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  • Flawless Blue Diamond Up for Auction at Sotheby's

    An employee holds a 10.10 carat internally flawless blue diamond at Sotheby's auction house in London, March 15, 2016. The oval fancy vivid blue diamond is expected to fetch between $30-35 million at the auction house's Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction in Hong Kong on April 5.
    Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
  • Rare Spider-Man Comic Sells for $454,100

    A stallholder holds up a copy of the first comicbook to feature Spiderman at the London Film and Comic Con 2014 in Earls Court, London, July 13, 2014. The comic sold for $454,100 at an auction house, Feb. 18, 2016.
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  • An oil painting by Alibaba founder and president Jack Ma and artist Zeng Fanzhi, called "Paradise," sold for 42.2 million Hong Kong dollars, or about $5.4 million, on Oct. 4, 2015 at a Sotheby's auction. Sotheby's estimated that it would sell for significantly less at 1.5 to 2.5 million Hong Kong dollars. The sale's proceeds benefit the Paradise International Foundation, an environmental group established by Ma and Fanzhi. The buyer was fellow Chinese billionaire Qian Fenglei.
  • Ted Williams' All-Star Bat Hits Auction Block

    Ted Williams' 1960 All-Star Game autographed bat he used for his final All-Star game appearance and base hit will be auctioned July 14, 2015 at the MLB's All-Star FanFest in Cincinnati. With an approximate value of $150,000, the bat was recently discovered within his former personal residence in Florida along with a handwritten note by him. The note states, "1960 Last Bat used single NY Kansas City."
    Hunt Auctions
  • Queen Victoria's Undergarments For Sale

    Undergarments that formerly belonged to Queen Victoria were sold at auction at Chippenham Auctions Rooms on July 11, 2015 for &pound;12,390, or approximately $19,194.59. An auctioneer was able to date the intimate apparel by measuring the waistband and calculating Queen Victoria's waist measurement through photos of her. The pants&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14.6666669845581px;">bear the stamp &quot;VR,&quot; which is short for Victoria Regina.</span>
    Chippenham Auctions Rooms
  • 'Spectacular' Emerald-Cut Diamond

    The "Ultimate Emerald-Cut Diamond," weighing 100.20 carats, D color, Internally Flawless, was sold by Sotheby's on April 21, 2015 for $22.1 million, the highest price for any colorless diamond auctioned in New York. The auction house calls it the largest "perfect diamond" with a classic Emerald-cut ever sold at auction.
    Courtesy Sotheby's
  • $2 Million for a Pretty Penny

    A copper and silver 1792 experimental penny that sold at auction in Schaumburg, Ill., April 19, 2012. It is currently up for auction at Stacks Bowers in Baltimore, with an estimated value of $2 million.
    AP Photo/Heritage Auctions
  • #WhiteandGold Dress Auctioned Off

    A white and gold version of the dress that took the internet by storm last month was <a href="" target="_blank">sold on eBay</a> for approximately $2,001.52. The dress, made by Roman Originals, "is being made only once and will not be sold by us to the public," according to the eBay listing. A spokesperson for Roman Originals said Tomas Petru, of the Czech Republic, bought the dress for his wife. The auction benefited Comic Relief, a charity in the United Kingdom.
    Roman Originals
  • Marilyn Monroe's Final Photo Shoot Images May Be Worth $36,000

    Images from Marilyn Monroe's last photo shoot, known as "Last Sitting," may sell for a combined $36,000 during an auction in Dallas, Texas, March 10 to 15, 2015. Heritage Auctions is offering the "contemplative collection - from early, wide-eyed shots of Norma Jeane in 1945 to raw, sensual photos taken just two weeks before her death."
    George Barris/Heritage Auctions
  • Marilyn Monroe's Final Photo Shoot Images May Be Worth $36,000

    The auction's selection of roughly 45 lots includes Monroe's final photo shoots, including color and black and white photos on the beach in Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills.
    Bert Stern/Heritage Auctions
  • Marilyn Monroe's Final Photo Shoot Images May Be Worth $36,000

    Images from Marilyn Monroe's last photo shoot, known as "Last Sitting," may sell for a combined $36,000 during an auction in Dallas, Texas, March 10 to 15, 2015, including works by Bert Stern and Andre De Dienes.
    Bert Stern/Heritage Auctions
  • Autographed Photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson Sold for $179,000

    Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, holds a 1911 autographed photo of Cleveland ballplayer Joe Jackson, Jan. 22, 2015. The photo of Jackson, who is mostly remembered for being banned from baseball for his role in the 1919 World Series scandal and later being depicted in the movie "Field of Dreams," brought in $179,000. It sold to an anonymous collector.
    Tony Gutierrez/AP Photo
  • Boxing Gloves Sold for $956,000

    Boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston are displayed in New York, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The gloves were worn by the boxers during their infamous 1965 rematch. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the gloves sold for $956,000.
    Seth Wenig/AP Photo
  • Indian Prime Minister's Suit Sells for $690,000

    Indian people and businessmen view Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial 'name-striped' bandhgala suit which he wore during the visit of President Barack Obama, in Surat, some 265 kms from Ahmedabad on Feb. 18, 2015. The memorable suit was sold for $690,000 at an auction in the western Indian city of Surat on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
    AFP/Getty Images
  • Dog Collar Worth Millions

