Albert Einstein relativity document sells for record €11m

A manuscript with calculations made by Albert Einstein as he attempted to formulate his theory of relativity has sold at auction for €11m (£9.7m, $13m). The sale at Christie’s auction house in Paris broke the record for an autographed scientific document. It is one of just two papers that show the theoretical physicist’s workings on his great scientific breakthrough. The theory, published in 1915, transformed humankind’s understanding of space, time and gravity. The manuscript of calculations was penned between 1913 and 1914 by Einstein and his Swiss colleague Michele Besso, who kept hold of the document. Christie’s auction house praised … Continue reading Albert Einstein relativity document sells for record €11m

Harry and Linda Macklowe’s artworks fetch over $676m at Sotheby’s

Nearly three years after the high-profile divorce proceedings of New York real estate developer Harry Macklowe and his wife, Linda, a portion of their art collection has smashed estimates to sell for over $676 million. An initial batch of 35 artworks went under the hammer Monday, including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly. A work by abstract painter Mark Rothko fetched $82.5 million while Jackson Pollock’s “Number 17, 1951” sold for over $61 million to set a new record for the artist’s work. “It’s a collection that has never been moved (or) touched,” said Grégoire Billault, chairman … Continue reading Harry and Linda Macklowe’s artworks fetch over $676m at Sotheby’s

Apple’s original computer fetches $400,000 at US auction

An original Apple computer built by firm co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in 1976 has fetched $400,000 (£294,990) at auction in the US. The rare Hawaiian koa wood-cased Apple-1 – still functioning – is one of only 200 made and sold in kit form. The computer has only had two owners, a college professor and his student to whom he sold the machine for $650, said John Moran Auctioneers in California. The sale included user manuals and Apple software on two cassette tapes. “This is kind of the holy grail for vintage electronics and computer tech collectors,” Apple-1 expert … Continue reading Apple’s original computer fetches $400,000 at US auction

Michael Jordan’s trainers sell for record $1.47m at auction

A pair of trainers worn by the US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record $1.47m (£1.1m) at auction. Jordan used the pair of red and white Nike Air Ships during his first season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984. That was the year he and Nike began their collaboration to create his signature brand of clothes and shoes. The price is the highest ever paid for game-worn footwear from any sport. Jordan is seen by many as the best player in the history of basketball. The shooting guard, who spent most of his career with the Chicago … Continue reading Michael Jordan’s trainers sell for record $1.47m at auction

Rare Mughal era spectacles to be auctioned by Sotheby’s

A pair of rare diamond and emerald spectacles from an unknown Indian princely treasury will be sold at an auction in London later this month. The lenses were placed in the Mughal-era frames around 1890, according to auction house Sotheby’s. The spectacles will be offered at auction for £1.5m-2.5m ($2m-$3.4m) each, the auction house said. Ahead of the sale, they will be exhibited in October for the first time in Hong Kong and London. “These extraordinary curiosities bring together myriad threads – from the technical mastery of the cutter and the genius of craftsmanship to the vision of a patron … Continue reading Rare Mughal era spectacles to be auctioned by Sotheby’s

Rare 16th century Italian dish discovered in a drawer sells for $1.7 million

An “incredibly rare” 16th century dish depicting the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah, which was discovered tucked away in a drawer, has sold at auction for more than $1.7 million,10 times its original estimate.The dish, which had been tucked away in a drawer in a Scottish country house, sold for over $1.7million. The plate, which measures 27 centimeters (11 inches) in diameter, is believed to have been made by Nicola da Urbino around 1520-23. The maiolica, tin-glazed Italian earthenware, originally expected to fetch between £80,000 and £120,000 ($109,000 and $163,000), but ended up selling for a record-breaking £1,263,000 ($1,721,000) … Continue reading Rare 16th century Italian dish discovered in a drawer sells for $1.7 million

