Arts and collectibles auctions

Sean Penn arrives at the 2018 Sean Penn J/P Haitian Relief Organization Gala at Milk Studios on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
January 07, 2018 - 12:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio used the eighth annual benefit for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization to publicly praise each other's philanthropic work. DiCaprio was the guest of honor at the $5,000-a-plate dinner Saturday night at Milk Studios, which raised nearly $4 million...
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Workers of wholesaler Yamayuki cut the 405 kilogram (892-pound) bluefin tuna that they bought at the first auction of the year, near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The huge bluefin tuna has sold for 36.5 million yen ($320,000) in what may really be Tsukiji market's last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo, local media reports said Friday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
January 04, 2018 - 9:14 pm
TOKYO (AP) — An 892 pound (405 kilogram) bluefin tuna has sold for 36.5 million yen ($320,000) in what may really be Tsukiji market's last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo, local media reports said Friday. The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction was...
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This undated image provided by the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia shows a 1784 oil-on-canvas work by French painter Hubert Robert titled "The Tomb of Virgil at Posilipo, near Naples." The painting is one of 46 artworks that La Salle University in Philadelphia announced Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, it will sell through Christie's auction house to help fund the Roman Catholic university's five-year plan. A university spokeswoman says the sale, tentatively set to begin in March 2018, could bring between $4 million and $7 million, and possibly much more. (Jack Ramsdale/La Salle University Art Museum via AP)
January 03, 2018 - 3:03 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — La Salle University is selling 46 pieces of art from its museum collection to help the Philadelphia school fund its five-year plan. A spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic university says the sale could bring $4 million to $7 million, and possibly much more. Christie's auction...
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This Dec. 22, 2017, photo shows part of a letter in Biddeford, Maine,,written by Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams the day after he crash-landed his airplane during the Korean War. Thirty-eight letters from Williams to his girlfriend at the time are going to be auctioned on Jan. 3, 2018, at Saco River Auction in Biddeford. (AP Photo/David Sharp)
December 27, 2017 - 11:15 am
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Thirty-eight letters penned by Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams, including one in which he described crash-landing a fighter jet with "holes all over" it, are going up for auction. The letters written to his mistress show another side to Williams, who played for the...
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In this June 24, 2017 photo provided by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, ivory products are on sale with price tags, at an antiques fairs in Tokyo. A conservation group says Japan’s lax controls over its domestic stock of ivory are encouraging illegal exports to other countries and undermining efforts to end trafficking in elephant tusks. A report supported by the World Wildlife Fund said researchers found antiques companies were buying a large number of elephant tusks that are not registered as required by law. Hundreds of ivory items are being sold by e-commerce sites, often to visitors from other Asian countries such as China. (TRAFFIC via AP)
December 20, 2017 - 3:28 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's lax controls over its domestic stock of ivory are encouraging illegal exports to other countries and undermining efforts to end trafficking in elephant tusks, a report said Wednesday. The report, compiled with support by the World Wildlife Fund, said researchers found antique...
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This undated photo provided by Custer State Park shows burros walking in the park prior to a late season wildfire there. Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned by the wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The park reported that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were reported missing and feared dead in the wildfire. (Kobee Stalder/Custer State Park via AP)
December 16, 2017 - 8:44 pm
Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday. The park reported Saturday morning that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017 file photo, is an overview of the Presidio Terrace neighborhood in San Francisco. Wealthy homeowners whose private, gated and very exclusive San Francisco street was auctioned off after decades of unpaid taxes are asking supervisors to undo the sale Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, prompting cries of elitism in a city obsessed with property and fairness. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
November 28, 2017 - 9:24 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the sale of a private street in San Francisco (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Supervisors rescinded the sale of a private San Francisco street where residents had failed to pay taxes for two decades, opening the way for an investor to buy it for $90,000. The vote was...
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Bidding representatives react after Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" sold for $400 million at Christie's, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
November 16, 2017 - 1:37 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately. The painting, "Salvator Mundi," Latin for "Savior of the World," is one...
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This photo shows a detail of a watercolor panorama of a Continental Army encampment that features the only known wartime depiction of George Washington's headquarters tent, his command center throughout the war, in Philadelphia. The tent is also the marquee exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution, which opened in April in Philadelphia. (Courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution via AP)
November 15, 2017 - 11:58 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philip Mead was online late one night in May, looking for possible artifacts from the American Revolution, when a painting up for auction caught his eye and got his heart racing. The chief historian at the American Revolution Museum had spied an unsigned watercolor from 1782. It...
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November 12, 2017 - 10:31 am
DALLAS (AP) — A guitar played by Bob Dylan at notable concerts in 1970s has sold at auction for nearly $400,000. Heritage Auctions in Dallas says a buyer requesting anonymity paid $396,500 Saturday for the singer-songwriter's 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar. The company says Dylan played the...
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