    The U.S. dog jewelry company Tsavari caters to celebrities and the mega wealthy with a line of dog collars that ranges from $2,500 to millions of dollars. Its most expensive collar, &quot;The Majesty,&quot; costs $12.3 million, according to the company, for the company's customer base in Asia and the Middle East. Made of 22 karat and &quot;pearlized mirrabella lambskin,&quot; it has 3.51-carats of fancy vivid pink diamonds and 1.2-carat white diamonds.&nbsp;Tsavari is a branch of Evans Collars, which is a family-owned dog collar manufacturer in business since 1957 and based in Missouri.&nbsp;
    Courtesy Lindsey Clouse
  • General Services Administration Auctions posted a lot consisting of six 24KT gold plates.
    General Services Administration Auctions
  • 1793 Penny Sells for $2.35 Million at Auction

    This U.S. penny from 1793 was sold by Heritage Auctions for $2.35 million. Referred to as a "chain cent" because of the 13-links on the reverse side that represent the original 13 colonies, the design was soon replaced by a wreath in later versions.
    Heritage Auctions
  • Pricey Christmas Cards

    A luxury card company is producing custom Christmas cards with materials like gold and rubies. The prices range from $395 to $10,000. The designs of Gilded Age Greetings, based in Florida and New Jersey, are painted on calfskin vellum -- a type of medieval parchment. Each card can take up to a month to create.
    Caters News Agency
  • A 1962 Nobel prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA has sold at auction for $4.7 million, a world auction record for any Nobel prize. Christie's says the gold medal won by James Watson was purchased on Dec. 4, 2014 by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The New York City auction house says it's the first Nobel medal to be offered at auction by a living recipient.
    Christie's/AP Photo
  • In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, a vintage "Easy Rider" Captain America motorcycle is shown at Profiles in History auction house in Calabasas, Calif. Officials say a motorcycle reportedly featured in "Easy Rider" sold for $1.35 million Saturday night, Oct. 18, 2014.
    Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo
  • Most Expensive Wine Ever Sells at $1.6 Million

    This photo from Sotheby's shows the 114-bottle Romanee-Conti Superlot 1992-2010 (6 bottles per vintage) with an estimated value of $1,500,000 - 2,500,000. An auction in Hong Kong broke the world record for the most expensive lot of wine ever sold, with the 114 bottles of Burgundy going for $1.6 million. The Romanee-Conti sold for the equivalent of $14,121 for each bottle or $1,700 per glass.
  • Hermès Diamond Himalayan Birkin Bag Sells For $185,000

    <p> Called &quot;the rarest handbag in the world&quot; by Heritage Auctions, this Hermes Extraordinary Collection 30cm diamond, matte Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin bag with 18K white gold hardware sold for $185,000 on Sept. 23, 2014 through the auction house in Beverly Hills. The handbag has 242 diamonds with a total weight of 9.84 carats.</p>
    Heritage Auctions
  • Princess Diana and Prince Charles' Rotten Wedding Cake Slice Sold for $1,375

    Princess Diana and Prince Charles' rotten wedding cake slice sold for $1,375. The piece of dessert from July 29, 1981 was sold through Nate D. Sanders Auctions. The sale included the white and silver presentation box and a card that reads, &quot;With best wishes from / The Royal Highness / The Prince &amp; Princess of Wales.&quot; Several royal wedding cake slices have sold in the past. In 2013, a piece of Prince William and Kate Middleton's two-year old cake sold for $4,160 in Beverly Hills.
    Courtesy Nate D. Sanders Auction
  • Pricey 'Superman' Comic Sold Through Ebay

    The winning bid on eBay for this copy of &quot;Action Comic #1,&quot; the first introduction of Superman, was $3.2 million. When it was first issued in June 1938, it cost 10 cents. The auction closed Sunday, August 24, 2014 with 48 bids. It's the only comic to have sold for more than $2 million for a single copy. The listing describes the copy as the &quot;nicest that has ever been graded.&quot;
    Darren Adams/Pristine Comics
  • Batman Creator's Comic Books For Sale

    This image shows a May 1939 copy of Detective Comics, which featured one of the earliest appearances of Batman. Batman creator Bob Kane's personal copies of the &quot;Caped Crusader's&quot; earliest versions and other comics will be auctioned through Aug. 29, 2014. Though auction house ComicConnect declined to estimate their value, an issue of a 1962 issue of the Incredible Hulk may be worth $300,000 and a 1942 Archie comic book may be worth $150,000, the <a href="">Associated Press</a> reported. Photo
  • World's Most Expensive Sunglasses?

    These Linda Farrow brand sunglasses, with 18 karat gold frames, 440 diamonds and 24 karat gold-plated lenses, sell for a whopping &pound;27,000, or about $45,000. British luxury department store Harvey Nichols is selling the eyewear.
    Linda Farrow Luxe/Harvey Nichols
  • Lou Gehrig Signed Ticket Sells for $95,600

    A Yankee Stadium ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on July 4, 1939, the day he retired from baseball, is shown in this undated file photo. The ticket was sold at an auction by Heritage Auctions of Dallas, July 31, 2014, for $95,600.
    Heritage Auctions/AP Photo
  • Dalai Lama Replica Chair Available for $10,000

    Toms-Price Home Furnishings, a Chicago-area furniture chain, is selling 100 limited editions of a chair originally designed for the Dalai Lama out of its location in Wheaton, Illinois. The Stickley Eastwood Chairs are replicas of the custom-designed model used by the Dalai Lama during recent public appearances, the Chicago Tribune reported. The $10,000 price includes an ottoman.
    Courtesy Toms-Price Home Furnishings
  • Is This the World’s Priciest Clutch Bag?

