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November 27, 2012 | By Susan King
The piano on which Sam (Dooley Wilson) played the haunting love song "As Time Goes By" in the 1942 Oscar-winning movie classic "Casablanca" is going on the auction block. Sothebys in New York will put the iconic instrument up for sale on Dec. 14. The auction house believes the piano could fetch up to $1.2 million. The Japanese collector who is offering the instrument bought it at a 1988 Sotheby's auction for $154,000. "Casablanca," which starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as lovers Rick and Isla, celebrated the 70th anniversary of its New York premiere Monday.
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AUTOS
January 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Sales of Ferraris, Corvettes and a McLaren race car helped set a record at Arizona's annual Scottsdale classic car auctions. Nearly $249 million worth of rare chrome and red-blooded horsepower changed hands. This year's sales marked an 11% jump over last year's $224 million, according to Hagerty Insurance, which values, tracks and insures classic cars. A total of 2,321 vehicles were sold during the week. The auctions, which varied from a single-day event to a nearly weeklong extravaganza, concluded Sunday.
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SPORTS
May 3, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
A corked bat that belonged to baseball legend Mickey Mantle is going up for auction later this month by Gray Flannel Auctions . The bat, which has a reserve price of $5,000, is a Mantle bat from the 1960s. Authenticator John Taube was verifying that the bat was a Mantle bat when he noticed alterations at the top of the barrel. “During our examination of the bat, we noticed a circular area .75 inches wide in the center of the top barrel," Taube says in a statement. "The finish in the area has also been touched up to mask the circular area.
OPINION
December 12, 2013
Re "How the other half invests," Business, Dec. 8 This article on wine collectors reaping windfalls repeats a typical theme of rising markets - making money faster - but it performs a disservice as well. As in the case of 1957 Chevrolets now bringing six-digit prices on the auction block, the downside of an influx of big money into a field of collecting is that what was a pleasant hobby for many becomes a speculative battleground for the wealthy few. The whiff of high prices at auction has driven up the retail price of very ordinary wines and pushed those bottles into climate-controlled cases.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
The Green Hornet, a storied Shelby Mustang prototype that many pony car enthusiasts assumed was destroyed decades ago, will come up for auction early next year. The Barrett-Jackson auction house will sell the car at its Scottsdale auction on Jan. 19. The Shelby “represents a rolling history of what Ford and Shelby American, the auto-design firm owned by Carroll Shelby, were producing in the heyday of the American muscle-car era and is considered one of the most innovative and unique vehicles of its time,” said Craig Jackson, chief executive  of Barrett-Jackson and the current owner of the car. It is expected to sell for about $2 million.
SPORTS
January 17, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Anyone want to buy a bloody sock? A lot of people in Boston probably do. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is selling the blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, says online bidding begins Feb. 4. Live bidding will take place Feb. 23. He said the sock could get at least $100,000. “I do expect the bidding to be very spirited,” Ivy told the Associated Press. The sock had been on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | Tony Barboza
The Orange County Fairgrounds was placed on the auction block Thursday in an attempt to cut into the state deficit. The state Department of General Services issued a request for proposals for the 150-acre property in Costa Mesa, giving bidders until Jan. 8 to make offers. Earlier this year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed liquidating state properties -- including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, San Quentin State Prison and three state-owned fairgrounds -- to raise cash to help balance the state budget.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
The red carpets are rolled out at the Anaheim Convention Center as more than 800 muscle cars, classic vehicles and hot rods cross the auction block during a three-day event that begins Thursday. Mecum Auction Inc. will sell off millions of dollars worth of autos. Gates at the convention center open at 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are available at the gates for $15 per person. Children younger than 12 get in free. Bring a checkbook, though. The rare cars, some of which have been featured on the covers of glossy magazines, run in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
More than a dozen costumes from "The Sound of Music" -- including a jacket and pants worn by Christopher Plummer and a range of children's wardrobe pieces -- are headed to the auction block Dec. 21. The upcoming auction was announced Thursday by Calabasas-based Profiles in History -- the same company that arranged the July 28 Hollywood memorabilia auction that saw another collection of costumes  from the multiple Academy Award-winning 1965 musical...
BUSINESS
May 24, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
From the rides of kings to a king of rock 'n' roll, auction house Gooding & Co. has scored a couple of notable entries for its annual auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. The Santa Monica seller of high-end collector cars will put up for auction a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio once owned by Prince Louis Napoleon, the grandson of the nephew of Emperor Napoleon I of France and noted World War II resistance fighter. Although the prince was forbidden to live in France for much of his life because of former laws banning the top heirs of French dynasties from living in the nation, he was fond of French vehicles, especially Bugattis.
