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Mahler symphony score sells for record £4.5 mn

London - The complete score of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony was sold in London for £4.5 million on Tuesday, a record for a musical manuscript, Sotheby's auction house said.

Huge interest as Anne Frank poem goes up for auction

Haarlem - A very rare handwritten poem by Jewish diarist Anne Frank goes under the auctioneer's hammer Wednesday, amid a flurry of interest which may push the price well above the 30,000 euros ($32,000) reserve.

Rare blue diamond goes under hammer in Geneva for $17 million

Geneva - A rare blue diamond on Wednesday sold in Geneva for just over $17 million, as Sotheby's eyed total sales in excess of $100 million at the autumn jewel auctions.The 8.01-carat "Sky Blue" diamond in a Cartier setting was snapped up for $17.1 million (15....

'Rare' Anne Frank poem to be auctioned

Den Haag - An "extremely rare" handwritten poem by Anne Frank, penned shortly before she went into hiding from the Nazis, is to be auctioned and could fetch up to 50,000 euros ($55,000), the auctioneers said Thursday.

German court restricts contact between father and 'eBay baby'

Berlin - A German court ruled Thursday that a man who put his one-month-old baby up for sale on the online auction platform eBay should only be allowed contact with the child under supervision.

Baby offered for sale on eBay prompts German probe

Berlin - German police said Thursday they were investigating a refugee couple after their one-month-old baby was put up for sale on the online auction platform eBay for 5,000 euros ($5,500).

Truman Capote’s ashes go for $43,750

The ashes of the celebrated author Truman Capote, author of 'In Cold Blood' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany’s', have been sold at auction for an astonishing $43,750.

Boots, Berlin Wall and beans — buy a piece of Reagan

New York - From cowboy boots to a chunk of the Berlin Wall and a jar of jelly beans: an auction of Ronald Reagan memorabilia offers a tantalizing glimpse into the private world of a US conservative icon.

Dozens jailed for insider thefts at French auction house

Paris - A Paris court on Tuesday jailed 35 former porters from the prestigious Drouot auction house for stealing precious antiques, jewels and artworks in an insider racket thought to date back decades.

Prototype Apple I computer valued at $1 million

Bids on a rare Apple I computer being sold at auction are heading towards the $1 million mark. The machine is believed to be one of the earliest ever built, possibly a prototype, and has very strong historical value. It comes with original manuals.

Elvis' gun licence to be auctioned in Switzerland

Geneva - Elvis Presley's gun licence, reported to be the only original document that includes all the legendary singer's fingerprints, will be auctioned in Switzerland in July.

Proust's personal archives sell at auction for $1.3 mn

Paris - Intimate letters, personal photographs and rare manuscripts that once belonged to French writer Marcel Proust have sold at auction for 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million).

U.S. killer's gun sells for $250,000: auctioneers

New York - A Florida neighborhood watchman has sold for $250,000 the gun he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, auctioneers said.

1,400 bottles of luxury Burgundy under hammer at 'unique' auction

Geneva - More than 1,400 bottles of "grand crus" from Burgundy's renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate will be auctioned off in Geneva Sunday in a sale expected to make millions.

Rare blue diamond aims for record price at Geneva auction

Geneva - A dazzling blue diamond once owned by mining magnate Philip Oppenheimer could fetch a record sale price Wednesday, with auction house Christie's hoping it tops the staggering $48.4 million mark set last year.The 14.

Prank bids drive US killer's gun auction to $65mn

Washington - Bidding for the gun used by a Florida neighborhood watchman to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin hit $65 million Friday, as hoax buyers appeared to jack the controversial sale to astronomical levels.

George Zimmerman to auction gun used to kill Trayvon Martin

Washington - George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot and killed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, said he would sell the gun he used in the shooting at auction on Thursday.Zimmerman listed the gun on GunBroker.

Rodin sculpture scores record $20 million at auction in NY

New York - Auguste Rodin's "L'Eternel Printemps" (Eternal Springtime) marble sculpture of lovers fetched more than $20 million at auction, a record for the French sculptor, at Sotheby's in New York.

Fiat used by Pope in New York fetches $300,000

New York - A four-door hatchback Pope Francis used while visiting New York in September has fetched $300,000 at auction, said the website that held the sale.

