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Greece seeks 'win-win' deal on Parthenon Sculptures in UK

Dec. 06, 2022 15:53 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Cabinet ministers from Greece and the U.K. discussed Greece's bid to get the Parthenon Sculptures returned from London but gave no sign the world's thorniest cultural heritage issue was any closer to resolution Tuesday. Greek Alternate Foreign Minister...

'Hiccup!' Spirits low after vodka brand auction runs dry

Dec. 06, 2022 15:00 PM EST

THE HAGUE (AP) — Shareholders of dismantled Russian oil company Yukos were low in spirits Tuesday after the top bid in an auction of several iconic vodka brands came up short. Financial holding company GML, which was the majority shareholder in Yukos before the Kremlin dismantled...

Germany: Kandinsky sale on hold after Poland alleges theft

Dec. 02, 2022 15:18 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German auction house said Friday that the recent sale of a watercolor by Wassily Kandinsky has been put on hold in response to the Polish government's claim that the painting is stolen. Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage said Thursday it notified...

Max Beckmann self-portrait sold at German auction for $20.7M

Dec. 01, 2022 13:45 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A self-portrait painted during World War II by German expressionist artist Max Beckmann sold Thursday in Berlin for 20 million euros ($20.7 million), a price that appears to be a record for an art auction in Germany. The buyer of Beckmann's “Self-Portrait...

Gold Rush treasures from 1857 shipwreck up for Reno auction

Dec. 01, 2022 01:27 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Since the recovery of sunken treasure began decades ago from an 1857 shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina, tens of millions of dollars worth of gold has been sold. But scientists, historians and collectors say that the real fortunes will begin to hit the...

Murakami, Malone unite in 'flower-butterfly' collaboration

Nov. 22, 2022 07:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s visions have spanned colorful smiling flowers, a zany take on Mickey Mouse and huge erotic sculptures of animation-inspired figures that have fetched enormous auction prices. His latest goes down a musical path, in collaboration...

Classic cars being auctioned after collector's death

Nov. 20, 2022 03:11 AM EST

SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) — Growing up as the son of a West Tampa body shop worker, Leroy Gonzalez was envious of people who drove nice cars. “He had little, and they seemed to have everything,” said Richard Gonzalez, his son. “So, my dad told himself that he’d buy nice cars when...

Collection of love letters written by Dylan sold for $670K

Nov. 19, 2022 12:49 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A collection of touching and sometimes prescient personal letters written by a young Bob Dylan to a high school girlfriend has been sold at auction to a renowned Portuguese bookshop for nearly $670,000. The Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, which bills itself as...

Maradona 'Hand of God' World Cup ball sold for $2.4M

Nov. 16, 2022 10:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The ball punched in by Diego Maradona for his “Hand of God” goal at the 1986 World Cup has been sold at auction for nearly $2.4 million by the referee who missed soccer’s most famous handball. Ali Bin Nasser, the Tunisian former match official who refereed the...

Babe Ruth glove sells for over $1.5 million at auction

Nov. 12, 2022 20:38 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A baseball glove worn by Babe Ruth during his glory days with the New York Yankees sold for over $1.5 million at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory auction on Saturday. The winning bidder wasn’t identified. Hunt Auctions said the...