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ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2011
Bidders won't find fancy hybrids or electric vehicles on the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event, just throaty hot rods, polished classic cars and updated models. The event also features vendors, demonstrations, seminars and a kids zone. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. $10 Fri. or Sun. $15 Sat. (480) 663-6255. http://www.barrett-jackson.com.
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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.
NEWS
August 15, 1985
Thirty-five luxury high-rise condominiums were auctioned for a total of almost $7 million in the largest such sale in Southern California, held Sunday at the financially troubled Monterey Island development in Glendale. Calling it "an enigma," Kimberly Young, representative of R. Thomas Ashley, the Newport Beach marketing firm that conducted the sale, said 13 of 48 units that went on the auction block did not sell. However, three of those sold later at minimum bids, she said.
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.
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