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First Marvel Comics issue sells in Texas for $1.26 million

Nov. 21, 2019 4:37 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A rare near-mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book has sold at auction in Dallas for $1.26 million. Heritage Auctions says the Marvel Comics No. 1 from 1939 sold Thursday. Heritage says the buyer wished to remain anonymous. Ed Jaster, senior vice president at Heritage,...

Jewish group condemns Nazi auction in Germany

Nov. 20, 2019 7:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Jewish group condemned an auction of Nazi memorabilia in Germany on Wednesday that included items such as Adolf Hitler’s top hat, a silver-plated edition of his book “Mein Kampf” and a black cocktail dress owned by his long-time partner Eva Braun. “It’s...

Blade of glory: The mystery around a late president's sword

Nov. 6, 2019 1:32 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio sheriff wearing white gloves displayed a sword wielded in the American Revolution and by a future U.S. president in the War of 1812, and pledged Wednesday an exhaustive investigation to determine whether it's the one that disappeared from Cincinnati four decades ago. It's believed...

Olivia Newton-John's final 'Grease' ensemble fetches $405K

Nov. 3, 2019 2:34 PM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Two collectors said you're the one that I want to Olivia Newton-John's iconic "Grease" leather jacket and skintight pants at an auction Saturday in Beverly Hills. Julien's Auctions says the combined ensemble, which Newton-John's character Sandy wears in the closing number of...

Masterpiece found in French woman's kitchen sells for $26.6M

Oct. 27, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An old painting found in the kitchen of an elderly French woman, who considered it an icon of little importance, has made her a multimillionaire. The work, a masterpiece attributed to the 13th-century Italian painter Cimabue that was discovered earlier this year, sold for 24 million euros...

Hockney works, tribal baskets highlight love of Yosemite

Oct. 27, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Decades before Yosemite became a national park and mesmerized visitors like British artist David Hockney, it was simply the backyard garden of Native American basket weavers. "It was not a wilderness. It was a garden," said Dr. Ann Marshall, director of research at the Heard Museum in...

2 guilty in $1B fraud as feds auction Burt Reynolds Trans Am

Oct. 22, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two employees of a San Francisco Bay Area solar energy company pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in what federal prosecutors say was a massive scheme that defrauded investors of $1 billion. While the company's owners have not been charged, they agreed to let the government...

Ricky Williams' Heisman sells for auction-record $504,000

Oct. 18, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

The Heisman Trophy won by Ricky Wiliams in 1998 at Texas was sold at auction for $504,000, setting a record for college football's most recognizable award. The winning bid for the trophy in Heritage Auctions' Fall Sports Memorabilia Collectibles offerings exceeded the previous auction record for a Heisman set...

APNewsBreak: Wright-designed home sold for nearly $1.7M

Oct. 16, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona house that was the last home architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed before his death sold Wednesday for nearly $1.7 million. Out of nearly 20 bids at a public auction for the Norman Lykes House, the winning bid came from a man who lives out of state, Heritage Auctions told The...

Kurt Cobain's 'Unplugged' sweater, guitar, head to auction

Oct. 9, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The olive green cardigan that Kurt Cobain wore during Nirvana's MTV "Unplugged" performance and one of the late rocker's custom guitars are headed to auction. Julien's Auctions said Wednesday that the sweater and a custom Fender guitar built in 1993 that Cobain used during the band's In...