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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 »

Letter Found on Titanic Victim's Body Sells for $166K

1st-class passenger wrote wrote letter to mom the day before the ship sank

(Newser) - A letter written by one of the Titanic's passengers a day before the ship sank has sold for $166,000 at an auction in England, reports the AP . The handwritten note, on embossed Titanic stationery, was penned by first class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on April 13, 1912—the... More »

'Most Important Letter Written on Titanic' to Be Sold

It was recovered from a doomed passenger's body

(Newser) - Alexander Oskar Holverson penned a letter to his mother on Titanic stationery on April 13, 1912, apparently intending to mail it upon the doomed ship's arrival in New York. Instead, the saltwater-stained letter was found in a pocketbook when the first-class passenger's body was recovered from the Atlantic... More »

Trump Doodle Fetches 'Unprecedented' Price

The sketch sold at auction for more than $29K

(Newser) - "It's neither good nor bad,” the New Yorker's art critic tells NBC News . “It's curious. I don't get any pleasure from it. But it is intriguing.” Nevertheless, a simple sketch of the New York skyline drawn and signed by President Trump in... More »

Old Sketch by President Going Up for Auction

He made drawing in 2005 of NYC skyline for charity

(Newser) - Back in 2005, Donald Trump made a simple sketch of the New York City skyline for a charity auction. Now that he's president, it's back on the market, but for no mere pittance, reports the Hill . As of Thursday, those interested can bid online at Nate D. Sanders... More »

Madonna Gets Court Order to Stop 'Outrageous' Auction

Halted (for now): sale of star's worn underwear, hairbrush, letter from Tupac

(Newser) - Most people would consider love letters, hairbrushes, and underwear to be "highly personal items"—and a New York state Supreme Court judge agreed that, in Madonna's case, those items shouldn't be put up for auction, the AP reports. On Tuesday, the pop star received the emergency... More »

Moon Dust Collected by Neil Armstrong to Be Auctioned Off

It's valued at $4M

(Newser) - Moon dust that Neil Armstrong collected during the first lunar landing was displayed Thursday at a New York auction house—a symbol of America's glory days in space now valued at $2 million to $4 million. The late astronaut brought the dust and some tiny rocks back to Earth... More »

Someone Bought R2-D2 for Nearly $3M

Droid made from parts used during filming of original 'Star Wars' trilogy

(Newser) - An R2-D2 droid that was used in several Star Wars films has sold at auction for nearly $3 million, the AP reports. The auction house Profiles in History said the 43-inch tall unit that was compiled from parts used throughout filming of the original trilogy sold for $2.76 million... More »

Someone Paid a Pretty Penny for a Gangster's Watch

Al Capone's pocket watch went for $84K

(Newser) - Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s,... More »

Flea Market Find of a Lifetime Is Sold

26-carat diamond fetches $848K

(Newser) - She bought it for $15, expected to sell it for $450,000, and instead got $848,000 for a whopping 56,500% return on her original investment. The mystery seller, who snatched up a chunky "costume jewelry" ring at a flea market in London in the 1980s, parted with... More »

Deadhead Sells Jerry Garcia's 'Wolf' for $1.9M

'The time is right for Wolf to do some good'

(Newser) - A guitar that Jerry Garcia played everywhere from San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom to Egypt's Great Pyramids fetched over $1.9 million at an auction Wednesday night. The Grateful Dead frontman's guitar—named Wolf—was sold at the Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley, restaurant, and music venue. The... More »

After Collecting Dust for 35 Years, Elvis' Plane Is Sold

Private jet goes for $430K

(Newser) - A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in Roswell, New Mexico, for 35 years. The plane sold for $430,000 on Saturday at a California event featuring celebrity memorabilia—a far cry from GWS Auctions' estimate of up to $3.5... More »

She Bought the 'Costume Jewelry' for $15. But It Was Real

Ring could sell for as much as $450K next month

(Newser) - It was an almost gaudily large piece of costume jewelry picked up for about $15 in the 1980s, and its owner apparently liked it—she "would wear it out shopping, wear it day-to-day." She almost certainly likes it much, much more now. The ring, bought at a car-boot... More »

This Diamond Just Smashed Auction Records

'Pink Star' sells for $71.2M in Hong Kong

(Newser) - A stunning 59.6 carat diamond known as the "Pink Star" sold for $71.2 million at a Sotheby's auction Tuesday in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for any diamond or jewel, according to the auction house. The oval mixed-cut diamond smashed the $60 million pre-sale... More »

Trump's Old Ferrari Didn't Make as Much as Expected at Auction

It sold for $270K

(Newser) - President Trump's former Ferrari was sold at auction for what Bloomberg calls a "disappointing" amount Saturday. The 2007 F430 F1 Coupe had been expected to go for as much as $350,000, but bidding stopped at $240,000, $10,000 below its low estimate and not high enough... More »

Someone Just Paid $162K for This 'Remarkable' Tubman Pic

Most photos of the anti-slavery crusader show her as an elderly woman—not this one

(Newser) - A rare photograph of 19th-century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been sold at a New York City auction for $162,500. Swann Galleries says the circa late-1860s image sold Thursday for a hammer price of $130,000, plus a $32,500 auctioneer fee, the AP reports. The... More »

Decades-Old Mold Sold for 'Bargain' Price of $15K

Fungus said to come from pioneer Alexander Fleming's original penicillin culture

(Newser) - How much would you pay for a piece of mold? If your answer is "nothing," it may surprise you to know that someone else's answer was $14,617. A patch of green bacteria encased in a round glass dish sold for that sum to an unnamed buyer... More »

One of History's Deadliest Phones Sells for $243K

To an unnamed bidder

(Newser) - The telephone Adolf Hitler used to bark out orders that led to the deaths of millions is apparently worth $243,000 to someone. Hitler's chipped red phone, which is engraved on the backside with the Fuhrer's name and a swastika, sold to an unnamed bidder who made his... More »

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