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Mexico asks French auctioneers to halt sale of artifacts

Sep. 17, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government is asking a French auction house to halt the planned sale of a collection of about 120 pre-Hispanic artifacts, saying some are fakes and others should be returned to Mexico. The relics are being offered by the French auction house Millon at a sale scheduled for...

Auction of collection of TCM's Robert Osborne includes Oscar

Sep. 13, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Wash. (AP) — A 1936 Academy Award is among the items going up for auction next month from the collection of the late Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne. Grant Zahajko Auctions of Davenport, Washington, announced Friday that Osborne's vast movie memorabilia collection will be auctioned on...

Greece drafting bid for Parthenon sculpture loan from UK

Sep. 3, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is preparing a formal request to borrow the British Museum's sculptures removed more than 200 years ago from the ancient Parthenon temple on Athens' Acropolis. Culture Minister Lina Mendoni says her ministry is drafting a proposal for the loan, which would coincide with the...

Obama's high school basketball jersey sells for $120,000

Aug. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A basketball jersey believed to have been worn by former President Barack Obama while he was at a Honolulu prep school has sold at auction for $120,000. Heritage Auctions said the jersey sold Saturday night in Dallas to a collector of American and sports artifacts who didn't wish to be...

Nebraska bidder wins Wright-built house in Kansas City

Aug. 12, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bidder from Nebraska has paid $920,000 for a house designed and built by iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Star reports that Heritage Auctions says the new owner wants to remain anonymous for now, but the bidder plans to honor the...

Blackjewel's coal assets sold at auction; hearing Monday

Aug. 4, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Contura Energy has made a successful bid at an auction for the assets of three Blackjewel LLC coal mines, including two of the top producers in the country. The results are subject to a federal bankruptcy judge's approval Monday in Charleston. The judge ordered the parties to post...

Online bidding opens for Elvis Presley items

Aug. 1, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jewelry, clothing, contractual documents and a signed guitar are among more than 400 items available at an auction of Elvis Presley-related memorabilia at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley Enterprises says online bidding is now open for The Auction at Graceland, part of...

Virginia Beach pays $500K to clean mass shooting site

Jul. 27, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The city of Virginia Beach agreed to a $500,000 contract to clean a city building after a workplace mass shooting in May left 13 people dead, including the gunman. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the city agreed to a no-bid contract to a worldwide property restoration company...

Titanic survivor's light-up cane goes for $62,500 at auction

Jul. 22, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Titanic survivor's walking stick, with an electric light she used to signal for help from a lifeboat, sold for $62,500 at an auction of maritime items, the auction house said Monday. Guernsey's held the sale at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island,...