    A House of Borgezie bag and matching diamond basque belt each at 105,000 British pounds, or about $177,860, is shown. The Borgezie clutch bag du palais is made from solid 18 ct. gold and 345 diamonds. The designer Christopher Shellis calls it &quot;one of the world's most expensive clutch bags.&quot;
    Christopher Shellis
  • Michael Jordan's $33 Million Contract

    <p> What was believed to be NBA great Michael Jordan's original $33 million 1997-98 Chicago Bulls contract, the highest-ever for a single NBA season, was to be sold through Heritage Auctions in Cleveland, Ohio, July 31, 2014. But the auction item was pulled, because there is reason to believe it is a copy, a spokesman for Heritage told ABC News.</p>
    Courtesy Heritage Auctions
  • Bid of $10,755 Wins 1937 'Snow White' Billboard

    Grey Smith, director, vintage movie poster auctions with Heritage Auctions poses near a billboard from the 1937 release of the animated film 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', July 14, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. The billboard sold at an auction for $10,755.
    Tony Gutierrez/AP Photo
  • Is This the World’s Most Expensive Surfboard?

    A designer in New Zealand has created a surfboard from Paulownia timber with a 23-carat gold leaf lion that will set buyers back by $1.3 million.
    Caters News Agency
  • Babe Ruth's Contract Sells for $1.02 Million

    This photo shows the 1919 promissory note from the New York Yankees to the Boston Red Sox in payment for the sale of Babe Ruth, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Baltimore, during a media preview of sports memorabilia slated for auction to mark the 100th anniversary of his major league debut. It sold for $1.02 million, the highest price paid for a sports contract, at an auction Saturday, July 12, 2014.
    Patrick Semansky/AP Photo
  • Lone Ranger's Outfit Sells for $195,000

    This photo provided by A & S Auction Company of Waco, Texas shows the outfit Lone Ranger actor Clayton Moore wore when he made appearances as the character after retiring from television. The outfit has been sold by the Texas auction house for $195,000 on July 12, 2014.
    A & S Auction Co./AP Photo
  • No Sour Grapes Here

    &quot;Ruby Roman&quot; grapes are shown at Kanazawa central wholesale market on July 5, 2014 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.&nbsp;&nbsp; A wedding hall operator bought the grapes at auction for 550,000 yen or $5,400. Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported the 30 grapes weighed some 800 grammes, or 28 ounces. The red-skin grape can be as big as about 1.2 inches in diameter. Costing around $180 a pop, the grapes will be served at the wedding hall in Kanazawa, central Ishikawa.
    The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images
  • Unmade Bed Sells for Over $4M

    This expensive bed might not be ideal for sleeping. Artist Tracey Emin's art installation, titled &quot;My Bed,&quot; sold for 2,546,500 British pounds, or about $4.3 million, at Christie's art auction in London on July 1, 2014. First executed in 1998, &quot;My Bed&quot; was Emin's actual bed cluttered with empty vodka bottles, slippers, underwear and other objects.
    Christie's Images LTD. 2014
  • Frank Sinatra's 1934 Driver's License Sold

    Frank Sinatra's 1934 New Jersey Driver's License, seen here in a photo provided by, was sold to an undisclosed buyer for $15,757. The yellowed, text-only license was issued, typo and all, to the 19-year-old.
  • Rediscovered Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi

    A rare work by the Italian 17th century Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi sold in Paris on June 26, 2014 for about $1.2 million, a world auction record for the artist. This masterpiece, Mary Magdalene In Ecstasy, was rediscovered by Sotheby's Paris Old Master Department in an old collection in the South of France, after being hidden from view for 80 years.
    Sotheby's/ArtDigital Studio
  • Rare Stamp Sells for $9.5 Million

    The <a href="">1-cent 1856 British Guiana stamp</a> sold through <a href="" title="">Sotheby's auction house in New York</a> on June 17, 2014 for a record $9.5 million, including buyer's premium, becoming the world's most valuable stamp and breaking the auction record for a single stamp for the fourth time. Sotheby's said the buyer is anonymous. <b>WATCH: <a href="" title="">Rare Postage Stamp Sells for Millions</a></b>
    Sotheby's Auction House/AP Photo
  • Buffalo Bill's Necklace and Gun Sold

    A Colt .45 six-shooter, right, and a necklace made from the claws of a grizzly bear once owned by ex-scout and showman "Buffalo Bill" Cody sold through Heritage Auctions in Dallas for more than $40,000 each on June 14, 2014.
    Heritage Auctions/AP Photo
  • Lunch With Warren Buffett Auctioned Off for $2.1 Million

    A lucky person and up to seven friends will have lunch with Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., to benefit San Francisco charity GLIDE. Buffett has auctioned off the lunch via eBay for the past 12 years. An anonymous bidder won this year with a winning bid of $2,166,766. The lowest winning bid was $18,000 in 2001, before the auction moved online through eBay.
    Chris Goodney/Bloomberg/Getty Images
  • D-Day Flag Sold for $350,000

    A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts on Thursday, June 5, 2014, a day before the 70th anniversary of the invasion.
  • Modigliani Painting Sells for Millions in Paris

