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  • Al Capone’s family to auction off his ‘favorite’ gun, other personal items

    08/24/2021 3:31:18 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 49 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8/24/2021 | Will Feuer
    The surviving granddaughters of Alphonse “Al” Capone, one of the country’s most notorious gangsters, are auctioning off a slew of the mob boss’ treasures that include his “favorite” gun and letters to his son he wrote from prison. Sacramento, California-based auctioneer Witherell’s said it has authenticated the items included in the collection and will run the live auction on Oct. 8. Among the more eye-popping items listed in the collection is the ruthless racketeer’s “favorite” gun, a Colt .45 pistol that’s been passed down through the generations of Capone’s descendants and will start bidding at $50,000. The collection, called “A...
  • Australian auction house's sale of Nazi items called 'sickening'

    08/11/2021 8:18:48 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 55 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/8/21
    A forthcoming sale of Nazi-related items by a Queensland, Australia auction house is being denounced by Jewish groups. While Jewish leaders are describing the auction as “sickening,” the Gold Coast-based auction house is defending its decision to hold the auction, claiming that it is important to remember the past, the Brisbane Times reported. Twenty-two pieces of Nazi memorabilia will be listed by Danielle Elizabeth Auctions, including an Ordnungspolizei (“order police”) uniform containing the SS symbol that is expected to sell for up to $1,500, sleeves embroidered with eagles and swastikas and swastika and skull pins from Waffen-SS hats. Also for...
  • ‘The greatest sports car of its generation’ up for auction: 1970 Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the film 'Le Mans' set to fetch $18.5M when sold by Sotheby’s in August

    07/15/2021 7:12:10 AM PDT · by DFG · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 07/15/2021 | Ronny Reyes
    The 1970 Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the classic film 'Le Mans' will be put up for auction next month - and could fetch more than $18million. Expected to become the most expensive Porsche ever, the car is one of racing's most illustrious vehicles having competed in the race and starred with McQueen in the movie. McQueen even drove it while crossing the finishing line in the winning shot. The sports car represents the culmination of Porsche's engineering at the time as the company sought to take its first victory at the 1970 race, according to the auction's...
  • Wassily Kandinsky painting thought lost for 70 years sells for $1.4M

    06/22/2021 11:45:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | JUNE 22, 2021 | Danielle Haynes
    A watercolor painting by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky believed to be lost for more than seven decades has sold at auction for $1.4 million. The painting, Gebogene Spitzen (Curved Tips), was painted in 1927 when the expressionist taught at the Bauhaus German school of art. After being recorded as sold in 1949, art historians became unsure of its location. The only proof of its existence was a small sketch of it in a list of his artworks by art historian Vivian Endicott Barnett. Munich auction house Ketterer Kunst said the painting then surfaced in the estate of a private German...
  • Ryedale Rital Bronzes Up For Auction This Month

    05/05/2021 10:50:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | May 4, 2021 | Steve Palace
    Amateur detectorists James Spark and Mark Didlick will claim half the proceeds. The other half goes to the landowner, as yet unnamed. Quoted by the Mail, Spark reveals they found the Mars statue first. The history hunters believed it to be Victorian. How wrong they were. Once the bust was unearthed, the scale of the discovery became clear! Spark says he and Didlick were “proud to find such an important historical artifact.” He talks about Roman road links in the area, speculating on a possible connection to the burial. After detecting the hoard, the men presented it to the York...
  • Mangled 1960 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe that was crashed by its owner 25 years ago is set to sell at auction for around £10,000 - but if fully restored the classic car could be worth a QUARTER OF A MILLION

    04/25/2021 3:51:00 PM PDT · by mylife · 69 replies
    We've seen plenty of classic car restoration jobs in our time, but the salvage project facing the winning bidder of this particular auction item is undoubtedly a daunting prospect. However, buying it could be a very lucrative decision in the long run, according to experts. This rare 1960 Jaguar XK150 S 3.8 Drophead Coupe has seen better days - in fact, it currently looks less like a Drophead and more like dropped-on-its-head. Having been crashed by the owner in 1996 and stored in a garage ever since, it is set to be sold at auction for an estimated guide price...
  • First U.S. Gold Coin May Fetch $15 Million in Private Sale

