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Darth Vader helmet among Hollywood treasures in $10 mn auction

Los Angeles - Darth Vader's helmet from "The Empire Strikes Back" is among a vast collection of coveted Hollywood treasures going under the hammer next month, with experts predicting it could fetch nearly $500,000.

Confiscated Bejing skyscraper sold via online auction

Bejing - A Beijing skyscraper confiscated from a fugitive Chinese billionaire was sold in an online auction Tuesday for 5.18 billion yuan (US$734 million), the latest twist in a salacious saga dating back to before the 2008 Olympic Games.

Egypt asks Interpol to trace Tutankhamun relic over ownership docs

Apo - Egypt has asked international police agency Interpol to track down a 3,000-year-old Tutankhamun artefact that was sold in London for $6 million despite fierce opposition from Cairo, government officials said.Christie's auction house sold the 28.

Tutankhamun relic sells for $6 mn in London despite Egyptian outcry

London - A 3,000-year-old quartzite head of Egyptian "Boy King" Tutankhamun was auctioned off for $6 million Thursday in London despite a fierce outcry from Cairo.Christie's auction house sold the 28.

Tutankhamun bust faces London sale despite Egyptian outcry

London - A 3,000-year-old bust of Egyptian "Boy King" Tutankhamun goes under the hammer on Thursday in London despite an outcry from Cairo.Christie's auction house expects the 28.5-centimetre (11-inch) quartz relic to fetch more than £4 million ($5 million, 4....

Tutankhamun sculpture's London auction sparks Egyptian outcry

London - A 3,000-year-old head sculpture of an eternally-young Tutankhamun -- the Egyptian pharaoh known as King Tut -- goes under the hammer this week in London despite an outcry from Cairo.Christie's expects the 28.

Drahi, self-made French cable tycoon with rich taste in art

Paris - French billionaire Patrick Drahi, who is buying Sotheby's auction house, has kept a low profile despite his sweeping international business interests.

French billionaire Drahi to acquire Sotheby's in $3.7 bn deal

Paris - French telecoms and media mogul Patrick Drahi is acquiring Sotheby's auction house, one of the world's biggest art brokers, in a $3.7 billion deal, the British-founded company announced Monday.

French billionaire Drahi acquires Sotheby's in $3.7 bn deal: auction house

Paris - French-Israeli telecoms and media mogul Patrick Drahi is acquiring Sotheby's auction house, one of the world's biggest art brokers, in a $3.7 billion deal, the British-founded company announced Monday.

Mexico to auction Lamborghini, Porsches seized from criminals

Mexico - Mexico announced Tuesday it will auction off scores of luxury cars seized by police, as its austerity-crusading president seeks to send a message in a country where powerful criminals often wield their bling with impunity.

Monet painting draws $110.7 mn at New York auction

New York - A Claude Monet painting from his celebrated "Meules" (Haystacks) series drew $110.7 million in New York on Tuesday in an auction record for the French Impressionist master.

Napoleon love letters to Josephine go for over 500,000 euros

Paris - Three love letters from Napoleon Bonaparte to his wife Josephine, written between 1796 and 1804, were sold for a total of 513,000 euros ($575,000) on Thursday, the Drouot auction house said.

Gustave Eiffel's cannon to go under the hammer

Paris - A miniature cannon which sat on Gustave Eiffel's desk in the Paris tower that bears his name is to go under the hammer, auction house Christie's said Tuesday.

Five 'Hitler' paintings to go under hammer in Nuremberg

Nuremberg - Five paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler will be auctioned off Saturday in the German city of Nuremberg, sparking anger that the Nazi memorabilia market is alive and well.

German auction house pulls 26 'Hitler paintings' on forgery fears

Frankfurt Am Main - A German auction house Thursday scrapped the planned sale of 26 artworks attributed to Adolf Hitler, after doubts emerged about their authenticity just days before they were to go under the hammer.Five other paintings signed "A.

Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market

Apo - A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction.Bidding stopped at a whopping 333.

Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market

Apo - A record $3.1 million was paid for a giant tuna on Saturday as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction.Bidding stopped at a whopping 333.

Book Proust gave to his lover sells for world record 1.5 million euros

Paris - A copy of Marcel Proust's "Swann's Way" which he dedicated to his "little darling", sold for 1.51 million euros ($1.7 million) in Paris Friday -- a world record for a French book, auction house Sotheby's said.

Fashion mogul Berge's radical chic library goes on sale

Paris - Revolutionary tomes by Karl Marx and the Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin from the library of one of richest men in fashion go under the hammer Friday in Paris.

Sotheby's latest auction house to end rhino horn sales

Fpo - Sotheby's on Saturday became the latest international auction house to end the sale of rhino horn artefacts, withdrawing antique lots from an upcoming event in Hong Kong following an outcry from environmental groups.

Hockney sells for $90.3mn, smashes living artist record

New York - A masterful swimming pool painting by British legend David Hockney sold for $90.3 million in New York on Thursday, smashing a new auction record for a living artist.

Marie Antoinette's jewels up for auction in Geneva

Geneva - Marie Antoinette's diamonds and pearls, not seen in public for two centuries, go under the hammer in Geneva Wednesday in what has been billed as one of the most important royal jewellery auctions in history.

Rare pink diamond aims to make $50 million

Geneva - The Pink Legacy, an exceptionally large pink diamond, is set to go under the hammer at Christie's in Geneva next week, when it is expected to bring in up to $50 million.

Hawking auction raises astronomical sum

London - A copy of Stephen Hawking's doctorate thesis signed in a shaky hand was the highlight of an auction of the British physicist's personal items in London, which raised nearly £1.4 million ($1.8 million, 1.6 million euros).

Fine French wine fetches record-smashing $558,000 at auction

New York - A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti wine fetched a record-smashing $558,000 at an auction held at Sotheby's in New York Saturday, which saw two bottles break the previous record.

Buyer of shredded Banksy work goes through with deal

London - The buyer of a work by street artist Banksy that was partially destroyed moments after it sold has gone through with the purchase, Sotheby's auction house said Thursday.

Shredded Banksy painting worth more than original, experts say

Paris - When street artist Banksy destroyed one of his works of art last week seconds after it was sold at auction, he probably added to its value, with some experts suggesting it could now be worth double its original price.

Robin Williams memorabilia fetches $6.1 million in NY

New York - Art, film memorabilia and personal effects owned by the late actor Robin Williams and his wife fetched $6.1 million at auction in New York on Thursday, four years after his death, Sotheby's said.

Rare bottle of Scotch whisky fetches record price

Edinburgh - An extremely rare bottle of whisky was sold for a new world record at auction in Edinburgh on Wednesday.The 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold at Bonhams for a total £848,750 (about $1.

Millennium fortune: Han Solo jacket up for auction in London

London - The jacket worn by loveable Star Wars scoundrel Han Solo in "The Empire Strikes Back" as well as Indiana Jones's signature fedora are among rare movie memorabilia going under the hammer in London on Thursday.
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