Bejeweled Hapsburg cross goes up for auction - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Bejeweled Hapsburg cross goes up for auction

Posted: Updated:
  • Arizona HeadlinesMore>>

  • New bill enacts regulations for trampoline parks in Arizona

    New bill enacts regulations for trampoline parks in Arizona

    A bill was ceremoniously signed Thursday, and it puts in new regulations for trampoline parks across the state.It's the first bill of its kind in the country, and it's called Ty's Law, named in honor of 30-year-old Ty Thomasson.
    A bill was ceremoniously signed Thursday, and it puts in new regulations for trampoline parks across the state.It's the first bill of its kind in the country, and it's called Ty's Law, named in honor of 30-year-old Ty Thomasson.
  • New app tracks riptides letting people know about danger areas on the beach

    New app tracks riptides letting people know about danger areas on the beach

    A team of researchers in New Jersey are working on a new smart phone app that will help keep swimmers safe at the beach. The app will let swimmers know exactly where riptides are along the coast.
    A team of researchers in New Jersey are working on a new smart phone app that will help keep swimmers safe at the beach. The app will let swimmers know exactly where riptides are along the coast.
  • Historic Phoenix church, "The Sanctuary", goes up for auction

    Historic Phoenix church, "The Sanctuary", goes up for auction

    An early 1900's church, an architectural wonder, built in the hear of Poenix is now up for bids.Folks may remember it as "The Sanctuary," modernized in 1938 it's located near 9th Avenue Van Buren. 
    An early 1900's church, an architectural wonder, built in the hear of Poenix is now up for bids.Folks may remember it as "The Sanctuary," modernized in 1938 it's located near 9th Avenue Van Buren. 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

Looking for some unique jewelry that no one else is wearing? You'll find it at a special auction in Scottsdale.

There are a lot of things you could choose from in this auction but this is the piece that has everything. It has history, it has religion, it has beauty, and it will probably go for $50,000.

Why is it so expensive? This cross belonged to some very important people back in the 18th century. Descendants of the wealthy and powerful Hapsburg family.

Kings and queens and emperors from that family owned land all over Europe. The cross was a thank you to the family from the Catholic Church.

"It was a gift from the pope to the holy roman emperor for help in fighting the forces of revolution during that period," says Nicholas Boehem, J. Levine Auction.

How did it end up in a Scottsdale auction house?

"It left Austria in 1960. I don't know how it left but I do know it left and it was sold in 1996."

And it's up for sale again.

Auctioneer Nicholas Boehem is in awe of the bejeweled cross and its history.

"Franz Joseph touched it, the Archduke Franz, it's amazing. It's amazing."

He thinks maybe even Napoleon touched it. The auction starts Thursday.

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal
10345 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
480-496-2212
www.jlevines.com
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices