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Artist Jeff Koons. ©Reuters/Lucas Jackson
Art superstar Koons unveils life work in New York

Jeff Koons, one of world's highest paid artists, unveils his life work in New York on Friday, a chance to understand why his art is so celebrated, so loathed and so expensive.

Art superstar Koons unveils life work in New York
Claude Monet 'Water Lilies'. Photo courtesy of wikiart.org
Claude Monet 'Water Lilies' painting sells for $54 million

An iconic "Water Lilies" painting by French artist Claude Monet sold for £31.7 million ($54 million, 39.7 million euros) at a London sale, the second-highest sum paid for his work on record.

Claude Monet 'Water Lilies' painting sells for $54 million
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Letters shed light on 'Gone with the Wind'

It's not that Margaret Mitchell didn't give a damn whether Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler would ever get back together again in "Gone with the Wind."

Letters shed light on 'Gone with the Wind'
Bob Dylan lyrics to headline $3-5 mn NY music auction
Bob Dylan lyrics to headline $3-5 mn NY music auction

Handwritten song lyrics from legendary singer Bob Dylan go under the hammer in New York, the most treasured possessions in a collection of rock memorabilia valued at $3-5 million.

Bob Dylan lyrics to headline $3-5 mn NY music auction
Stamp sells for record $9.5 million in New York
Stamp sells for record $9.5 million in New York

An incredibly rare 19th century postage stamp, a tiny one-cent magenta from British colonial Guyana, sold for a world record $9.5 million at a New York auction.

Stamp sells for record $9.5 million in New York
Banksy retrospective going on show in London
Banksy retrospective going on show in London

The first -- and unauthorised -- retrospective exhibition of works by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy is going on show in London next week ahead of a major auction sale.

Banksy retrospective going on show in London
Malala portrait goes for $102,500 in New York
Malala portrait goes for $102,500 in New York

A painted portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, fetched $102,500 at auction Wednesday in New York -- with the money going to female education in Nigeria.

Malala portrait goes for $102,500 in New York
Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million
Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million

A spectacular blue diamond, the largest in its category, fetched a total of $23.79 million (17.35 million euros) at a Christie's auction in Geneva.

Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million
Barnett Newman, "Black Fire I". Photo courtesy of uploads4.wikipaintings.org
Barnett Newman painting sells at auction for $84 million

A painting by American Barnett Newman, "Black Fire I," went under the gavel for $84 million Tuesday at Christie's postwar and contemporary art auction in New York, a record price for the artist.

Barnett Newman painting sells at auction for $84 million
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100-carat yellow diamond fetches $16 million at auction

A 100-carat yellow diamond sold for 14.5 million Swiss francs ($16.3 million,11.9 million euros) at auction in Geneva.

100-carat yellow diamond fetches $16 million at auction
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Sotheby's gives Loeb board seats, avoiding showdown

Sotheby's agreed Monday to appoint hedge fund activist Dan Loeb and two allies to its board, averting a shareholder vote over the direction of the prestigious fine art auctioneer.

Sotheby's gives Loeb board seats, avoiding showdown
Francis Bacon fever flares anew in New York
Francis Bacon fever flares anew in New York

Hype over Francis Bacon, whose work fetched a record price last year, is set to hit fever pitch when a new triptych goes under the hammer next week.

Francis Bacon fever flares anew in New York
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1939 Oscar trophy auctioned for $150,000 in LA

An Oscar statuette won in 1939 by a cinematographer who worked on "Citizen Kane" was auctioned for $150,000.

1939 Oscar trophy auctioned for $150,000 in LA
Handbags for big bucks: the latest global auction craze
Handbags for big bucks: the latest global auction craze

The bargains start below $150 and the most expensive go for more than $100,000: designer handbags are the latest craze taking global auction houses by storm and fetching record prices.

Handbags for big bucks: the latest global auction craze
French Jewish group urges Hitler furniture auction ban
French Jewish group urges Hitler furniture auction ban

France's main Jewish body on Sunday called for the cancellation of an auction of Adolf Hitler and Nazi air force chief Hermann Goering's personal effects due in Paris next month.

French Jewish group urges Hitler furniture auction ban
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Pair of Japanese mangoes fetch $3,000 at auction

A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan sold Thursday for a whopping 300,000 yen ($3,000), a record price for the fruit's first auction of the season, Kyodo News reported.

Pair of Japanese mangoes fetch $3,000 at auction
Snowy Mountain, by Cui Ruzhuo. Photo courtesy of scmp.com
H.K. police search landfill for $3.7 mln painting

Hong Kong police on Wednesday searched for a valuable painting mistakenly dumped in a landfill after it sold for $3.7 million at auction, reports said.

H.K. police search landfill for $3.7 mln painting
Ming-era 'chicken cup' breaks record for Chinese porcelain
Ming-era 'chicken cup' breaks record for Chinese porcelain

A rare Ming-era wine cup broke the world auction record for any Chinese porcelain on Tuesday, selling in Hong Kong for $36.05 million to Shanghai tycoon Liu Yiqian, Sotheby's auction house said.

Ming-era 'chicken cup' breaks record for Chinese porcelain
S. Korean strongman's art collection sold to pay fines
S. Korean strongman's art collection sold to pay fines

Art works confiscated from the family of former South Korean dictator Chun Doo-Hwan have been auctioned to pay multi-million-dollar fines imposed for bribes the disgraced military strongman received in office.

S. Korean strongman's art collection sold to pay fines
Australia's first banknote going under hammer
Australia's first banknote going under hammer

The only known specimen of the first official banknote issued in Australia, uncovered in Scotland, is expected to fetch at least Aus$250,000 (US$224,000) at an auction in Sydney this month.

Australia's first banknote going under hammer