Rare copy of US Constitution could fetch $20M at Sotheby’s

An exceptionally rare first-edition printed copy of the US constitution is going on sale in New York, with Sotheby’s auction house expecting bids up to $20 million.A page of the first printing of the United States Constitution is displayed at the offices of Sotheby’s auction house in New York on September 17, 2021. It is one of just 11 surviving copies and the last in private hands, from the first printing of the document’s final text, produced for delegates of the 1787 Constitutional Convention and Continental Congress. Drafted during secret meetings in Philadelphia, the US Constitution laid the foundation for American democracy … Continue reading Rare copy of US Constitution could fetch $20M at Sotheby’s

Rare Harry Potter book sells for £80k at Leyburn auction

A rare first edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in “exceptional condition” has sold for a magic £80,000 at auction. The book was one of 500 hardback copies printed in its first run in 1997 and bought from a Nottingham bookshop. On the book’s copyright page, the world famous author is credited simply as “Joanne Rowling”. Auctioneers Tennants, of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, had estimated the volume would sell for about £20,000-£30,000. The £80,000 price ticket for the “exceptional copy, first edition, first impression, case-bound issue” sold on Wednesday excludes the buyer’s premium, said the auctioneers. Tennants … Continue reading Rare Harry Potter book sells for £80k at Leyburn auction

Mystery buyer spends $12.3m on a diamond and pays in cryptocurrency

A 101-carat diamond has become the most expensive jewel ever purchased with cryptocurrency, according to Sotheby’s, the auction house behind the sale. The pear-shaped gemstone sold Friday for the equivalent of $12.3 million, after the auctioneer announced it was accepting offers in bitcoin and ethereum, in addition to traditional forms of payment. Sotheby’s would not disclose which of the two cryptocurrencies had been used to make the purchase. The diamond, dubbed “The Key 10138,” went to an “anonymous private collector,” according to a press release. In a press statement, Sotheby’s deputy chairman for jewelery in Asia, Wenhao Yu, said the sale … Continue reading Mystery buyer spends $12.3m on a diamond and pays in cryptocurrency

A sealed copy of Super Mario 64 just sold at auction for $1.5 million

A copy of Mario 64 floating in front of a lot of money. Today, a highly rated and completely sealed copy of the Nintendo 64 classic Super Mario 64 sold at auction for a jaw-dropping $1,560,000. This beats the previous record for a single video game auction, which was held by an ultra-rare copy of The Legend Zelda and was set just a few days ago. That rare game sold for an impressive sale price of $870,000 on July 9. Auctioned off through popular auction house Heritage Auctions, this copy of Super Mario 64 was given a 9.8 rating on the Wata scale. As a result of … Continue reading A sealed copy of Super Mario 64 just sold at auction for $1.5 million

Chinese liquor fetches $1.4 million at auction at Sotheby

A rare case of China’s fiery national liquor has sold for more than $1 million, more than five times what experts had estimated it would fetch.The rare 1974 “Sun Flower” Kweichow Moutai sold at auction by Sotheby’s this month. Sotheby’s announced on Friday that it had sold a crate of the beloved spirit, Kweichow Moutai, for an eye-popping £1 million (almost $1.4 million) in London. That’s the highest price ever paid at an auction for a single lot of Moutai outside China, according to the auction house. It said the winning bid had come from an Asian collector, thought it did not … Continue reading Chinese liquor fetches $1.4 million at auction at Sotheby

US Double Eagle gold coin sold for record $18.9m

A 1933 US gold coin has been sold at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City for a record $18.9m (£13.4m). With a face value of $20, the Double Eagle was the last gold coin produced for intended circulation in America. But it was never issued as President Franklin D Roosevelt withdrew the US from the gold standard, in an effort to lift the country from depression. Most of the coins were then destroyed and declared illegal to own – with the exception of the one sold on Tuesday. It had belonged for a time to King Farouk of Egypt, … Continue reading US Double Eagle gold coin sold for record $18.9m