriages of the time, and it was known as a Double Pullman Limousine.

But it was nicknamed ˜the Corgi Silver Ghost in the 1960s after the toy-maker based its Silver Ghost toy car on this model.

Mr. Stephens’s car is believed to be the only one of its kind to survive with its full interior and bodywork, as many Rolls Royces from the era were converted into ambulances during the First World War.


This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of  Engineering at the University of Iowa. Amazingly, 97% of the machine’s components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa…Yes, farm equipment.

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video. As you can see, it was WELL worth the effort. It’s now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and it’s already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.


Carl Jara’s work doesn’t have turrets, mermaids, or fish, but it does depict otherworldly scenes (along with realistic recreations) that spark the imagination. The Cleveland-based sculptor and woodworker does that on purpose: His intention is to create things you would never normally see in a sandcastle competition. His work is definitely unusual, not to mention totally impressive. See what Jara does with sand, patience, and a ton of talent, below.


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There is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guanyin. Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazingeven if they were not all deaf.

Yesyou read correctly. All 63 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutesRelying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in Athens at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics.
Imagine finding 63 deaf-mute girls that principally look alike i.e. have the same height and body build…
But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and had travelled to more than 40 countries.  Its lead dancer is 29-year-old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year.


Published on Apr 23, 2013

The late, great man of modern storytelling. As Parkinson said of him “gods gift to talk show hosts”.
This compilation of clips of interviews that parkinson did with him (7 times in all!) shows his wonderful genius as a raconteur and his razor sharp wit. As he said of himself, “I’m betrothed to laughter, the most civilised music in the universe”.
What a poor place the world is now without him, not just for his comedic talent but his tireless humanitarian work with UNESCO & UNICEF.
Sit down, be entertained and be prepared to laugh with one of the great storytellers of modern times.


Artist’s life-size beach sculptures made from driftwood

  • James Doran-Webb, 46, made horses out of driftwood he found on beaches
  • The Birmingham-based master craftsman gave each horse moveable limbs
  • He made sculptures for an upcoming Chinese New Year party in Singapore
  • The coming Chinese New Year will be known as ‘Year of the Wooden Horse’
  • Three horses each contain around 400 individual pieces of reclaimed wood
  • They are all built around a stainless-steel skeleton and stand roughly 6ft tall

These majestic horses galloping through the sea may look real but are in fact made from thousands of pieces of driftwood salvaged from the shore. 
The life-size sculptures are the work of Birmingham-based master craftsman James Doran-Webb, 46, who spent a painstaking six months assembling them as part of celebrations to mark Chinese New Year in Singapore. 
Each of the three sculptures stands at around 6 ft tall – or 16 hands as horse lovers might say – and is made from roughly 400 pieces of driftwood of varying sizes built around a stainless steel skeleton.


Birmingham-based master craftsman James Doran-Webb (pictured on horse) spent a painstaking six months assembling the sculptures as part of celebrations to mark Chinese New Year in Singapore

Each horse weighs around half a tonne and can take the weight of five people.
Doran-Webb made all three with movable limbs and neck so they can be arranged into lifelike poses, as these stunning photographs show. 




The trio of horses were constructed for the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. They will take pride of place in their Chinese New Year celebration, which fittingly marks the coming ‘Year of the Wooden Horse’


James Doran-Webb pays locals in his adopted hometown of Cebu, Phillipines, to collect the wood from nearby beaches. For every kilo of wood salvaged, he plants a seedling at one of several sites around the city

The wood Doran-Webb uses for his sculptures is around 50 years old, and according to the craftsman it is ideal to work with.
He said: ‘It is an oily wood so it withstands weather and it is very tensile – it’s a dream to work with.’
‘I started out with sketches of the horses then once I was happy with them I made miniature models of them, which took a month on its own,’ he added.
Doran-Webb said the next step was to make a large plywood template to weld the stainless steel frame onto.
He said: ‘Putting the driftwood onto the sculpture took about three months. The large bits go on first followed by the more intricate pieces.’