Neil Armstrong boot prototype sells for $49K at RR Auction 

The Apollo A7L lunar boot prototype made for astronaut Neil Armstrong sold for $49,000. RR Auction image

BOSTON – A prototype Apollo A7L lunar boot created for Neil Armstrong sold for $49,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction, which concluded the online auction Dec. 13.

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Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ watch commands $578,100 at Morphy’s

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s Dec. 5-6 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, which realized more than $4 million, had star power working in its favor. An 18K gold Rolex timepiece that had created a buzz in the watch-collecting community ever since its consignment was first announced soared to the top of prices realized when it sold for $578,100 (inclusive of buyer’s premium).

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‘Pink Legacy’ diamond sells for more than $50M, setting world record

Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewelry, selling the ‘Pink Legacy’ for a world record $50,375,000. Christie’s image

GENEVA (AP) – Christie’s sold the “Pink Legacy” diamond at auction Tuesday for more than $50 million including fees, saying it’s a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond.

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Sotheby’s reports third-quarter loss of $27.8M

Sotheby’s headquarters at York Avenue and 71st Street in Manhattan. Photo by Jim Henderson.

NEW YORK (AP) – Sotheby’s (BID) on Thursday reported a loss of $27.8 million in its third quarter.

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Iconic Stephen Hawking items, important papers headed to auction

Items from the Stephen Hawking auction. Image courtesy of Christie’s

LONDON (AP) – Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration and a global celebrity.

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Single bottles of wine sell for record prices at New York auction

Sotheby’s New York salesroom sold two rare bottles of wine for world record prices on Saturday. Sotheby’s image

NEW YORK – Two exceptional bottles of wine each broke the prior world auction record for a single bottle of wine of any size Saturday at Sotheby’s. The two bottles of Romanée Conti 1945 shattered the previous record when they sold for $558,000 and $496,000.

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Christie’s to offer important Albert Einstein letter Dec. 4

Albert Einstein (1879–1955), ‘The God Letter,’ autograph letter signed (‘A. Einstein’) to Eric Gutkind, Princeton, N.J., Jan. 3, 1954. Estimate: $1 million-$1.5 million. Christie’s images

NEW YORK – Christie’s will offer one of the most important manuscripts by the 20th century’s most famous thinker, Albert Einstein’s “God Letter” on Dec. 4. This letter, which is addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind, combines Einstein’s thoughts on religion, his Jewish identity, and his own search for meaning in life.

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Scholar’s Abe Lincoln collection fetches $300K at auction

Portrait of the beardless Abraham Lincoln as he appeared in June 1860, by John C. Wolfe, oil on board in a period wooden frame, circa 1860s. Price realized: $40,000. Image courtesy Swann Auction Galleries

NEW YORK (AP) – The sale of a prominent Abraham Lincoln scholar’s collection of material pertaining to the nation’s 16th president brought in nearly $300,000 at a New York City auction.

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Guernsey’s to sell contents of prominent Indiana family’s mansion

Asherwood in Carmel, Indiana. Guernsey’s image

NEW YORK – Guernsey’s will be conducting a monumental, unreserved auction of the contents of Asherwood, one of America’s most prominent homes, on Nov. 17 and 18, Carmel, Indiana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hake’s Americana changes name to Hake’s Auctions


YORK, Pa. – Hake’s Americana & Collectibles has changed the company name to Hake’s Auctions. The auction house, which has been in business for 51 years, is integrating the new name as they near the opening of their November auction.

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