Demanding 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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Palm Beach Modern Auctions launches Urban Culture division

Even five years ago, street art was bringing strong prices at Palm Beach Modern Auctions. The company sold this monumental work on canvas by Barry McGee (American, b. 1966-) to an Australian bidder in 2013 for $54,120. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA), a familiar name to international buyers of contemporary and modern art and design, has launched a new Urban Culture division.

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Prince white ‘Cloud’ guitar among items set for auction

Prince in concert, 1990, photo by jimieye from Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

NEW YORK (AP) – Ruffled, sparkly rock star outfits worn by Prince and one of his famous white “Cloud” guitars are among memorabilia of the late superstar up for auction May 18 to kick off a two-day “Music Icons” sale, Julien’s Auctions announced Monday.

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First Batman comic book emerges from original owner’s collection

Detective Comics #27, published May 1939 by DC Comics, features first appearance of ‘The Bat-Man.’ Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana

YORK, Pa. – An extremely rare and valuable example of Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of “The Bat-Man,” has emerged from a recently discovered Golden Age comic book collection. CGC-graded 5.0 (VG/Fine), the 1939 comic book will headline Hake’s Americana’s March 13-15 online-only auction. According to Hake’s president, Alex Winter, the pop-culture classic might sell for as much as $700,000.

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A 1962 Corvette was lifted out of the sinkhole on March 4. Image courtesy of Chevrolet.

From hole to whole: Museum staff restores damaged Corvette


A 1962 Corvette was lifted out of the sinkhole on March 4. Image courtesy of Chevrolet.

A 1962 Corvette was lifted out of the sinkhole on March 4, 2014. Photo by National Corvette Museum for Chevrolet

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) – As a teenager some 30 years ago, Daniel Decker started the journey that led to him playing the primary role in restoring a 1962 Corvette that soon will have a place of prominence at Bowling Green’s National Corvette Museum.

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Rockford team featured in ‘A League of Their Own’ turns 75

‘A League of Their Own’ baseball cap given to cast member Madonna. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – The northern Illinois city that had its women’s baseball team immortalized in the film A League of Their Own is celebrating the team’s 75th anniversary.

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Vrooom! 1951 Vincent motorcycle sets auction record at $929K

Bonhams auctioneer Malcolm Barber presides over the bidding on the 1951 Vincent Black Lightning that is now the world’s most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction. Image courtesy of Bonhams

LAS VEGAS, Nev. –  To the sound of cheers and applause in a packed ballroom at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a rare, original-condition, 1951 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle was auctioned by Bonhams yesterday for $929,000. The British-made, Australian speed-record-setting bike is now officially the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction. Bonhams now holds the distinction of having sold both the most expensive motorcycle and most expensive automobile at public auction. Read more

Optimism in Iraq fuels revived interest in classic cars

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door convertible, an American classic. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and VanDerBrink Auctions

BAGHDAD (AP) – When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had survived three years of war and upheaval.

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New exhibit celebrates 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Tahoe

Barney’s Casino Lake Tahoe cardboard advertising sign, circa 1960s. Image: LiveAuctioneers Archive and Victorian Casino/Morphy Auctions

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Weeks ahead of the opening of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, the El Dorado Arts Council has opened a new exhibition celebrating the 1960 Winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe.

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