Titanic violin sells for $1.5 million

A violin that was being played as the Titanic went down was sold for $1.46 million at auction yesterday, a record price for memorabilia from the doomed ocean liner. Band leader Wallace Hartley played the instrument, trying to calm passengers as the ship slipped into the frozen waters of the North Atlantic in April 1912 … [Read the full story]

$12,600 for dinner with Gillard

An unknown punter has forked out $4050 to be able to wrap a scarf hand-knitted by Prime Minister Julia Gillard around their neck. But dinner with senior Liberals Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull proved the top ticket in the annual federal press gallery Midwinter Ball charity auction. Someone paid $13,000 for the privilege, just pipping … [Read the full story]

First Aussie banknote expected to fetch $3.5m

Australia’s first banknote is expected to sell for a record amount when it goes to private sale next month. The 10 shilling note was issued on May 1, 1913, in Melbourne, in the presence of prime minister Andrew Fisher and governor-general Lord Denman. The note was hand-numbered by the governor-general’s five-year-old daughter Judith Denman, with … [Read the full story]

First book in America up for auction for $30m

A tiny hymnal from 1640 believed to be the first book ever printed in what is now the United States is going up for auction, and it could sell for as much as $30 million. Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book survive in varying degrees of completeness. Members of Boston’s Old South Church … [Read the full story]

Fake prince’s goods go under the hammer

One of the most extraordinary auctions in Queensland’s history has taken place with the luxury possessions of a fake prince going under the hammer. The Public Trustee on Sunday sold items owned by Joel Barlow, the former public servant who embezzled more than $16 million from Queensland Health while posing as Tahitian royalty. There was … [Read the full story]

Captain Cook’s pistol sells for $219,600

A pistol owned by British explorer Captain James Cook, who first claimed Australia for Britain nearly two and half centuries ago, sold on Thursday for $219,600, above the top estimate set by auctioneers. The brass pistol, an early 18th century Continental Flintlock holster pistol with a 13-bore barrel made by Dutch gunmaker Godefroi Corbau Le … [Read the full story]

Michael Jackson letter withdrawn from auction

A letter written by Michael Jackson in which he complains of not being able to sleep has been withdrawn from an auction at the request of his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley. The singer, who died in 2009 after asking his doctor to give him a strong anesthetic to help his insomnia, wrote the note to … [Read the full story]

Wayne Rooney interested in ex-oasis drumkit

Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll is auctioning off his old drumkit – and there’s possible interest from football star Wayne Rooney. McCarroll, who left the band in 1995 after appearing on their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, took Oasis to court in 1999 over lost profits, finally settling for $1,000,000 out of court. He has now … [Read the full story]

Loads-a-money for a Beatle-car

A flash 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 once owned by Sir Paul McCartney fetched around $200,000 at an auction in Goodwood, England.

Jane Austen’s un-finished novel to be auctioned

The manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, The Watsons, is expected to fetch over $500,000 at an auction in London next month. Many of us may have wished she’d not finished any of her other novels…boring…upper-class pommie crap.

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