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1949 Triumph, rubies and gold add luster to Sept. 30 Government Auction sale
1949 Triumph Roadster TR2000. Government Auction image.

TEHACHAPI, CA.- A stylish 1949 Triumph Roadster, precious gems and valuable gold coins are among the treasures to be offered in Government Auction’s Saturday, Sept. 30 sale. The 1,266-lot offering of antiques, art and luxury watches will be available to online bidders through

For the woman who loves elegant fine jewelry, Government Auction suggests the ruby and white sapphire necklace with a total approximate weight of 161.91 carats.

Surrounded by diamonds, the vibrant main ruby gemstone is fuchsia red in color and cut in a faceted oval shape. The 18-inch-long necklace is composed of silver with gold overlay and features a flexible ribbon of 19 graduating ruby gemstones surrounded by white sapphire bezels. Bidding on this item starts at a mere $2.

Leading the luxury watch category is a previously owned stainless steel Rolex women's watch. This investment timepiece is an Oyster Perpetual with an attractive black face. It is one of several desirable Rolex watches in the auction catalog.

A true classic, the 1949 Triumph Roadster TR 2000 to be auctioned is one of the coolest cars on the road. Its features include a dickey rumble seat with Lucas "King of the Road" headlamps and triple wipers. The car is a right-hand-drive model with a 128ci (2000cc), 68hp OHV 4-cylinder engine and 3-speed, fully synchronized manual transmission. The handsome English roadster has been fully restored with black paint, saddle tan interior, black canvas convertible top, roll-up windows and wood dash. Note: The vehicle is available for pick-up only in California by the winning bidder.

In addition to the luxury items being presented, the auction house is also featuring a collection of fine gold coins. A top example is an 1853-G $1 U.S. Liberty gold coin. The coin is NGC graded as MS 63 and is sealed in plastic protector pouch. The coin is medium antique gold color and shows only few handling marks. Its obverse features Lady Liberty, while a laurel wreath and “One Dollar” appear on the reverse. Its metal content is 90% gold, 10% copper. Another noteworthy coin in the sale is an 1889-CC Morgan silver dollar.

In the antique category, an old-time favorite is a Wurlitzer Model 780-E "Wagon Wheel" jukebox with keys. Wurlitzer is the most revered name in vintage jukeboxes, known for its beautifully styled, high-quality productions. The "Wagon Wheel" is comprised of carved oak with steel fittings and, as the name implies, contains a wagon-wheel design in the center. This vintage jukebox made in 1941 has been fully restored and is in good working order.

Additional auction highlights include a coveted Louis Vuitton purse, an Alberto Vargas signed lithograph and many other luxury goods and antiques.

Government Auction’s Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 auction event will commence at 6:30 a.m. Pacific Time/9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Debbie on 661-823-1543 or e-mail

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