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    Sotheby’s in London auctioned items that were once owned Egypt’s last King, King Farouk I in early June and once again there has been a complete silence on how those beautiful things that are part of the Egyptian National heritage found their way to the famous auction house.

    The items were sold as part of Fine Jewels auction held earlier June.

    Here is a quick look to the items previously owned by King Farouk that were sold in early June 2018

      ✽Lot No.199: Tie pin and cufflinks as well Ruby and diamond tie pin✽

        There are tie pin and cufflinks made of 18-carat gold mounted with coins depicting young King Farouk of Egypt. The other tip pin in the lot is more beautiful.
        The coins and the tie pins "Sotheby's"
        The coins and the tie pins "Sotheby's"
        It is decorated with the Egyptian kingdom’s crown set with calibré-cut rubies and single-cut diamonds.

        The two tie pins and cufflinks were sold in their original green leather pouched stamped with the following in French “AH. Naguib Rey, Fournisseur de Sa Majsete’ Le Roi D’Egypt. Le Cairo-Paris” which is translated in to “A.H Naguib Rey {I think it Bey}, the fournisser of his Majesty King Farouk of Egypt {specialized in buying fancy stuff for the king}, Cairo and Paris.

        AH. Naguib is Ahmed Naguib or as known in the Egyptian modern history Ahmed Pasha Naguib, King Farouk’s special Jeweler.

        Historically, King Farouk I met his second wife Nariman at the Naguib Pasha’s Jewelry shop at Abdel Khalek Tharwet street in Cairo when she was searching with her family for engagement jewelry for her first engagement.

        Interestingly, Ahmed Pasha Naguib used owned one of Presidency villas beside Heliopolis Palace where ousted Mubarak used to stay and there has been a battle between Naguib Pasha heirs and the state about it. That villa should return to them but what you know !!
        The family of Naguib Pasha is still working in Jewelry business in Egypt.
        Back to the auction.
        Originally estimated at GBP 220-350, those two tie pins and cufflinks were sold for GBP 4,000 “ LE 95,825”
        Sotheby's did not release online information related to how it acquired those items or when they were made.

        Judging from the fact the pouch had the stamp of Ahmed Naguib as Bey, which was an honorary title less than Pasha; I would assume that they were made for King Farouk when he was still a young king.

        Either those items were with King Farouk when he left Alexandria to Napoli on that morning of 24 July 1952 or they were sold in those shameful 1954 auctions or they left Egypt illegally and it won’t be surprised for me because Sotheby’s got a long history of selling historical items that left Egypt illegally.

          ✽ Lot No.200: Diamond Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels ✽

            French Van Cleef & Arpels was among the favorite Jewelry companies of the Egyptian Royal Family and its members and I think that beautiful diamond golden brooch depicting a bird standing over a branch.
            The diamond golden brooch "Sotheby's"
            The diamond golden brooch "Sotheby's"

            The body, beak and the feathers of the bird were carefully made from 18-carat gold whereas its eyes are made of diamonds. The bird is also standing on a coral gemstone.

            Originally estimated at GBP 700-1,1500, the brooch was sold at GBP 12,500 “LE 299,411”

            Again Sotheby’s does not say how it put its hand on that brooch and whether it was sold in the infamous 1954 auctions or left the country illegally or King Farouk himself took it with him into exile and then sold it.

            FYI Van Cleef & Aprels sent its representatives to the 1954 auctions and bought some of their old customers’ valuable items.

              ✽Lot No.201: Diamond purse handle ✽

                The diamond purse handle "Sotheby's"
                The diamond purse handle "Sotheby's"
                There is not much information on who made that diamond purse handle or how it ended up to be used as a bracelet.

                The only thing that is known about it was that was owned by King Farouk and somehow it ended at Sotheby’s.

                The diamonds are real as you can see them.

                Originally estimated at GBP 2,200-3,500, the diamond purse handle was sold at GBP 9,375 “ LE 221,864”.

