Hitler watercolor fetches $162,000 at auction

Nov 23, 2014

Hitler watercolor fetches $162,000 at auction

A watercolor of Munich’s old City Hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for €130,000 ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday. Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted ...

O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

Nov 21, 2014

O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

A Georgia O’Keeffe painting of a simple white flower has sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist. Sotheby’s New York says the 1932 painting, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1,” sold Thursday during the ...

Nov 17, 2014

Atari games buried in U.S. landfill net $37,000 on eBay

What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a city in New Mexico. An old “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials. The games ...

Napoleon's famous bicorn hat goes on auction block

Nov 13, 2014

Napoleon's famous bicorn hat goes on auction block

Napoleon Bonaparte’s famous bicorn hat is up for auction and on display next to the chateau where the French general lived when he wasn’t leading troops into battle across Europe. The hat’s black felt is a little weathered by age and use, though no ...

Manet painting sells for $65 million at NY auction

Nov 6, 2014

Manet painting sells for $65 million at NY auction

An 1881 masterpiece by Edouard Manet sold for $65 million at auction in New York on Wednesday, a record for a work by the French impressionist artist. “Spring,” which the auction house Christie’s had valued at $25 million to $30 million, depicts a famous ...

Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Oct 25, 2014

Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat. Next month, a “bicorne” felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what ...

Fans reportedly handed out by Matsushima prove hot auction items

Oct 21, 2014

Fans reportedly handed out by Matsushima prove hot auction items

Fans boasted as having been handed out by ex-Justice Minister Midori Matsushima in her Tokyo electoral district are fetching more than ¥10,000 on a major Internet auction site. The “uchiwa” started appearing on Yahuoku (Yahoo Japan’s online auction site) soon after the Democratic Party ...

Jul 13, 2014

Record ton of ivory is sold at auction in France

An auction house in Cannes, France, sold around 50 elephant tusks — totaling 1 ton of ivory — on Saturday, breaking its previous record in terms of volume. The entire haul was acquired by buyers from China, the world’s biggest ivory market. “In terms ...

Bob Dylan lyrics fetch $2 million in New York auction

Jun 25, 2014

Bob Dylan lyrics fetch $2 million in New York auction

Handwritten song lyrics by legendary American singer Bob Dylan sold for $2 million at auction in New York on Tuesday, the highlight in a sale of rock memorabilia linked to some of the brightest stars of the 20th century. The copy of Dylan’s original ...

Canadian town tries to sell whale carcass on eBay

May 6, 2014

Canadian town tries to sell whale carcass on eBay

A fishing village in easternmost Canada tried on Monday to auction off on eBay a sperm whale carcass that washed up onto its shores. By midday, the town of Cape St. George, Newfoundland, had received dozens of bids — the highest topping $2,000 — ...