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Battered Book Will Help You Pray Like Marilyn Monroe

Actress' Jewish prayer book may fetch up to $8K at auction

(Newser) - A Jewish prayer book that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe will hit the auction block in New York next month, where it's expected to fetch up to $8,000. The book has notes believed to be written by the actress around the time she converted to Judaism in 1956,... More »

Sotheby's After $1.1M Sale: 'We've Just Been Banksy'ed'

Auctioned painting self-destructed soon after sale went through

(Newser) - Newsweek is saying it could be Banksy's "most jaw-dropping trick yet," and it would be hard to find anyone who disagrees. It happened Friday night at a Sotheby's auction in London, when the enigmatic street artist's 2006 Girl With Balloon painting was sold off... More »

Copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover Could Fetch Obscene Cash

The paperback was used by the judge in a landmark obscenity trial against the publisher

(Newser) - A paperback copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover used by the judge in the UK obscenity trial of the novel's publisher is expected to sell at auction for up to $20,000, auctioneer Sotheby's said Wednesday. Penguin Books was prosecuted in 1960 for publishing DH Lawrence's book... More »

Hockney Painting May Make History

1972 work poised to become priciest artwork by a living artist sold at auction

(Newser) - In May, British painter David Hockney more than doubled his previous auction record with the $28.5 million sale of 1990's "Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica," per the BBC . Now, one of his most recognizable paintings could fetch nearly three times as much, reports CNN . In... More »

Only 36 of These Were Made, and One Just Sold at Auction

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sells for a record $48.4M

(Newser) - A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold at auction over the weekend for $48.4 million—setting a world record for the most money ever paid for a car at auction, CNNMoney reports. Thirty-six 250 GTOs were made and all are still running, creating an exclusive club of owners; this particular... More »

$666 Apple Computer Worth About 450 Times That Now

Working Apple-1 goes up for auction next month

(Newser) - A piece of computer history that helped launch a trillion-dollar company is hitting the auction block, per the AP . A fully functioning Apple-1 being auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction in September is one of only 60 or so remaining of the original 200 that were designed and built by Steve... More »

$410K for a License Plate? 'It's a Delaware Thing'

Auction of low-numbered plate fetches big bucks

(Newser) - Low-numbered Delaware license plates are in demand. Someone paid $410,000 for the plate bearing the number 20 when it went up for auction Sunday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, the AP reports. Bidding started "low" at $210,000, with the price rising by $5,000 to $10,... More »

They Saved 2 Years of Baseball Cards, Finally Learn Their Value

Brothers have 5 Mickey Mantle cards in old collection

(Newser) - When a 76-year-old man from New Jersey saw an ad in a newspaper earlier this year for a 1952 Mickey Mantle card being sold by Heritage Auctions with an estimated value of $3.5 million, he was sure the listed price was an error. "I told my daughter, '... More »

US Embassy Seeks Buyer for 1.2K Toilet Paper Rolls

Used car, broken vacuums also available at auction

(Newser) - Anyone in need of a lifetime supply of toilet paper should get in touch with the State Department. The US Embassy in London, which recently moved to a new building from the one it kept for more than 200 years, is cleaning house of the usual office gear: tables, chairs,... More »

A Guillotine That Beheaded No One Stirs Up Controversy

It was purchased last week in France for $9K

(Newser) - It wasn't one of the guillotines actually used to behead people, but the sale of it has still stirred up some controversy in France. The mid-19th-century replica was sold last Wednesday in an auction that lasted just 2 minutes, with a French multimillionaire named Christophe Février snapping it... More »

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 »

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