LONDON: A defining portrait of England’s queen Elizabeth I has been bought for the nation, auctioneers said Friday, after thousands of donations to a fundraising campaign to keep the painting in Britain.
NEW YORK: A jockstrap worn by boxer Joe Frazier when he defeated Muhammad Ali for the combined heavyweight title hit the auction block on Monday, along with the gloves Ali wore in that 1971 bout dubbed the “Fight of the Century.”
TOKYO: A bunch of grapes in Japan sold for $10,900, a record price for the variety in the fruit-obsessed nation where the produce can be a huge status symbol.
LONDON: The world’s largest uncut diamond failed to sell at auction in London on Wednesday after the bids fell short of the reserve price The Lesedi La Rona, a 1,109-carat, tennis ball-sized gem found in Botswana, had been predicted to sell for over $70 million.
GENEVA: Elvis Presley’s gun licence, reported to be the only original document that includes all the legendary singer’s fingerprints, will be auctioned in Switzerland in July.
DUBAI: A car registration plate bearing just the number one fetched $4.9 million at auction in the United Arab Emirates, press reports said on Sunday.
HONG KONG: A green diamond sold for $16.8 million at a Hong Kong auction on Tuesday, setting two world records, Christie’s said.
HONG KONG: A diamond-encrusted crocodile-skin Hermes handbag with white gold details has broken the record for the world’s most expensive ever sold at auction, fetching nearly $300,000 at a Hong Kong sale.
CULVER CITY, USA: Feel like slipping between the floral bedsheets on which Don Draper had a threesome? Fancy taking a spin in his convertible or popping the question with Betty’s “silver-colored” engagement ring?
NEW YORK: Two documents signed by Abraham Lincoln in his drive to abolish slavery in the 19th century have sold for more than $4.5 million in New York.