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  • NBC Dec 1, 2019

    Couple Paid $100 for Abandoned Car They Found in Storage Unit—Elon Musk Bought It From Them for Nearly $1 Million

    In 1989, a couple from Long Island, New York paid roughly $100 for an unclaimed storage unit. It was a blind auction, meaning neither they nor the seller had any idea what was inside. When the couple opened the unit, they were in for what would likely be the surprise of their lives: Buried under some old blankets sat a...

  • Instagram Apr 26, 2019

    Climate Mural Emerges After London Protests; Is It Banksy?

    Officials in London are trying to determine if a stenciled mural that appeared at a base camp for climate protests was created by the street artist Banksy. The mural is on a wall at Marble Arch, where the group Extinction Rebellion had an encampment for 10 days until Thursday and disrupted transportation in the British capital with daily, targeted non-violent...

  • CEO Nov 15, 2018

    Marie Antoinette Pearl Reaps Record $36 Million, With Fees

    A large, drop-shaped natural pearl pendant sold for more than $36 million Wednesday at a rare auction of jewelry that once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, which Sotheby’s is calling a record price for a pearl at auction. The “Queen Marie Antoinette’s Pearl,” a diamond-and-pearl pendant, was among the highlight offerings on the block at the Sotheby’s sale of...

  • Queen Nov 13, 2018

    Pink Diamond Sells for More Than $50M, Setting World Record

    Christie’s sold the “Pink Legacy” diamond at auction Tuesday for more than $50 million including fees, saying it’s a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond. Christie’s said renowned jeweler Harry Winston was the buyer. The auction house had expected to fetch $30 million to $50 million for the nearly 19-carat, rectangular-cut stone, the largest fancy vivid...

  • director Oct 18, 2018

    Banksy Posts Video Saying Incomplete Shredding a Malfunction

    Banksy posted a new video to his website Tuesday implying the partial shredding of his “Girl With Balloon” at a London auction was supposed to have been complete.

  • China Oct 15, 2018

    Bottle of Wine Sells for a Record $558,000

    A 73-year-old bottle of French Burgundy became the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction, fetching $558,000. The bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti sold at Sotheby’s for more than 17 times its original estimate of $32,000. Another bottle of the same wine and vintage went for $496,000 moments later at Saturday’s auction. The bottles shattered the previous record fort...

  • Associated Press Oct 11, 2018

    Sale on for Banksy Painting That Self-Destructed at Auction

    The winning bidder for a Banksy painting that self-destructed during an auction last week has decided to go through with the purchase, auctioneer Sotheby’s said Thursday.

  • Instagram Oct 6, 2018

    Banksy Artwork Self-Destructs Moment After $1.4 Million Sale

    Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). In an Instagram post Saturday, Banksy claimed the dramatic artistic payoff had been years in the making. The spray-painted canvas “Girl With Balloon” went under the hammer at Sotheby’s...

  • Aug 6, 2018

    Photos: 19 of the Most Valuable Cars at Sotheby’s Monterey Auction

    In August 2014, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most valuable car ever sold at auction when it crossed the block in Monterey, California, for $38 million. That staggering record was shattered in August 2018 by another ’60s-era Ferrari with the famed GTO name.

  • New York Jul 20, 2018

    Robin Williams Artworks, Memorabilia To Be Auctioned

    Artworks owned by Robin Williams and memorabilia from his career including autographed scripts, awards and props will be auctioned in the fall. Sotheby’s announced Friday that the collection of Williams and his wife, Marsha, will be auctioned in New York on Oct. 4. The sale will include street art by Banksy and Shepard Fairey, furniture and decorative art and more...

  • London Jul 10, 2018

    Original Winnie-the-Pooh Map Breaks Auction Record

    The original hand-drawn map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Woods has sold at auction for 430,000 pounds ($571,000), a record price for a book illustration. E.H. Shepard’s drawing sold at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday for almost three-times its pre-sale estimate. Shepard’s 1926 sketch features beloved characters including Pooh and Christopher Robin, and landmarks including “Bee Tree” and “Eeyore’s Gloomy...

  • Jun 27, 2018

    Home For Sale at $14.9 Million: Highest Ever Listing Price in Washington

    A home in Washington is for sale at $14.9 million, the highest ever listing price for a property in the Litchfield County hub town of Washington.

  • London Feb 8, 2018

    ‘Flawless’ White Diamond Could Fetch Over $33 Million

    A white diamond billed as the largest and purest of its type to come to market is expected to sell for well over $33 million. Sotheby’s auction house says the 102.34-carat gem mined from Botswana “is the only known round brilliant-cut diamond over 100 carats perfect according to every critical criterion” — carats, color, clarity and cut.

  • Asher Klein Nov 16, 2017

    Pope Francis to World’s Lawmakers: Protect All People With Health Care Laws

    Pope Francis got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini on Wednesday — but he won’t be tooling around the Vatican gardens in it. Instead, the special edition Huracan will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s, with the proceeds going to charities including one aimed at helping rebuild Christian communities in Iraq that were devastated by the Islamic State group. Officials...

  • Asher Klein Nov 15, 2017

    Pope Gets All-White Lamborghini to Be Auctioned for Charity

    Pope Francis got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini on Wednesday — but he won’t be tooling around the Vatican gardens in it. Instead, the special edition Huracan will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s, with the proceeds going to charities including one aimed at helping rebuild Christian communities in Iraq that were devastated by the Islamic State group. Officials...

  • Jul 13, 2017

    Moon Dust Collected by Neil Armstrong Is Up for Auction in NYC

    Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the first lunar landing nearly 50 years ago is up for auction in New York City. It’s the first sample of Earth’s satellite ever gathered and is expected to fetch a pretty penny. It’s not the only Armstrong prize Sotheby’s has put up for grabs, though. Take a look at the...

  • Chairman Jul 11, 2017

    Sotheby’s Will Auction Off Vivien Leigh’s Personal Belongings, Including ‘Gone With the Wind’ Script

    Vivien Leigh’s copy of the “Gone With the Wind” script is going up for auction alongside dozens of items from the late star’s personal collection. Sotheby’s said Tuesday it will offer paintings, jewelry, clothes, books and more belonging to Leigh at a Sept. 26 auction in London. Leigh won an Academy Award for playing Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 epic...

  • Asher Klein May 22, 2017

    $15 Costume Jewel Turns Out to Be Very Real, Very Big Diamond Worth About $454K

    Some people have all the luck. Consider the person who dropped about 10 pounds (about $15) around 30 years ago on what was thought to be a piece of costume jewelry — it turned out to be a 26.27 carat white diamond. The gem bought at a flea market is expected to fetch about 350,000 pounds ($454,000) when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s next month.

  • New York May 19, 2017

    Basquiat Painting Fetches Record $110.5M at New York Auction

    An artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a record $110.5 million at auction in New York....
    Sotheby’s said the sale of “Untitled” Thursday night in Manhattan was an auction record for the artist. It also set a record price for an American artist at auction. The 1982 painting depicts a face in the shape of a skull....
    The piece was purchased by...

  • Mar 27, 2017

    Greenwich ‘Round Hill Manor’ Home Listed For $39.9 Million

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