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Postcard by Picasso smashes auction record

A postcard, featuring a signed drawing by Pablo Picasso, has fetched a record amount for such an item. The postcard was sold for $188,000 at auction.

Paintings by Hitler sold at German auction for $450,000

Berlin - Watercolour paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler from about a century ago were sold at auction in Germany at the weekend for nearly 400,000 euros ($450,000), organisers said.

Rare ancient Egyptian shroud goes under hammer in Paris

Paris - A rare 3,400-year-old Egyptian burial shroud goes under the hammer in Paris Thursday, on the latest leg of a journey that has seen it passed down from a billionaire banker to his wife and, later, his mistress.

Watercolours by Hitler to go under the hammer in Germany

Berlin - Watercolour paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler from about 100 years ago are to go up for auction in southern Germany this month, an auction house said Tuesday.Some of the works, which date from 1904 to 1922, are signed A.

Native Americans try to block Paris auction

Paris - Two Native American tribes, the Hopi and Acoma, are trying to block an auction taking place in Paris this week of artefacts they consider sacred, despite failing in several similar efforts over past years.

The Hobbit first edition sells for $210,000

London - A first edition of J.R.R. Tolkein's 'The Hibbit' has sold for $210,000 at auction. The book had an inscription by the author in the fictional language of Elvish.

France steps in to save royal items from auction

Paris - The government of France has intervened to stop descendants of the country's former royal family from including some heirlooms of historic importance in an auction to take place later this year, Sotheby's said on Wednesday.

'Sensational' ancient manuscript sells for 356,800 euros

Vienna - An 11th-century French religious manuscript from a private collection sold for 356,800 euros ($388,900) in Vienna on Monday, in what auctioneers described as a "sensational deal".

World's most expensive whisky sold at auction

Hong Kong - Recently the world's most expensive whisky was sold at auction. Sotheby’s, in Hong Kong, sold a bottle of The Macallan whisky for HK$4.9 million ($631,850). This set a world record, ratified by the Guinness Book of Records.

Spanish court blocks London auction of Columbus letter

Madrid - A Spanish court on Tuesday banned a letter written by Christopher Columbus from being sold in a London auction, saying the document with a hammer price of 21 million euros was of "huge national importance.

Ancient Chinese vase set to fetch $7.7 mn in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A simple Chinese vase made over 800 years ago and unveiled in Hong Kong Monday is expected to fetch HK$60 million (US$7.7 million) when it goes under the hammer next month, Sotheby's said.

Barn find of classic cars hidden under magazines sells for £20m

A collection of classic cars found buried beneath piles of magazines and junk in a barn in France has sold at auction for over £20 million. The star of the show, an ultra-rare Ferrari 250 GT, sold for £11.8 million on its own.

Native Americans try to block French auction of sacred artefacts

Paris - An auction on Monday of sacred masks and objects in France has stirred fresh anger among Native Americans, with representatives of the Navajo people travelling to Paris to try and halt the latest sale.

Blue diamond sells for record $32 million at auction

New York - Bunny Mellon's Blue Diamond sells for more than $32.6 million at an auction in New York. In doing so, it smashes a world record.

Toronto bidder cancels plans to buy Atlantic City casino

Toronto - A Canadian investment firm appears to have has backed away from plans to buy a bankrupt Atlantic City, N.J., casino even though its indecision could cost $10 million.

Review: Charlotte Motor Speedway Fall Auto Fair Special

Charlotte - The Charlotte, NC, Fall Auto Fair has passed again. Owners, car clubs and enthusiasts will now retreat to their winter homes, tell their stories of great finds, show their trophies, and begin preparing for the spring season.

Ancient Viking sword to go under the hammer

London - A very rare Viking sword from the 11th Century that could have been at both the Battle of Stamford Bridge and at Bannockburn is to go on auction at Christie’s in London.

Rachmaninoff’s original manuscript sold at auction for USD 2M

London - The original handwritten manuscript of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, containing autographed revisions, deletions, and alterations, was recently sold at auction at Sotheby’s, London for $2 million.

Violin kept in closet 'could fetch $10 million'

Hong Kong - A Stradivarius violin kept in a closet for the past 25 years could fetch as much as $10 million next month, Christie's auction house said Wednesday, in an auction preview in Hong Kong.

French auction house pulls 'Mein Kampf' sale after protests

Paris - French auction house Pierre Bergé & Associés said Wednesday it has withdrawn from sale a rare first edition of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" following a protest from a Jewish watchdog body.

World’s most valuable stamp goes up for auction Commissioned

Thanks to the advent of electronic communication, snail-mailing is rapidly turning into a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean stamp collecting is vanishing. Many in the stamp-collecting world are hoping to cash in big on their tiny paper treasures

'Titanic & Transport' — Enigmatic treasures on auction

Devizes - April 26 marks a very special auction run by Henry Aldridge & Son of Devizes in the UK. Named "Titanic & Transport," enigmatic memorabilia and relics from the famous RMS Titanic are on offer, including a very detailed letter from a survivor.

Christie's to auction off world's biggest blue diamond

Geneva - The world's largest blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the rare gem expected to fetch up to $25 million, auctioneers said Friday."The Blue", a shimmering pear-shaped rock the colour of cobalt and weighing 13.

Op-Ed: Detroit's $1000 home auctions full of dangers for buyers

Detroit - Detroit began auctioning off houses seized for delinquent tax payments, but the program’s rules and regulations demonstrate that the bankrupt city has learned nothing about the perils of government overreach.

Hong Kong police search landfill for $3.7 mln painting

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police on Wednesday searched for a valuable painting mistakenly dumped in a landfill after it sold for $3.7 million at auction, reports said.

Chinese Ming dynasty cup sells for record amount

A tiny porcelain cup, dating back to the Ming dynasty, has fetched $36 million at an auction in Hong Kong. The high price has set a new record.

Ming-era 'chicken cup' breaks record for Chinese porcelain

Hong Kong - A rare Ming-era wine cup broke the world auction record for any Chinese porcelain on Tuesday, selling in Hong Kong for $36.05 million to Shanghai tycoon Liu Yiqian, Sotheby's auction house said.

Activist Loeb sues Sotheby's board

New York - Activist investor Dan Loeb sued the directors of auction house Sotheby's on Tuesday, aiming to force the removal of poison pill protections that prevent his getting seats on the board.Loeb, Sotheby's largest shareholder since he mounted an attack on th...

'Working' guillotine up for auction in France

Nantes - A 19th century guillotine in perfect working order goes up for auction in France on Thursday and is expected to fetch up to 60,000 euros ($82,000), the auctioneers said.The wood, iron, steel and brass guillotine, synonymous with the 1789 French Revolut...

You've got mail: Clinton-to-space laptop up for auction

Washington - A more than 15-year old laptop doesn't go for much on eBay -- unless it's the one Bill Clinton used to send the first ever US presidential email.The still-functional laptop -- with Clinton's cheerful exchange with Space Shuttle astronaut John Glenn in ...
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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
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's old car
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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.
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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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