Former NYC DA office employee admits to embezzling $440K

NEW YORK (AP) – A former employee of a New York City district attorney’s office has admitted to embezzling over $440,000 from the agency and spending it on personal purchases.

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Western classic ‘Shane’ a first at PBA Galleries auction May 3

First printing in a rare proof dust jacket of the Western classic ‘Shane’ by Jack Schaefer. PBA Galleries image

SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, May 3, PBA Galleries will offer Jack Schaefer’s Western classic Shane, the first edition, in a rare variant proof of the dust jacket. Also in the auction, will be over 500 lots of important and interesting literature from the 17th to 21st centuries, from early poetry, plays and picaresque novels to Avant Garde and counterculture writings of modern times. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Palace unveils collectibles commemorating new royal baby

Selection of items honoring the birth of the new royal baby, son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Courtesy of The Royal Collection

LONDON – Buckingham Palace has commissioned an exclusive range of collectibles to celebrate the birth of the new royal baby, the third child and second son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, born on Monday, April 23, 2018.

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LiveAuctioneers bidder wins classic VW Beetle at RM Auctions

This 1979 Volkswagen Cabriolet sold within estimate to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $22,400. RM Auctions image

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – RM Auctions returned to Florida the weekend of April 6-7 April for the company’s 16th annual Fort Lauderdale sale, where the auction house achieved $19.1 million in total sales and a strong 76 percent of all lots found new homes. The total included noteworthy items purchased by bidders using LiveAuctioneers online.

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Encore: From broken china to custom jewelry

Dazzling earrings crafted from an English Royal Albert bone china plate, surrounded by brilliant Swarovski crystals

FRANKLIN, Mass. – For most people an antique china plate, cup or saucer that’s been chipped, cracked or broken might be trash. But to Mary-Ann Wood it’s treasure. Wood is the owner of a business called DinnerWear Jewelry that uses designs cut from these fractured unfortunates and turns them into unique costume jewelry pieces, mostly necklaces, earrings, lariats and brooches.

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Converse Auctions to cap off online Chinese arts auction May 4

Important 15th century bronze gold and silver Buddha. Converse Auctions image

MALVERN, Pa. – More than 300 hand-selected Chinese antiques are up for bid in Converse Auctions’ internet-only Important Spring Chinese Auction on May 4. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Slotin Auction presents who’s who of self-taught art April 28-29


Purvis Young, ‘Black and White Horses,’ signed. Paint on large found board with mixed media artist-made frame. Excellent condition. 96 in. wide x 48 in. high. Estimate: $5,000-8,000. Slotin Auction image

BUFORD, Ga. – Slotin Auction, whichg specializes in self-taught art, is also the premier auction house for bringing the strange, the unusual and the vanishing America to the block. Slotin’s April 28-29 sale is sure to pique the interest of any collector looking for exceptional examples by important artists as well as fantastic new discoveries. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Former volunteer charged with stealing from Missouri museum

Pettis County Museum, image courtesy of Pettis County Historical Society & Museum Facebook page

SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) – A former volunteer at a small Missouri museum has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of Civil War and World War I artifacts.

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Mint ’52 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for $2.88M

The iconic 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 baseball card sold Thursday for $2.88 million. Image courtesy PSA

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif – A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 baseball card, graded Mint 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator, sold for a new Mantle card record of $2.88 million at auction on April 19. The auction, conducted by Heritage Auctions, had a total of 21 bids placed on the much-publicized Mantle lot.

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Marvel superheroes show opens at Seattle’s MoPOP museum

Captain America costume worn by Chris Evans in the Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron (2012). Photo by Jonathan Pulley, courtesy of Museum of Pop Culture

SEATTLE (AP) – Marvel superheroes are gathering in Seattle. The Museum of Pop Culture, MoPOP, is opening an exhibit exploring eight decades of heroes created by Marvel Entertainment.

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