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Da Vinci Painting Just Sold For Nearly Half A Billion Dollars

A painting of Christ by Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million at auction yesterday, obliterating previous records.  The painting, called “Salvator Mundi” (Italian for “Savior of the World”), is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known

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Dylan Guitar Sells For Nearly $400,000

A guitar played by Bob Dylan at notable concerts in 1970s has sold at auction for nearly $400,000.  Heritage Auctions in Dallas says a buyer requesting anonymity paid $396,500 Saturday for the singer-songwriter’s 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar.  The company says Dylan

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Paul Newman’s Rolex Sells For Record $17.8 Million At Phillips Bacs & Russo Auction In New York

A Rolex wristwatch that once belonged to Paul Newman fetched a record $17.8 million in New York last night.  The stainless-steel Daytona Rolex was the star of a special 50-lot evening sale, “Winning Icons — Legendary Watches of the 20th Century,” at Phillips

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Half-Smoked Winston Churchill Cigar Sells For $12,000

A cigar half-smoked by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a 1947 trip to Paris sold for just over $12,000 during an online auction.  Boston-based RR Auction says the 4-inch (10-centimeter) cigar was bought Wednesday evening by a collector from

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OJ Simpson’s White Bronco Goes On Sale For $700,000

Almost 100 million people watched in awe as former NFL star OJ Simpson led 20 police cars on a chase through Los Angeles in a white Ford Bronco.  OJ held a gun to his head while his friend Al Cowlings, who owned the car,

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Italian “Casablanca” Film Poster Fetches $478,000 At Auction

The only known Italian poster of the Oscar-winning 1942 film “Casablanca” has sold at auction in Dallas for $478,000.  The 1946 poster, made after the downfall of fascism in Italy and when American films could be shown in the country,

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Apollo 11 Bag Laced With Moon Dust Sells For $1.8 Million Despite NASA Legal Battle To Get It Back

A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction yesterday following a galactic court battle.  The collection bag, used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, was sold

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Someone Bought R2-D2 For Nearly $3 Million

An R2-D2 droid that was used in several Star Wars films has sold at auction for nearly $3 million.  The auction house Profiles in History said the 43-inch tall unit that was compiled from parts used throughout filming of the original trilogy

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Moon Dust From Apollo 11 Mission That Was Sold For $995 Is Now Worth $4 Million As It Heads To Auction

A sample of moon dust from the Apollo 11 landing that was mistakenly sold on a government website for $995 is going up for sale for up to $4 million.  It is a simple, square white bag that traveled to

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Walt Disney’s Original Disneyland Map Could Sell For $1 Million

The first-ever map of Disneyland could fetch up to $1 million when it hits the auction block next month.  The 3 ½ foot by 5 ½ foot tri-fold, hand drawn poster created by Walt Disney in a weekend in 1953,

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Jerry Garcia’s Guitar Named “Wolf” Could Go For $1 Million At Auction In Brooklyn

Jerry Garcia’s custom-made guitar is going to auction in New York City.  The Grateful Dead frontman’s guitar is called Wolf.  Guernsey’s auction house says it’ll be offered May 31 at Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley, restaurant and venue for music

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Marilyn And Dimaggio’s Marriage License Expected To Sell For $75k

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio’s 1954 marriage license is the headline item up for grabs in Goldin Auction’s Spring collection, reports TMZ.  The document, which is dated Jan. 14, 1954, features both of their legal names, Norma Jeane Dougherty and Joseph DiMaggio, along

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Original Bottle From 1960s Sitcom “I Dream Of Jeannie” Going Up For Auction

The original genie bottle used in the iconic 1960s TV show I Dream of Jeannie has emerged for sale with an auctioneer estimating it could make more than $100,000.  The distinctive prop was owned for more than three decades by

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Pink Star Diamond Smashes Auction Records

A 59.6 carat diamond known as the “Pink Star” sold for $71.2 million at a Sotheby’s auction Tuesday in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for any diamond or jewel, according to the auction house.  The oval mixed-cut diamond

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