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Soviet-era ‘moon rocks’ sell for $855,000 at New York auction

Three fragments of rocks retrieved from the moon by a Soviet space mission in 1970 were sold for $855,000 at a New York auction on Thursday. Sotheby’s auction house said the “moon rocks” are the only known documented lunar matter in private hands. They were offered for sale by an unidentified private American collector who purchased them at auction in 1993 for $442,500. Sotheby’s said the buyer on Thursday was another private American collector, but the name was not disclosed. Read More: NASA chooses nine companies to…

Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ tour jacket sold at auction

Michael Jackson’s iconic black “Bad” jacket, which he wore on his first solo tour, sold for $298,000 late Saturday, about three times its original asking price, at a New York auction which featured items from music legends Prince, Madonna, John Lennon and others, officials announced. Julien’s Auctions had an original asking price of $100,000 for the jacket that Jackson signed on the back with a silver permanent marker and was worn throughout the singer’s “Bad” world concert tour from 1987-89. It is one of the late…

Stephen Hawking’s thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

LONDON: A motorized wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for almost 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity. Famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe, Hawking died in March at the age of 76 after spending most of his life confined to a wheelchair with motor neurone disease. Some of his belongings including essays, medals, awards and a copy of his book a “Brief History of Time”…

42 remaining govt vehicles to be auctioned on Nov 15

ISLAMABAD: As part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity drive, the 42 remaining government vehicles will be auctioned on November 15. According to a statement, the fifth phase of auction of the 42 remaining government vehicles will be conducted by Model Customs Collectorate, Islamabad on November, 15, (Thursday) at 11:00 am at Islamabad Dryport. The vehicles can be inspected on Nov 15 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The vehicles to be auctioned include bullet proof vehicles: BMW(760Li)2014 (Qty 3), BMW(X5)2016 (Qty 2),…

Another 49 vehicles of PM House will be auctioned today

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led federal government is set to auction off remaining 49 vehicles of the Prime Minister House in the second phase. The auction process will begin today at 11:00am at the PM House. The vehicles up for the auction include 19 bullet-proof cars. On Sep 18, 61 of the 102 luxury and surplus vehicles parked on the lawns of PM House were auctioned off at a ceremony attended by bidders. During the first phase, the vehicles that were auctioned off included eight BMWs, three cars of…

76 vehicles of NHA to be auctioned following austerity drive

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Communication has decided to auction off its vehicles as a part of Prime Minister Imran Khan's austerity drive. In the first phase starting in Islamabad today, 76 vehicles of National Highway Authority (NHA) will be auctioned off. In the next phase, the vehicles will be auctioned in Karachi and Quetta. A total of 276 vehicles will be sold out. On Sep 18, 61 of the 102 luxury and surplus vehicles parked on the lawns of PM House were auctioned off at a ceremony attended by bidders. During…

National Assembly’s surplus vehicles to be auctioned on Oct 24

ISLAMABAD: As part of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) austerity campaign, Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser has announced to auction off the assembly’s surplus vehicles. As per details, six used cars and one motorcycle would be auctioned off on October 24. These vehicles will be available for examination from 11am to 1pm on the day. On Sep 18, 61 of the 102 luxury and surplus vehicles parked on the lawns of PM House were auctioned off at a ceremony attended by bidders. During the first phase,…

Rare 1932 ‘The Mummy’ film poster poised to hit record $1 million at auction

NEW YORK: A rare, original poster from the Boris Karloff horror classic, “The Mummy,” is expected to sell for over $1 million, a record price for a film poster, Sotheby’s said on Thursday. One of only three known surviving examples of the original lithographic poster from the 1932 film, the piece set a film poster record more than 20 years ago when it fetched $453,500. The auction house expects it to sell for $1 million to $1.5 million, breaking the auction record for a film poster of $525,800 set in 2017 by a poster…

Dar’s Lahore residence, accounts’ money handed over to provincial govt

ISLAMABAD: The residence in Lahore owned by former finance minister Ishaq Dar and the money deposited in his bank accounts have been given under the custody of Punjab government, the report of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) read. An accountability court took up the case of disproportionate assets to the known sources of income against Ishaq Dar, where NAB prosecutor Imran Shafique submitted a report on the status of auctioning Dar's assets on the directives of the court. The report apprised accountability…