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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.

Latest offshore oil drilling tract auction another bust for Trump

While being hailed as a great success by the Interior Department, the Trump administration's offshore Lease Sale 251 in the Gulf of Mexico made another "belly flop" with less than one percent of the tracts being sold on Wednesday.

Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for 350,000 euros

Lyon - A two-cornered military dress hat thought to have belonged to Napoleon went for 350,000 euros ($406,000) at auction on Monday, the latest sale to highlight the boundless appetite for all things associated with the emperor.

Last of the Jayer wine sold for 30 mln euros

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- was sold for a mouth-watering 30 million euros ($35 million) in Geneva on Sunday, well in excess of the estimated price.

Last of the Jayer wine to go on sale in Geneva

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- go on auction in Geneva Sunday and could rake in up to $13 million.

Marie Antoinette's exquisite jewels up for auction

Geneva - Diamonds and pearls that once belonged to French King Louis XVI's Queen Marie-Antoinette and have never been seen in public are to go on sale.

Chinese vase found in attic sells for 16.2 million euros

Paris - An 18th-century Chinese vase forgotten for decades in a shoe box in a French attic sold for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at Sotheby's in Paris on Tuesday -- more than 30 times the estimate.

Last of the Jayer wine to go on sale in Geneva

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- will go on auction in Geneva next month and could rake in up to $13 million.

Now's the time: three bottles of 1774 vintage wine on sale in France

Strasbourg - Tucked away in a vaulted cellar of eastern France for eight generations, they may be the oldest bottles of wine available for purchase: three bottles of "Vin Jaune" (yellow wine) dating from 1774 which will go under the hammer on Saturday.

Modigliani sells for $157.2 mn in New York: Sotheby's

New York - A stunning nude that is the largest painting produced by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani sold for $157.2 million in New York on Monday, becoming the fourth most expensive work of art sold at auction.

Picasso's $115-million 'Young Girl' to be loaned to Paris museum

New York - Picasso's "Young Girl With Basket of Flowers," recently sold at a New York auction for $115 million, will be loaned to Paris's Musee d'Orsay for a Picasso exhibit opening in September.

NY auction houses get set for an 'extraordinary season'

New York - Six months after selling a Leonardo da Vinci for half a billion dollars, New York art auction season is back, gearing up to break new records with a magnificent Rockefeller collection and a Modigliani.

Rare Modigliani nude sets world record $150m estimate

Fpo - A painting of a nude by Amedeo Modigliani is expected to fetch $150 million, the highest ever pre-sale estimate for an artwork at auction, Sotheby's said Tuesday as the work was unveiled in Hong Kong.

France's Ritz hotel smashes record with furniture sell-off

Paris - Luxury furniture auctioned off by the legendary Ritz hotel in Paris sold for 7.3 million euros ($9 million), a world record in the industry, auction house Artcurial said Saturday.

Two dinosaurs fetch over 1.4 million euros each in Paris sale

Paris - Two dinosaur skeletons marketed as hip design objects-- one of a diplodocus, the other of an allosaurus -- sold for more than 1.4 million euros ($1.7 million) apiece at auction in Paris on Wednesday.

Anyone want to buy a dinosaur? Two on sale in Paris

Paris - The skeletons of an allosaurus and a diplodocus are up for auction in Paris this week, marketed as hip interior design objects -- for those with big enough living rooms.

Russell Crowe nets millions from 'divorce auction'

Sydney - Hollywood actor Russell Crowe's unusual "divorce auction" of personal items and movie memorabilia, including "Gladiator" props and a leather jockstrap he wore in "Cinderella Man", exceeded expectations and raked in millions of dollars for the Australia...

Rare Picasso self-portrait expected to fetch $70 million

Fpo - A rare Picasso believed to be a self-portrait created when he was under threat of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp is expected to fetch US$70 million at auction, Christie's said Friday as the work went on view in Hong Kong.

Stanley Kubrick memorabilia goes under hammer in Italy

Turin - Symbols of the life and work of Stanley Kubrick went up for auction in Italy on Tuesday, with bidders splashing tens of thousands of euros (dollars) for memorabilia from one of the 20th century's most important filmmakers.

Picasso painting star of Rockefeller art 'sale of the century'

Paris - One of Picasso's most unsettling paintings returns to Paris on Friday more than a century after he painted it here, as a taster for what is being billed the art "sale of the century".

Einstein letter fetches $100,000 at Jerusalem auction

Jerusalem - A letter penned by legendary physicist Albert Einstein discussing one of his groundbreaking theories sold in Jerusalem Tuesday for over $100,000 as part of trove of documents that went under the hammer.

Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl seen topping $25 mn at auction

Hong Kong - An extremely rare Qing Dynasty bowl -- one of only three known to exist -- is expected to fetch US$25.6 million and could even break the record for Chinese ceramics, auction house Sotheby's said Thursday.Measuring 14.

Picasso painting of muse, future lover fetches European record £50 mln

London - A Pablo Picasso portrait of his muse Marie-Therese Walter with future lover Dora Maar emerging from the shadows fetched £50 million (57 million euros, $69 million) at a London sale Wednesday, a European auction record for a painting.

'African Mona Lisa' smashes estimates at London auction

London - A long-lost portrait of a Nigerian princess dubbed the "African Mona Lisa" sold at auction in London on Wednesday for £1.2 million (1.4 million euros, $1.7 million), exceeding estimates and setting a record for the artist.

Japan's historic Tsukiji market holds final New Year auction

Toukyo - Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market held its last pre-dawn New Year's auction on Friday before closing down for relocation, with the highest bidder paying more than $320,000 for a giant tuna.
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