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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 »

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

1st-class passenger 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 »

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