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2009-02-13 09:40:44

A nude photo of U.S. pop music icon Madonna -- taken before she was famous -- sold for $37,500 in New York, Christie's auction house said. The 1979, black and white picture reportedly was snapped when the star was a dancer in her 20s, struggling to pay the bills. The singer, who is now 50, is said to have been paid $25 for modeling for the photo three decades ago. The BBC said the picture, which had been expected to sell for $15,000, was purchased this week by an unidentified buyer.

2009-02-05 10:05:12

Claude Monet's Dans La Prairie, an oil painting of the artist's wife Camille reading in a field of wildflowers, has sold for $16 million at auction in London. The BBC said the sale fell short of the artwork's estimated price of $22 million at Christie's sale of Impressionist and Modern art. Monet's La Promenade d'Argenteuil, which was expected to go for $7.3 million, didn't find a buyer, the British broadcaster said.

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2009-01-19 13:40:42

A naked, pre-fame photo of pop star Madonna is expected to sell for as much as $15,000 when it hits the auction block in New York next month, the BBC said. Christie's auction house said the black and white picture, which was taken after Madonna responded to U.S. photographer Lee Friedlander's newspaper ad seeking models, has been valued at between $10,000 and $15,000. The singer, who is now 50, reportedly was paid $25 for modeling for the photo three decades ago. Matthieu Humery, head of...

2008-06-25 09:02:31

Le Bassin Aux Nympheas, a 1919 water landscape painted by Claude Monet, reportedly sold for $80.5 million at a London auction. The hammer price for the painting was $71.8 million but the cost increased due to taxes and Christie's commission. The winning bidder's identity hasn't been revealed The BBC said the price was the highest paid for a Monet. Le Bassin Aux Nympheas, which had been seen once in public in the last 80 years, had been expected to sell for $47.2 million. There's never...

2008-06-25 00:01:54

A water lily painting by Claude Monet, one of the last in private hands, sold for more than $80.5 million Tuesday in London, doubling the record for the artist. The successful bidder, a woman from a London art dealership representing an unknown client, won Le Bassin aux Nympheas with a bid of 40.1 million pounds, The New York Times reported. In May, Le Pont du Chemin de Fer a Argenteuil set an early record when it sold for $41.5 million in New York. The price was also a record for...

2007-12-28 19:18:32

NEW YORK - A Trekkie who paid $6,000 for a poker visor that was supposedly worn by the android Data on the television show "Star Trek: The Next Generation" claims in a lawsuit against Christie's auction house that the prop is a fake. Ted Moustakis, of Towaco, N.J., said he began to doubt the authenticity of the visor and other items he purchased at an auction of CBS Paramount props in 2006, after he brought it to a convention in August to have it autographed by the actor who played Data,...

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2007-04-17 09:00:00

PARIS - If you were looking for the skeleton of a prehistoric mammoth, Monday was your day to buy. Christie's auction house sold one for $421,200 - a world record. The unidentified buyer was a European who collects contemporary art and 19th century furniture, Christie's spokeswoman Capucine Milliot said. The mammoth sale was one of a dozen world records set during Monday's auction of paleontological curiosities that brought in a total of more than $1.53 million, Christie's said. The...

2006-08-28 11:51:18

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's antitrust watchdog has obtained a prohibition order against Sotheby's auction house aimed at preventing it from illegal price-fixing schemes like the one it engaged in with Christie's six years ago. The Competition Bureau obtained the order from the Federal Court of Canada, barring Sotheby's and Sotheby's Canada -- based in New York and Toronto, respectively -- from fixing prices with rivals for international auctions, and forcing the company to inform...

2006-08-18 20:45:54

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fans of "Star Trek" get a new chronicle of the enormously popular franchise with the release next week of a 500-page catalog of the memorabilia to be auctioned off this fall in Manhattan. The splashy two volumes feature some 4,000 items, from a costumer's clipboard to a model of the starship Enterprise estimated to sell for as much as $35,000 at the three-day auction at Christie's in October. "People are flipping out" over the catalog, said...

2006-08-18 20:45:00

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK -- Fans of "Star Trek" get a new chronicle of the enormously popular franchise with the release next week of a 500-page catalog of the memorabilia to be auctioned off this fall in Manhattan. The splashy two volumes feature some 4,000 items, from a costumer's clipboard to a model of the starship Enterprise estimated to sell for as much as $35,000 at the three-day auction at Christie's in October. "People are flipping out" over the catalog, said Cathy Elkies,...


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