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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.
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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.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A Chicken McNugget bearing a striking resemblance to founding father George Washington is still on the auction block and can be yours -- assuming you have about $8,000 lying around. Rebekah Speight of Dakota City, Neb., made headlines this week when she nearly sold the McDonald's favorite for $8,100 on Ebay . But the winning bidder -- who is either a devoted fan of the country's first president, a devotee of chicken McNuggets, or both -- chickened out.  Perhaps more surprising?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Studio props used in Paramount films dating back to 1916 will go on the auction block at Christie's gallery Dec. 16, to put them "in the hands of loving collectors and curators where they will be preserved for future generations." Paramount decided to clear out the 175 items because they are too fragile for further use. Altogether, the sale items have appeared in more than 100 Paramount films ranging from "The Making of Madelena" in 1916 to "Shanks" in 1974.
BUSINESS
May 1, 1989
Colt Firearms Up for Sale: Colt Firearms, maker of the gun that won the West, was put on the auction block, but the company's parent denied that a three-year struggle with striking workers prompted the decision. "It's a going business and it's profitable, and, of course, it has a history of quality products," said Michael G. Dunn, a spokesman for Colt Firearms' parent, Colt Industries. Dunn said senior officials at New York-based Colt Industries decided to sell the firearms division so they could concentrate on the company's aerospace, automotive and industrial service operations.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1989 | From United Press International
Weyerhaeuser Co. announced Monday that it is selling its Arkansas-based gypsum wallboard business, even though the operation is profitable. The move is another in a series of sales by Weyerhaeuser to divest itself of what management believes are operations that "fall outside the company's desired strategic focus." Top executives of the timber giant announced at the April 20 shareholders' meeting that the company's portfolio would be reviewed and that many operations would be sold.
BUSINESS
November 28, 1993
I just read an article in the Los Angeles Times Business section ("With Liberty and Justice for Mickey," Nov. 12) about Walt Disney Co.'s plans to open a new theme park near Washington "that will pay homage to American history and culture." Disney promises to make historical events such as slavery, the Depression and the Civil War "fun and exciting for the whole family." It plans to somehow incorporate its well-known animated characters into the park. I can see it now: Minnie Mouse as a fun-loving slave on the auction block, Donald Duck quacking happily through the bread lines of the Depression, Snow White leading the Seven Dwarfs unscathed through the Battle of Gettysburg.
SPORTS
May 3, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Your browser does not support iframes. The Houston Rockets went to Oklahoma City and staved off elimination by beating the Thunder, 107-100, in Game 5 of their Western Conference NBA playoff series on Wednesday night. It appears one fan was none too impressed. As two broadcasters are giving a postgame report, a toddler can be seen in the background wandering onto the court. Then, just as the duo are getting ready to cut away to an interview, the child can be clearly seen.
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