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November 10, 1997
They said that our general elections are an auction. Not quite. Full and immediate disclosure of the bids and the bidders--that's an auction. MICHAEL MERMAN Santa Monica
April 15, 2014 | By David Ng
An auction of Nazi memorabilia, including items that belonged to Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering, has been called off in France following objections from Jewish groups and a prominent government official. The Paris auction company Vermot de Pas had scheduled the sale for April 26 but called it off Monday. The cancellation came soon after French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti told Le Monde she didn't want the auction to take place. The auction house said on its website that "in light of the strong emotions from numerous people, this decision seems proper and necessary.
June 14, 2011
Debbie Reynolds: The Auction Where: The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills When: Viewing is noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Auction begins noon Friday Info: For more information, go to
April 8, 2014 | By David Ng
It measures only 8 centimeters, or about 3 inches, in diameter and couldn't even hold a cup of morning coffee. And yet it is worth $36 million.  Or at least someone was willing to pay that much. A 15th century porcelain cup from China sold at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong on Monday for $36 million. The item -- which is being called a "chicken cup" for its depiction of a rooster and other fowl on its side -- was purchased by mainland China billionaire and collector Liu Yiqian, according to reports.
June 20, 2012 | By David Ng
A painting by Joan Miro sold for $36.9 million at a London auction Tuesday. The Sotheby's sale of Miro's "Peinture (Etoile Bleue)" was an auction record for the late Spanish artist. The sale was part of a larger Sotheby's auction of Impressionist and modernist paintings by artists including Pissarro and Kandinsky. The auction, which brought in a reported $117.7 million, was the first of the London summer auction season. "Peinture (Etoile Bleue)" dates from 1927 and was purchased by its most recent owner in a Paris sale in 2007, according to Sotheby's.
March 27, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Major league owners are expected to approve the three remaining Dodgers bidders on Tuesday, enabling Frank McCourt to start an auction for the team on Wednesday. By the time the auction is over -- late Wednesday, perhaps, or later this week -- the Dodgers are expected to be sold for a record price for a North American sports franchise. The three finalists: --The partnership of Connecticut hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and Los Angeles biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, with a combined net worth estimated at $15.5 billion by Forbes.
October 24, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Banksy has been stirring up a rapid-fire news cycle the past two days - even more so than usual. First, there were the (untrue) reports that his month-long New York show, “Better Out Than In,” would be coming to Los Angeles soon - it is not. Then Thursday morning, there was the confirmation that the website that went up a day earlier - which looks exactly like his own website promoting the New York show - was fake; a prank, most...
September 18, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
The home furnishings of Bob and Dolors Hope -- think Lucite tables and lamps, McGuire rattan chairs and other design finds from properties that included a John Lautner mansion in Palm Springs -- will be sold at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills from Friday and Saturday. PHOTO GALLERY: Bob and Dolores Hope auction highlights Hope's 1970s Lautner, which has been listed for $50 million , is contributing a wealth of 20th century classics to the auction, including a pair of acrylic table lamps by designer Karl Springer (estimated to sell for $2,000 to $3,000)
November 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
A three-panel painting by British artist Francis Bacon broke auction price records Tuesday at Christie's in New York, garnering the most money --$142.4 million -- of any work ever sold at an auction. Until now "The Scream" by Edvard Munch held the top spot for highest auction price tag; it sold at Sotheby's in 2012 for almost $120 million.         The Bacon work, a triptych from 1969 titled “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” depicts another painter, Lucian Freud, a friend of Bacon's -- and ultimately an artistic rival -- sitting in three different positions on the same chair.
November 6, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A letter John Lennon wrote urging Eric Clapton to start a new band with him shortly after the Beatles broke up will go up for auction next month. The letter is one of several pieces of correspondence from some of the world's greatest musicians, including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and George Gershwin. Lennon's letter to Clapton, dated Sept. 29, 1971, expressed the ex-Beatle's admiration and lobbied him to form a group together because he and wife Yoko Ono felt they were kindred spirits with the English superstar guitarist.
