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    Mikhail Gorbachev's 2001 Champion of Children "International Icon" Award Originally from the Personal Collection of Buzz Aldrin. A 6" diameter (top) x 12" tall crystal vase with an elaborate engraved logo and the text: "President Mikhail Gorbachev/ 2001 Champion of Children/ 'International Icon'" near the top. Our research shows that there is quite an interesting story behind this award. This was to be presented to Gorbachev by Buzz Aldrin in a series of star-studded events at Palm Beach called the Champions of Children Weekend by the Pheonix Foundation (spelling correct). The gala events were all cancelled on Thursday as it was announced that the charity's founder was under FBI investigation, accused of defrauding investors of millions through various companies under the Pheonix umbrella (he was convicted the next year and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison). Apparently, Gorbachev cancelled his trip and either Aldrin ended up taking his award home for safe-keeping or possibly this was given to Aldrin as a remembrance of the event. Excellent.

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    November, 2014
    12th Wednesday
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