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In this undated photo issued by Christie's auction house, two Igbo statues on display. The pair of sacred statues, that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war fetched 212,500 euros ($239,000) at auction in Paris on Monday, June 29, 2020. Christie's auction house, which defended the sale and said the artworks were legitimately acquired. (Christie's via AP)

Sale of sacred statues riles Black Lives Matter campaigners

Jun. 29, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A pair of sacred statues that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war fetched 212,500 euros ($239,000) at auction in Paris on Monday. The Igbo statues were sold by the Christie’s auction house, which defended the sale and said...

FILE - This 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the U.S. rock band Nirvana. Grunge became gold Saturday, June 20, 2020, as the guitar Cobain played on Nirvana's 1993 “MTV Unplugged” performance sold for an eye-popping $6 million at auction. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Cobain 'MTV Unplugged' guitar sells for sky-high $6 million

Jun. 20, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Grunge became gold Saturday as the guitar Kurt Cobain played on Nirvana's 1993 “MTV Unplugged” performance months before his death sold for an eye-popping $6 million at auction. The 1959 Martin D-18E that Cobain played in the band's rare acoustic performance and...

Todd Barbiaux, presiident of United Steelworkers Local 1196, holds pictures of two of the stainless steel Fords, a 1936 sedan and a 1967 Lincoln Continental, produced by Allegheny Ludlum outside the union hall in Brackenridge, Pa., on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Brian C. Rittmeyer/Tribune-Review via AP)

‘Priceless’ stainless steel cars to be auctioned

Jun. 13, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

NATRONA HEIGHTS, Pa. (AP) — Stainless steel may be resistant to rust and the ravages of time, but the tangible history of Allegheny Ludlum may not be as resilient. That’s the fear of longtime employee Todd Barbiaux. He worries the company’s legacy, and a source of community pride, will fade...

A couple wear a protective masks due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak as they walk on the shore of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Mass., Friday, May 22, 2020. Beaches in Gloucester reopened with restrictions on Friday after being closed two months ago due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Unemployment rate soars past 15%; COVID-19 cases near 91,000

May. 22, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate soared to 15.1% in April — up from about 2.8% in March — as the state’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus shuttered wide swaths of the economy, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday. The...

This combination photo of images released by Julien's Auctions shows a 1984 blue “cloud” guitar custom-made for Prince that he played in his prime period just after “Purple Rain.” The item is one of many up for auction by Julien’s Auctions taking place June 19 and 20 in Beverly Hills and online. (Julien's Auctions via AP)

Prince guitar, McCartney Beatles lyrics come up for auction

May. 4, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A guitar from Prince's prime and some legendary Beatles lyrics sketched out by Paul McCartney are among the items going up for auction at a major music artifacts sale. Julien's Auctions announced Monday that the auction taking place June 19 and 20 in Beverly Hills and online will...