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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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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Trove of author Ray Bradbury’s papers set for preservation

Ray Bradbury (American, 1920-2012), Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First edition. Sold by Heritage Auctions in 2014 for $14,000 + buyer’s premium. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Heritage Auctions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Ray Bradbury won over generations of readers to science fiction with “Fahrenheit 451” and other works during a writing career that spanned much of the 20th century and produced a mountain of manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia.

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Nebraska collector enamored with antique gas pumps

Rare Refiners gas pump globe, original condition. Image courtesy of Archive and Mecum Auctions

OSMOND, Neb. (AP) – Along with being an auto repair owner, Adam Rice has a hobby that keeps him busy in his spare time. He restores antique gas pumps.

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Detroit museum to host ‘Star Wars’ costume exhibit

Visitors to the exhibition can explore the artistry of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, including Darth Vader (above) Queen Amidala, Chewbacca, X-wing pilots, Rey, and droids, including C-3PO and R2-D2. Image courtesy Detroit Institute of Arts

DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Institute of Arts is preparing to host a traveling exhibition of Star Wars costumes that explores the artistry behind their creation.

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Royal wedding commemorative china unveiled

The official range of commemorative china to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle has gone on sale. The exclusive design in white and cornflower blue has a monogram of the couple’s initials at its center, tied together with white ribbons and surmounted by the coronet of Prince Harry. The decorative border of each piece is inspired by the ironwork of the 13th-century Gilebertus door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where the wedding will take place on May 19, 2018. Image courtesy of the Royal Collection Trust

LONDON (AP) – Fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can start building their collections of royal wedding memorabilia now. The approved commemorative china marking the couple’s May 19 wedding went on sale Friday.

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Giant Coca-Cola bottles to mark Terre Haute origin

A Coca-Cola advertisement from 1943 on a building in Minden, Louisiana. Image by Billy Hathorn. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – A western Indiana city is unveiling more than two dozen oversized Coca-Cola bottles for a public art project honoring its link to the uniquely shaped container.

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Family that found 7 baseball cards worth millions finds 8th

The eighth tobacco card depicting baseball legend Ty Cobb discovered in the home of a lucky family’s great-grandfather. Image courtesy of PSA

LOS ANGELES (AP) – What could be better than becoming a millionaire after finding seven vintage baseball cards while cleaning out your late great-grandfather’s house?

How about finding an eighth?

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Einstein family letters, photos to be auctioned online in May

Five-year-old Albert Einstein (1879-1955) photographed in a Munich studio circa 1884. Estimate: £4,000-£6,000. Christie’s image

LONDON – Christie’s will present Einstein and Family: Letters and Portraits, an online auction open for bidding from May 2 to 9.

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