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Pearl carpet sold for $5.5m in Qatar auction

Indian carpet made of pearls and gems today fetched a record $5.5 million at the first series of auctions held by Sotheby’s in the Gulf state of Qatar. The 5-foot-8-inch by 8-foot-8-inch Pearl Carpet of Baroda had been commissioned in 1865 by the Maharajah of the former Indian state of Baroda, possibly as a gift [...]

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Sotheby’s Versace villa sale beats estimates

Artworks belonging to the late Gianni Versace sold at a London auction for more than twice the presale estimate, the second time in a month the public sale of a famed fashion designer’s items had defied the economic slump. The 545-lot sale of the contents of Villa Fontanelle, Versace’s early 19th-century mansion on the shores [...]

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World’s most expensive armchair

A small brown leather armchair once owned by Yves Saint Laurent has reportedly sold for £19.4 million (nearly $28 million), making it the most expensive piece of 20th-century design to ever be auctioned. The armchair, by Irish designer Eileen Gray was only expected to reach around £3 mllion at Christie’s in Paris. It was bought [...]

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$317,200 for Superman first adventure

According to the art website Artdaily, the owner of Torpedo Comics has paid $ 317,200 at auction for the first edition of Action Comics, featuring the debut adventures of Superman. John Dolmayan, drummer for System of a Down and owner of Torpedo Comics, is now the owner of the first edition of Action Comics, from [...]

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Linkenholt village: Yours for £25m

An entire village, complete with a cricket club, a blacksmiths and a manor house is to go on sale next week for up to £25 million. Whoever buys Linkenholt, near Andover in Hampshire, will land its 22 houses, the village shop, a commercial shoot, 1,500 acres of prime farm land and 450 acres of woodland. [...]

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ToysRUs pays $5m for toys domain

Toy retailer ToysRUs has paid $5.1m for the Toys.com domain name. It is believed to be the biggest payout for a domain this year but has some way to go to beat the $14m paid for sex.com in 2007 or the $9.5m paid for porn.com. “Toys.com is going to put them in the top search [...]

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