                Those three beautiful items that are worth a fortune in Egyptian pounds are the latest items owned by Egypt and Sudan’s last king.
                Christie’s Dubai sold in March 2018 King Farouk’s beautiful 18k-carat gold Patek Philippe watch for USD 912,500 “LE 16 million”.

                That was a record price in the Middle East.
                It is unclear who bought it but I won’t be surprised to know if it were MBS or MBZ, I will be angry and sad because they do not deserve that watch or to be compared by King Farouk who did not harm anyone compared to them.

                Quick online search in major auction houses like Sotheby’s or Christie’s, one can find many precious items owned by members of the Egyptian Royal Family that found its way to go under the hammer in a mysterious way instead of being in a museum.

                To their own credit, Sotheby’s and Christies’ say if the items in their auctions are part of their own collections they had acquired for nearly nothing in the infamous 1954 auctions only to sell for millions of Egyptian pounds 60 years later.

                King-in-exile Ahmed Fouad II stated that all his family’s belongings are now part of the Egyptian people’s heritage and that it was the duty of the Egyptian government to restore that lost heritage.

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                Egypt's Oldest shop
                The X Mark like a bad omen on the shop 
                Seen in Cairo what it could be the last days of 111-years S. Hinhayat shop, Egypt’s oldest surviving watches and clock shop “most probably in the MiddleEast”.
                I have been fascinated with that sign and how it says "Established in 1907" and how its Egyptian owner and his heirs have kept the name of that Bulgarian man "Solomon Hinhayat" since he had sold it their grandfather in 1948.
                Unfortunately, that shop won’t be here for too long as its building will be demolished for that mega development project of Maspero triangle.
                I feel really sad 😞

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                Earlier Thursday, the Egyptian authorities surprised the world by its decision to open that big black mysterious sarcophagus found earlier July in Alexandria governorate and the whole matter turned in to another original Egyptian black comedy with crazy statements and red piss water 10,000 people want to drink from all over the world.

                black sarcophagus
                The original black sarcophagus as found in Alexandria 
                I remember Egypt’s ministry of antiquities announced that it would open that black granite sarcophagus in a big event allowing international media to cover just like what it had done with the colossal statue of King Psmatik I in Matareya in March 2017.

                Inviting international media to cover the event especially all the world was technically speaking and wondering about who was in that sarcophagus could have an excellent move. People from all over the world were excited according to comments online especially it is black sarcophagus like the one in the Mummy shitty film franchise.😒😒

                It was a good opportunity to promote for Alexandria as a historical place full of historical touristic ancient sites and museums.

                The fact that that sarcophagus is made of granite, which is an expensive material only found in Aswan made may speculate that it could be a man of high status.
                Some even had a wild imagination that it could be the tomb of Alexander, the great. It is wild imagination because historically and logically that small tomb could not be the tomb of the greatest military commander in ancient World who allegedly died somewhere near India.
                Nevertheless, that excitement was not used properly.

                Egyptian journalists knew about the opening operation only on Wednesday and those who were lucky enough to go were not allowed to go and film the operation directly.

                There was military police guarding the location that was covered by tent cloth similar to Croatia flag.
                Croatia tent cloth
                The Croatia tent coth in the location at Sidi Gabr in Alexandria
                "Al Watan newspaper"
                I understood that the military police was there because the ministry of antiquities needed to use a crane owned by the army to lift up the heavy granite sarcophagus which nobody even dared to ask how it was put down so low.

                I know that modern day Alexandria was built over layers of old Alexandrias but still one must wonder especially we are speaking about granite brought from Aswan in the South of Egypt.


                black sarcophagus
                A close up of the black sarcophagus
                The sarcophagus with no inscriptions (as we see in the photos) what so ever is carved out of black granite brought from Aswan, 1.85 meters tall, 2.65 meters long, and 1.65 meters wide.
                There were speculations that it weighed about 30 tons.

