Kraft Super Bowl ring brings in $1M for coronavirus relief

Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, which was auctioned for $1,025,000 to benefit coronavirus relief efforts. Image courtesy of Fanatics

BOSTON (AP) – One of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl rings put up for auction to raise funds for coronavirus relief has sold for more than $1 million.

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Michael Jordan sneakers sell for world record $560K

Michael Jordan’s game-worn autographed Nike Air Jordan 1s from 1985. Sotheby’s image

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s sold Michael Jordan’s Game-Worn Autographed Nike Air Jordan 1s from 1985 for $560,000 Sunday in an online auction – the new world auction record for any pair of sneakers.

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Julien’s to auction Kurt Cobain’s iconic MTV Unplugged guitar

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions, the world-record-breaking auction house to the stars, has announced that the guitar played by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s acclaimed MTV Unplugged in New York performance will be sold at their MUSIC ICONS event taking place on Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th, 2020 live in Beverly Hills, with absentee and online bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.
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Heritage to auction hoop on which Michael Jordan made iconic ‘Shot’ in 1989

The basket and backboard, at auction May 24, was rescued from Cleveland’s Richfield Coliseum before its demolition. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – “The Shot,” it’s called – that and nothing more. “Of all the famous buckets Michael Jordan sank,” Sports Illustrated recently noted, “only one of them is iconic enough to be known simply as ‘The Shot.’”

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Prince guitar, Beatles lyrics headliners at Julien’s

Prince’s custom-made 1984 blue Cloud guitar, adorned with the artist’s distinguishing love symbols on the neck and gold hardware. Julien’s image

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A guitar from Prince’s prime and some legendary Beatles lyrics sketched out by Paul McCartney are among the items going up for auction at a major music artifacts sale.

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Socked by virus, comic book industry tries to draw next page

Marvel’s The Avengers was one of the titles distributed on Free Comic Book Day last May. Image provided by Gemstone Comic Distributors

NEW YORK – The pandemic has transformed Christina Blanch, owner of Aw Yeah Comics, into a nightly TV host.

Nine times a week, Blanch leads a livestream from the store she lives above in Muncie, Indiana, to sell some comics and interact with regulars.

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First lady gifts frontline workers with collectible Easter eggs

Grouping of Clinton-era White House Easter eggs used at the Easter Egg Roll from (right to left) 1996-1999, respectively. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Alexander Historical Auctions

WASHINGTON (AP) – Melania Trump has been spreading some colorful Easter cheer to workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Clint Eastwood boxing glove on Trump’s gift list

Director Clint Eastwood on the set of the movie ‘Million Dollar Baby.’ Image courtesy of SMG Marketing and LiveAuctioneers

WASHINGTON (AP) – What world leader could resist a Million Dollar Baby boxing glove signed by director Clint Eastwood? Or a decoupage tray featuring a painting of President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort? Or how about a sports jersey?

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Beatles Shea Stadium poster sets world record 

The Beatles’ 1966 Shea Stadium New York concert poster set a world record Saturday when it sold for $137,500. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – A rare 1966 concert poster from The Beatles’ performance at New York’s Shea Stadium set a world record for the most expensive concert poster ever sold at public auction when it brought $137,500 to lead Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment Auction to $1.68 million on Saturday, April 4. The sale more than doubled its preauction estimate and boasted a sell-through rate of 96.5% by value sold.

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Comic book retailers adjust to virus’ impact on industry

The storefront of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, NJ, which retails comic books and other goods. Source: Flickr, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. Photo by Stinkie Pinkie, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – This month many comic book shops will not have a fresh crop of issues, which are released weekly, for the first time in recent memory — making purveyors of masked superheroes and illustrated stories the latest industry to face big changes due to the novel coronavirus.

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