    Portrait of Paul Alexandre, by Amadeo Modigliani, 1911-1912. The painting sold for 13,537,500 euros, or approximately $18.4 million, at a Sotheby's auction in Paris, June 4, 2014. The painting has been in the possession of descendants of Alexandre, a physician who was Modigliani's only buyer until 1914, and has never been sold. The sale is an auction record for a painting by the artist in France.
    Courtesy Sotheby's/ArtDigital Studio
  • George Harrison's Guitar Sold

    This photo provided by Julien's Auctions shows the 1962 Rickenbacker 425 guitar that George Harrison played as The Beatles recorded "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at Abbey Road Studios. It sold for $657,000 on May 17, 2014, exceeding its estimated value of $400,000 to $600,000.
    Julien's Auctions/AP Photo
  • 'Miracle on Ice' Medal Auctioned Off

    This photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows the Lake Placid 1980 winter Olympic gold medal of U.S. ice hockey player Mark Pavelich. Heritage Auctions of Dallas says it fetched $262,900 in an online-only sale on Friday, May 16, 2014.
    Heritage Auctions/AP Photo
  • Baseball Depicting Marilyn Monroe Sells for $95,600

    This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions, shows a baseball decorated by sports artist LeRoy Neiman in 1992 depicting Marilyn Monroe and signed by Joe DiMaggio, who was briefly married to the Monroe. The ball was offered in a Heritage Auctions online sale on May 16, 2014. Heritage Auctions says the top-selling ball sold for $95,600.
    Heritage Auctions/AP Photo
  • Baseball Depicting Marilyn Monroe Sells for $95,600

    This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions, shows a baseball decorated by sports artist LeRoy Neiman in 1992 depicting Marilyn Monroe and signed by Joe DiMaggio, who was briefly married to the Monroe. The ball was offered in a Heritage Auctions online sale on May 16, 2014. Heritage Auctions says the top-selling ball sold for $95,600.
    Heritage Auctions/AP Photo
  • Diamond Stilettos For Sale

    A pair of stilettos encrusted with 1,290 diamonds are on sale for 200,000 British pounds, or about $337,000. Dubbed the Diamond Princess Constellation stilettos, the shoes are available in solid platinum or 18-karat gold. Both options total 65 carats in diamond weight. The design has taken over two years to develop and each pair takes about three weeks to create. Within 24 hours of launching, British designer Chris Shellis of House of Borgeize said he has received inquiries from around the world, including New York, Dubai, and Hong Kong. He says the shoes come with a free lifetime supply of replaceable soles and heels.
    Caters News Agency
  • Hermes Makes $14,100 Baseball Glove

    This "gold swift" calfskin baseball glove by French luxury retailer Hermes costs $14,100 and requires 25 hours of work to hand stitch and finish, its web listing states. The company is also selling on its website a baseball bat "in ash and gold swift calfskin" for another $1,925.
  • A piece of the backdrop from The Ed Sullivan Show that is signed by the Beatles is for sale by Heritage Auctions on April 26, 2014. The band, right, performed for the first time on the show on Feb. 9, 1964, their first live appearance on American television. Adorned with individual drawings from each member of the band that day, the 48-inch long fiberglass or plastic includes a signature by Paul McCartney as “Uncle Paul McCartney." The auction house calls it a true “Holy Grail” of Beatles memorabilia.
    Heritage Auctions | Getty Images
  • A pair of clip-on rhinestone earrings owned by Marilyn Monroe has sold at an auction for $185,000. The actress wore the jewelry when she attended the opening of "The Rose Tattoo," Julian's Auctions said in a statement Sunday, April 13, 2014.
    Business Wire
  • Porcelain 'Chicken Cup' Sold for $36 Million

    The Meiyintang Chenghua "Chicken Cup" is displayed by Deputy Chairman for Sotheby's Asia Nicolas Chow after it was sold for a record $36.1 million (HK$281.2)in Hong Kong on April 8, 2014. It's known as a "chicken cup" because it is painted with a rooster and hen tending to their chicks. <b>Read More: <a href="">3.1-Inch Diameter Cup is More Than 500 Years Old</a></b>
    Aaron Tam/AFP/Getty Images
  • A cruiser bike that was reportedly used in the 1985 film "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" is for sale on eBay for more than $25,600. The eBay auction closes on March 6, 2014. The dismantled bike comes with an autographed photo of Paul Reubens, who played Pee-Wee Herman in "Pee-wee's Playhouse" television series and the film, a photo of him signing the photo. The seller claims to be the third owner after buying the bike for $10,000 in 2010, according to the listing.
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  • Bat Thrown by Clemens at Piazza Sells for $47,800

    The baseball bat thrown by former New York Yankees' pitcher Roger Clemens at New York Mets' Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series brings $47,800 at Heritage Auctions, Feb. 22, 2014. That is almost five-times its $10,000+ pre-auction estimate. The bat was consigned by Yankees' strength and conditioning coach Jeff Mangold, who retrieved it from the clubhouse after it was tossed by a bat boy.
    Courtesy Heritage Auctions
  • Bat Thrown by Clemens at Piazza Sells for $47,800

    "The Piazza-Clemens incident is one of the most infamous in modern baseball history and this bat shard was central to the entire episode," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage Auctions. "The Rocket lost his cool in the game and hurled this at Piazza in what is likely the most famous throw of his entire career."
    Courtesy Heritage Auctions
  • Earliest Superman Cover Art Goes to Auction Block

