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Louis XIV, Napoleon diamond to be auctioned off in Geneva

Geneva - A large, pink diamond once set in the crowns of numerous French kings and emperors will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, the Christie's auction house said Wednesday."Le Grand Mazarin", a 19.

Last privately-owned Da Vinci to go on sale for $100 mn

New York - The last Leonardo Da Vinci painting still in the hands of a private collector will go under the hammer next month in New York, the Christie's auction house said Tuesday, estimating its worth at $100 million.

$37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record

Hong Kong - A 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold for US$37.7 million in Hong Kong on Tuesday, breaking the record for Chinese ceramics, auction house Sotheby's said.The small piece -- which dates from 960-1127 -- stole the previous record of $36.

Bowl sells for Chinese porcelain record $37.7 million: Sotheby’s

Hong Kong - A 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold at auction for $37.7 million on Tuesday, breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sotheby’s said.The small piece -- which dates from 960-1127 -- broke the previous record of $36.

Audrey Hepburn's personal memorabilia auction tops $6 million

London - An auction of items from screen icon Audrey Hepburn's personal collection has made more than $6 million, including a world record for her script of the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's", Christie's announced Thursday.The lots realised £4,635,500 ($6....

Brazil oil field auction to test government's ambitions

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil will hold a major oil field auction Wednesday in a test of President Michel Temer's policy of loosening regulations and luring foreign investors to bring billions of dollars into the moribund economy.

S.Africa's first online rhino horn auction sparks anger

Johanesburg - South Africa's first online auction of rhino horn opened Wednesday, despite conservation groups protesting that the legal, domestic sale would encourage poachers.

S. Africa's first online rhino horn auction set to open

Johanesburg - Several hundred rhino horns will go under the hammer on Wednesday in South Africa's first online auction of the controversial product, despite opposition from conservation groups who contend the sale will encourage poachers.

South Africa online rhino horn auction delayed by two days

Johanesburg - A controversial online auction of rhino horn set to open Monday has been delayed by two days after a legal challenge delayed the South African permit for the sale, the organisers announced.

Online rhino horn auction set to open in South Africa

Johanesburg - An online auction of rhino horn is set to open Monday, after a court in South Africa gave the go-ahead for the sale, which has outraged conservationists.

Einstein letters on God, Israel and physics fetch $210,000

Jerusalem - Letters written by Albert Einstein about God, Israel and physics fetched nearly $210,000 at a Jerusalem auction Tuesday, with the highest bid going to a missive about God's creation of the world.

A handbag? For $380k, it's yours

Hong Kong - A diamond-encrusted crocodile-skin Hermes handbag with white gold details has broken the record for the world's most expensive ever sold at auction, fetching nearly US$380,000 at a Hong Kong sale.

Serbia seeks return of leaders' missing autographs

Belgrade - Serbia is seeking help from Interpol to recover a dozen autographs from world leaders allegedly stolen from commemoration books following the death of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, officials said Tuesday.

Diamond earrings fetch record $57.4-million at Swiss auction

Geneva - Two spectacular diamonds mounted as earrings fetched a record $57.4-million (51.8 million euros) Tuesday at auction in Geneva, with an unnamed Asia-based buyer netting both, Sotheby's said.The earrings were sold as separate lots.

Sotheby's holds debut African modern art sale

London - Sotheby's, one of the world's oldest auction houses, is holding its first ever sale of modern and contemporary African art in London in response to a surge in demand.African artists currently account for just 0.

Basquiat headlines New York art auction season

New York - Jean-Michel Basquiat occupies star billing on the auction block in New York this season, catapulting the artist into the rostrum of 20th century greats nearly three decades after his death.

'Love locks' on the block in Paris charity auction

Paris - Amorous couples, here's your chance to own a piece of the world's most romantic city: Paris is selling off the "love locks" that lovebirds attached to the city's bridges before officials cracked down on the practice.

'Pink Star' diamond fetches record $71.2 million in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A giant diamond named the "Pink Star" broke the world record for a gemstone sold at auction when it fetched $71.2 million in Hong Kong on Tuesday.The 59.

'Pink Star' diamond fetches record $71.2 million in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A giant diamond named the "Pink Star" broke the world record for a gemstone sold at auction when it fetched $71.2 million in Hong Kong on Tuesday.The 59.

'Pink Star' diamond set to fetch record price in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A plum-sized pink diamond is expected to break the world record for a gemstone early next month when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong, Sotheby's auction house said Wednesday.The 59.

An entire mall sells for $100 at auction

Pittsburgh - The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills Mall was once valued at $190 million, but earlier in the week it sold for $100 at an auction.

Japan's 'Tuna King' wins annual auction for $636,000

Toukyo - Japan's self-styled "Tuna King" has done it again -- paying more than $600,000 for a single fish.

Japan's 'Tuna King' wins annual auction for $636,000

Toukyo - Japan's self-styled "Tuna King" has done it again -- paying more than $600,000 for a single fish.

Japan's 'Tuna King' wins annual auction for $636,000

Toukyo - Japan's self-styled "Tuna King" has done it again -- paying more than $600,000 for a single fish.

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).
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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
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The buzz on the floor when the 1969 Red Camaro Prototype was brought in for auction with no reserve.
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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
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's old car
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