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100-Year First: 'Extremely Rare' Dodo Skeleton Sold

It fetched $431K at auction in the UK

(Newser) - All that's left of the dodo bird is a smattering of bones—a nearly complete set of which has just sold for $431,000 at auction. This "extremely rare" version is one of the most complete with about 95% of bones present, reports the BBC . Only a portion... More »

Winning Bid for Anne Frank Poem Stuns Auctioneers

$148K selling price was 3 times the estimate

(Newser) - The Netherlands' Bubb Kuyper auction house expected the eight-line poem on a piece of old paper to sell for thousands. They just didn't expect to go for $148,000. For that price, an anonymous bidder has become the owner of a poem signed by Anne Frank on March 28,... More »

A Long-Lost Painting Finally Resurfaces

Frida Kahlo piece was in possession of elderly woman

(Newser) - For 60 years, one of the earliest paintings by Frida Kahlo hung on the wall of a California home, unseen by the public and its location a mystery, Reuters reports. Now it's expected to fetch up to $2 million at auction. According to Fusion , Kahlo painted Niña Con ... More »

Marilyn's 'Birthday' Dress Sells for 400 Times Its Original Cost

Ripley's scoops it up for $4.8M

(Newser) - It might be the most famous birthday serenade in history, and a new auction only underscores the point. The silk dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962 has just sold for $4.8 million, reports CNN . More »

The Only Intact Stone Copy of Ten Commandments Could Be Yours

But you'll have to fork over at least $322K

(Newser) - Not content with your Bible? For $322,000, you could perhaps own a marble slab bearing the only complete stone inscription of the Ten Commandments. Heritage Auctions is now auctioning the 2-foot-long, 200-pound slab engraved in a Samaritan script, though the commandments aren't exactly as you know them today.... More »

John Lennon's Angry Letter to Paul McCartney Up for Auction

Circa 1971 letter expected to sell at auction for more than $20K

(Newser) - A circa 1971 letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney illustrates how strained relations were between the Beatles after Lennon left the band. The letter, which is up for auction in Boston , is a response to a missive from Linda and Paul McCartney that apparently didn't impress Lennon much.... More »

Eva Braun's Things, Found in Abandoned Bunker, Are Sold

Silk panties sold at auction for $3.6K

(Newser) - A pair of lilac panties, trimmed in lace and ribbon, sold at auction this week for about $3,600—and they're used. The reason for the crazy price? The panties were those of Adolf Hitler's longtime partner, Eva Braun, whom he married shortly before their deaths in April... More »

Jeans Beyond Vintage: 1800s Levi's Up for Auction

They were worn by a man who helped create the Arizona Territory

(Newser) - There are vintage jeans. And then there are these jeans from the American Wild West that are up for auction. The AP Reports a Maine auction house is putting up for bid a bona fide pair of Levi's blue jeans bought in 1893. Daniel Buck Auctions & Appraisals says... More »

Got $36M? This Nuke Plant Could be Yours

Unfinished Alabama nuclear power plant goes on auction block next month

(Newser) - It's not the Brooklyn Bridge, but authorities in Alabama do have a nuclear power plant they want to sell you. Minimum bids for the never-finished Bellefonte nuke plant start at $36.4 million , which is essentially the value of the 1,400-acre patch of land on the Tennessee River... More »

Einstein's Fond Letter to Son Up for Auction

He discusses life's work in 1929 missive

(Newser) - Albert Einstein thought he had made the breakthrough of his career and wrote a letter to his son sharing the news. It turned out not to be so. But in his letter, the physicist took a rare moment to reflect on his life's work and offered a glimpse into... More »

Famous Painter's Bedroom Could Be Yours—for a Night

But you'll need at least $700

(Newser) - You could be the first person in 40 years to spend a night in the former home of American realist painter Edward Hopper. Edward Hopper House in Nyack, NY—now a museum—is auctioning off a one-night stay in the bedroom where Hopper slept until moving out in 1910 at... More »

Trump May Not Be Pro-Immigrant, but Naked Trump Is

Explicit statue to be auctioned off to help immigrants rights group

(Newser) - Pretty soon, one lucky American will get to come home to naked Donald Trump every night. The San Francisco Chronicle reports one of the explicit Trump statues that made headlines when they popped up around the country last month will be auctioned off on Oct. 22. The statues created by... More »

1934 Letter Reveals a Livid Bonnie and Clyde

Its 4 pages address one Raymond Hamilton

(Newser) - The cursive is Bonnie's; the signature, Clyde's. A four-page letter written by the duo in April 1934 is hitting the auction block in September, and it's a fiery one. It's addressed to one Raymond Hamilton, a one-time member of their gang who, at the time the... More »

You Can Buy Truman Capote's Ashes

But why would you want to

(Newser) - Have $4,000 to $6,000 burning a hole in your pocket and really weird taste in souvenirs? Consider bidding on Truman Capote's ashes when they go up for auction Sept. 23 and 24 in LA. Capote left the ashes to his friend, and Johnny Carson's wife, Joanne... More »

'Rookie Card' Apple-1, Likely Finished by Jobs, Is for Sale

Expect the winning bid to be over $1M

(Newser) - An early Apple computer is up for auction, and it's a safe bet the winning bidder will be shelling out north of $1 million. The reason? The Apple-1 being sold at Charitybuzz appears to be a rare prototype likely hand-finished by Steve Jobs himself four decades ago, reports Recode... More »

Painting Stolen Off Hitler's Wall Is Being Auctioned Off

It was swiped by an American soldier in 1945

(Newser) - At the end of World War II, American Sgt. Herson Whitley reached Adolf Hitler's headquarters in the Bavarian Alps and swiped an oil painting off the wall, Fox News reports. According to the Mirror , Whitley was part of a race by Allied troops to reach Hitler's Eagle's... More »

Harry Potter Typo Could Make You $34K Richer

First edition copy will be sold in November

(Newser) - It might be time to revisit your old copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. A hardcover first edition of the book, published in 1997, is expected to fetch up to $33,700 (or about 4,585 Galleons ) at a Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in... More »

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 »

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