Tokyo court approves Chongryon HQ sale to developer Marunaka

Mar 24, 2014

Tokyo court approves Chongryon HQ sale to developer Marunaka

The Tokyo District Court gave permission Monday for the Tokyo headquarters of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, a pro-Pyongyang entity better known as Chongryon, to be sold to real estate developer Marunaka Holdings Co. Chongryon has already appealed the decision. Marunaka ...

Black rhino hunting permit auctioned for $350,000 in Dallas

Jan 12, 2014

Black rhino hunting permit auctioned for $350,000 in Dallas

A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino sold for $350,000 at a Dallas auction held to raise money for conservation efforts but criticized by wildlife advocates. Steve Wagner, a spokesman for the Dallas Safari Club, which sponsored the closed-door event Saturday night, ...

U.S. charity buys up Hopi masks to return to tribe

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. charity buys up Hopi masks to return to tribe

A U.S. charitable foundation said Wednesday that it was the anonymous bidder that paid $530,000 for 24 Native American masks in a contested Paris auction two days ago, and will return them to the Hopi and the San Carlos Apache tribes. “These are not ...

Big Banksy piece from gas station up for auction

Dec 6, 2013

Big Banksy piece from gas station up for auction

Eytan Rosenberg had no idea that the man he let paint a mural on the side his family’s gas station in Hollywood was the darling of the art world. Rosenberg had never even heard of Banksy, when the elusive British street artist stenciled “Flower ...

Activists seek to block planned sale of sacred Hopi Indian objects

Nov 29, 2013

Activists seek to block planned sale of sacred Hopi Indian objects

Activists vowed Thursday to block the proposed sale of sacred objects originating from Arizona’s Hopi tribe at a Paris auction, just months after a similar controversy stoked outrage. Tribal people’s advocacy group Survival International said it will go to court in the French capital ...

Oldest known recording by black group sold

Nov 24, 2013

Oldest known recording by black group sold

A 120-year-old wax-covered cylinder containing the earliest known recording of a black vocal group in the U.S. was sold at auction Saturday. Discovered in a private collection in Portland, Maine, the 1893 recording of “Mama’s Black Baby Boy” by the New York-based Unique Quartet ...

'Pink Star' diamond auctioned for record $83 million

Nov 14, 2013

'Pink Star' diamond auctioned for record $83 million

A plum-size diamond known as the “Pink Star” was auctioned Wednesday for $83 million, a world record for a gemstone. David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry division in Europe and the Middle East, brought down the hammer in a Geneva hotel after an intense ...