                The Egyptian army’s Engineering authority is currently engaged in several civilian construction and development projects in Alexandria already and so they got that big crane used in the opening of the sarcophagus and transferring it.

                According to the news reports, the antiquities ministry had to ask the Engineering authority for help because it was worried that the excavation works would affect other old buildings in the area.

                I think they could have asked also the help of the faculty of engineering’s professors at the University of Alexandria too.
                I followed the updates of the operation on Twitter and updates from the newspapers on Thursday like many Egyptians as well as foreigners and just like ever related to that sarcophagus, the news was strange.

                First, it was announced that horrible smell came out of the sarcophagus when it was opened for a tiny bit that the archeologists had to leave the location because of it.

                Second, the sarcophagus was open and there came the red liquid. The world went coco here.
                The liquid inside the sarcophagus
                The liquid inside the sarcophagus "The ministry of antiquities"
                A strange red colored liquid was found inside the sarcophagus covering three skeletons that survived all that time.
                Officially, a quantity of that substance was taken to be analyzed.
                The liquid inside the sarcophagus
                Sucking the red liquid and skeletons appear after 2000 years 
                Unofficially, the rest of the substance which was sucked from the sarcophagus was disposed of in the most irresponsible way ever as photos emerged for a man allegedly working with the archeologists throwing it in the street !!
                In the street
                In the street "Journalist Wael Thabet"
                I do not need to state how this is completely wrong and irresponsible.
                Publicly, some people began to spread rumors that the substance was the infamous red mercury.

                According to urban legends in the late 1990s and early 2000s, red mercury was found in the ancient Egyptians’ tombs and it did miracles aside from so-called use in nuclear energy whether curing people from illness or used to control Djinn.

                Internationally, we got that funny man called Innes Mck who decided a petition asking the Egyptian government to let him drink the red substance so he can die and others joined him. It has been a circus so.

                But then the naked sad truth came, the red liquid is actually sewage water according to analysis !!!!!!!!!!
                To be honest I do not understand how the sewage water reached inside the granite sarcophagus and did not leave marks outside it or at least the archeologists did not tell the public about it.

                The archeologists managed to suck liquid and took the skeletons and skulls for further analysis.
                The skulls
                The Skulls 
                The secretary general of the Supreme Council Mostafa El-Wizary who was the star of the event stated without further analysis that the skeletons were for soldiers because one of them had an arrow in his or her skull !!

                He also said that the skulls appeared to show chivalry and manhood as well Sharpness thus they had to be “soldiers” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                El-Wizary
                Mostafa El-Wizary speaking to the media last Thursday
                "Twitter"
                That’s the quickest conclusion I have ever seen for a tomb with no information what so ever. No wonder it became the joke of the Egyptian social media then.

                The disfigured head made of marble
                at the tomb "Antiquities ministry"
                The only solid facts about that tomb we have got that the sarcophagus made from granite that came from Aswan, is from the Ptolemaic era and that there was a marble disfigured head for mostly man.

                No one cared to reveal more info about that disfigured head.
                Other remarkable and interesting facts are that we got three skeletons with no cloth or what so ever for three people whom we ignore their gender seriously speaking.

                Those people were not mummified which is strange because till the Roman era, Egyptians used to mummify their dead and Fayoum portraits are a proof.

                Also, it is weird to find three skeletons put together like that in a granite sarcophagus brought from Aswan, which I assume that was not cheap either in the ancient times.
                The day ended by the archeologists transferring the skulls for further examination.

                On Friday, the sarcophagus was sent to the ministry of antiquities’ warehouse in Mostafa Kamel street in Alexandria.
                The sarcophagus transferred
                The sarcophagus transferred to its new home for now and you can see a man on right wearing an Upper Egyptian
                galabiya style, I think he is one of the local experts in transferring sarcophagi from Upper Egypt
                "Ministry of antiquities"
                I thought that the circus is over but then the news of Mck’s petition jumped back into my face to remind me how the history of my country turned in to a silly joke thanks to Western urban legends of ancient curses and mummies films crap.

