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JustCollecting News Quiz: July 19, 2019

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2019-07-19

Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles classic Hey Jude are up for auction – but who did he originally write the song for?

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Although there are several conflicting theories, McCartney always said he wrote the song for Julian Lennon, to comfort him after his father left his mother for Yoko Ono in 1968.

Which pop star was commemorated in the form of a new collectible Barbie doll released this week?

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Mattel released a new limited edition Barbie based on David Bowie's most iconic character Ziggy Stardust, complete with a striped silver jumpsuit and orange hair. Sadly, there are no plans to release a matching Ken doll based on Mick Ronson.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing - but which of these items saved Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from being stuck there forever?

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As they were about to leave the moon, Armstrong and Aldrin realized the switch to ignite the lunar module's engine had snapped off. NASA tried to come up with a solution, but in the end Armstrong just jammed a felt-tip pen into the circuit and used it as a makeshift switch to get them going.

A watch worn by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now is heading for sale later this year – but what's the name of the iconic character he plays in the 1979 film?

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Brando plays Colonel Kurtz, the U.S Army officer who goes rogue in Cambodia and creates his own armed cult in the jungle - leading to Martin Sheen's mission to find him and "terminate with extreme prejudice".

Which of these brilliant minds was announced as the new face on the British £50 note this week?

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The new British £50 note will honour Alan Turing, the pioneering mathematician and computer scientist who helped crack the German Enigma codes during WWII, before being persecuted for his homosexuality and ending his own life in 1959.

The first jersey given to Michael Jordan when he signed for the Chicago Bulls is up for auction – but which number did he famously wear throughout his career?

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When Michael Jordan first signed for the Chicago Bulls in September 1984 he was given the #23 jersey, and wore the number for the rest of his career.

According to a UK poll this week, who did the British public vote as their favourite painter of all-time?

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In a British YouGov poll published this week, street artist Banksy was voted as Britain's favourite painter in history, beating the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, J.M.W Turner, Rembrandt and Monet.

A secret love letter from Tupac Shakur to Madonna is finally heading for sale after a 2-year legal battle – but why does the rapper claim he broke up with the pop star back in 1994?

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In the letter Shakur apologizes for breaking up with Madonna, claiming it was difficult for a young black man to be in a relationship with an older white woman, and that their racial difference could have harmed his image and career.


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