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  • 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>
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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