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NATIONAL
March 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Fur coats, designer gowns, plus dozens and dozens of pairs of Ferragamo shoes belonging to the late socialite and hotel owner Leona Helmsley are headed to the auction block. Nearly her entire wardrobe is to be auctioned off May 18 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, a Chicago-based auction house. The collection includes the Chanel skirt suit that Helmsley wore when she began serving a sentence for tax evasion. Helmsley, who died in August at age 87, ordered that her property be sold and the proceeds donated to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
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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.
NEWS
May 28, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Apparently the market force was not with them: A pair of Levi's jeans worn by Mark Hamill in the 1977 sci-fi film "Star Wars" failed to meet the reserve price in an online auction that ended last week. Nate D. Sanders , the auction house that put the trousers from Tatooine up for bid, had hoped they would fetch somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000. According to the lot detail page for the Jedi jeans, which had a minimum starting bid of $2,500, 13 bids were placed before the 5 p.m. PDT deadline on May 21 and no final bid amount is listed.
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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