Paris auction house porters on trial for stealing 250 tonnes of valuables

Paris - Porters from Paris' most famous auction house went on trial Monday, accused of systematically stealing 250 tonnes of valuable antiques, jewels and artworks, including a Chagall painting and rare Ming dynasty porcelain.

Record 32-million-euro auction sale for 1957 Ferrari

Paris - A legendary 1950s Ferrari has fetched a world record 32 million euros ($35 million) at auction, going under the hammer in Paris.

'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for $1.56 mn in New York

New York - A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.56 million in New York, Bonhams auction house said.

Iconic flag from Jewish Holocaust ship on sale

Jerusalem - The flag of an iconic ship that sought to take Jewish Holocaust survivors to Israel is to be sold for at least $100,000 in Jerusalem, the auction house confirmed Sunday.

Asian appetite for luxury boosts global art and jewel auctions

Ginebra - They are not in the room rubbing shoulders with traditional wealthy buyers, instead choosing to remain in the shadows, making their multi-million bids by telephone.

'Blackboard' painting goes for record $70.5 mn in NY

New York - It may look little more than blackboard scrawls to the untrained eye, but a Cy Twombly work fetched $70.53 million in New York, setting a new auction record for the painter.

JFK's number plates sold on auction along with Titanic last menu

Dallas - An auction of political and Americana memorabilia in Dallas Saturday saw US President John F. Kennedy's limousine number plates along with the last dinner menu from the Titanic sold to anonymous bidders.

Rolex worn by Bond in 'Live and Let Die' sells for $363,000

Ginebra - A Rolex watch worn by Roger Moore in the James Bond film "Live and Let Die" has sold at auction in Geneva for 365,000 Swiss francs ($363,000, 335,000 euros), the auction house Philipps said Monday.

Sotheby's to auction Picasso's 'La Gommeuse'

London - A rare Pablo Picasso painting from the collection of US tycoon Bill Koch that will be sold on November 5 was shown in London for the first time on Friday.

How much for that Nobel prize in the window?

Oslo - No need to make peace in the Middle East, resolve one of science's great mysteries or pen a masterpiece: the easiest way to get yourself a Nobel prize may be to buy one.

'Most valuable art collection ever' on show in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Masterpieces belonging to controversial former Sotheby's owner A. Alfred Taubman went on show in Hong Kong Friday, touted as the most valuable private collection ever offered at auction.
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David Redden  Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby s Books and Manuscripts department  displays a copy of  ...
David Redden, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby's Books and Manuscripts department, displays a copy of "The Bay Psalm Book" at Sotheby's Auction House in New York, November 21, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Carlo Allegri
Francis Bacon’s triptych “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” sold at Christie s auction for $142.4...
Francis Bacon’s triptych “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” sold at Christie's auction for $142.4 million, making it the most valuable artwork ever sold at auction
Estate of Francis Bacon/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London
David Redden  Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby s Books and Manuscripts department  displays a copy of  ...
David Redden, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby's Books and Manuscripts department, displays a copy of "The Bay Psalm Book" at Sotheby's Auction House in New York, November 21, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Carlo Allegri
A Sotheby s employee poses with Andy Warhol s artwork  Silver Car Crash  at Sotheby s auction house ...
A Sotheby's employee poses with Andy Warhol's artwork "Silver Car Crash" at Sotheby's auction house in London in this October 11, 2013 handout photo. The artwork, initially valued at $60 million, sold at auction at Sotheby's in New York November 13, 2013 for $105,445,000
With permission by Reuters / Stefan Wermuth
The buzz on the floor when the 1969 Red Camaro Prototype was brought in for auction with no reserve.
The buzz on the floor when the 1969 Red Camaro Prototype was brought in for auction with no reserve.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad s old car
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's old car
Iranian Government
Breakfast postcard menu sent by a crewman on the Titanic  on auction on April 26.
Breakfast postcard menu sent by a crewman on the Titanic, on auction on April 26.
Henry Aldridge & Sons
Auction girl holds up sign information for a bidder to read easier on a 1969 Camaro Prototype with V...
Auction girl holds up sign information for a bidder to read easier on a 1969 Camaro Prototype with Vin 124379C100001 at an auction in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The fast and furious lion of the air in action
Trade Me Motors
A letter sent from famed Canadian author Pauline Johnson s mother to her father in 1851 is valued at...
A letter sent from famed Canadian author Pauline Johnson's mother to her father in 1851 is valued at $2000. (Daniel Beauparlant )
Ron Leith
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