    04/15/2021 7:47:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    GOLDSILVER REPORTS ^ | APRIL 6, 2021 | Neal Bhai
    The Brasher Doubloon, the first gold coin struck in the U.S., is being offered privately at a $15 million asking price, according to numismatic adviser Jeff Sherid. His firm, Los Angeles-based PCAG Inc., is marketing the coin on behalf of a collector he would only identify as a former Wall Street executive. What is a gold coin worth today? The doubloon is dated 1787 — 11 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the same year the Constitution was written and five years before the federal mint opened in Philadelphia. Metalsmith Ephraim Brasher, George Washington’s next-door neighbor on New...
  • NEIL PEART's RUSH Drum Kit Used From 1974 Until 1977 Sells For $500,000

    12/12/2020 8:11:02 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 32 replies
    Blabbermouth ^ | December 11, 2020 | N/A
    The drum kit that late RUSH drummer Neil Peart used on tour and in the studio with the band from 1974 through 1977 fetched more than half a million dollars at an auction this week. The kit, which had a pre-auction estimate of $80,000-$120,000, was sold for $500,312 at a Bonhams auction in Los Angeles. It features blue drum heads stamped with the RUSH logo and one saying "neil" and the other "peart." A 14-inch tom-tom is signed by the drummer. Although RUSH had formed as early as 1968 and had even released its eponymous debut album, it wasn't until...
  • ALEX VAN HALEN's Stage-Played 1980 Drum Kit Can Be Yours For $275,000

    11/20/2020 4:34:36 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 23 replies
    Blabbermouth ^ | November 18, 2020 | N/A
    Alex Van Halen's stage-played complete drum kit, which he used on VAN HALEN 1980 "Invasion" tour, is available for purchase from for $275,000. A portion of proceeds will go to charity. The white Ludwig kit (see video below), which was used on more than 100 shows during the tour in support of VAN HALEN's "Women And Children First" album, was previously displayed at Cleveland, Ohio's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum starting around nine years ago. Alex used the drum kit not only as a percussion instrument, but also as a visual art form. Working with various...
  • KURT COBAIN's Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal Sells For $9,000 (so much for a weak economy)

    06/23/2020 3:08:40 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 17 replies
    Blabbermouth ^ | June 23, 2020 | N/A
    Kurt Cobain's Boss DS-1 distortion pedal sold for nearly $9,000 at Julien's Auctions' "Music Icons" event, which took place on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2020 live in Beverly Hills and online at The orange Boss DS-1 pedal was used by Cobain on stage while performing with NIRVANA on the band's "Nevermind" tour at Club Babyhead in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 25, 1991. The pedal has red tape all over the bottom to secure it to the stage. It was accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Jeff Toste, an audience member, who states that...
  • Treasure trove of World War II items, brewpub decor from closed Home of the Brave Hawaii museum and Brewseum up for auction

    06/22/2020 6:43:32 AM PDT · by texas booster · 15 replies
    Hawaii Star Advertiser ^ | DIANE S. W. LEE
    Home of the Brave Hawaii President Glen Tomlinson, 59, had big plans to move the museum’s collection of World War II artifacts and memorabilia from Kakaako to a new location in Waikiki. But the coronavirus pandemic in March halted plans for building a new museum, bar and restaurant in the heart of Oahu’s world-famous tourist hot spot.... Since opening the museum in 1991, the couple has amassed over 100,000 artifacts and items of memorabilia donated by service veterans and their ohana. Hundreds of World War II veterans, including Pearl Harbor survivors, have walked through the 2,700-square-foot museum over the past...
  • Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Sells for $6 Million at Auction

    06/20/2020 7:19:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Daniel Kreps
    Kurt Cobain’s guitar from Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged performance sold at auction Saturday for a record $6 million. The previous record was $3.95 million for a Black Stratocaster owned by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Pre-auction bids on the 1959 Martin D-18E, purchased by the Nirvana singer at Los Angeles’ Voltage Guitars and modified for the left-handed Cobain, reached $1 million even bidding officially opened Saturday. The guitar received seven bids total, including the winning bid of $6,010,00, the Julien’s Auctions website stated. The guitar also came with its original hard-shell case that Cobain had adorned with a flyer for the...
  • How New York City’s Emergency Ventilator Stockpile Ended Up on the Auction Block

    04/07/2020 5:27:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 39 replies ^ | 4/6/2020 | by Justin Elliott, Annie Waldman and Joshua Kaplan
    A 2006 pandemic plan warned that New York City could be short as many as 9,500 ventilators. But the city only acquired a few hundred, which were ultimately scrapped because it couldn’t afford to maintain them. In July 2006, with an aggressive and novel strain of the flu circulating in Asia and the Middle East, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a sweeping pandemic preparedness plan. Using computer models to calculate how a disease could spread rapidly through the city’s five boroughs, experts concluded New York needed a substantial stockpile of both masks and ventilators. If the city confronted...
  • New York City stockpiled ventilators for a pandemic, only to later auction them off: report