    The earliest Superman cover art known to exist -- Fred Guardineer's visage of the Man of Steel from Action Comics #15 -- was purchased for $286,000 in Heritage Auctions' Vintage Comics Signature Auction in New York, Feb. 20-22, 2014. Richard Evans, of Houston, Texas, who owns Bedrock City Comics Company, purchased it with plans to display the cover in his shop. “I’m just a big fan,” he told the auction house.
    Heritage Auctions
  • Rare jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr, of "The Beatles," in the filming of The Beatles 1965 film "Help!" and for the soundtrack album cover are for sale. The comedy adventure, directed by Richard Lester, depicts the group against an evil cult and fleeing to the Austrian Alps to seek refuge. Omega Auctions' sale event will take place March 20, 2014 in Liverpool, England. They are expected to sell for more than 50,000 pounds (about $83,000). The more than 200 lots for sale include rare vinyl and autographs.
    Courtesy Omega Auctions
  • The Harley Davidson Super Glide Custom A 1,585cc, donated to Pope Francis and signed by him, is displayed ahead of Bonham's auction at the Grand Palais in Paris, Feb. 5, 2014. It sold for 241,500 euros ($327,000), including taxes and fees, to benefit Caritas Roma, a soup kitchen and hostel for the homeless in Rome.
    Thibault Camus/AP Photo
  • Babe Ruth Watch Auctioned

    Babe Ruth's 1923 World Series Championship watch, for the Yankees' first championship win, sold for $717,000 on Feb. 22, 2013. As Ruth's cancer progressed, he asked his friend Charlie Schwefel if he wanted anything from his collection. The Manhattan hotelier asked for the watch. It remained in his possession for two years before his wife gave it to her nephew, Lewis Fern.
    Heritage Auctions
  • Babe Ruth's Watch Auctioned

    Babe Ruth's 1923 World Series watch, given to all his New York Yankees teammates after they beat the crosstown rival New York Giants in six games, represented the first franchise World Series victory of 27 to date. Heritage Auctions said it sold three other watches awarded to other players, but "none can even begin to compare in importance to this one." He batted .368, with three homers.
    Heritage Auctions
  • $628,000 Whiskey - Most Expensive Ever for Single-malt at Auction

    A large crystal decanter filled with rare Macallan "M" whisky sold for 4.9 million Hong Kong dollars (about $630,000) at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong on Jan. 18. The sale of the 6-liter "M" Decanter by Lalique beat the previous record of $460,000, set through a Sotheby's sale in New York in 2010. Sotheby's said only four of the hand-blown Imperiale "M" Decanters were made by Macallan.
    The Macallan
  • 1890 $1,000 "Grand Watermelon" note brings world record $3.29 million

    A legendary 1890 $1,000 Treasury Note, popularly referred to as the "Grand Watermelon note," became the single most valuable piece of currency in existence when it sold for $3,290,000, Jan. 10, 2014. It's known as the 'Grand Watermelon' due to the large zeroes on the back of the bill. It was estimated to be worth $2 million. The last time this note was at auction was 1970, when it brought $11,000.
    Heritage Auctions
  • Record-Breaker: Two famous rare coins bring a combined $7.87+ Million

    A 1787 Brasher Gold Doubloon shown in this photo brings $4.58 million and 1913 Liberty Nickel, "The Hawaii Five-O Specimen" brings $3.29 million on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at Heritage Auctions in Orlando, Fla. The two famous rare coins bring a combined $7.87+ million which is considered to be a record breaker.
    Courtesy Heritage Auctions
  • Record-Breaker: Two Famous Rare Coins Bring a Combined $7.87+ Million

    A 1787 Brasher Gold Doubloon brings $4.58 million and 1913 Liberty Nickel, "The Hawaii Five-O Specimen" shown in this photo, brings $3.29 million on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at Heritage Auctions in Orlando, Fla. The two famous rare coins bring a combined $7.87+ million which is considered to be a record breaker.
    Courtesy Heritage Auctions
  • Hermès Kelly Bag Brings World Record $125,000

    A one of a kind Hermes 32cm Matte Geranium Porosus Crocodile & Black Togo Leather Sellier Kelly Bag with Feet set a world record as the most valuable Kelly bag sold at auction when it realized $125,000 in Heritage Auctions' Holiday Luxury Signature Auction in Dallas earlier this month.
    Heritage Auctions
  • Olympic Medal of Legendary Jesse Owens Sets Auction Record

    Size 13 autographed sneakers that Michael Jordan wore in Salt Lake City, when the Chicago Bulls played Utah Jazz sold for $104,765, ESPN reported. Game 5 of the '97 NBA Finals, June 11, is known as the "flu game." While sick, he scored 38 points. Grey Flannel Auctions sold the shoes, consigned by former Utah Jazz ballboy Preston Truman. Last month, his rookie season sneakers sold for $31,070.
    Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images
  • Jesse Owen's Gold Medal Auctioned

    One of track and field star Jesse Owen's 4 gold medals from the '36 Berlin Games sold for $1,466,574, the highest paid for Olympic memorabilia. It belonged to the estate of Elaine Plaines-Robinson, the wife of entertainer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, a close friend of Owens who died in 1949. The previous record was an $865,000 silver cup from the first modern-day Olympic marathon in 1896.
    Raquel Dillon/AP Photo
  • Harrison Ford 'Han Solo' Blaster up for Auction

