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UFO-shaped home for sale

Christchurch, New Zealand: It looks like it has just landed from Outer Space, however this UFO-shaped dwelling could be yours. With fewer than 100 manufactured globally and only a handful remaining, an extremely rare Futuro home is ready for lift-off in New Zealand and available for acquisition by the right buyer. Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, this original „tiny house” was built in Christchurch, New Zealand in the 1970s as one of twelve units produced locally through 'Futuro Homes Ltd'. This example, for sale to the highest offer, was initially located in Bexley for the first thirty years, and known as the „New Brighton” spaceship that many recognised when on their way down Pages Road to the beach at New Brighton. This spaceship-like structure, originally designed as a holiday home or ski cabin, since removal from Bexley, has been relocated twice over the past ten years. It has a local legendary status having made two public appearances for the people of tautahi Christchurch, firstly in the Christchurch Botanical Gardens and then in The Cathedral Square. This example has probably had the most public viewings of any Futuro in the country and as such, could be considered a bit of a celebrity. Currently in storage at Mcleans Island, Christchurch, this Futuro is one of a few remaining in the world that is in a liveable condition. The vendor is excited to announce that it is officially on the market with a deadline sale of 5th December 2020 unless sold prior. The Futuro is immediately available and ready to be shipped anywhere in the world.

Flower from WW1 battlefield survives for a century to retell wartime love story

A flower plucked from a First World War battlefield by an injured serviceman for his English sweetheart more than a century ago is going up for auction. The rare pressed chrysanthemum was picked from a Flanders field, a region of northern FranceBelgium, in November 1917 by Australian Serviceman Pte Michael Fitisoff and given to Londoner Miss Lily Ricks. Under the flower Michael wrote, „A souvenir from France, 27.11.17”. The floral love token features in a WW1 British autograph album compiled by Lily, which is due to be sold by Hansons Auctioneers on November 20, guide price £400-£500. Provenance with the lot explains that the couple got to know each other before the 1914-18 Great War. Michael worked as a carpenter on a Russian ship which moored at Millwall Docks, near Lily’s home. Michael was at sea from the age of 13, ended up in Perth, Australia, and joined the Australian armed forces in 1916. His next of kin was listed as a „brother somewhere in Russia”. Michael fought in the First World War trenches but was sent to England in 1917 after suffering a gunshot wound to his hand and an eye problem, which was likely to have been caused by a mustard gas attack. He picked the flower a couple of days before leaving Flanders and gave it to Lily when he arrived in England. His eyesight was too damaged for further war service and in 1918 he was shipped back to Australia - but not before me made Lily his next of kin. However, distance prevented their romance blossoming further. He went on to emigrate to America and married wife, Mary, and Lily also married someone else - but kept her cherished flower for life.

Taschen launches its second 'Star Wars' archive book

After launching Star Wars Archive Volume 1 back in 2018, publisher TASCHEN returns for its second instalment with a focus on the years between 1999-2005, and the making of the prequel trilogy. Crafted with the full cooperation of George Lucas and Lucasfilm, this second volume covers the making of Episode I The Phantom Menace, Episode I Attack of the Clones and Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The Star Wars Archives 1999-2005 is available now from the TASCHEN webstore, retailing at 197 Dollars.