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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.

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.
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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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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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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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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
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.
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 fast and furious lion of the air in action
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Auction girl holds up sign information for a bidder to read easier on a 1969 Camaro Prototype with V...
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.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad s old car
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's old car
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