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'Like a Rolling Stone' Draft by Dylan Sells for $2M

He wrote it on hotel stationery, recorded it in 1965

(Newser) - A draft of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" sold today for $2 million, which Sotheby's auction house called a world record for a pop-music manuscript. A working draft of the song in Dylan's own hand went to an unidentified bidder for $2.045 million. The... More »

This Will Be the Priciest Object Ever Sold*

*By size and weight

(Newser) - A stamp, created by a newspaper publisher when a British colony ran out of proper stamps in 1856, "will be by size and weight simply the most expensive object ever sold in history." The British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta stamp will sell at Sotheby's on June... More »

Springsteen's 'Born to Run' Draft Sells for $197K

That's about double the estimate at Sotheby's

(Newser) - Sotheby's underestimated the value of the Boss. A handwritten 1974 draft of his classic song "Born to Run" sold for $197,000 at auction today, reports Reuters . The presale estimate was between $70,000 and $100,000. Sotheby's revealed neither the buyer nor the seller, notes AP... More »

$46M Norman Rockwell Work Shatters Record

Sells for $46M, well above estimate of up to $20M

(Newser) - A Norman Rockwell painting titled "Saying Grace" sold at an auction yesterday for $46 million, a record for the Saturday Evening Post illustrator and for any work sold at an American art auction, Sotheby's said. Two people on the telephone bid against each other for nine minutes before... More »

Springsteen 'Born to Run' Manuscript Up for Auction

Fans can expect to shell out 100K at Sotheby's

(Newser) - A handwritten working manuscript of Bruce Springsteen's 1975 hit "Born to Run" will be offered at auction on Dec. 5, with a presale estimate of $70,000 to $100,000, says Sotheby's. The seller wasn't revealed, but the document used to be in the collection of... More »

Pink Diamond Fetches $83M

It's a record for any gem sold at auction

(Newser) - An enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" sold for more than $83 million at auction today, far surpassing its expected price of $60 million. Sotheby's says the sale of the vivid and flawless 59.6-carat pink diamond is the highest price ever paid for a gemstone at... More »

Harry Belafonte Hopes to Sell MLK Notes, Documents

Entertainer renews fight against estate of King

(Newser) - Harry Belafonte is bound and determined to sell some rare Martin Luther King documents—including notes for a speech that were in King's pocket when he was assassinated. The entertainer, who had to cancel a 2008 auction at Sotheby's at the last minute, has renewed his legal fight... More »

Egg-Sized White Diamond Sells for $30.6M

118-carat gem sets a record at Sotheby's auction

(Newser) - A white diamond the size of a small egg sold for $30.6 million at a Hong Kong auction today, as two phone bidders competed for the 118-carat white diamond from Africa in six minutes of measured bidding in the Sotheby's jewelry auction. The "flawless" white oval diamond,... More »

All Hail the World's Priciest Carpet

17th-century Persian rug sells for $33.7M at auction

(Newser) - Please remember to wipe your feet: A Persian rug from the early 17th century has sold for $33.7 million in New York City. Sotheby's auction house says yesterday's price for the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet was more than three times the previous auction record for a carpet. It... More »

Painting Fetches Highest Price Ever for Living Artist

Gerhard Richter oil work sells for $37M

(Newser) - A huge oil painting by German artist Gerhard Richter sold for $37 million at Sotheby's yesterday, making it the highest price ever paid for a work by a living artist, reports the Guardian . Richter painted the 9-foot-by-9-foot Domplatz, Mailand, in 1968, and it last sold 15 years ago for... More »

Christie's Expands to China

It will be first independent foreign auction house in the country

(Newser) - One more sign that China has a growing class of rich people ready to spend money: Christie's has been granted permission to become the first independent foreign auction house in the country, the New York Times reports. The company's first auction will occur in Shanghai this fall. It'... More »

Family Sells $3 Bowl for $2.2M

1K-year-old Chinese bowl found at garage sale, sold at Sotheby’s

(Newser) - One lucky New York family sold a tiny Chinese bowl this week for $2,224,997 more than they paid for it: $3, at a garage sale six years ago. The bowl, which measures roughly 5.5 inches in diameter, sat in the unnamed family's home for years; eventually,... More »

Up for Auction: Charles Schulz's Forbidden Love Letters

'Peanuts' creator sent them to young lady while he was married

(Newser) - The late Peanuts creator Charles Schulz was once so infatuated with a young woman 23 years his junior he sent her dozens of romantic letters and drawings of his beloved cartoon characters. Many of the themes of that correspondence made it into his daily comic strips at the time, and... More »

Sotheby's Sets Record Thanks to $75M Rothko

$375M total for contemporary-art auction is biggest in house's history

(Newser) - What is it about Rothko that drives auction-goers wild ? One of the painter's works went for $75 million at a contemporary-art auction yesterday, helping make the evening's total haul—$375 million—a record-setter in the category for Sotheby's, reports the Wall Street Journal . A multinational group... More »

$10 Goodwill Buy: $15K Painting

Sotheby's to auction Ilya Bolotowsky work

(Newser) - During a visit to Goodwill, a North Carolina artist spotted two large abstract paintings selling for $10 each. That's a quarter of the price a brand new canvas would have cost Beth Feeback, and she figured she could easily paint over them with her subject of choice—cats with... More »

Marie de Medici Diamond Fetches Dazzling $9.7M

Pear-shaped jewel worn at 1610 French coronation

(Newser) - The diamond Marie de Medici wore when she was crowned queen of France in 1610 has been sold at auction in Geneva for an eye-popping $9.7 million. The 35-carat pear-shaped "Beau Sancy" diamond has been passed down by royal families through the centuries. The buyer is anonymous, reports... More »

Warhol's Double Elvis Sells for $37M

Lichtenstein's 'Sleeping Girl' brings in $45M

(Newser) - Another strong day for Sotheby's, though maybe not on the scale of the The Scream :
  • Andy Warhol's silkscreen Double Elvis sold for $37 million. One of 22 made by Warhol, it's based on a movie still and shows Elvis as a gun-toting cowboy, notes the Guardian .
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Munch's The Scream Fetches Record $120M

Sotheby's sale is biggest ever for a painting at auction

(Newser) - The experts thought Edvard Munch's The Scream would bring in a princely sum, but not this much: $119.9 million. That's the most ever paid for a painting at auction, reports the New York Times . (The previous record was $106.5 million for a Picasso, notes AP .)... More »

The Scream May Fetch $200M

Oddsmakers expect icon to bust records

(Newser) - One of the most recognizable painting in human history is now expected to fetch up to $200 million—well beyond Sotheby's early $80 million estimate —when it goes on the auction block this week. British oddsmakers are betting a Russian is most likely to scoop up Edvard Munch'... More »

This Tiny Dish Just Sold for $26.7M

Sotheby's gets hefty price for 900-year-old Chinese piece

(Newser) - Handle with care: A 900-year-old ceramic dish dating back to China's Song dynasty has sold for $26.7 million at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, reports the AP . It was probably used to clean brushes by a Song scholar back in the day, notes Bloomberg . Only about... More »

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