October 29, 2007 |
Two of the world's most famous meteorites failed to attract buyers at an auction, but an ordinary metal mailbox zapped by a falling space rock in 1984 was sold for nearly $83,000. A 30-pound chunk of the Willamette Meteorite, found in Oregon in 1902, and the 1,410-pound Brenham Main Mass, dug out of a Kansas farm field in 2005, were withdrawn from sale when bids fell far short of expectations.
HOME & GARDEN
December 6, 2008 |
Los Angeles Modern Auctions has two sales this month. On Sunday at its new location in Van Nuys, nearly 600 pieces of furniture and fine art by woodworker Sam Maloof, outdoor furniture designer Walter Lamb, painter David Hockney and other international and local luminaries will go on the block. A suite of bronze pieces by Diego Giacometti includes a 1970s custom Grande Torsade coffee table, right, estimated to sell for more than $150,000. At noon Dec.
October 12, 2006 |
Apollo Management and Texas Pacific Group raised their offer for Harrah's Entertainment Inc. to $15.5 billion after the company's board rejected their first bid, people familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The buyout companies increased their offer for Harrah's, the world's biggest casino operator, to $83.50 a share from $81, said the people, who declined to be identified because the proposal wasn't being publicly disclosed.
April 3, 2006 |
Florida Marlin owner Jeffrey Loria said Sunday that discussions with San Antonio officials about the possibility of relocating the team there are serious. San Antonio has been trying to lure the team, and county officials have offered to put up $200 million toward an estimated $300-million ballpark if voters approve extending a tax on hotel and car rentals.
April 18, 1993 |
So this is free agency, Steve Beuerlein said to himself as he stood in an otherwise empty baggage claim area in an otherwise empty Logan Airport, staring at a clock that had just struck half past midnight. An hour earlier, Beuerlein's late-night flight from Phoenix had landed in Boston, where officials from the New England Patriots were expected to commence with the obligatory wining, dining and sucking up. They were expected to be intense about it, too.
August 15, 1989 |
Falconbridge Inc., the Canadian nickel mining giant that has agreed to be acquired by U.S.-based Amax Inc., received a higher offer Monday from a group led by Canadian rival Noranda Inc. Noranda was long known to be interested in Falconbridge. It said it would offer $31.50 a share in U.S. dollars.
December 28, 2004 |
One of the world's largest blue catfish didn't get that way by dieting. Splash, a 121 1/2-pounder caught last January and donated to the Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas, has an appetite worth its weight in fundraising. When someone dangled a dinner normally served to alligators -- raw chicken -- she scarfed it. The giant fish gulped eight drumstick-and-thigh meals per week but couldn't digest the bones, so she threw them up.
May 25, 2013 |
Yahoo Inc., fresh off its $1.1-billion deal this week to acquire personal blogging site Tumblr, got in line Friday to pick up video streaming site Hulu. The late bid by the cash-rich Internet portal giant came on the same day that the Santa Monica company received bids from private equity firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Management, said people familiar with the matter. For its bid, Silver Lake teamed up with powerful Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor, said the people, who did not want to be named because the bidding process was confidential.
March 2, 2009 |
And the bronze goes to . . . no one. The identity of the bidder who promised to pay the estate of the late designer Yves Saint Laurent $40 million for bronze heads of a rabbit and a rat that had been looted from an imperial Chinese palace was revealed today: an advisor to a nonprofit group dedicated to repatriating missing relics. But the winning bidder, Cai Mingchao, said he had no intention of paying for the heads, which the Chinese government maintain should be returned as stolen property.
July 22, 2005 |
An aluminum propeller from the plane that aviator Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to China in 1931 was sold for $42,000 at a Christie's International auction in New York City. The propeller, from a Lockheed Sirius aircraft, was bought by an anonymous bidder as part of a sale that included 19th century paintings. A bubble sextant that Lindbergh used to navigate on his record-setting 1930 flight from California to New York went to an anonymous bidder for $26,400.