Wristwatch belonging to Egypt’s late King Farouk to go on auction in Dubai

The watch was personalized with unique engraving on the casing of the Royal Crown of Egypt, a half moon and a star resembling Egypt’s flag at the time, and bears his initial “F”. (Courtesy: Scoop Empire)
Updated 14 February 2018

Wristwatch belonging to Egypt’s late King Farouk to go on auction in Dubai

CAIRO: A wristwatch belonging to Egypt’s late King Farouk will be leading an upcoming Dubai-held auction, with preliminary valuations putting the price between $400,000 and $800,000.
It is said that King Farouk’s love for watches was inherited from his father, King Fuad, who owned many pieces from the world’s greatest watchmakers.
The wristwatch by Patek Philippe Reference 1518 will be auctioned at Christie’s Watches and Wristwatches Dubai auction in March.
The model was first released in 1941 and only 281 pieces were made. It was personalized with unique engraving on the casing of the Royal Crown of Egypt, a half moon and a star resembling Egypt’s flag at the time, and bears his initial “F”.
This watch is not the only example of Patek Philippe’s craftmanshsip in King Farouk’s collection, Egyptian news websites said.
Another timepiece was found which featured a cloisonné enamel of a map of Egypt and Sudan, once ruled by Farouk.
It included two diamonds placed at a distance to accurately reflect the geographical distance between the capitals Cairo and Khartoum.


Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

Updated 25 August 2019

Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

  • Judge who married the couple also pronounced them dead at the scene

ORANGE, Texas: Harley Morgan was still wearing his dark suit and Rhiannon Boudreaux her wedding dress when the Texas “childhood sweethearts” were killed in a crash with a truck minutes after they were married.
Nineteen-year-old Morgan and 20-year-old Boudreaux were pronounced dead Friday at the scene by the same justice of the peace who had just married them.
“I’m talking five minutes. You may kiss the bride,” said Orange Police Cpt. Keith Longlois. “The family was right behind them. They were all going out to go to wherever they were going to have their reception,” he said.
Longlois said they were “childhood sweethearts” who decided to be married by a popular Orange County Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.
He said the groom was driving when he tried to exit the driveway of the Justice of The Peace building onto a five-lane highway. A truck pulling a trailer carrying a heavy tractor slammed into their vehicle. The force was so great that witnesses said the car flipped multiple times before coming to rest in a ditch.
The driver of the truck was not identified but Longlois said he was cooperating with the investigation and there was no sign of wrongdoing. Drug and alcohol tests would be conducted, he said.
“I had to sit there and watch my two babies die,” the mother of the groom, LaShawna Morgan, told the Beaumont Enterprise.