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Rare cognac sells for $144,525 at auction

May 29, 2020 - 3:49 PM

An 'exceedingly rare' bottle of Gautier Cognac 1762 preserved since the end of the 19th century sets a new auction sales price record

Handwritten 'Hey Jude' lyrics sell for $910,000

Apr 11, 2020 - 3:59 PM

A sheet of paper bearing Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to 'Hey Jude' sold for $910,000 in an online auction held Friday, April 10

Superman's cape and Bilbo's pipe up for grabs in Hollywood auction

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Christopher Reeve's cape in 'Superman' is up for auction, as well as the original tobacco pipe Ian Holm used in 'The Fellowship of the Ring'

John Lennon's round glasses sell for almost $200,000

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:11 AM

One of the most famous specs in rock-and-roll history was sold to an unnamed bidder, who bought it for more than P9 million

LAS VEGAS - JULY 1: John Lennon's wire-rimmed glasses are displayed during the Fest for Beatles Fans 2007 at the Mirage Hotel & Casino July 1, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The auction house will auction the glasses and about 400 other authentic Beatles items on July 3 as part of the convention. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

From 10 cents to $1.26 million: First Marvel comic sets auction record

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:21 PM

1939's 'Marvel Comics No. 1' issue was produced in 1939 and is considered the ‘Big Bang’ of the Marvel Comics Superhero Universe

Kurt Cobain's cigarette-burned sweater sells for $334,000

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The tattered, olive-green, Manhattan-brand, button-up sweater, which has never been washed since Cobain wore it, came with dark stains and a burn hole

BIG SALE. Kurt Cobain's jacket sells big at a United States auction. Photo from Cobain's Facebook Page

Actress Elizabeth Taylor's personal treasures up for auction

Oct 19, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Silver screen siren Elizabeth Taylor's personal effects – from her gold belt, silk caftan, and studded leather Versace biker jacket – are hitting the auction block on the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner

Trial of confessed gunman in Sytin murder ends; verdict out on November 20

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The promulgation of the decision on the murder and frustrated murder charges against Edgardo Luib will be released on November 20 – 8 days before the first death anniversary of Dominic Sytin

HIT MAN. Edgardo Luib, the confessed hit man in the Dominic Sytin murder case, is presented to the media following his arrest on March 11, 2019. File photo from PNP

Golden brew: Rare Assam tea bags sell for record-breaking $2,035 at auction

Aug 03, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Over 4 pounds of Maijan Orthodox Golden Tea sold for a world record price of 141,002 rupees in India

Makati to auction properties with unpaid taxes

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Makati's city treasurer prepares the public auction to compel the collection of P5.51 billion in unpaid taxes

UNPAID TAXES. Auditors recommend a public auction of delinquent properties in Makati City. Photo from Wikipedia

Former tennis star auctions trophies to pay off debts

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Boris Becker, a six-time Grand Slam winner, is auctioning off 82 items including medals, cups, watches, and photographs

DOWNFALL. Boris Becker (right) was declared bankrupt in 2017. Photo from Becker's Twitter account (@TheBorisBecker)

Mexico to auction Lamborghini, Porsches seized from criminals

May 25, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the proceeds from the sale of the 82 cars – which include a Lamborghini Murcielago, 3 Porsches and dozens of armored trucks – would be invested in poor communities

A woman takes a snapshot of a seized Lamborghini that will be auctioned taken at Los Pinos former presidential residence in Mexico City, on May 21, 2019. Mexico announced Tuesday it will auction off scores of luxury cars seized by police, as its austerity-crusading president seeks to send a message in a country where powerful criminals often wield their bling with impunity. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the proceeds from the sale of the 82 cars -- which include a Lamborghini Murcielago, three Porsches and dozens of armored trucks -- would be invested in poor communities. Pedro PARDO / AFP

Dennis Sytin denies links to his brother Dominic's killing

Apr 01, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Dennis Sytin disputes the claim of the alleged gun man, pointing instead to Ryan Remintilla – a worker fired by his brother for diverting company money – as the possible mastermind

DENYING LINKS. Dennis Sytin denies being the one behind the killing of his brother Dominic. PNP screenshot

Mint condition 'Super Mario Bros.' nets $100,150 in auction

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The game is from Nintendo's 1985 to 1986 test run of the NES in New York and Los Angeles

SUPER MARIO. Photo from Heritage Auctions

George Michael's art collection to go under the hammer

Feb 09, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The late pop singer was known for being a prolific art collector

GEORGE MICHAEL. The late singer's art collection goes on sale. Screenshot from

Artworks signed 'A. Hitler' to be auctioned in Germany

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:09 PM

More than 30 paintings attributed to the Nazi dictator will be up for grabs at the Weidler auction house

Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.89 million

Dec 05, 2018 - 4:42 PM

'The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses,' Albert Einstein wrote in his 1954 letter written in German to philosopher Eric Gutkind

GENIUS. The statue of scientist Albert Einstein is seen September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Karen Bleier

Businessman shot dead in Subic Bay Freeport

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) Senators urge the Philippine National Police to 'use the full force of the law' to solve the murder of prominent businessman Dominic Sytin, regarded as one of the pillars of the Subic Freeport Zone

PROMINENT BUSINESSMAN. Dominic Sytin, president and pounder of United Auctioneers, is gunned down outside a hotel in Subic Bay Freeport on november 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of KC Facebook Page

David Hockney painting sells for $90.3M, smashes living artist record

Nov 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)' was snapped up after more than 9 minutes of bidding, dominated by two rival telephone bidders

English artist David Hockney's 'Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)' is displayed during a Christie's auction preview in Hong Kong on September 27, 2018. The painting will be auctioned during the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on November 15 at Christie's New York with an estimate in the region of 80 million USD.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Marie Antoinette pendant fetches $36 million, shattering estimate

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The Sotheby's auction in London featured a 10-piece jewelry collection owned by the queen herself

First tuna auction at Japan's 'new Tsukiji' market

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:17 AM

The new market, located around two kilometers to the east at Toyosu, boasts state-of-the-art refrigeration facilities and is nearly twice as big again as Tsukiji, already the world's largest

FIRST AUCTION. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (3rd L) looks at tuna while attending the first tuna auction at the new Toyosu fish market, the first day of the market's opening in Tokyo on October 11, 2018. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Former Marcos mansion in New York to be auctioned off

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Bid starts at $2.1 million for what Maltz Auctions markets as an 'extremely rare opportunity to own one of the last great estates on Long Island'

MANSION. A waterfront estate in Long Island, New York previously owned by late strongman Ferdinand Marcos will be auctioned off. Photo from Maltz Auctions

Generika holds off UP in PSL opener

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The Lifesavers give the debuting Lady Maroons a baptism of fire

CHALLENGE. Generika-Ayala’s Patty Orendain tries to get one past the defensive wall of UP duo Aishelaine Gannaban and Arielle Estranero. Photo from PSL

Lithographs by Dali, sketches by Matisse to be auctioned off for ISM scholars

May 04, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The sale by Salcedo Auctions’ Gavel & Block and International School Manila raises funds for the school’s Vicky SyCip Herrera scholarship

SURREAL. Rare lithographs by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali are part of gavel&block’s upcoming auction. Photo courtesy of Salcedo Auctions

Madonna loses bid to stop auction of intimate items

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll is set to auction items Darlene Lutz build with Madonna, including a letter from the late rapper Tupac

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 9, 2016 Madonna attends the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event in New York City. Madonna on April 23, 2018 lost a nearly year-long bid to stop an auction of intimate items including a breakup letter from rap legend Tupac Shakur. A judge ruled that the Material Girl had directed her legal action against the wrong target in going after Darlene Lutz, a New York art dealer and former friend who helped Madonna build a collection before falling out with her.  / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS

Russell Crowe nets millions from 'divorce auction'

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The 'Gladiator' star props from the movie and leather jockstrap from 'Cinderella Man' are among those that were auctioned in Sotherby's sales

First Van Gogh in 20 years to go under hammer in Paris

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:38 PM

'Women Mending Nets in the Dunes,' which the Dutch artist painted early in his career at Scheveningen near The Hague, is expected to go for around $6 million when it is auctioned in June

AUCTION. The painting "Raccommodeuses de filet dans les dunes" by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is presented at Artcurial auction house in Paris on March 28, 2018. The painting will be auctioned off on June 4. Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

Rare letter details Juan Luna’s life in prison

Mar 09, 2018 - 8:14 PM

Read the artist's letter in full here

JUAN LUNA. The painter pens a letter from a Parisian prison. Photo of letter courtesy of Salcedo Auctions

3 rare handwritten letters by Andres Bonifacio up for auction

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Also up for sale are important artworks by Jose Joya, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, and Ang Kiukok

Duterte bans auctioning of smuggled goods

Feb 13, 2018 - 6:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says corrupt employees in the auctions division in the Bureau of Customs are in cahoots with importers who pose as bidders during auctions

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña as they inspect the smuggled vehicles before they were destroyed at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018. Also joining the President are Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan's historic Tsukiji fish market holds final New Year auction

Jan 05, 2018 - 5:48 PM

After more than 80 years in operation, the world's biggest fish market, a popular tourist attraction in an area packed with restaurants and shops, will move to Toyosu on October 11

TUNA MARKET. President of sushi restaurant chain Sushi-Zanmai, Kiyoshi Kimura, displays a 190-kilogram bluefin tuna at his main restaurant near Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on January 5, 2018. Photo Kazuhiro Nogi/ AFP