March 25, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
A collection of jewelry once owned by the late Eydie Gorme that is headed to the auction block in New York City next month will be previewed locally -- for one day only -- this Sunday. The March 30 preview at Sotheby's Los Angeles marks the public unveiling of the auction-bound lot, which is  set to go under the gavel in New York on April 29. If you know anything about Gorme -- beyond the fact that she was a singer -- it's probably that she was half of the vocal duo Steve & Eydie.
March 22, 2014 | By Susan King
A 1955 letter to Marlene Dietrich from Ernest Hemingway, which begins with the author referring to the legendary actress as "Dearest Kraut," one of Dietrich's blue and black double breasted tuxedos, a late 19th-century Swiss cylinder music box, several of the star's powder compacts and even a Kermit the Frog watch are among the rare items from Dietrich's estate being auctioned for the first time. The Hollywood Museum is exhibiting 250 of these items through April 6. The collection of personal and professional pieces are also available for bid online at "The Hollywood Museum is in the historic Max Factor building and is the perfect home for this exhibit since it is actually here where the legendary Max Factor originally designed Marlene Dietrich's glamorous and famous look," said Donelle Dadigan, president and founder of the museum in a statement.
February 25, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), which sold 86% of the nearly 400 lots offered in its Sunday sale, reported the highest total in its 22-year history Monday, realizing $5.12 million in sales, including commissions. The surprise of the show was the sale of the intricate multi-lobed wire hanging sculpture "Untitled S. 437" by Ruth Asawa, shown above, which was expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000. The sculpture set a new LAMA record for a single work, going for $1.43 million and tying the world auction record for the sculptor who died last year.
February 24, 2014 | By David A. Keeps
Celebrated for his more-is-more interior designs, Hollywood legend Tony Duquette (1914-99) was, fittingly, more of a Renaissance man. He not only decorated the homes of Mary Pickford, Elizabeth Arden, J. Paul Getty and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, but he also designed costumes and sets for the stage and MGM musicals, crafted jewelry and sculpture for the jet-set elite and was the first American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Louvre in...
February 19, 2014 | By David Ng
A mural depicting two lip-locked British bobbies created by the street artist Banksy sold at an auction in Miami on Tuesday for $575,000, which was at the low end of estimates. Two other Banksy works -- which the artist created during his monthlong "residency" in New York last year -- failed to meet sale expectations. The Banksy works were being sold as part of a street-art auction by Fine Art Auctions Miami. The Tuesday sale featured works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bambi, Keith Haring and others.
February 14, 2014 | By David Ng
A painting by Francis Bacon sold at a Christie's auction in London on Thursday for £42.4 million (about $70 million), exceeding the estimated selling price and representing a record price at auction for a single panel by the artist. A Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million in November. "A Portrait of George Dyer Talking," which depicts the artist's former lover who committed suicide in 1971, had been expected to sell for $49 million. The painting, which was completed in 1966, was sold as part of an auction of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's in London.
July 30, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Actor George Clooney will have Santa Monica auction house Gooding & Co. auction his 2008 Tesla “Signature 100” Roadster to raise money for a nonprofit that uses satellites to monitor the tense border between South Sudan and Sudan for war crimes and other violence. The Roadster, the eighth built by the Palo Alto-based electric car company, has been driven 1,700 miles. It is expected to sell for $100,000 to $125,000. Clooney designated the Satellite Sentinel Project as the sale beneficiary.
January 29, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Ayrton Senna fans looking to pick up a piece of the famed Formula One  driver's history will be able to do so in a big way in February. A 1992 Honda NSX purchased as a gift for the late racer by his manager will be one of hundreds of cars sold at auction by Silverstone Auctions on Feb.  22 and 23. “Very rarely does a car with such pedigree and provenance come to market, especially with such a powerful and personal link to arguably the...
January 24, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
If you have memories of a place that stretch over a lifetime - from when you were a kid there to when you brought your kids and then their kids - it's hard to go back and see it empty and unloved, the flowers unwatered and dead, dust coating the floors and the benches. It all happened so quickly at Hollywood Park, where thoroughbreds last thundered down the track just a month ago. Now, with that day's racing slips still scattered about the stands, everything that can be removed is being sold off: the ticket booths, the Jumbotron, the jockeys' impossibly small, narrow bunk beds.
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