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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. The "Taiyo no Tamago" (Egg of the Sun)-brand mangoes were set to be airlifted……

New Zealand woman auctions tattoo space on her butt

WELLINGTON — A cash-strapped New Zealander is auctioning off the chance to put a tattoo on her derriere so she can pay her bills. Wellington woman Tina Beznec, 23, says she needs the money after being made redundant twice in the past year. She set up an online auction under…

Sprinter turns to eBay for Olympic bid

An athlete on Wednesday put himself up for auction on online gianteBay in a desperate attempt to attract sponsors in the run up to London’s 2012 Olympic Games. The eventual winner will earn the right to emblazon its brand on sprinter James Ellington’s kit at training and press events before and after next…

Diaries of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele up for sale

NEW YORK — The diaries of feared Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, the so-called “Angel of Death” who carried out gruesome medical experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, will be auctioned in the United States. The diaries, written after World War II once Mengele had fled from the Allies to Latin…

Klimt painting stolen by the Nazis expected to sell for $25 million

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – A Gustav Klimt landscape stolen by the Nazis and recently restituted to the heirs of its Austrian owner is expected to sell for more than $25 million at auction this Autumn, Sotheby’s said on Friday. Klimt’s “Litzberg on the Attersee” is being sold by Georges…

Heirs, US govt battle in court over rare coins

The heirs to a renowned Philadelphia jeweler are locked in a court battle with the US government over the ownership of 10 rare gold coins from 1933 worth an estimated $75 million. The government contends the coins were stolen because the 1933 Double Eagles, worth $20 when they were minted,…

Jackson ‘Thriller’ jacket sells for $1.8 million

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson for his “Thriller” video sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Sunday to a Texas gold trader who plans to use it to raise money for children’s hospitals worldwide. The black and red calf leather jacket with winged…

Rare Billy the Kid photo to go on auction block

SANTA FE, New Mexico — A photograph of a smirking Billy the Kid, taken outside a New Mexico saloon near to where the famed outlaw was shot dead, could fetch up to $1 million at an auction on Saturday. The two-by-three-inch (five-by-eight-centimeter) tintype is the only known adult portrait of…

Iconic Marilyn Monroe dress sells for $4.6 million

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The legendary white dress seen billowing under Marilyn Monroe in an iconic image of 1950s Hollywood has sold at auction for $4.6 million, shattering estimates. The dress, worn by the star in the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch,” had been expected to fetch between one…

Dinosaur auction features fighting pair of skeletons

DALLAS (Reuters) – Natural history buffs with Tyrannosaurus-sized bank accounts got a chance to ante up on Sunday when an unusually large collection of fully assembled, museum-quality dinosaur skeletons was put up for auction. The featured stars of the Heritage Auctions bidding were a “fighting pair” of dinosaur skeletons that…

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