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Whitey Bulger's Belongings Go for $109K at Auction

The former mobster's rat-shaped pen holder was especially popular

(Newser) - Despite being derided as "trash" and a "glorified yard sale," the belongings of infamous mob kingpin James "Whitey" Bulger fetched more than $109,000 at auction Saturday, the Boston Globe reports. According to Bloomberg , the US Marshals Service was selling the items—seized during Bulger's... More »

This Alice in Wonderland Copy Is a Collector's Dream

It will be sold at auction next month

(Newser) - "One of the great rarities of 19th century literature" is about to hit the auction block. A first edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland will be sold by Christie's on June 16—almost exactly 151 years after it was first printed. The book's existence is... More »

Guess What Someone Paid for This Handbag

Christie's auctions off the Diamond Himalaya Niloticus by Hermes

(Newser) - You're sitting down? Great: There's a person on Earth who owns a $300,168 handbag, CNN Style reports. Christie's auctioned off the Diamond Himalaya Niloticus by Hermes on Monday, breaking a world record with the crocodile bag that features white gold and diamonds. The sale by a... More »

Fan Drops Serious Cash for Tupac's Old Hummer

The fully customized vehicle also included a cassette of Thriller

(Newser) - An anonymous 2Pac fan in the Midwest just paid more than $337,000 for the late-rapper's customized Hummer H1 at auction, CNN reports. Tupac Shakur bought the vehicle three months before he was killed in 1996 at the age of 25. An executive vice president at RR Auction calls... More »

'Miracle on Ice' Goalie Hawking His Gold Medal

And American flag Jim Craig wore after 1980 victory at Olympics

(Newser) - The "Miracle on Ice" hockey team is an indelible memory from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, with the US coming from behind to defeat the long-reigning Soviets, and then Finland, for the gold. And goalie Jim Craig, then 22, made an equally poignant impression after his team's victory,... More »

Someone Just Bought 14 Strands of Thomas Jefferson's Hair

For $6,875

(Newser) - A lock of hair from Thomas Jefferson has sold at auction in Texas for $6,875, nearly 190 years after the former president died, the AP reports. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said Saturday's sale involved 14 strands that were snipped by Jefferson's personal physician at the time of... More »

Top 'Bid' for Zimmerman's Gun: $65M

One big bidder: 'Racist McShootface'

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's attempt to sell the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin appears to be back on again, though bidders are clearly making a joke of it. Early Friday morning, the leading bid in the online auction at UnitedGunGroup came from "Weedlord Bonerhitler" at a bit more... More »

Rowling's Harry Potter Writing Chair Sells for $394K

The seller would like to see it end up in a theme park or museum

(Newser) - The humble chair JK Rowling sat on while writing the first two books of the Harry Potter series was auctioned in New York City on Wednesday for $394,000, the AP reports. An anonymous private collector made the winning bid, Heritage Auctions says. The chair is one of four mismatched... More »

You Could Own Prince's 50-Piece Wedding China Set

If you have at least $60K, that is

(Newser) - Nate D. Sanders Auctions is selling 95 pieces of Prince memorabilia, and thanks to the fact that some of it was owned by Prince's ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, you can buy some pretty personal stuff, Vulture reports. Some of the items for sale:
  • Prince's wedding china: There are 35
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Man Buys Spider-Man Comic for $1K, Sells It for $454K

The 1962 cover price? Just 12 cents

(Newser) - A Dallas-based auction house says a rare copy of a comic book featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man has sold for $454,100. The comic book was purchased by an anonymous collector, and Heritage Auctions says Thursday's sale is a record for a public auction price for any Spider-Man... More »

Weirdest Dime You'll Ever See Heads to Auction

It was struck onto a nail and could fetch more than $10K

(Newser) - In probably one of the oddest items to come to the world of coin collecting, Heritage Auctions has announced the sale of a Roosevelt dime that was accidentally (or some say deliberately) struck onto a zinc nail—and the dime/nail is estimated to be worth roughly $10,000. In the... More »

Wu-Tang Clan Sell 'Rarest Album Ever' for Millions

Sole copy of 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' went up for auction

(Newser) - Wu-Tang Clan just sold what they're calling the rarest album ever created: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, just a single copy of which exists . The record, which took from 2006 to 2013 to make and features contributions from every surviving member of the group, has been stored in... More »

After Marrying Jackie, JFK Sent Woman Love Letters

He fell for Gunilla Von Post weeks before his lavish wedding

(Newser) - Exactly 52 years and one day after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a batch of letters the then senator wrote to Swedish socialite Gunilla von Post sold for $15,000 at Upper East Side auction house Doyle New York, reports People . This set includes two complete letters on Senate stationary,... More »

Someone Just Paid $23K for a Cracker

A 103-year-old biscuit survived the Titanic

(Newser) - A Greek investor is now the proud owner of "the [world's] most expensive biscuit" —a 103-year-old cracker that survived the sinking of the Titanic, Mashable reports. The Spillers and Bakers Pilot biscuit, which made its way into a survival kit on one of the lifeboats that April... More »

Rarest Nazi Enigma Machine Sells for Record $365K

It was bought by an anonymous private collector at auction

(Newser) - The M4 is the rarest of the already rare Nazi Enigma machines, which could help explain why a working model just sold for a record $365,000 at an auction Wednesday in New York. The Guardian reports the 70-year-old encryption machine was purchased by an anonymous private collector. “The... More »

Photo, Note About Titanic Iceberg Emerge

They're both going up for auction

(Newser) - A photo of what could be history's deadliest iceberg is up for auction after spending nearly a century on a wall in the offices of the law firm that represented the Titanic's owners. There are other photos in existence of the iceberg believed to have sunk the huge... More »

Items Tied to Titanic's Millionaire's Lifeboat Are Sold

A last lunch menu fetched $88K at auction

(Newser) - The Titanic's last lunch menu, saved by a first-class passenger who climbed aboard a lifeboat whose crew was said to have been bribed to row away instead of rescue more people, sold at auction for $88,000 on Wednesday. New York's Lion Heart Autographs offered the menu and... More »

A Man Once Bought Stonehenge 'on a Whim'

Cecil Chubb bought Stonehenge 100 years ago, then gave it away

(Newser) - One of history's more grand misplaced romantic gestures involves a British wife who was hoping for new curtains and instead got a bunch of rocks. A century ago, on Sept. 21, 1915, Cecil Chubb set off for an auction "and came back with something rather different" than the... More »

Beatles' First Contract Sells For $93K

It was apparently for a German recording of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

(Newser) - New York's Heritage Auctions says it just sold a 1961 Beatles recording contract—the first the band ever signed—for more than $93,000. So what's the first song the Beatles were contracted to record? Apparently, a version of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean. While it obviously... More »

Ringo Starr Is Hawking a Treasure Trove of Beatles Stuff

Drummer auctioning off more than 800 things he owned

(Newser) - More than 800 items owned by Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, are going to auction, including rare Beatles memorabilia like his three-piece drum kit used in more than 200 performances and a Rickenbacker guitar known as the "Beatle-Backer" that John Lennon owned and later gave to Starr.... More »

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