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Elvis' Battered Jet Hits Auction Block Again

Bids will be accepted until July 27

(Newser) - For somewhere in the ballpark of six figures, you can fly like the King. Or pretend to. One of Elvis Presley's private planes, presumably used to jet the late heartthrob to shows across the country, is up for bid in an online auction until July 27, with a likely... More »

An Item Left on the Waterloo Battlefield Just Sold for $400K

That's more than Napoleon's bicorne hat was expected to fetch

(Newser) - Napoleon's hats were a big deal. The BBC explains he had a system for breaking in and wearing the "bicorne" military hats that he famously wore sideways so as to be better spotted by his troops: He introduced four new ones each year that were first worn by... More »

A Beheaded Queen's Jewelry Is Up for Grabs

Pearls worn by Marie Antoinette that haven't been seen in public in 200 years are up for auction

(Newser) - Sotheby's says it will be auctioning off a set of natural pearls that once belonged to the famed—or infamous—French queen Marie Antoinette, and that haven't been seen in public for centuries. The sale of "Royal Jewels From the Bourbon-Parma Family" is set to take place... More »

What May Be 'Most Famous Map in English Lit' Up for Grabs

1926 EH Shepard sketch of Hundred Acre Wood appears in AA Milne's 'Winnie-the-Pooh'

(Newser) - Sotheby's is prepping for a children's books and illustrations auction in July, and at the top of the list is what one expert calls "probably the most famous map in English literature." That, per the BBC , would be EH Shepard's original ink sketch of the... More »

They 'Didn't Like' the Vase. Then They Learned Its Value

Attic find from Qing Dynasty could fetch up to $850K

(Newser) - It's not $136 million in art , but it's not an ex-boyfriend , either. Rather, the latest attic find is a perfect condition Chinese vase from the 18th-century Qing dynasty. Its owners took the vase, reportedly made for the Qianlong Emperor, to be appraised at Sotheby's three months ago... More »

$70M Picasso Damaged Before Auction

Owner Steve Wynn has been down this road before

(Newser) - Pricey mistake: A Picasso worth an estimated $70 million had to be yanked from an auction at Christie's this week because it sustained damage as workers were preparing it. It's not clear how bad the damage is to Le Marin , or The Sailor, or even how the damage... More »

Madonna Fails to Stop Sale of Tupac Breakup Letter

As well as a bunch of other items once belonging to the Material Girl

(Newser) - Bad news for Madonna: A judge on Monday said a New York auction house can go ahead and sell some of her personal stuff. Gotta Have Rock and Roll auctions got a hold of a pair of the singer's underwear, a letter Tupac Shakur wrote to her explaining why... More »

Unseen Beatles Photos Fetch Big Price at Auction

Over 350 unseen photos sold for nearly $358K

(Newser) - The Beatles still have it. The Guardian reports that over 350 never-before-seen photos of the band have sold for a whopping $357,936 (give or take a few dollars in the exchange rate) at auction in the UK. The photos were taken by 18-year-old Mike Mitchell in 1964 during The... More »

Russell Crowe Is Holding a 'Divorce Auction'

You could snag prop chariot, body armor, and much more

(Newser) - Five years after Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer separated, their divorce will soon be finalized. And to celebrate, or something, they're holding a divorce auction. The Sotheby's-hosted auction , appropriately titled "The Art of Divorce" and set for April 7, will feature such items as an 1890... More »

Original Copy of AA's Iconic 'Big Book' Could Sell for $3M

It's going up for auction after court battle was settled

(Newser) - The founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, known to adherents as the "Big Book," is heading back to auction after a lawsuit disputing its ownership was settled. Auction house Profiles in History announced Wednesday that the manuscript and manifesto is going up for auction on May 5 in Los... More »

Steve Jobs' Job Application From 1973 Had Some Errors

It's going on the auction block next month

(Newser) - A resume filled with typos from an applicant who said he had no phone and probably no way to get to work normally wouldn't end up anywhere else but the trash can, but in this case, it might fetch as much as $50,000 at auction. That's because... More »

This Might Just Be the Oddest Auction Lot Ever

Thomas Kramer's pig statues, coffin up for grabs in Miami Beach

(Newser) - Anyone in need of a dining table with two stripper poles on top? Life-size Alien and Predator statues? What about a coffin? You can get all that and more in one place: an auction in Miami Beach. The items used to belong to Thomas Kramer, the hard-partying playboy and former... More »

No One Willing to Pay Enough for Hitler's Mercedes

Winning bid of $7M was rejected

(Newser) - Worldwide Auctioneers—as per CNBC —calls it "the most historically significant automobile ever offered for public sale." More accurately, it's now the most historically significant automobile ever to fail to publicly sell. The Arizona Republic reports a "Super Mercedes" that Adolf Hitler apparently rode in... More »

Auction House Asks That You Not Judge This Car Too Harshly

Hitler rode in it, but 'it did not choose its user or its use'

(Newser) - It's being called "the most historically significant automobile ever offered for public sale": the 1939 "Super Mercedes" once occupied by a standing Adolf Hitler. The AFP reports just four of the Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser models were built, and the one being put up for sale in Arizona... More »

Greta Garbo Letters Reveal 'Almost Unbearable' Sadness

Swedish letters, photo album expected to fetch up to $27K at auction

(Newser) - She's a legend in Hollywood, but Greta Garbo apparently didn't feel like one. Some 36 letters written by Garbo to a Swedish countess whom she met in the 1930s and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with reveal the movie star to be "heartbreakingly different from the sociable, jolly... More »

Man Who Doubts Auschwitz's Gas Buys Emperor's WWII Memoir

Dr. Katsuya Takasu paid $275K for Japanese Emperor Hirohito's recollections

(Newser) - Japanese Emperor Hirohito's WWII memoir was expected to fetch as much as $150,000 at auction in New York Wednesday. It instead sold for $275,000, but the sale price is potentially less interesting than the buyer: Dr. Katsuya Takasu, a man the BBC describes as an accused Holocaust... More »

Mystery Buyer of $450M da Vinci Revealed

Painting is headed for Abu Dhabi's Louvre

(Newser) - The mystery buyer who shattered art auction records by paying $450 million for a Leonardo da Vinci painting last month has been revealed as an obscure Saudi prince not previously known for collecting art—or for being incredibly wealthy. Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud—identified by the... More »

This da Vinci Painting Just Obliterated Art-Sale Records

Sells for $450M at Christie's

(Newser) - A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million at auction on Wednesday, obliterating previous records. The painting, called "Salvator Mundi" (Italian for "Savior of the World"), is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known to exist... More »

Trump's Empire State Building Sketch Sold at Auction

Former business partner paid $16K for drawing

(Newser) - A New York real estate developer and former business partner of President Trump has bought a sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by Trump for $16,000 at an auction. Elie Hirschfeld, president of Hirschfeld Properties, purchased the 12-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper... More »

Wild List of Iconic Celebrity Items Up for Auction

Everything from Forrest Gump to Legally Blonde to JFK will be represented

(Newser) - Years before Elvis Presley became the King of Rock and Roll, the story goes, he lived in a small house up a hill from his elementary school in northeastern Mississippi and played with other kids in a nearby field. Fans now have a chance to buy that old home and... More »

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