Saudi crown prince bought $450-M Da Vinci – report

Dec 08, 2017 - 10:34 AM

The young and dynamic crown prince used an intermediary to buy the much-sought-after painting of Christ, 'Salvator Mundi,' The Wall Street Journal reports

PRECIOUS. Christie's employees pose in front of a painting entitled Salvator Mundi by Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci at a photocall at Christie's auction house in central London on October 22, 2017 ahead of its sale at Christie's New York on November 15, 2017. Tolga Akmen/AFP

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Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450M

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:37 AM

(UPDATED) The whopping price dwarfs the previous record for the most expensive piece of art sold at auction, set at $179.4 million for Pablo Picasso's 'The Women of Algiers (Version O)' by Christie's in 2015

PRECIOUS. Christie's employees pose in front of a painting entitled Salvator Mundi by Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci at a photocall at Christie's auction house in central London on October 22, 2017 ahead of its sale at Christie's New York on November 15, 2017. Tolga Akmen/AFP

Pope Francis on Lamborghini gift: Better to auction off

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The Lamborghini Huracan sports car, which boasts a 610 metric horsepower, is blessed by the pontiff, who bent to scrawl his signature on its gleaming bonnet before sending it off to Sotheby's auction house

SUPERCAR. This handout photo taken on November 15, 2017 at the Vatican and released by the Vatican press office, Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis signing a Lamborghini Huracan received as a gift as Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali looks on. Handout / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / AFP

Contemporary Philippine art to be sold in London auction

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Andres Barrioquinto's work will be part of an upcoming auction by Larasati

'PLEASURE OF FLOWERS.' The Filipino artist's work is going up for auction in London.

BOC expects P11M from auction of seized goods

Apr 22, 2017 - 5:53 PM

The items to be auctioned are smuggled goods seized by the Bureau of Customs at the Manila International Container Port

Hitler's phone sells for more than $240,000

Feb 20, 2017 - 3:06 PM

The auction house calls the Siemens rotary phone as Hitler s mobile device of destruction

LOOK: Maxine Medina's pearls for the Miss Universe National Gift Auction

Jan 23, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Proceeds from the gifts in the auction will go to Positive Action Foundation Philippines

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Curry's game-worn shoes sell for $30,000

Dec 31, 2016 - 1:35 PM

The price is a record for a player currently in the NBA and the money will go to the Oakland Fire Relief fund

A close-up of the shoes that Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors wore during their game against the New York Knicks at ORACLE Arena on December 15, 2016 in Oakland, California. The shoes are a tribute to all the lives that were lost in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland on December 2. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Customs to auction off P27M worth of used cars, other goods

Dec 06, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The auction will be held at the Manila International Container Port on December 14

Customs exec eyes online auction of seized goods

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Jessie Dellosa says he would propose the scheme to Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon

MODERNIZING. BOC hopes online public biddings will deter auction syndicates from illegal activities. File photo by Agence France-Presse/Jay Directo

Customs looking to raise P23.5M through auction

Jun 27, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The auction which is set for Tuesday June 28 at the Manila International Container Port includes shipments of refined sugar

Customs collections way off target in May

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The Port of Manila falls widest off the mark with a deficit of P2 03 billion while MICP NAIA and Batangas Port each have deficits of more than 1 billion

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Queen Elizabeth 'love' letter sold at auction

Apr 25, 2016 - 11:30 AM

A rare handwritten letter from a young Queen Elizabeth II telling the story of her romance with Prince Philip before their 1947 wedding has been sold at auction

QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP. A file picture dated 13 March 2015 shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh departing St. Paul's Cathedral following a commemoration marking the end of combat operations in Afghanistan in London, Britain. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

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Philippines preparing to auction off Marcos jewels

Feb 15, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Philippine authorities pledge to auction off as soon as possible millions of dollars worth of jewellery recovered from late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family

FOR AUCTION. A Filipino employee displays a necklace seized three decades ago from Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, during an appraisal at the Central Bank of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines, 27 November 2015. Photo by Francis R. Malasig / EPA

Manila port nets P500M from public auctions in 2015

Dec 27, 2015 - 5:04 PM

Illegally imported rice and sugar top the list of goods auctioned off by the Manila International Container Port in 2015

Justin Trudeau's APEC chair earns more than P2 million in auction

Dec 18, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Trudeau s chair earns more than US President Barack Obama s and President Benigno Aquino III s

YODA CHAIRS. Six of Kenneth Cobonpue's 'Yoda' chairs are auctioned off at P8,810,000. The chairs, as shown in the photo, were used at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Welcome Dinner in November. Screengrab from Instagram/kennethcobonpue