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Relic of Legendary Celebrity Divorce to Be Auctioned

Black wool dress worn by Marilyn Monroe expected to fetch as much as $150K

(Newser) - The black dress that a distraught Marilyn Monroe wore to a 1954 press conference announcing her separation from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio less than a year after she married him is going up for auction. The simple wool dress with a zippered turtleneck front will be up for bidding starting... More »

Lock of Washington's Hair as 'Hefty' as Its Price

Strands of first president's hair sell for as much as a car

(Newser) - Someone just paid thousands of dollars per strand of George Washington's hair. A bidder nabbed the "hefty" lock of hair from America's first president for $35,764 in a Lelands auction that closed Friday, per USA Today . The gavel fell at more than three times the expected... More »

Penny Found in Cafeteria Change Is 'the Holy Grail'

Rare 1943 copper penny will sell for at least $120K

(Newser) - The year on the reddish penny 16-year-old Don Lutes Jr. spotted in the change he got at his high school cafeteria in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1947 stood out—1943. That year, amid the backdrop of World War II, the US Treasury minted zinc-coated steel pennies in an effort to conserve... More »

Man Buys Fish for $3.1M, Expresses Some Regret

For Kiyoshi Kimura, it's good publicity

(Newser) - At $3.1 million it's kinda pricey—but hey, it's bluefin tuna. The owner of a Japanese sushi chain made history Saturday by dishing out the highest-ever sum for a single fish at the new year's auction of a Tokyo fish market, CNBC reports. "I bought... More »

Einstein's 'God Letter' Fetches Ungodly Price

Christie's unloads document calling 'the word God' as 'product of human weakness' for nearly $3M

(Newser) - Albert Einstein didn't hold back in his famous 1954 "God letter," which fetched nearly $3 million at a Christie's auction Tuesday. "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still... More »

Einstein's 'God Letter' Expected to Fetch 7 Figures at Auction

1954 note declares religion as 'superstitition'

(Newser) - "The word God is for me nothing but the expression of and product of human weaknesses." Even now, more than 60 years later, Albert Einstein's words carry some shock value—which is why auction house Christie's expects to nab up to $1.5 million with the... More »

Looking for Holiday Gifts? These Oscars Are Up for Grabs

Statuettes for 'Mutiny on the Bounty,' 'Gentleman's Agreement' up for sale in rare auction

(Newser) - Two Academy Awards for best picture are going up for sale in a rare auction of Oscars. Auction house Profiles in History announced Monday that an Oscar awarded to Mutiny on the Bounty in 1936 and another given to Gentleman's Agreement in 1948 will go up for auction in... More »

He Bought the Painting for $180K. It Just Sold for $92M

Seattle Art Museum won't get Edward Hopper's 'Chop Suey' after all

(Newser) - When the gavel came down, an anonymous bidder was out $92 million and the art world was up in confidence. The scene unfolded Tuesday at Christie's in New York as work from the estate of late Seattle-area luxury-travel executive Barney Ebsworth was sold, per the Wall Street Journal . In... More »

Jewels of France's Last Queen Hit Auction Block

Ring, pearl necklaces to be sold Thursday in Switzerland

(Newser) - Let them eat their hearts out. Jewels that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, the extravagant and doomed last queen of France, are set to hit the auction block as part of what Sotheby's calls "one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to appear on the market.... More »

Neil Armstrong's Spacecraft ID Fetches $465K

Memorabilia auction made $7.4M

(Newser) - Memorabilia that belonged to the first man to set foot on the moon has fetched more than $7.4 million at auction. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the item that sold for the highest price, $468,500, was Neil Armstrong's spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 11's lunar module Eagle.... More »

His Suicide Failed, But His Note? It's Worth a Lot

Charles Baudelaire apparently tried to kill himself in 1845

(Newser) - A suicide letter by one of France's most famous poets has fetched $267,000 on the French auction website Osenat, the BBC reports. Charles Baudelaire, the 19th-century poet revered for his original style of prose-poetry, wrote the note on June 30, 1845, to his lover Jeanne Duval. "By... More »

Unusual Stephen Hawking Memorabilia Up for Auction

His wheelchair can be yours

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration, and a global celebrity. His unique status is reflected in an upcoming auction of some of the late physicist's possessions: It includes complex scientific papers, one of the world's most iconic wheelchairs, and a script from one of... More »

12-Pound Moon Chunk Sells for No Small Amount

Buyer agrees to fork out $612K

(Newser) - A 12-pound chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000, the AP reports. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a... More »

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 »

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