    The blaster pistol belonging to Harrison Ford's "Star Wars" character Han Solo in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" is up for sale. The prop, based on a Mauser C96 pistol, will be up for auction online at Invaluable on Dec. 21, 2013. It is expected to fetch from $200,000 to $300,000.
  • Record Goodwill Art Sale

    A $23,473 sale of an African art collection through topped the Washington record of a Salvador Dali etching, "Reflection," that fetched $21,005 in Nov. 2012. The 55 items were dropped off at a Tacoma, Wash., store by an anonymous donor. The overall record goes to a $165,002 Frank Weston Benson oil painting.
    Courtesy Goodwill
  • The Oldest Book in the U.S., Sold for $14.2 Million

    This April 2013 photo shows the Bay Psalm Book, the first book ever printed in what's now the United States, which sold for $14.2 million at auction.
    Sotheby's/AP Photo
  • Rare Leica Camera Auctioned for $620K

    An extremely rare Leica camera was sold at auction by Bonhams in Hong Kong, for approximately $620,000 on Nov. 22, 2013. The gold-plated Leica Luxus II, with a crocodile-skin case, dates back to 1932. According to Leica's records, only four of its kind ever made and the whereabouts of the other three is unknown.
  • See the Most Expensive Warhol Painting Ever Sold

    After a bidding war, "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)" by Andy Warhol sold for $105.4 million, a new record for the Pop artist. The 8' x 13' silkscreen print includes photos of a car that collided into a tree. His works grabbed four of Sotheby's top 10 lots on Nov. 13: Liz #1 (Early Colored Liz), $20.3 million; Flowers (Five Foot Flowers), $11.4 million; and 5 Deaths on Turquoise, $7.3 million.
    Sotheby's/AP Photo
  • Record $1.1 Million Paid for Daytona Rolex

    "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," a triptych by Francis Bacon of his friend and artist Lucian Freud. The 1969 painting by Bacon set a world record for the most expensive artwork ever sold. It was purchased for $142.4 million at Christie's postwar and contemporary art sale Nov. 12, 2013.
    Christie's/AP Photo
  • Record Paid for Daytona Rolex

    A stainless-steel 1969 Rolex Daytona chronograph sold for $1.1 million, the highest for a Daytona at a public auction, at a Christie's sale in Geneva on Nov. 10, 2013. Another Rolex Daytona made for the Sultan of Oman sold for $864,285. The highest paid for any Rolex was $1.16 million in May. The Daytona was Rolex's first chronograph with the tachymeter scale printed on the bezel, not the dial.
    Christie's Images Ltd. 2013
  • Hugh Jackman Auctions Personalized Voicemail For Charity

    Get Hugh Jackman to record a personalized message on a cell phone or home phone answering service to benefit the charity Children of Chernobyl on Nov. 25. The fantasy auction item description states: "The message must be of a personal nature and cannot be used to promote a product or business. Value: Priceless. Donor: Hugh Jackman." Online fans can bid for this and other fantasy items at
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  • Christie's Napoleonic-Era Wine Auctioned

    A bottle of port wine dating back to the Napolenoic Wars, Macedo Porto Vieux, Garrafeira 1808, sold for $2,568, or 2,350 Swiss francs, at a Christie's auction, Nov. 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. A bottle of Manoel Beleza de Andrade 1812, from the year Napoleon Bonaparte retreated from Moscow, was also on the auction block.
    Courtesy Christie's
  • Titantic Violin Sells In Auction

    A violin believed to have played on the Titanic before the ship sank was auctioned for more than 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) on Oct. 19, 2013. The now unplayable instrument is thought to have belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley.
    Henry Aldridge and Son
  • Gold Coin Sold for $2.5 Million

    A rare four dollar "Coiled Hair Stella" U.S. gold coin from 1880 was auctioned for $2.5 million at Bonhams in Los Angeles. It is made of six grams of pure gold. It was never released into circulation due to a lack of public support.
  • Rupert Murdoch's Yacht For Sale at $29.7 Million

    Media mogul and News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is selling his luxury yacht for $29.7 million following his divorce from former wife Wendi. The 184-foot Rosehearty has six cabins, Hermes leather furnishings, and a large Jacuzzi. "She comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests in a full-beam master suite, two identical VIP staterooms, two doubles and a single with Pullman berth," the listing states.
    Camper & Nicholsons International
  • Engineer wins auction to meet Warren Buffett

    The winning bid to meet Warren Buffett at See's Candies' factory in L.A. was $156,000. Engineer and business owner Jack Staub snagged the tour at The Creative Artists Agency "School Day" Auction raised $450,000 for Communities In Schools of L.A. The bid is a steal compared to the $1 million auctioned earlier this year for the annual Buffett power lunch and last year's $3,456,789.
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  • Lucille Ball's Signature Dress Sold For $168,000.

