Artist Lucian Freud's 'Benefits Supervisor Sleeping' painting sold for $33.6 million at Christie's auction house in London on May 13. It set a record for the most money paid for a work by a living artist.
This letter, in which Albert Einstein wrote of his disdain for religion, sold for $404,000 at a London auction, Bloomsbury Auctions said on May 16. The buyer was identified only as a collector with "a passion for theoretical physics."
The painting 'Le Pont du chemin de fer a Argenteuil' by Claude Monet sold for $41 million at a May 6 auction at Christie's in New York. The price broke the auction record for the French impressionist. The previous record was $36.5 million for his 'Nympheas,' which sold last year.
Would you pay $1,350 for a corn flake shaped like the state of Illinois? That's what one pair of sisters pulled down on eBay after they auctioned off this flake they found one morning at breakfast.
A pear-shaped 72.22-carat diamond, expected to bring up to $13 million when it goes on the auction block next month, is seen during a press preview Monday March 10, 2008 at Sotheby's in New York. The D-color, flawless diamond will be sold April 10 at Sotheby's Hong Kong galleries.
Among a set of 300 rare pennies that sold for $10.7 million was this 1794 penny, which is the size of a modern-day quarter. This single coin sold for $632,500.
A 1918 "Inverted Jenny" stamp, perhaps the world's most famous stamp misprint, recently sold for $825,000 in a private sale to an anonymous buyer in New York. Another copy sold at auction last month for $977,500.
This globe, which once belonged to Adolph Hilter, sold at San Francisco's Greg Martin auction house for $100,000 in October. An American soldier snagged the memento from the Furher's country home in 1945.