    04/07/2020 11:59:29 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/7/20 | Tyler Olsen
    In 2006, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration began purchasing ventilators to allow the city to be prepared for a pandemic like the current coronavirus crisis -- only for the city to later auction them off, according to a report. ProPublica reported Monday that the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a report in 2006 on the city's preparedness for pandemic influenza -- similar to the 1918 Spanish Flu or the 2019 novel coronavirus -- that projected the city would need thousands of extra ventilators in order to properly treat all of its residents who...
  • You Can Buy a Lock of Lord Byron’s Hair at this London Auction

    01/31/2020 7:47:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    TimeOut ^ | Friday January 31 2020 | Jess Phillips
    Before there was Robert Pattinson and the Hot Priest, there was Lord Byron. He was the nineteenth century’s answer to a bad boy. Romantic poet, bisexual man, adulterer and divorcee, his personal life was as well-known as his prose. I suppose that’s what happens when you father a love child with your half-sister and keep a bear as a pet. So, if you’re in a Bumble rut or you’ve got a bad case of Tinder finger, you’ve come to the right place. Byron’s private collection is being auctioned in London next month. A total of 93 items are up for...
  • Lot 1: Horse and Rider, Leonardo da Vinci’s (Only Surviving Sculpture on Auction)

    10/24/2019 1:23:34 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Invaluable Auctions ^ | October 30, 2019 | Invaluable
    Item OverviewDescription: A unique, 21st Century bronze figure cast from a 16th Century beeswax model authenticated as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. The Original Bee’s Wax Mold by Leonardo’s Own Hand 28 cm x 23.5 cm x 13.35 cm On October 30th, a unique bronze sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci, will be auctioned at New York's prestigious Pierre Hotel. It is titled simply ''Horse and Rider" (Cavallo e Cavaliere). The work is cast from a beeswax model hand-carved by Leonardo himself, circa 1508 according to Dr. Carlo Pedretti. Author of over sixty books on the life and work of...
  • Queen's £100m a year windfall: Green energy earnings of the Royal Family are set to be boosted by...

    10/13/2019 12:51:41 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 16 replies
    The Queen and Prince Charles could make more than £100million a year from the huge expansion of offshore windfarms – thanks to a change in the way that the monarchy is funded. The green energy earnings of the Royal Family are being significantly boosted by an auction, which formally began last week, for the biggest offshore windpower development in the world. If they were still being paid by the long-established Civil List, the Royals would not have benefited. ... Prince Charles is a vociferous campaigner for renewable energy sources but is opposed to turbines being erected on land – particularly...
  • The final home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will go up for auction

    10/02/2019 9:05:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    msn ^ | 10/01/2019 | Taylor Locke
    Norman Lykes house, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, will be up for auction on Oct. 16. It was the last residence designed by Wright, who designed many iconic homes, including "Fallingwater" in Pennsylvania, as well as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The home was last listed for $2.65 million by The Agency, but it has been on and off the market since 2016. The Phoenix, Arizona, home will be auctioned off, regardless of price, by Heritage Auctions. "Curved lines in the home play off the curves of the Phoenix Mountains, and the cantilevered roofline provides...
  • Forgotten Nintendo game sold for $9,000 after 30 years in an attic

    08/01/2019 3:32:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    WTVR ^ | 8/01/19
    Scott Amos says his mom’s been after him to get his childhood junk out of her Reno, Nevada, attic since he moved out on his own more than 20 years ago, and now, his whole family’s glad he did. When he went through one of the boxes, he came across a rare unopened copy of the Nintendo Entertainment System game “Kid Icarus” that has been sold at auction for $9,000, including the buyer’s premium. The shrink-wrapped cartridge was still in a JCPenney bag along with a receipt showing that it was purchased in December 1988, when Amos was 9. Amos...
  • Albert Einstein's 'God' letter goes on auction

    12/04/2018 1:51:13 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Dec 4, 2018
    A letter written in German by Albert Einstein in 1954 is going under the gavel on Tuesday. Experts at Christie's auction house in New York estimate the so-called "God letter" could sell for up to $1.5 million (€1.3 million). "This remarkably candid, private letter was written a year before Einstein's death and remains the most fully articulated expression of his religious and philosophical views," said Christie's in a statement. The missive is referred to as the "God letter" because it addresses how Einstein felt about the characterization of God and Judaism in a then-recently published book on the subject by...