    Lucille Ball's signature Lucy Ricardo black and white polka-dot dress worn on "I Love Lucy" sold at auction by Profiles in History on July 30, 2013. The estimated price was $40,000 - $60,000 and it sold for $168,000. The Dreier Lucille Ball Collection began when Chad Dreier acquired a large collection from the estate of Academy Award-winning costume designer Elois Jenssen (1922– 2004).
    Courtesy Profiles in History
  • 'Frankenstein' Poster May Fetch $100k at Auction

    A one-of-a-kind 1931 Frankenstein insert movie poster, purchased by a Chicago man when he was a teenager and stored in a closet for three decades, sold for $262,900 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas on July 27. Keith Johnson, 59, bought the poster from an antiques shop for just a few dollars in the 1960s. It is the most valuable movie poster insert ever sold at auction.
    Courtesy Heritage Auctions
  • Wooden Chest Auctioned for $9.5 Million

    Auctioneer Aymeric Rouillac poses on June 7 at Cheverny by a Japanese chest that belonged to Cardinal Jules Mazarin (1602-16661). The wooden box was auctioned for $9.5 million to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on June 9 at a sale organized by the Chateau de Cheverny. A French man in London bought it in the 1970s and used it to store liquor and as a TV stand.
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  • PHOTO: The world's largest yacht.

    The world's largest yacht launched for the first time in Germany in April following the vessel's completion. It spans about 590 feet long and though the price has been kept under wraps, it's reported to be worth about $600 million.
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  • Jackie O's Yacht Goes Up On The Block

    The yacht, Christina O, that belonged to the late Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis is for sale for 25 million euros ($32.4 million). He bought the WW2 Canadian frigate for $34,000 in the 1950s, spent millions to convert it into a yacht and married Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on it in 1968. His daughter, Christina, gave the 99-meter boat to the Greek government after he died in 1975.
    AP Photo
  • Mick Jagger Hair to be Auctioned

    A lock of hair from The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger was sold for $6,069 (£4,000) to an unnamed buyer. The sale benefits the U.K. charity, Changing Faces, which supports people with disfigurements. The lock of hair was estimated to be worth £1,500 to £2,000, or about $2,300 to $3,100. Cut in the 1960s, the hair was saved by the grandmother of Jagger's old girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton.
    Courtesy of Bonhams
  • KFC's Col. Sanders' White Suit Auctioned

    KFC founder Colonel Sanders' suit and clip-on bow-tie fetched $21,510 on June 22, 2013 in an auction held by Heritage Auctions. Consigned by Cincinnati resident Mike Morris, whose family house was bought by Col. Sanders and where Sanders lived with the family for six months, Morris was given the suit by the Colonel, who was close to Morris' family. "Kentucky Colonel" was an honorary title.
    Heritage Auctions
  • First Apple Computer Could Fetch $500,000 or More

    An Apple 1 prototype computer, built in 1976, accompanied by an operation manual and schematic as well as a photo of its inventors, Steve Wozniak, left, and Steve Jobs, is shown in this undated photo. One of the very first Apple 1 computers, worth about $500,000, goes on sale later this month at Christie's auction house, the latest vintage tech sale. An Apple-1 sold for $671,000 in May in Germany.
    Christies Images Ltd. 2013/AP Photo
  • 24 Carat Gold Shoes on Sale

    Italian designer Alberto Moretti announced the launch of exclusive 24 carat gold shoes. The shoes are made from velvet and covered in gold. The shoes, pumps for women and loafers for men, cost £1,700 or about $2,664. They were presented for the first time during the Monte Carlo Grand Prix on May 25, 2013. A spokesperson for the designer said Barneys New York will sell them in September.
    Courtesy Alberto Moretti
  • Auction for Lunch with Warren Buffett

    The 14th annual charity auction for lunch with Berkshire Hathaway chairman/CEO Warren Buffett ended June 7. The winning bid this year was $1,000,100. Last year's winning bid on eBay was a record $3,456,789. The auction raises money for GLIDE Memorial Church's charity work in San Francisco. The prize is lunch with "The Oracle" and up to seven of your friends at Smith & Wollensky in New York City.
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  • Carpet Auctioned for $33.7 Million

    A Sickle-Leaf Carpet, an early 17th century Persion rug from Washington, D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery of Art, was auctioned in New York, June 5, 2013 by Sotheby's for $33.7 million. Sotheby's said the price was more than three times the previous auction record for a carpet. It measures 8 feet 9 inches by 6 feet 5 inches.
    Sotheby's/AP Photo
  • Lady Gaga's Nail For Auction

    A black acrylic nail worn by Lady Gaga during her "Born This Way Ball" tour and designed by Aya Fukuda reportedly sold for $12,000. A member of the stage crew for her concert in Dublin, Ireland on Sept. 15, 2012 listed the item. The seller said in the listing: "As I was about to start work I noticed an object on the floor of the stage... when I picked it up, I saw it was an acrylic nail." | Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images
  • Basquiat Painting Sold

    A Jean-Michel Basquiat painting titled "Dustheads" set a new auction record for the graffiti artist at a sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York. Christie's says "Dustheads" sold for $48.8 million on May 15, 2013. Basquiat's "Untitled" held the previous record when it sold in November for $26.4 million. Christie's made $495 million in total, the highest at any art auction, said the AP.
    Christie's/AP Photo
  • 'Little Pastry Chef' Sells for $18 Million

    "Le petit patissier" (the "little pastry chef") by Chaim Soutine sold for $18,043,750 at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art sale in New York on May 8, 2013. The sale set a new world auction record for the artist.
  • Christie's Auctions Giant Egg

