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December 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Fifty years after his first appearance on the TV show that became known as "American Bandstand," Dick Clark let go of the microphone. The famed host auctioned off a number of items from his personal collection of musical memorabilia, including a microphone he used beginning July 9, 1956 -- his first day on the show that made him famous. The microphone went for $33,000 Wednesday at Guernsey's auction house.
March 21, 2011 | By Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Much of the tennis memorabilia stolen from Pete Sampras last November has been returned, according to an attorney who worked with investigators on the case. Anthony Salerno, a Century City lawyer hired by the Sampras family to help in the investigation, said Sunday that another attorney allegedly representing those who took the material from a storage facility had contacted his investigator early Saturday morning to say the trophies and other items would be returned, with the expectation of no further investigation or penalty.
December 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Fans of Maria Callas came to a French auction that took them backstage into the great opera diva's private life 23 years after her death. Callas' good luck charm--a painting of the holy family she demanded be in her dressing room for performances--fetched $120,643 from an anonymous European collector Saturday, the first day of the two-day sale of her belongings in the packed Drouot-Montaigne auction house in Paris.
January 19, 1989 | JEANNINE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
This may be the first time that seasoning packets have been sold as official inaugural memorabilia. "They reflect the life style of the First Family," said Lisa Goddard, assistant director of promotion for the Inaugural Committee. Although President-elect George Bush and his family are developing a reputation more for their love of Chinese food than down-home Texas cooking, Goddard thought the items were "great. I don't think I've ever seen seasoning mix in an inaugural catalogue.
December 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Concorde nose cone sold for $550,000 at an auction of memorabilia and spare parts from the retired supersonic jet. To loud applause from other bidders in West London, the auctioneer made the sale to Ferenc Gaspar, a New York resident. A gray wool Concorde blanket expected to fetch $100 went for $2,000. Travel company employee Lucy Powell expected to have to bid about $6,000 for two passenger seats but ended up paying $15,500. The auction raised $1.
January 4, 1992
A sports promoter accused of writing bad checks to baseball players, including Mickey Mantle, Steve Garvey and Don Drysdale, withdrew his guilty plea Friday in his fraud case. Paul Howard Hammack, 44, is charged with 19 felonies and one misdemeanor stemming from a memorabilia show he staged at the Pasadena Center in 1990. Prosecutors said celebrities and collectors lost more than $200,000 after Hammack allegedly wrote bad checks and failed to return signed memorabilia. Deputy Dist. Atty.
November 5, 1994 | STEVE RYFLE
Now you can have a little piece of Glendale for your very own. City Shoppe, operated by City Hall, opens today on the second floor of the Glendale Galleria to sell a variety of city merchandise including old street signs, retired parking meters, used police motorcycles and new T-shirts. "It'll be a mix of both the memorabilia or surplus items, and retail merchandise," said Tom Marston, an assistant in the city's Finance Department who helped set up the new shop.
August 20, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Even the tchotchkes of Unocal are being sold off. The storied oil company was sold last week to Chevron Corp. in an $18-billion deal after rival bidder CNOOC Ltd. of China backed out. But in July, when it was apparent that El Segundo-based Unocal Corp. would disappear, employees started collecting memorabilia, keepsakes and artwork that had been stuffed in closets or hung on the walls of offices soon to be vacated.
March 27, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jessica Penner and Zuzana Moravcikova breezed into the Beverly Hills Hotel, hockey sticks in hand. One stick belonged to Jessica's husband, Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings, the other, to his teammate, Zuzana's fiancé, Michal Handzus. Stacia Robitaille brought a Hall of Fame jersey from her husband, hockey legend Luc Robitaille. A steady stream of women followed, bearing sports tickets, autographed equipment and other memorabilia from the Lakers, Dodgers, Clippers, Kings, Galaxy and Chargers.
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