Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ jersey fetches record $10.1m

A jersey worn by basketball icon Michael Jordan during the opening game of the 1998 NBA Finals has been sold for a record $10.1m (£8.8m). This is the most a piece of sporting memorabilia has fetched in history. Auction house Sotheby’s says the item drew “palpable excitement” from sports fans and collectors. It was reminiscent of a sporting season – chronicled in Netflix documentary The Last Dance – which saw Jordan winning his sixth and final NBA title. On Thursday, Sotheby’s said Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey attracted a total of 20 bids. Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectables, Brahm … Continue reading Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ jersey fetches record $10.1m

Ancient dinosaur skeleton sells for $6m at auction

A rare ancient dinosaur skeleton has been sold in the US to an unknown buyer for just over $6m (£5m). It was offered up by Sotheby’s and sold at the firm’s natural history auction in New York City on Thursday. The fossil is that of a Gorgosaurus – a distant relative of the infamous and deadly Tyrannosaurus rex – that was discovered in 2018. The anonymous buyer will have the unique opportunity to bestow a nickname on the one-time apex predator. The sale is the second-ever of a fossilised dinosaur skeleton auctioned by Sotheby’s. The first, a T-rex nicknamed Sue, … Continue reading Ancient dinosaur skeleton sells for $6m at auction

Francis Bacon portrait of Lucian Freud sells for £43 million

A Francis Bacon painting of Lucian Freud has sold for a record-breaking £43.4 million at auction.‘Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud’ by Francis Bacon The work, Study For Portrait Of Lucian Freud, had not been seen in public for almost 60 years and was owned by the same person – described by Sotheby’s as a “distinguished European collector” for four decades. It was originally estimated to make £35 million before it went under the hammer at the auction house, The artwork was painted by Bacon in 1964 and based on a photograph of his contemporary and great friend Freud, taken in the same … Continue reading Francis Bacon portrait of Lucian Freud sells for £43 million

Russian journalist sells Nobel Prize for over 100m dollars to help Ukraine

The Nobel Peace Prize that Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctioned off to raise money for Ukraine’s child refugees has sold for 103.5 million dollars (£84.5m), shattering the old record for a Nobel. Previously, the most ever paid for a Nobel Prize medal was in 2014, when James Watson, whose co-discovery of the structure of DNA earned him a Nobel Prize in 1962, sold his medal for 4.76m (£3.9m) dollars.Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov Mr Muratov, who was awarded the gold medal in October 2021, helped found the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and was the publication’s editor-in-chief when it … Continue reading Russian journalist sells Nobel Prize for over 100m dollars to help Ukraine

Rare Chinese vase sells for £1.5 million after being spotted in kitchen

An extremely rare 18th century Chinese vase made for an emperor which was bought by a surgeon in England for a few hundred pounds in the 1980s has sold at auction for almost £1.5 million. The 60cm blue-glazed, silver and gilt vase, decorated with cranes and bats was created for the court of the Qianlong Emperor in the 1700s. The vase passed from the original owner to his son, who put it in his kitchen where a visiting antiques specialist spotted it and realized its true value. Berkshire-based Dreweatts Auctioneers had estimated its value at between £100,000-£150,000, but on Wednesday the piece … Continue reading Rare Chinese vase sells for £1.5 million after being spotted in kitchen

Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe painting sold for record-breaking $195m

An iconic painting of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol has been auctioned for $195m (£158.17m) – making it the most expensive piece of 20th Century art ever sold. The painting, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, was painted by Warhol in 1964 using a famous photograph as inspiration. The amount is also the highest ever paid for an American work of art. The Christie’s auction in New York was widely seen as a symbol of the luxury art market’s health. Ahead of the auction, Christie’s wrote that the painting is “one of the rarest and most transcendent images in existence”, with a … Continue reading Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe painting sold for record-breaking $195m

Chinese emperor’s four-inch soapstone seal sells for record HK$180m

It was given the stamp of approval by art and history experts and has now fetched a world record HK$180 million at auction. A 4in-high Chinese seal, used to stamp paintings as a sign of the emperor’s approval – reached three times the expected price in Hongkong. The 18th century soapstone seal, which was carved to depict a lion-like mythical beast, features a Chinese inscription saying “Treasure admired by his Majesty the Qianlong Emperor”. Seals formed an important part of the stationery at the Qing palace in imperial China. The soapstone seal was part of an art collection amassed by London-based former … Continue reading Chinese emperor’s four-inch soapstone seal sells for record HK$180m

World’s biggest bottle of whisky to go under the hammer

The world’s largest bottle of Scotch whisky, taller than most men and filled with a record breaking 311 litres of 32-year-old Macallan, is to go under the hammer. When it goes on sale at Edinburgh-based Lyon & Turnbull next month, containing the equivalent of 444 standard bottles, it is hoped The Intrepid will smash through the 1.9-million dollars (£1.5 million) mark and become the most expensive ever sold. Colin Fraser, of Lyon & Turnbull, who will lead the auction, said: “I’m sure there will be significant global interest in the auction of The Intrepid, a unique collection spearheaded by the … Continue reading World’s biggest bottle of whisky to go under the hammer

Captain America first comic sells for $3.1 million

The first comic book ever to feature Captain America just sold at auction for a near-record price. The winning bid for “Captain America Comics No. 1” came in Thursday at a whopping $3.1 million … which is not far off from the $3.6 million someone shelled out in 2014 for the first comic with Spider-Man. The comic book, which introduced fans to Captain America and his trusty sidekick, Bucky, was published way back in 1941 … and this one was in near mint condition. The issue, sold through Heritage Auctions, is 45 pages and the cover features imagery of Captain … Continue reading Captain America first comic sells for $3.1 million

Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt for sale with an estimated value of $5.2m

The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the controversial “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup is for sale for the first time. Auctioneer Sotheby’s said that the jersey could fetch more than 4 million pounds ($5.2 million) in an online auction that opens April 20. It was the best of moments – or the worst of moments – in soccer history, and now sports fans with deep pockets can own a piece of it. The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the controversial “Hand of God” goal against England in the … Continue reading Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt for sale with an estimated value of $5.2m

Distasteful & Disgusting: Note announcing murdered Italy PM’s abduction sold at auction

A note claiming responsibility for the abduction of Italian ex-PM Aldo Moro has been auctioned despite accusations that the sale was in poor taste. Moro was kidnapped in 1978 by the communist guerrilla group, Red Brigades, who accused him of complicity with “imperialist” powers in the two-page flyer. He was later murdered by the group. Rome’s Bertolami auction house sold the document for €26,000 (£21,700) on Thursday. The price was significantly above the note’s initial valuation, which ranged from €1,300 to €1,700. Printed on a letterhead bearing the Red Brigade’s logo, the document states that “an armed cell of the … Continue reading Distasteful & Disgusting: Note announcing murdered Italy PM’s abduction sold at auction

Expensive Mistake: Bored Ape NFT accidentally sells for $3,000 instead of $300,000

An in-demand non-fungible token (NFT) has been accidentally sold for a little more than $3,000 (£2,270) – one-hundredth of its market price. The Bored Ape Yacht Club is limited run of 10,000 pieces of digital art, each with minor variations. But the owner of Bored Ape number 3,547 made a “fat fingered” typing error when listing the item for sale online. The NFT was instantly snapped up by an automated account – and put back on sale at nearly $250,000. The seller, maxnaut, told CNet he had meant to list Bored Ape number 3,547 for sale at 75 ethereum (ETH), the crypto-currency … Continue reading Expensive Mistake: Bored Ape NFT accidentally sells for $3,000 instead of $300,000