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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

Chinese interest rules the auction world

In a bold recognition of the world’s fastest-growing auction market, Sotheby’s recently hoisted China‘s flag at the most conspicuous spot outside its New York headquarters. The flag now flies between those of the US, UK, France, and Switzerland, where the auction house has established its core client base. “We proposed it. To my great surprise, … Continued

Christie’s sued in counterfeit wine case

A Palm Beach billionaire has uncorked a suit charging Christie’s auction house is in cahoots with counterfeit wine sellers. William Koch is still steaming about four bottles of wine supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson that he bought for more than $300,000, which allegedly turned out to be fakes. He’s already sued the seller – and … Continued

Joseph Stalin’s Limo for Sale

A 1949 ZIL ZIS-110 limousine that belonged to Joseph Stalin is being offered for sale in Finland via online luxury marketplace JamesList at an undisclosed price. The car is based on the Packard Super Eight and powered by a 6 liter, 8 cylinder engine producing 140 hp with a top speed of over 87 mph. … Continued

Schindler’s List goes on sale for $2.2million

The only privately owned list drawn up by Oskar Schindler of Jews he helped save from Nazi Germany is now for sale at $2.2 million. The 13-page list of 801 names is dated April 18, 1945, and was made popular by Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning movie “Schindler’s List.” Zimet described it as “a true treasure, and … Continued

Record estimate for disputed Picasso painting

A Picasso painting owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Art Foundation, which was at the centre of a dispute about its Nazi-era history, is to go under the hammer. Lloyd Webber — composer of musicals like “Cats” — originally announced his intention to sell “Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto” for charity in 2006. It was … Continued