                Now, this is the only photo we got that gives the true space where the archeologists and Upper Egyptian workers did their magic and somehow I can understand why the authorities did not want journalists there.
                The excavation site
                This is the place where the sarcophagus was found, a construction site that defies logic !! "Reuters"
                I salute the Reuters photographer who managed to take it.
                Many people including myself are asking about how there was going to be a residential building over that tiny piece of land !!
                Alexandrians say that this is normal and it happened before.
                By the way, I think Egyptians should salute the unsung heroes of last Thursday: The excavation workers of Upper Egypt who came from South to help in opening the sarcophagus as Pros.

                The workers from Upper Egypt
                The workers from Upper Egypt "Twitter"

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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Blood Moon July 2018 from Egypt

                Another shot for the Blood Moon , the total lunar eclipse from Giza.


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Blood Moon July 2018 from Egypt

                Another shot for the Blood Moon , the total lunar eclipse from Giza.


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Blood Moon July 2018 from Egypt

                Another shot for the Blood Moon , the total lunar eclipse from Giza.


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Blood Moon July 2018 from Egypt

                Another shot for the Blood Moon , the total lunar eclipse from Giza.


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Partial lunar eclipse from Egypt

                Partial lunar eclipse from Egypt


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                It is said to be the longest lunar eclipse our part of the world would see in the 21st century and so I could not ignore it. I had waited for it since I read the news earlier July.
                When the eclipse started, I could not see it from our house’s balcony because it was hiding behind a big tree “I am praying that tree is left alone and to be completely ignored by the municipality workers”  and so I had to go to the street to see that beautiful transformation of the moon.

                Partial lunar eclipse from Egypt
                The partial lunar eclipse 
                Again I made a scene in the street as I stood with tripod paying gazing at the star. I listened to very expected comments especially from teenage boys who were wondering what I was photographing.
                Only a nice old couple praised my action for photographing the moon.
                Partial lunar eclipse from Egypt
                The partial lunar eclipse 
                “Bravo,” The old man and his wife who kept following the moon eclipse told me when they saw me with my camera and tripod.

                Partial lunar eclipse from Egypt
                The partial lunar eclipse 
                It was the beginning of that beautiful sky show and I returned back to my apartment to see the moon from the balcony as the moon once again and I could catch while it transferred into a red bloody moon for real.
                Partial lunar eclipse from Egypt
                Blood lunar eclipse 
                An amazing scene you can see with your naked eye despite all the city light and noise.
                Partial lunar eclipse from Egypt
                Blood lunar eclipse 
                What is even that we were able to see Mars with the naked eyes as a red shiny dot near the moon in a position that repeats every 25,000 years according to Wikipedia !!!!!
                Blood Moon July 2018 from Egypt
                Blood moon 
                Most people did not look up the sky in the street but few did like that old man and his wife.
                God bless them where they are now.
                Many Muslims prayed the Lunar eclipse prayer.
                Blood Moon July 2018 from Egypt
                Blood moon 
                Aside from science, we believe lunar and solar eclipses are work of God showing us his mighty power.
                According to Islamic beliefs, Muslims should not believe in any superstition revolving about the eclipse but social media and mainstream media say otherwise.
                Both social and mainstream media were full of crap and nonsense like we would have earthquakes and our emotions would be on a rollercoaster.
                My favorite myth: Do not look to the moon too much in the eclipse because you may get depressed Dearie, e, I live in Egypt in the Middle East during the Era of US president Donald Trump. I lived 30 years under Mubarak then reached the moon in 2011 then returned back to Mubarak era san Mubarak since 2013. I do not need a lunar eclipse to be depressed. I am already depressed.
                Blood Moon July 2018 from Egypt
                Blood moon 
                That eclipse that cheered me up actually after photographing and filming the sad story of Building No.54 in 26th July street and how the oldest working Clock shop may get demolished within hours not within days.