NEWS
December 3, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The 101-year-old Western Costume Co. is continuing to clean out its closet, putting wardrobe pieces from such classic films as "Gone With the Wind" and "Citizen Kane" up for bid at a Hollywood memorabilia auction organized by Profiles in History. The Calabasas-based auction house announced Tuesday that the items set to hit the auction block later this month will include a three-piece suit worn by Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in the final "Rosebud" scene of "Citizen Kane," and a black mourning hat worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind.
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
More than a dozen costumes from "The Sound of Music" -- including a jacket and pants worn by Christopher Plummer and a range of children's wardrobe pieces -- are headed to the auction block Dec. 21. The upcoming auction was announced Thursday by Calabasas-based Profiles in History -- the same company that arranged the July 28 Hollywood memorabilia auction that saw another collection of costumes  from the multiple Academy Award-winning 1965 musical...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
This post has been corrected. See details below. A Banksy mural that adorned a wall of a Los Angeles gas station is headed for auction. Julien's Auctions announced Tuesday that "Flower Girl" would headline the company's “Street Art” auction Dec. 5 in Beverly Hills and that it was expected to fetch as much as $300,000. The piece juxtaposes a silhouette of a girl toting a basket of flowers with a security camera blossoming atop a plant from above. ART: Can you guess the high price?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2013 | By Susan King
Mementos from the life and work of Lucille Ball are hitting the auction block. Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer Profiles in History  will be putting what is being described as the “finest collection” of the “I Love Lucy” star's papers, costumes and other items ever offered up for sale on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The star of the auction is Ball's signature polka dot dress that she wore as Lucy Ricardo on the series. It is estimated to sell for $40,000-$60,000. Other items include Ball's signed contract with producer Sam Goldwyn for her earliest films, including 1933's “Roman Scandals,” which is expected to sell for $1,000-$1,500; her striped dress suit from the 1950 Bob Hope comedy “Fancy Pants” has been estimated at $4,000-$6,000; a fox stole she wore in the third season of “I Love Lucy” is expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000; and a blue skirt featured in the classic John Wayne episode of the pioneering CBS comedy series is expected to go for $2,000-$3,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
It's easy to visualize Steve McQueen atop a motorcycle in "The Great Escape" or cruising in a convertible, but the legendary actor in a camper? Why not? McQueen's 1952 Forest Green Chevrolet 3800 series pickup truck with custom camper hits the auction block Friday at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. McQueen owned upwards of 60 rare vehicles throughout his life, according to the auction listing provided by Mecum, and the Chevrolet 3800 series "is a one-ton long-bed pickup truck and is much sought after by customizers, hot rodders and old truck collectors.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like Rhythm & Hues is still downsizing.  The El Segundo visual effects company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February , is auctioning off assets, including computers, furniture and film equipment.  Bidding will conclude July 24 at 10:30 a.m., said Tiger Group, the company conducting the auction. Rhythm & Hues is selling hundreds of items that it no longer needs for its operations. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll For example, more than 150 computers are going on the auction block, along with more than 300  Herman Miller Aeron chairs.  Film equipment for sale includes a 2006 Film Light Northlight scanner, an Arri Arrilaser film recorder and two animation cameras.  Founded in 1987, Rhythm & Hues created effects for movies including “The Golden Compass,” “Babe,” “Django Unchained,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Life of Pi,” for which it won an Oscar.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Sharper Image Corp. put itself up for sale, two months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The retailer of high-end gadgets and appliances said a sale was the best route, in light of the weak U.S. economy and credit crunch. The company said it wanted to complete the sale by the end of May and would prepare for an auction as soon as possible.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2004 | From Reuters
The world's first known piece of printed pornography is expected to fetch up to $65,000 when it is auctioned next month. "Sodom," penned in the mid-1670s, has been attributed to John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, and is described by auction house Sotheby's as a "closet drama rather than for the stage" with pornography "in almost every line."
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
A tweed jacket worn by Steve McQueen in the 1968 film "Bullitt" will go up for auction on July 29, Profiles in History announced Wednesday. While there certainly seems to be no shortage of fame-adjacent apparel on the auction block these days -- a negligee that once belonged to Monica Lewinsky and a pair of Levi's worn by Luke Skywalker are two recent examples -- this jacket occupies a special place in the pantheon of the male movie wardrobe....
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
One of Banksy's most famous graffiti murals could sell for up to $150,000 when it goes on the auction block Thursday. "Love Is in the Air," which shows a masked protester throwing a bouquet of flowers, will be up for bid at Bonhams in London. The Contemporary Art and Design auction will also feature spin paintings by Damien Hirst, a Jeff Koons watercolor and furniture by Ringo Starr. QUIZ: Expensive art on the auction block "Prices for spray-paint canvases by Banksy in our recent auctions demonstrate that his works are more popular than ever with high-profile art collectors," Bonhams contemporary art specialist Alan Montgomery said in a statement.
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