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This image released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, by the USS Constitution Museum in Boston shows a document of private signals used between the U.S. Navy and the Navy of Great Britain. It is part of a collection of documents related to the early years of the USS Constitution acquired by the museum that will be unveiled during a virtual celebration for the ship's 223rd birthday on Wednesday. (USS Constitution Museum via AP)

Papers shed light on early years of 'Old Ironsides,' Navy

Oct. 20, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

The U.S.S. Constitution Museum has acquired more than 150 documents, including correspondence from President George Washington's secretary of war and the leader of the Haitian Revolution, that shed light on the warship's early years and the young United States' first international conflict. The collection...

FILE - An undated file picture shows the leader of the National Socialists Adolf Hitler, gesturing during a speech. A prominent European Jewish organization is criticizing a Munich auction house’s decision to sell several of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s handwritten speeches, saying it “defies logic, decency and humanity” to put them on the market(dpa via AP, file)

Jewish group condemns auction of Hitler speeches in Germany

Oct. 20, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A prominent European Jewish organization slammed a Munich auction house's decision to sell several of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's handwritten speech notes, saying Tuesday it “defies logic, decency and humanity” to put them on the market. Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the head of the...

Maryland AG asked to block Baltimore museum's artworks sale

Oct. 15, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A group of art lovers wants Maryland officials to block the Baltimore Museum of Art’s proposed sale of three works of art, among them Andy Warhol’s “The Last Supper.” A letter was sent Wednesday night to Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Maryland...

Acting U.S Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Antoinette T. Bacon, speaks at a repatriation ceremony for the painting

Jewish family's painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned

Oct. 15, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. The painting “Winter” by American artist Gari Melchers was part of a...

FILE - In this June 26, 2018, file photograph, a used 2017 Chevrolet Cruze sits in a row of other used, late-model sedans at a dealership in Centennial, Colo. A shortage of used vehicles in the U.S. has pushed up prices, and that caused much of September 2020's modest inflation increase. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Used vehicle prices up as supply sinks, but relief is coming

Oct. 13, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — It cost a whole lot more to buy a used SUV, car, truck or van last month than it did before the coronavirus hit, and that almost singlehandedly caused September's modest consumer price increase. Blame it on the pandemic, which knocked supply and demand way out of whack, causing prices to...

A Sotheby's employee presents the Chinese scroll,

700-year-old Chinese scroll sells for $41.8M in Hong Kong

Oct. 8, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A 700-year-old Chinese painted scroll from the Yuan Dynasty fetched 306.6 million Hong Kong dollars ($41.8 million) at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. The 6.6-feet scroll, titled “Five Drunken Princes Returning on Horseback” is by Ren Renfa, a renowned Chinese artist...

FILE - In this March 28, 2019, file photo, former Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench walks up to the field before the team's opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cincinnati. Bench has decided to sell memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career with the Reds. He plans to use the proceeds to help fund the future college educations of his two youngest sons. Among the items he's parting with are his World Series trophies from 1975 and '76, and his 1968 NL Rookie of the Year award. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

Catch it: Hall of Famer Johnny Bench to auction memorabilia

Oct. 1, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

The recent deaths of baseball greats Lou Brock, Tom Seaver and Al Kaline got Johnny Bench thinking about the future and the prospect of unloading memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career. He had seen Bob Gibson and Ozzie Smith sell their collectibles. Bench checked out items from Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin...

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum auctioning some cars

Sep. 30, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of cars in the basement of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum are being auctioned off as the facility continues to revamp its collection. Since mid-May, the museum — dedicated to preserving the history of automobiles and auto racing — has generated about...

This September 2020 photo provided by the Diocese of Manchester shows the Chandler House in Manchester, N.H. The historic mansion built by a wealthy industrialist has been saved from demolition by sale from the diocese to the Currier Museum of Art. (Kathryn Marchocki/Diocese of Manchester via AP)

Historic home that was facing demolition is sold to museum

Sep. 30, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

A historic New Hampshire mansion built by a wealthy industrialists has been saved from demolition by a last-minute sale to an art museum. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester had applied for a permit in June to demolish Chandler House in Manchester after being unable to sell it. But a bid to save the...

Models wear creations as part of the Francesco Liberatore 2021 women's spring-summer ready-to-wear collection during the Milan's fashion week in Milan, Italy, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Milan Fashion: Marni avenges lockdown with global video

Sep. 25, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week continued in disjointed, discombobulated style for the third day on Friday, veering from the physical to the digital, with an uneasy eye fixed on the economic damage wrought by coronavirus. Some highlights from Friday’s shows of mostly women's collection for...