Whether you bid online or live at a gallery, the gavel rules, and it pays to be prepared before raising your paddle.

KKK robe turns up during Baltimore auctioneer’s house call

Whether you bid online or live at a gallery, the gavel rules, and it pays to be prepared before raising your paddle.

Gavel typical of those used by auctioneers when presiding over sales

BALTIMORE (AP) – David Allen, owner of A&M Auctioneers and Appraisers, never quite knows what’s going to turn up from the old homes and shops of the Eastern Shore.

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Man who died in Yellowstone was looking for buried treasure

Topographical map of Yellowstone National Park showing mountain ranges

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels that has inspired thousands to hunt in vain across remote corners of the Western U.S., according to a report by park authorities.

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Original Picasso print stolen from Milwaukee art gallery


Have you seen this Picasso print? If so, DeLind Fine Art Appraisals in Milwaukee would appreciate hearing from you. The artwork was stolen from the gallery in broad daylight. Image: DeLind Fine Art Appraisals Ltd.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – An original Pablo Picasso print worth up to an estimated $50,000 has been reported stolen from a downtown Milwaukee art gallery.

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Challenging pursuit: Apple’s Steve Jobs rarely signed autographs

Steve Jobs signed this newspaper article that appeared in the June 10, 2008, edition of the Palo Alto Daily Post, which covered Apple’s Annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. PSA/DNA image

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – When it comes to collecting autographs, it’s never easy finding documents previously signed by the dearly departed. Unless, of course, you have enough disposable income and can pay top dollar when these rarities come up for auction. Or, better yet, you were astute enough to land their scrawls before they exited this world. Such is the case for autograph collectors chasing the scarce signature of late Apple Computer co-founder and iPhone visionary Steve Jobs, who died in 2011 following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old.

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David Bowie photo exhibition planned for 3 locations

NEW YORK – “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” This quote, delivered by David Bowie at Madison Square Garden on his 50th birthday, is an apt description of the twists and turns of his influential career. A true chameleon of the stage, Bowie blazed his way across the universe of rock, continually reinventing himself and shifting into new looks and personas. A renaissance singer, songwriter, and performer, he shattered all norms and boundaries, forever changing the music and film scene before his untimely passing in 2016.

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FBI: Partygoer stole terracotta warrior’s thumb at museum party

Terracotta soldier with horse, unrelated to statues that were displayed at the Franklin Institute. Public domain image

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Federal authorities say a Delaware man snapped a selfie before stealing part of a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum.

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Oldest house in Tampa area moved, with help from Google

Oldest house in Tampa tri-county area. Copyrighted image courtesy of Google Inc.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – How do you move the oldest house in the three-county area of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco? Very carefully. Also very slowly, in pieces, and with the help of Google.

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Norman Rockwell’s sons withdraw from lawsuit against museum

Norman Rockwell, Shuffleton Barbershop, 1950. Image obtained via Wikiart.org, Fair use of copyrighted image under terms of US copyright law

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Norman Rockwell’s three sons have withdrawn from a lawsuit against a Massachusetts museum that wants to sell one of their father’s paintings.

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Experts: Underwater archaeology site imperiled in Mexico’s Yucatan

Grand Cenote, Sistema Sac Actun, Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Photo by anjci, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world.

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Transatlantic crossing: historical American desk turns up in UK auction

Extremely rare American 18th-century bureau/desk, Chippendale period, mahogany with secondary poplar, ball-and-claw feet, original brass escutcheons. Provenance: By repute, formerly the property of US Secretary of the Treasury, NY Governor and Civil War (Union) Major General John Adams Dix (1798-1879). Est. $28,000-$42,000

EPPING, U.K. – Although no one knows exactly how or when it made its way across the Atlantic, a very rare 18th-century American bureau/desk has emerged as the furniture highlight of a February 28 Greater London auction.

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