Tag: Auctions

Up for Auction: Snapshots of Jackie Kennedy in India and Pakistan

When Jacqueline Kennedy and her younger sister, Lee Radziwill, began a tour of India and Pakistan in March 1962, the first lady was described in Life magazine as “arguably the most famous woman in the world.” In India, crowds gathered to see Mrs. Kennedy in Jaipur, New Delhi and Fatehpur Sikri. In Pakistan, she was […]

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The Rise and Fall of Democracy(.com)

It’s happening. Democracy is officially up for sale. The domain name Democracy.com is being auctioned off this month, and it can be yours for a hefty price. The bidding, hosted by Heritage Auctions, which specializes in the sale of collectibles, begins at $300,000 and closes at 5 p.m. on Oct. 25. To the winner goes […]

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Banksy Painting ‘Devolved Parliament’ Sells for $12 Million

LONDON — This time it was the bidding that made people gasp. Banksy, the world’s most famous street artist, joined the ranks of the world’s most expensive artists Thursday night when his 2009 satirical painting, “Devolved Parliament,” showing Britain’s House of Commons populated by chimpanzees, sold for 9.9 million pounds with fees, or about $12.1 […]

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Luxury Cars Seized From African Leader’s Son Are Auctioned in Geneva

A fleet of supercars said to have been seized by the Swiss authorities in a money-laundering investigation from the son of the leader of Equatorial Guinea was auctioned on Sunday in Switzerland. The vehicles were among 25 luxury cars sold for more than $27 million at Bonhams auction house, according to The Associated Press, in […]

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Is Manhattan’s Flea Market Culture Dying?

Surrounded by 59 paintings, 21 trays of cuff links, seven chandeliers, and a statue of the Hindu god Shiva, two veteran antique dealers faced off. “$800,” said the buyer, Fern R. Elkind, 72, who had already increased her initial bid by $300. The seller, Karen Murphy, 62, demanded more. “Every dime counts.” Just a day […]

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Has Banksy Monkeyed Around With His Parliament of Chimps?

LONDON — When Banksy’s painting “Question Time,” a satirical scene of chimps earnestly debating in the oak-paneled gloom of the British Parliament, appeared in an exhibition of the street artist’s work at the Bristol Museum in 2009, it became an instant hit. More than 300,000 visitors attended the show, some of them lining up for […]

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Christie’s to Auction Items from Peis’ Personal Collection

Christie’s has acquired the majority of art the architect I.M. Pei and his wife, Eileen, collected over their lifetimes, including works by Barnett Newman, Jean Dubuffet, Zao Wou-Ki and others. The collection is set to be auctioned in November and December after a global tour, and Christie’s expects the works could fetch more than $25 […]

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Sale of Rare Nazi-Era Porsche Sputters After Sotheby’s Auction Blunder

As the curtains parted, the frenzied car aficionados raced to get out their smartphones to capture the moment for posterity. Several of them cheered. They had come to see Lot No. 362, the much-heralded Porsche Type 64, a swooping Nazi-era roadster that was built by the automaker Ferdinand Porsche nine years before he founded his […]

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‘First’ Porsche Heads to Auction, and a Record Price Is Expected

The road race was going to speed along Germany’s new Autobahn, into the Austrian Alps and on to Rome, through the new heart of fascist Europe. To maximize the propaganda value of the affair — in part marking the Nazis’ 1938 alliance with Italy and the absorption of Austria — the German entry in the […]

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Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Green Goddess’ Rolls-Royce on the Auction Block

In the divorce, the ex-wife got the car. More than 40 years later, the ex-husband was apparently still carrying a torch — for the Rolls-Royce. It was no ordinary car. And they were no ordinary couple. The ex-wife was the much-married Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor. The ex-husband was the pop singer Eddie Fisher. The car […]

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Obama’s Old Basketball Jersey, Yours for Just $100,000?

A basketball jersey believed to have been worn by former President Barack Obama as a high school student in Honolulu could be yours. The bidding has already begun for the white cotton-and-wool-blend garment bearing a blue No. 23, a number later famously also worn by Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Heritage Auctions, a Dallas-based company […]

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‘Would Dad Approve?’ Neil Armstrong’s Heirs Divide Over a Lucrative Legacy

Last fall, Neil Armstrong’s two sons began a round of media appearances to promote a venture that would make them millions of dollars: a series of auctions of about 3,000 mementos from their father’s moon mission and NASA career. “One Giant Sale” was CNBC’s headline, playing on the astronaut’s famous line, as Mark and Rick […]

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Ebony’s Photo Archives Were on the Verge of Being Hidden Away Forever. Now They Will Be Made Public.

CHICAGO — For decades, the photo archive of Ebony and Jet magazines has been difficult to access and largely mysterious to scholars, an elusive treasure trove of more than four million prints and negatives that documented the lives of African-Americans. That collection could soon be opened to the public after an auction on Wednesday in […]

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How Moon-Landing Tapes Found in a $218 Batch Could Fetch $1 Million

The Apollo 11 moon walk wasn’t the first broadcast sent from space, but in geographic reach, it was the most astonishing. Microwave links, satellites and landlines carried images of Neil Armstrong’s steps around the globe from Australia and the United States to Japan and Europe, even parts of the Eastern Bloc, in virtually real time. […]

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Following in the Wake of a Storybook Pony

Horses lend themselves to stories. In America in particular, wild horses, manes streaming, nostrils flaring, hooves thudding, carry with them something of our projected national psyche. A woman named Marguerite Henry understood this. In 59 wildly popular books, featuring the mostly true stories of famous equines, from a plucky burro who lived in the Grand […]

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Mystery Buyer of Work Attributed to Caravaggio Revealed

The American billionaire hedge fund manager and art collector J. Tomilson Hill is the mysterious buyer of an early 17th-century canvas billed as a rediscovered masterpiece by Caravaggio, according to a person with knowledge of the sale. The painting, “Judith and Holofernes,” depicts a scene from the Old Testament’s Book of Judith in which a […]

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Mystery Buyer Snaps Up Painting Attributed to Caravaggio Before Auction

It was estimated to sell on Thursday in Toulouse, France, for at least $110 million, the highest auction price ever achieved for any artwork in Europe. Then on Tuesday came the announcement that the auction of “Judith and Holofernes,” an early 17th-century canvas billed as a rediscovered masterpiece by Caravaggio, had been canceled. The painting […]

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