Arts and collectibles auctions

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington shows a painting of Ivan the Terrible that was exhibited in art museum in Ukraine. The painting, stolen in World War II and found in a Connecticut home, is being returned to an art museum in Ukraine. Court records filed Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, by U.S. officials say the painting of Ivan the Terrible was scheduled to be auctioned by a couple in Ridgefield, Conn., last year when a Ukrainian museum intervened. The museum said the work was a 1911 oil painting that had been stolen during Nazi occupation. (U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington via AP)
December 22, 2018 - 4:29 pm
A painting that was stolen during World War II and later spent decades in a Connecticut home will be returned to an art museum in Ukraine, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The FBI seized the painting after a retired couple in Ridgefield transported it to Washington, D.C., to be auctioned...
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FILE - This undated file image provided by Profiles in History shows the best picture Academy Award for "Gentleman's Agreement." The best-picture Oscar for "Gentleman's Agreement," the 1947 film starring Gregory Peck that took on anti-Semitism, sold for $492,000, in a rare auction of Oscars that ended Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Lou Bustamante/Profiles in History via AP, File)
December 14, 2018 - 10:15 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One Academy Award trophy sold for nearly $500,000 and the second for well over $200,000 in a rare auction of Oscars that ended Friday in Los Angeles. A best-picture Oscar for "Gentleman's Agreement," the 1947 film starring Gregory Peck that took on anti-Semitism, sold for $492,...
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December 12, 2018 - 6:52 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An auction of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia has earned more than $1.6 million, including $120,000 paid for a touring version of the actress' iconic white dress from "The Seven Year Itch." Profiles in History on Wednesday morning announced the results of the "Essentially Marilyn"...
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Players from the Cardenales de Lara baseball team carry the caskets of teammates and former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo at a baseball stadium in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. The two were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday. Valbuena and Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object placed in the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account. (AP Photo/Nestor Vivas)
December 08, 2018 - 3:02 pm
BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of Venezuelans waited in lines outside a chapel in the state of Lara on Saturday, hoping to bid farewell to former major league baseball player Luis Valbuena, who was killed in a car accident along with teammate Jose Castillo. The corpse of Castillo was moved...
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The CCTV image provided by the Vienna police shows one of the three man who are suspected of stealing a renoir painting from an auction house in Vienna, Austria. The unknown thieves walked into the Dorotheum auction house, removed the painting from the wall and walked off with it Monday. (LPD Vienna via AP)
November 28, 2018 - 11:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — Three unknown men allegedly stole a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir from an auction house in Vienna, police said Wednesday. The thieves walked into the Dorotheum auction house on Monday and removed the painting from a wall in a room on the second floor where it...
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November 21, 2018 - 9:59 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Five hundred cows, two luxury cars, $10,000, two bikes, a boat and a few cell phones made up the final price in a heated bidding war for a child bride in South Sudan that went viral after the auction was pointed out on Facebook. It is the largest dowry ever paid in the...
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November 14, 2018 - 4:55 pm
GENEVA (AP) — A large, drop-shaped natural pearl pendant sold for a hammer price of $32 million at an auction of jewelry that once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, which Sotheby's is calling a record price for a pearl at auction. The "Queen Marie Antoinette's Pearl," a diamond-and-pearl...
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This undated photo released by the Kedem Auction House, shows a copy of a 1922 letter Albert Einstein wrote to his beloved younger sister, Maja. The previously unknown letter, brought forward by an anonymous collector, is set to go on auction next week in Jerusalem with an opening asking price of $12,000. In the handwritten letter, Einstein expressed fears of anti-Semitism long before Nazis’ rise. (Kedem Auction House via AP)
November 13, 2018 - 5:28 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — A handwritten letter written by Albert Einstein warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis rose to power has been sold for nearly $40,000. The Kedem Auction House says the previously unknown letter, brought forward by an anonymous...
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This image released by The Comisar Collection shows costumes worn by characters Captain Kirk and Spock from the "Star Trek" TV series, which are among 400 items from his memorabilia collection up for auction on Dec. 1. (The Comisar Collection via AP)
November 01, 2018 - 1:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A longtime TV memorabilia collector is putting props and costumes from "Batman," ''Star Trek" and other shows up for auction. James Comisar said 400 items from his collection will be for sale. That includes the Riddler's green jacket from the first episode of "Batman" and a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018 file photo exhaust pipes of a car are pictured in Berlin, Germany. The German government is putting pressure on the country’s automakers to fix diesel cars with excessive emissions, in a bid to placate drivers angered by the prospect of driving bans in major cities. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
October 24, 2018 - 10:10 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is putting pressure on the country's automakers to fix their diesel cars that have excessive emissions, in a bid to placate drivers angered by the prospect of diesel driving bans in major cities. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet agreed upon a series of measures...
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