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FILE - In this Thursday, July 23, 2020 file photo, a Sotheby's employee adjusts a painting by Rembrandt, entitled 'Self-portrait, wearing a ruff and black hat' at Sotheby's auction rooms in London. The auction house Sotheby’s is holding an online sale featuring artwork that spans five centuries of art history, from Rembrandt to Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró to Banksy. The auction on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, of 70 artworks, from the 17th century to the present day, will be live-streamed from Sotheby's London. The event comes after months of disruption to the art world due to the coronavirus outbreak.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Rembrandt, Miro fetch millions at Sotheby's virtual auction

Jul. 28, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A self-portrait by Rembrandt sold for 14.5 million pounds ($18.7 million) at a Sotheby's virtual auction Tuesday — a record price for a self-portrait by the Dutch master, the auctioneer's said. Sotheby's said that the top end of the art market was “in rude health” and...

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions on Saturday, July 11, 2020, shows the front of an unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game that has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades earlier. (Emily Clemens/Heritage Auctions via AP)

Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000

Jul. 11, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago. A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game...

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...