Auction industry readies for COVID-19 business closures

May 13, 2020
The last order of business for many bankrupt companies — restaurants in particular — is to put their assets under the gavel.
A closed restaurant in Washington, D.C., in March. Auction companies are predicting a wave of closures and liquidations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The business behind celebrity auctions

Aug 10, 2018
What started in 1970 with a massive MGM auction has turned into a multimillion-dollar global business.
Sotheby's auctioneer Oliver Barker fields bids at the white-glove sale of David Bowie's personal art collection on November 10, 2016 in London, England. 
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Rockefeller auction at Christie's expected to bring in $500 million or more for charity

May 1, 2018
The items at the auction include everything from David Rockefeller’s gold cuff links to Picasso paintings that were once owned by writer Gertrude Stein.
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That $100 million Leonardo da Vinci painting might not even be by Leonardo da Vinci

Nov 15, 2017
But art critic Blake Gopnik explains why that might not be the right question to ask.
A view of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, which could rake in more than $100 million tonight at auction.
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First map of Disneyland sells for $708,000 at auction

Jun 26, 2017
It was created by Walt Disney and fellow illustrator Herb Ryman in just one weekend to woo theme park investors in 1953.
Mickey Mouse and his friends celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Park during a ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle in Anaheim, California.
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Art auction at Christie's sets record for expensive art

May 13, 2015
But is the price tag more about setting a record than the art itself?

Auction houses filled with high-end art – and drama

Jan 20, 2015
The art world, "where insider trading ... is completely legal and actually frequently practiced."
Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' is auctioned at Sotheby's in 2012 in New York City.
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Sotheby's auctions blue diamond for a lot of green

Oct 7, 2013
Sotheby’s Hong Kong is auctioning the world’s largest round blue diamond, the Premier Blue, for $19 million dollars. There’s not much you can do with diamonds but they are always in demand.