It came as no surprise that shoes were among the most popular items in a sale of property from the Manhattan apartment once maintained for former Philippine leader Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda. Four pairs of Imelda Marcos' shoes were purchased by Virginia Bell, the curator of a soon-to-be-opened museum in Nova Scotia. The size 9AA shoes--which fetched prices of $66, $77, $88 and $90--will be part of an exhibit on contemporary wear. A fifth pair, silver-gold rhinestone-tipped pumps, was purchased for $176 by an unidentified New York City man who said he bought them for his mother. Exact figures were not available, but organizers said the auction of property, including rugs, pillows and art from the 5th Avenue apartment, brought from $55,410 to $84,630. Lee Anne Fahey, a spokeswoman for Christie's East auction house, said the Philippine government directed that the proceeds be used to finance land reform in that nation. More expensive items sold included a 12-by-10 foot Kerman carpet that sold for $825, a Sevres baluster urn that sold for $2,310, and a painting of St. Peter by an artist in the 17th-Century Italian school that sold for $1,430.
--Thirty-six days after he was presumed drowned in an icy farm pond, a smiling Kendall Smith walked out of the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston, S.C. The 9-year-old told reporters he was eager to go home, but his enthusiasm was tempered when he learned he would have to return to school and start taking out the g1634886241a mild coma from Jan. 12 until Jan. 25, when he regained consciousness and began what his doctors have described as a miraculous recovery. He had been trapped beneath the ice for 40 minutes on Jan. 12. Dr. Fred Tecklenberg, director of the pediatric intensive-care unit, said Kendall still requires some physical therapy to further restore his motor skills, but otherwise the boy's recovery is nearly complete and he should enjoy a normal life.