Andy Warhol Coke bottle sells for $35 million

An Andy Warhol canvas of a black-and-white Coke bottle has sold for $35.36m at an auction in New York. Sotheby’s said Coca-Cola [4] (Large Coca-Cola) “is a landmark in the artist’s creation of his pop art style”. Organizers reportedly whet the appetite of live bidders by serving small bottles of soda pop as guests mingled … Continued

Bid on Burberry, Oscar de la Renta and Chanel

In the market for a dazzling designer gown? Bid on a Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress or a festive Dolce & Gabbana cocktail number on Women’s Wear Daily, the esteemed retail, beauty and fashion trade publication, is celebrating its 100th year in circulation with an online charity sale offering designer apparel, handbags and luxury … Continued

James Bond Aston Martin DB5 sells for $4.1 million

A US car enthusiast has bought James Bond’s famous Aston Martin car at auction in London for more than four million dollars. The 1964 silver Aston Martin DB5 was driven by Sean Connery when he played the fictional British spy in the films “Goldfinger” (1964) and “Thunderball” (1965). US collector Harry Yeaggy flew into Britain … Continued

Rare Pink Diamond to be Auctioned by Sotheby’s

An exceptinally rare pink stone is set to break the record for being the world’s most expensive diamond ever. The pink stone is estimated to be worth $27-38 million when it goes under the hammer on November 16 at Sotheby’s in Geneva It is classified as ‘fancy intense pink’ – the most perfect pink colour … Continued

Blue diamond sets auction record

A rare, two-stone ring set a new record price per carat for a blue diamond at auction when it sold for $15.7 million to an Asian collector. The ring features a 9.87 carat colorless triangular-shaped diamond paired with a triangular 10.95 carat “Fancy Vivid” blue diamond, the largest such blue diamond of this cut ever … Continued

Bonhams to Sell Elvis Presley’s Mercedes-Benz 600

A Mercedes-Benz 600 that was purchased by Elvis Presley in 1970 will be auctioned on December 6 at Bonhams in Weybridge, England. One of only a handful of cars that Presley registered in his name, the Mercedes-Benz has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £150,000 – 200,000. Presley kept the car, which was one of two … Continued

Statue of Liberty’s Nose Up for Auction

A copper chunk of nose, crafted to fit Lady Liberty’s face during her 1980s restoration, will be auctioned next month. “It’s the tip of the nose with the area around the nostrils. It doesn’t sound like it would be, but it’s fairly attractive looking,” said Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey’s Auction House. President Arlan Ettinger … Continued

Louis Vuitton Vintage Pieces at Christie’s

On September 28th Christie’s in London will offer an incredible collection of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage during its Interiors: Style & Spirit sale. Over 20 original pieces from the famed French luxury goods house dating from the late 19th century to the 1940s will go on the block.

Hong Kong prepares for rare Chinese stamp auction

International stamp collectors are all aflutter this week as Hong Kong prepares to host an auction of rare Chinese stamps including a copy of the fabled “1897 Red Revenue” — known as the most valuable Chinese stamp there is. Hosted by Interasia Auctions, the sale will feature 2,200 lots representing the stamp and postal history … Continued

World Cup final ball sold for $74,000 on eBay

The ball used in Spain’s World Cup final win over the Netherlands has fetched almost $74,000 in a charity auction on eBay. The famous Jabulani ball was sold for the ‘46664’ HIV/AIDS charity – named after Nelson Mandela’s prisoner number when he was held at Robben Island. The balls used during the World Cup were … Continued

Princess Diana’s family sells Rubens painting

Princess Diana’s family has sold an important Old Master painting by Peter Paul Rubens for nine million pounds at auction. “A Commander Being Armed For Battle”, which is thought to depict the 16th-century Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, was sold to an anonymous bidder at Christie’s auction house in London on Tuesday. The painting, completed … Continued

Napoleon’s hair sells at auction for $13K

A lock of hair cut from the head of former French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte shortly after his death has sold for US$ 13,000 in an auction in New Zealand. The lock was bought by an unnamed collector in London, according to Hamish Coney, managing director of auctioneers Art+Object. The hair, in a tightly-bound circle, was … Continued

Wall Street sign sells for $116.5K at auction

A porcelain sign that once marked the intersection of Wall and Broad streets fetched $116,500 at Christie’s in Manhattan yesterday. The seller, Kevin Lessin, bought the vintage sign about 25 years ago from a dealer liquidating the estate of a collector of New York memorabilia. The sign consists of two enamel plaques set crosswise, with … Continued

Lennon lyrics sell for $1.2M

The original handwritten lyrics for the hit Beatles song “A Day in the Life” was sold at a Sotheby’s auction Friday for 1.2 million dollars. Bidding for the manuscript shot past expectations to reach 1,202,500 dollars. Sotheby’s had expected a final price of between 500,000 and 700,000 dollars. The single sheet of paper has lyrics … Continued

Marilyn Monroe dress sells for $313,000 at auction

The Telegraph reported that Marilyn Monroe’s dress worn in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes during her performance of the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” topped its expected price of $150,000-$250,000.

Buffett Lunch Auction Fetches Record $2.6 Million

Warren Buffett’s lunch auction rose to a record of $2.63 million in the 11th annual charity fundraiser. That’s about 24 percent higher than the previous record, set in 2008 when hedge-fund manager Zhao Danyang of Hong Kong paid $2.11 million. The chance to have lunch with the celebrated billionaire investor drew nine bidders and 77 … Continued

Warren Buffett auctioning off another lunch

As happens every year, lunch with Warren Buffett is being auctioned off on eBay with the proceeds going to charity. Last year Salida Capital Corp, a Toronto-based wealth management firm, won the right to dine with the world’s third-richest person with a $1,680,300 bid. That was below the record $2,110,100 bid in 2008 by Hong … Continued

Monet lilies to star in ‘most valuable’ art auction

A painting of water lilies by French impressionist Claude Monet is expected to fetch up to 40 million pounds when it is auctioned off in London. The painting, will star among dozens of modern masterpieces this month in what is being billed as the most valuable art auction ever held in the city. Painted in … Continued

Rare jade elephants to go under hammer‎

A pair of jade elephants that sat on either side of a Chinese emperor’s throne are set to sell for millions of pounds after being unearthed in Dorset. The important pale green pieces made for Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century have been sitting in Crichel House in Moor Crichel (UK) for the last 60 … Continued

Rare blue diamond fetches $6.4M in Hong Kong

A rare 5.16-carat blue diamond sold at auction for $6.4 million in Hong Kong on Wednesday, confirming Asia’s fast-growing taste for the precious stone. London’s famed Moussaieff Jewellers paid more than the $5.9 million expected price tag for the pear-shaped stone, the first blue diamond from the celebrated De Beers Millennium Jewels Collection to appear … Continued