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Paris - French auction house Pierre Bergé & Associés said Wednesday it has withdrawn from sale a rare first edition of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" following a protest from a Jewish watchdog body.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

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 ...

Comedian Joan Rivers to auction furnishings from country home

Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers is selling furniture, fine art, ceramics and other objects from her country home in Connecticut, Christie's auction house said on Wednesday.

Hitler-signed 'Mein Kampf' copies sell for $65,000

Los Angeles - Two rare copies of "Mein Kampf" signed by the young Nazi leader Adolf Hitler went under the hammer for $64,850 Thursday in Los Angeles, auctioneers said.The two-volume set -- a first edition and a second edition -- of the future German Fuehrer's politi...

Activist Loeb seeks board shakeup at Sotheby's

New York - Activist investor Dan Loeb Thursday nominated himself and two allies to the board of Sotheby's, arguing the auction house's current board lacks the skills and inclination to undertake needed changes.Loeb, chief executive of hedge fund Third Point, Soth...

Ali gloves fetch $860,500 at auction

New York - The gloves Muhammad Ali wore when he beat Sonny Liston to win his first heavyweight world title fetched $836,500 at Auction on Saturday, almost 50 years to the day after the fight.The gloves were part of Heritage Auctions' Sports Platinum Night Auction...

Canada wireless sale nets C$5.27 billion; Quebecor makes splash

Canadian telecommunications companies paid a record C$5.27 billion ($4.78 billion) in an auction to secure wireless airwave licenses, the federal government said on Wednesday,...

China's Wanxiang wins U.S. bankruptcy auction for Fisker Automotive

Wanxiang Group, China's largest auto parts company, won a bankruptcy auction for the assets of Fisker Automotive, the defunct manufacturer of the Karma plug-in hybrid sports car, Fisker said on Friday.

Vodafone, Bharti spend big to win airwaves in $10 billion Indian auction

Indian mobile phone market leaders Bharti Airtel and Vodafone bought airwaves worth about $3 billion each in a hotly contested auction that raised nearly $10 billion, far exceeding the government...

Pope's Harley sells to mystery buyer for 210,000 euros

Paris - A Harley-Davidson motorbike that briefly belonged to Pope Francis was sold to a mystery European buyer for 210,000 euros ($285,800) at a high-profile auction in Paris on Thursday.

Pissarro and Picasso records broken at London sale

London - A Paris street scene painted by Camille Pissarro sold for £19.9 million ($32.1 million, 24 million euros) at a London sale on Wednesday, almost five times the previous record for the Impressionist master at auction.

Huge interest for Pope's Harley-Davidson ahead of auction

Paris - Move over Popemobile, make way for the "Popebike": a Harley-Davidson that briefly belonged to Pope Francis and is being auctioned off in Paris Thursday has already garnered significant advance interest from around the world.

Christie's cancels Miro art sale over Portugal dispute

London - Auction house Christie's on Tuesday said it had cancelled the London sale of 85 paintings by Spanish master Joan Miro valued at more than 36 million euros ($48.5 million) over a legal dispute in Portugal.

Miro art sale cancelled over Portugal dispute

London - Auction house Christie's on Tuesday said it had cancelled the London sale of 85 paintings by Spanish master Joan Miro valued at more than 36 million euros over a legal dispute in Portugal.

Auction winner of rhino hunt fears he's the endangered species

Chris Knowlton looks forward to facing and becoming intimately involved with a black rhino. He's the lucky winner of an auction that gives him a permit to legally shoot one of the endangered beasts. Now he fears for his life, right in his own backyard.

Not-so Hell's Angel: Pope's Harley-Davidson for sale

London - A Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was once given to Pope Francis by the manufacturer is to go on sale next month in Paris, a British auction house said Monday.

Op-Ed: Killing the Black Rhino is no way to save them

There are only about 4,000 Black Rhinos left in the wild, down from over 60,000 in the 1960's. There are an estimated 1,800 in Namibia today. Poachers have decimated Rhino herds, in search of their horns, a valuable commodity on the international market.

Native masks bought at auction returned to tribe

Paris - The Annenberg Foundation spent over half a million dollars at a controversial French auction to purchase Native American artifacts. The items, including 24 ceremonial masks, will be returned to the tribes to which they have great religious significance.
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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
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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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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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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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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 fast and furious lion of the air in action
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's old car
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