New Year's salted herring roe sells for record ¥100,000

Nov 22, 2016

New Year's salted herring roe sells for record ¥100,000

A rare selection of salted herring roe — a traditional Japanese New Year’s dish said to bring good luck — has fetched a record price of more than ¥100,000 per kilogram at a wholesale market auction in the city of Osaka. The Osaka Municipal ...

Nov 17, 2016

Monet painting fetches record $81.4 million

A painting from Claude Monet’s acclaimed “Grainstack” series fetched $81.4 million at Christie’s New York auction of impressionist and modern art. Wednesday evening’s sale set a new auction record for the artist. The previous auction record for a Monet was $80.4 million set in ...

De Kooning painting sells for record $66.3 million

Nov 16, 2016

De Kooning painting sells for record $66.3 million

Willem de Kooning’s “Untitled XXV” was sold late Tuesday at Christie’s in New York for $66.3 million, a record for a work by the abstract artist and for post-war contemporary art. The imposing work, which measures 7 by 6.5 feet (2 by 2.2 meters), ...

Sep 27, 2016

Rare Al Capone letter shows gangster's soft side, faith in God

An intimate letter gangster Al Capone wrote while imprisoned at Alcatraz has sold at auction in Massachusetts for $62,500. Boston-based RR Auction says the winning bid came Monday at an auction in Cambridge. The three-page letter was addressed to Capone’s son, Albert “Sonny” Capone. ...

Jun 22, 2016

Lock of David Bowie's hair to be auctioned

A small lock of David Bowie’s hair is being auctioned in California and is expected to fetch upwards of $4,000. Heritage Auctions said the snippet of the late singer’s pale blond hair, tied with blue thread, came from a former employee of the Madame ...

Jun 10, 2016

Pele mementos big hit at auction

The three-day sale of memorabilia belonging to world soccer icon Pele ended in London on Thursday with the artifacts sold for the princely total of £3.4 million ($5 million). The final day of the sale — held in London but under the banner of ...

Gun used to kill Trayvon Martin sells for $250,000

May 22, 2016

Gun used to kill Trayvon Martin sells for $250,000

A Florida neighborhood watchman has sold for $250,000 the gun he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, auctioneers said. United Gun Group, which hosted the auction on its website, confirmed Saturday the amount of the sale of the Kel-Tec PF-9, a 9-mm ...

Record crushed, diamond intact: 'Oppenheimer Blue' draws $58M

May 19, 2016

Record crushed, diamond intact: 'Oppenheimer Blue' draws $58M

The “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond sold Wednesday for more than 56.8 million Swiss francs ($57.6 million) including fees, crushing the previous record for the most expensive diamond ever sold at auction. Capping a lively and even laughter-filled auction at Christie’s, the hammer came down to ...

'Caravaggio' masterpiece found in French attic

Apr 13, 2016

'Caravaggio' masterpiece found in French attic

A painting discovered in the attic of a house in France is an “authentic” work by Italian Renaissance master Caravaggio that could be worth up to 120 million euros, two experts said Tuesday. But others still have doubts over the spectacular canvas. The owners ...