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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.

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.
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