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19 Aug, 2016

Auction announcement

Heritage Auctions says Ali’s WBC heavyweight championship boxing belt, the trunks Ali wore for his “Rumble in the Jungle” victory over George Foreman in Zaire, the gloves worn by Liston when he lost his title to Ali, and a handwritten letter about his conversion to Islam are among 79 items that will be auctioned in September, in the biggest such sale since Ali’s death. Heritage says most of the items came from collectors, with nothing coming from Ali’s family. Heritage:

With the recent passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received telephone calls from collectors all over the world seeking important pieces from his life and career.

27 Jul, 2015

Book auctioned for $50 000

A book chronicling the life of First Lady Grace Mugabe in pictures, titled Amai Dr Grace Mugabe at 50, is bought for $50 000 by Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder Prophet Magaya after he outbids other potential buyers. The bids for the book start at $5 000 during the First Lady’s 50th birthday celebrations gala and fund-raising dinner held at the First Family’s home in Harare. Prophet Magaya says he is happy to meet the First Family and he will continue to support the First Lady’s philanthropic work.

1 Apr, 2015

Palestinian door sold for $175

Rabea Darduna, a father of six from northern Gaza, is upset when he finds out that the Greek goddess Niobe painting he sold to Khaled for 700 shekels ($175) is worth much more. He says he was approached by a group of men:

They said they wanted to put it in a museum in Gaza where everyone could see it. One man told me: ‘We’re from the group that did it.’ They made me sign a paper. It said I agreed on 700 shekels. They pressured me and I accepted because I need the money…I had no idea what the value of the painting was or who this Banksy is…Really we feel depressed and very upset. This door is rightfully ours. They cheated us. It’s a matter of fraud. And we’re asking for the door to be returned.

Khaled says he has followed Banksy’s work for years, will not give it back to Darduna, and has no plans to sell it at present:

I bought the door to preserve the painting and protect it from being removed, spoiled or destroyed.

Palestinian 'tricked' into selling Banksy art for 5 – BBC News

3 Oct, 2012

Jewish lynching victim postcard sells

Makes Statement

postcard leo frankAfter most major auction houses refuse, Sotheby’s agrees to auction a photo postcard of Leo Frank, which sells for $3,125. Sotheby’s:

It isn’t unusual for Sotheby’s to include famous images of important, yet disturbing historical events, such as the present work. This was not the only photograph related to Jewish history in last week’s sale, and it wasn’t the highest priced, either.