    Christie's scientific specialist James Hyslop holds up a chicken egg to scale the size of a sub-fossilised pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg that sold for $101,679, or 66,675 pounds, at the auction house in London. The Elephant Bird egg measures over 100 times the average size of a chicken egg, and stands at 21cm in diameter and 30cm in height. It was estimated to be worth $30,500 to $45,750.
    Matt Dunham/AP Photo
  • Francis Crick's Nobel Medal

    The1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Dr. Francis Crick sold for $2.27 million, including a buyer's premium, on April 11, 2013 through Heritage Auctions. Jack Wang, the CEO of biomedical firm Biomobie in Shanghai, who flew into New York for the auction, was the highest bidder. Drs. James Watson and Maurice Wilkins were also awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of DNA.
    Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo
  • Letter Sells For Record Amount

    A letter by British scientist Francis Crick to his 12-year-old son sold for $6 million, including a buyer's premium, at an auction on April 10, 2013. Weeks before Crick and James Watson published their DNA discovery in Nature, Crick described DNA's "beautiful" structure in a seven-page letter. "My dear Michael," the letter starts, "Jim Watson and I have probably made a most important discovery."
  • Honus Wagner Baseball Card Sells for $2 Million

    The front and rear of a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card is shown. The rare T206 card, one of 44 originally released by the American Tobacco Co., sold for $2,105,770.50 in an online Goldin Auctions sale, April 6, 2013. While the company said the price was a record for a baseball card sold at auction, a similar Wagner card in mint condition was purchased for $2.8 million in a private sale in 2007.
    Goldin Auctions/AP Photo
  • World's Most Expensive Pacifier

    An 1865 card of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team was sold for $92,000 on Feb. 6, 2013 in Biddeford, Maine by the Saco River Auction Co. The Atlantics card, which shows 10 players, is a carte de viste, a type of small photograph usually made of thin albumen print and mounted on a thicker piece of paper. A man found the card at a rural yard sale in Maine.
    Saco River Auction Co./AP Photo
  • Aung San Suu Kyi's Handknit Sweater Sells for $74K

    A teenage photo of the late Lady Diana labeled "not to be published," sold at an auction for $18,396. The photo is stamped Feb. 1981, taken some time before she moved into Buckingham Palace on Feb. 23, 1981. She married Charles, the Prince of Wales, on July 29, 1981.
    Caren Archive
  • John Lennon autograph sold for $72K

    John Lennon's "last autograph" sold for $72,000. Gotta Have It! Collectibles, Inc. states an engineer at The Record Plant studio asked for an autograph for his friend on Dec. 8, 1980. He mistakenly thought it was for someone who replaced a broken guitar string, writing: "To Karl, who strung me along, thanks John Lennon 1980." He was later shot in front of The Dakota apartment building.
    Simple Auction
  • First Book Published in N. America to be Sold

    A church in Boston is selling a rare psalm book from 1640 that could fetch between $10 million to $20 million, the Boston Globe reported. Old South Church voted to allow its trustees to sell one of its two copies of a 1640 Bay Psalm Book to help pay for building repairs and support its ministry.
    Boston Public Library
  • Eric Clapton's Watch Sold for $3.6M

    Mark Rothko's "No. 1 (Royal Red and Blue)" from 1954 sold to a telephone bidder for $67 million, or $75.1 million with Sotheby's fees, on Nov. 13, 2012. The painting sold above its expected sale price of $35 million to $50 million.
  • $100,000 Kitchen Range for Sale

    An "ultra-rare" watch by Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe from musician Eric Clapton sold for $3.6 million by Christie's. Only two of this particular model were cased in platinum. Made in 1987, it's described as a "platinum perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases." The watch had an estimated value of $2,668,650 to $4,278,080 or 2,500,000 to 4,000,000 Swiss francs.
    Christie's Images LTD. 2012
  • Judy Garland's 'Wizard of Oz' Dress Has Sold

    Judy Garland's blue gingham dress from "The Wizard of Oz" was sold for $480,000 at the two-day auction event held at Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills, Calif. Nov. 10-11, 2012.
    JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
  • Posters Seized by Nazis Worth Millions

    Claude Monet's painting titled "Nymphets," from his water lilies series, has fetched $43.8 million at auction. The iconic 1905 painting had been estimated to sell for $30 million to $50 million, but went just below the middle of that range when sold at Christie's auction house in New York this week.
    Christie's New York/AP Photo
  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian in a Lamborghini

    George Washington's annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1789) sold for $9,826,500, setting a new world auction record for an American book or historical document, according to Christie's New York.
    Alex Brandon/AP Photo
  • 'Flying Hovercraft' Sells for $190K

    Andy Warhol's portrait of Elvis Presley depicted as a cowboy with a silver background, "Double Elvis [Ferus Type]," sold for $37 million on May 9, 2012. The silkscreen image, estimated to be worth $30 million to $50 million, was first displayed in Los Angeles' Ferus Gallery in 1963. It was the first "Double" Elvis to appear on the market since 1995 out of the 22 images Warhol created of Elvis.
    Sotheby's/AP Photo
  • Rare Baseball Card Sold For $1.2M

    Edvard Munch's painting, 'The Scream,' was auctioned in 12 minutes for $119.9 million on May 2, 2012 at Sotheby's in New York by a mystery bidder, a record price for an artwork sold at auction. Christie's sold Pablo Picasso's 'Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust' for $106.5 million in 2010. 'The Scream' that was auctioned is one of four versions and the only one that is privately owned.
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