This arrived in my inbox last week. I am not sure that I am interested in it, but the concept of a global based online auction seems very reasonable. I certainly found some excellent buys on EBay though I notice that generally speaking, antiques on EBay rarely have any provenance, and are often (what is referred in the trade as) buildups. Maybe somebody with a bundle of cash would like to check out the site, and can report back to me!
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Auctions Imperial will be offering select antique edged weapons from the Collection of the Maharaj of Pratapgarh, Rajasthan in our March 21, 2009 antique arms auction!We are pleased to offer five lots bearing an unparalleled provenance from the collection of The Maharaj of Pratapgarh in Rajasthan, India. Rajasthan, once known as Rajputana, is a region long celebrated for the bravery and skill of its warriors.We are particularly proud to offer the jeweled tulwar of His Highness the Maharawat Sir Raghunathsinhji KCIE, 21st ruler of Pratapgarh, Rajasthan (1858-1929.) Each lot from this collection will be accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from the Respected Maharaj Saheb of Pratapgarh, Rajasthan. Order your catalog and register to bid now at our website www.auctionsimperial.com