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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Financial records of S.Hinhayat

                The financial records S.Hinhayat clock shop's customers


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Father and son , the Clock-makers

                Father and son , a photo of Mostafa Solomon and his father who interhited S.Hinhayat Clock shop from his father


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Another shot for that old clock

                Nomolas Watch, the Queen watch corner at S.Hinhayat Shop in Downtown Cairo


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Broken Clocks at Egypt's S.Hinhayat Clock shop

                An old broken art deco clock at S.Hinhayat Clock Shop


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                S.Hinhayat shop from inside

                S.Hinhayat Shop from above , from its second level workshop


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                It need renovation indeed

                The 112-years old building needs indeed renovation ASAP


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                Little details in the 1906-building

                The little details in the original wooden doors of Building No.54 which was in 1906 in Downtown Cairo.


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                The painting of the ceiling that does not exist anymore

                The painting of the ceiling made it till July 23 ,2017 before it was demolished next day by the municipality workers


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                The painting of the ceiling that does not exist anymore

                The painting of the ceiling made it till July 23 ,2017 before it was demolished next day by the municipality workers


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                Kodak Agfa posted a photo:

                The pharmacy of Dr. Emad

                The old pharmacy in building no.54 at 26 July street. Dr. Emad, its founder inaugurated in 1950


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                Egypt’s Premier League will kick-start within hours in Alexandria with a football match between Ittihad Alexandria and El Mokawloon at Alexandria Stadium.
                Both teams are allowed to get 15 football fans only to watch the game in the stadium, which in total of 30 football fans.
                This is according to the Egyptian Football Association “EFA”’s orders concerning this season of the Egyptian Premier League.
                The EFA said that each club got 15 fans officially and temporary to watch the local tournament this season.
                Ironically the football team members will be more in numbers than its fans.
                Ahly fans by AFP
                Ahly fans by AFP 

                The head of tournaments at EFA Amer Hussein said that if we asked about why the public could watch the matches at the stadium then we should ask the interior ministry.
                I respect the honesty of Hussein, this is the truth we all know about in Egypt.

                The announcement of the EFA comes just two weeks after the announcement of Egypt’s minister of youth and sports Ashraf Sobhi declared boldly that our country was seeking to host World Cup 2030.


                I am afraid that to win the bid for World Cup 2030 Egypt must start from now to allow football fans to watch the Egyptian Premier League in bigger numbers with fewer security measurements aside from building big stadiums and fixing about thousand other things.

                The Egyptian authorities had decided that the public would not attend local football matches following the sad incidents of Port Said stadium massacre and the Air Defense stadium massacre.
                There was an attempt to make the public return once again but failed when Ahly hardcore fans “Ultras Ahlaway U-7” chanted their famous anti-chants against the police and regime if I remember correctly.
                Many members of the famous Ultras Ahlaway group as well Zamalek Ultras White Knights had arrested since then in a restless crackdown.

                In May 2018, Ultras Ahlaway of Ahly SC announced that it dissolved itself and some of its members allegedly burned their banner as a symbol of the group.
                In late May, Ultras White Knights of Zamalek SC also announced it dissolved itself and the scene of burning their alleged banner repeated again.
                In early July, Ultras Green Eagles of Port Said’s Al Masry SC announced too it dissolved its group in a Facebook statement.

                Some of the detained Ultras fans and members have been released since the announcements but still there are others who are behind bars like leading figure of Ultras White Knights Siyad El-Moshgab.
                Speaking about El-Moshgab, he is currently on a food strike to reject the ill-treatment he receives in prison.
                Now the three big major Ultras groups announced that they are dissolving them and still the public cannot watch football matches like normal people in any country !!!

                It is sad but I totally understand why the lads in those groups took that decision. Already their existence is in danger to be declared as a terrorist organization thanks to the counter-terrorism law.
                “Let the public return to the stadium” has been a slogan for those who want the return of the football fans and no one knows when will happen.
                God only knows when the public will return to see local tournaments in Egypt.

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