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    Five Star Auctions’ Opening Sale Highlights Rare Iranian Commemorative Medal Set

    After 26 years ruling Iran as Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi took the title Shahanshah, or Emperor, in 1967. The lavish coronation aligned with the 2,500-year anniversary of the Persian monarchy, which was officially celebrated during October of 1971. Commemmorative medals and historically significant works in gold were released in limited quantities during the late 1960s and early 70s to celebrate both occasions. The upcoming House of Five Star Opening Auction from Five Star Auctions will particularly feature a rare presentation set of these commemorative gold medals from Iran. The set includes 26 gold medals bearing the likeness of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and other members of the Iranian royal family. Several other numismatic and collectible medal lots are on offer in this sale, largely hailing from Iran.  A pair of 19th-century Meissen snowball lidded vases also leads the listings. First created by Johann Joachim Kaendler in 1739, Meissen’s “Snowball Blossoms” motif has survived as a staple of the brand. It came to prominence in the 19th century. Sparkling spheres adorned showy vases, and tiny flowers covered each “snowball” for added visual interest. Topping the available Meissen vases is a pair of colorful birds, angled as though they are in conversation with each other. Rounding out the auction is a pair of larger-than-life Fernando Botero bronze sculptures, a 19th-century Spanish tortoiseshell cabinet, and assorted fine art prints from Giuliano Bekor. Visit Bidsquare to view the complete catalog of this and other online auctions.