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US lawmakers propose ban on export of tribes' sacred items

Jul. 18, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of U.S. lawmakers made another push Thursday to ban collectors and vendors from exporting Native American ceremonial items to foreign markets, including Paris, where there has been uproar over auction houses listing tribal pieces for sale over the years. The lawmakers...

Collectable sneakers on auction at Sotheby's in New York

Jul. 12, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — True sneaker heads will get the opportunity to expand their collection as Sotheby's in New York holds its first sneaker auction. These aren't just any old sneakers but 100 of the rarest, most-coveted sneakers around, including the Nike handmade "Moon Shoe" designed by Nike co-founder Bill...

Egypt asks Interpol to help it retrieve King Tut statue

Jul. 9, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says it has asked Interpol to help track down a 3,000-year-old sculpture of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun after Christie's auctioned it off last week despite Cairo's objections. The Britain-based auction house sold the brown quartzite head depicting King Tut for more than 4.7 million...

Christie's goes ahead with contested King Tut statue auction

Jul. 4, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Christie's has gone forward with the auction of a 3,000-year-old stone sculpture of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun despite protests from the Egyptian government. The brown quartzite head depicting King Tut sold for more than 4.7 million pounds ($5.9 million) Thursday evening. The Egyptian...

Titanic survivor's light-up cane to be sold at auction

Jul. 4, 2019 12:09 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, is one of thousands of maritime items that will be up for auction in Rhode Island. Guernsey's auction house is holding the auction at the International Yacht Restoration School in...

Viking chess piece sells for more than $900,000 at auction

Jul. 2, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A 900-year-old Viking chess piece bought for a few dollars in the 1960s has sold at auction for 735,000 pounds ($927,000). The 3 1/2-inch (8.8-centimeter) Lewis Chessman sold to an anonymous bidder at Sotheby's in London on Tuesday. The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess pieces in...

Auctioneer looks back on 60 years making sales

Jun. 30, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — An Ogden auctioneer who's practiced his craft for nearly 60 years is looking back on his long career of fast talking. Doug Taylor, 80, has auctioned land and autos and led estate auctions as he traveled across Utah and into Wyoming over the decades, the Standard-Examiner reported. He's...

Missing treasure: Delacroix canvas rediscovered, now on sale

Jun. 27, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It's been hanging on people's walls for almost 170 years without drawing much attention, but a painting showing a group of women has turned out to be more than meets the eye. The most recent owner of the picture, a Parisian woman, has found out that what she has is a long-forgotten painting by...

Alcoholics Anonymous' 'Big Book' collection up for auction

Jun. 25, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A collection of 19 first-edition copies of the founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, known to adherents as the "Big Book," will be auctioned off in Los Angeles next month. The auction house Profiles in History said Tuesday that the collection will be part of a single lot that...

David Gilmour puts his guitars up for auction, raises $21.5M

Jun. 21, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An auction of David Gilmour's guitars has raised a lot of "Money" — to combat climate change. Christie's auction house says it raised $21.5 million Thursday, selling off more than 120 guitars owned by the Pink Floyd guitarist, singer and songwriter. Proceeds went to ClientEarth, a...