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Rare coin minted in Colonial New England sells for $350,000

Nov. 26, 2021 15:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — One of the first coins minted in Colonial New England, which was recently found among other coins in a candy tin, has sold at auction for more than $350,000, more than it was expected to get, the auctioneer said Friday. The one shilling silver coin made in...

U2's Edge leading rock memorabilia sale to help musicians

Nov. 24, 2021 22:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When The Edge saw the Rolling Stones perform recently, his mask allowed him to go unrecognized as he watched guitarist Ron Wood from the front row. “I have to say one of the benefits of mask wearing is it’s like a cloaking device if you’re a famous...

Rare first printing of US Constitution sells for record $43M

Nov. 19, 2021 15:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare first printing of the U.S. Constitution sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $43.2 million, a record price for a document or book sold at auction. The buyer, hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin, will loan the document to the Crystal Bridges Museum...

Frida Kahlo self-portrait sells for record $35M at auction

Nov. 17, 2021 13:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Frida Kahlo self-portrait that shows the artist with the face of her husband, Diego Rivera, in the middle of her forehead, sold at Sotheby's in New York on Tuesday for $34.9 million, an auction record for a work by a Latin American artist. The 1949...

Greece to renew pressure on UK to return ancient sculptures

Nov. 15, 2021 07:51 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is renewing a bid to seek the return of ancient sculptures removed from the Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens more than 200 years ago from the British Museum, a government official said Monday. Giannis Oikonomou, a government spokesman,...

Mexico loses bid to stop auction of pre-Hispanic artifacts

Nov. 10, 2021 16:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Christie’s auction of pre-Hispanic artifacts went ahead Wednesday despite the Mexican government’s appeals to stop it, the latest round in Mexico’s losing battle to stop such sales. Christie’s Paris branch auctioned off 72 sculptures and...

Norman Rockwell painting sells for whopping $3.6 million

Nov. 08, 2021 12:51 PM EST

WINCHENDON, Mass. (AP) — A veterans organization in Massachusetts sold an original 1945 Norman Rockwell painting for $3.6 million at auction over the weekend in order to raise funds after years of dwindling revenue made worse by the pandemic. American Legion Post 193,...

Andretti says control issues of F1 team ended Sauber talks

Nov. 04, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti said Thursday that “control issues at the 11th hour" derailed his bid to buy the Alfa Romeo team from Sauber but he has not given up on his attempt to acquire a Formula One team. Andretti made his first public comments on the failed...

Royal jewels and Kobe Bryant's shoes set for Geneva auction

Nov. 04, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A diamond bracelet that once belonged to France’s Marie Antoinette and a sapphire-and-diamond brooch with matching ear clips that once dangled from a Russian grand duchess are among the featured items in auctions of jewelry and other collectibles next week in Geneva. ...

Picasso artworks auctioned for combined $109M in Las Vegas

Oct. 24, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eleven Pablo Picasso artworks have been sold for a combined $109 million in a Las Vegas auction coinciding with the artist’s 140th birthday. The nine paintings and two ceramic pieces had been displayed inside the Picasso restaurant at the Bellagio...