October 25, 2013 |
Disney princess-inspired gowns by Versace, Valentino, Missoni and Oscar de la Renta are now up for bid online in a Christie's benefit auction. Online bidding for the 10 "princess dresses," which started Oct. 18, is in advance of a live auction scheduled for Nov. 13, which will raise money for the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity . The dresses, which were originally part of a holiday 2012 Harrods window display,...
October 24, 2013 |
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...
October 22, 2013 |
His talent on the track and antics off it were depicted in the film "Rush. " Now deep-pocketed fans of the late James Hunt will be able to buy the last F1 race car he ever drove to victory. RK Motors Collector Car Auctions has announced it will be selling the 1977 McLaren M26 F1 race car that Hunt drove the season after winning his only world championship title in 1976. It was that season that Hunt's rivalry with Austrian racer Niki Lauda came to a head, the events of which were chronicled in the recent Ron Howard film.
October 21, 2013 |
A violin that was played by a musician on the Titanic as the ship sank in 1912 has been sold at auction for more than $1.7 million, more than triple expectations. The instrument sold at a Saturday auction in Britain for £1.1 million, or about $1.78 million. It had been estimated that the selling price would be between £200,000 and £300,000. Henry Aldridge and Son, the British auction house that specializes in Titanic-related memorabilia and that held the auction, said the instrument was discovered in 2006, and was played by second-class passenger Wallace Hartley, who was one of hundreds who perished on the tragic night of April 14, 1912.
October 19, 2013 |
LONDON -- The violin believed to have belonged to the bandleader on the Titanic fetched nearly $1.45 million at auction Saturday, becoming far and away the most expensive piece of memorabilia associated with the ocean liner ever to be sold. The British auction house Henry Aldridge & Son had originally expected the battered-looking instrument to sell for a third of that amount. But the legend surrounding the fiddle, its embodiment of the heroic self-sacrifice of a band that famously kept playing as the ill-fated ship met its watery doom, boosted bidding to stratospheric levels.
October 17, 2013 |
LONDON - It's probably a myth that he played the hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as the great ship sank, but the battered, seawater-damaged violin believed to have belonged to the bandleader on the Titanic is to go on auction this weekend. The instrument is likely to fetch the highest amount ever for a piece of Titanic memorabilia - up to nearly half a million dollars, the English auction house Henry Aldridge & Son said Thursday. For many devotees of the Titanic and of the movies it spawned, the story of the orchestra continuing to play to comfort or distract terrified passengers remains an emotional touchstone, the epitome of courage, calm and defiance in the face of impending doom.