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You Too Can Own A Piece Of Ancient History

The auction house Christie's hosts its 14th annual ancient jewelry sale on Dec. 5, in New York. The auction includes several items from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and elsewhere. Some items even date back to the 3rd millennium B.C.

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This week, just in time for the holidays, Christie's is offering up some antiquities with perhaps a bit more fashion flare during their annual ancient jewelry sale in Manhattan. The pieces come from the Mediterranean and Egypt and points in between. Molly Morse Limmer is head of antiquities at Christie's.

MOLLY MORSE LIMMER: We have some incredible things this time around, one of which is a Scythian gold torque. It's a necklace which is made of solid gold and is 15 inches across. It's almost the size of a hula hoop - I've actually been calling it - of solid gold.

MARTIN: This Fifth century B.C. piece is expected to fetch around $200,000. But, Morse-Limmer says, it could bring more.

LIMMER: Given the price of gold these days, the melt value alone is over $150,000.

MARTIN: OK. So, maybe you won't find all the gifts you need to put under your Christmas tree, but maybe a Scythian stocking stuffer?

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