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  1. Picasso's Women of Algiers has become the most expensive painting to sell at auction, it was sold for $160m at Christie's in New York on May 11, 2015.
  2. Signed jewels from Cartier and David Webb to Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR) led the New York sale of Important Jewels for $9,677,501 on 5 February 2015.
  3. Sotheby sold 198 pieces of Old Master & 19th Century European Art on 30 January 2015 for $2,326,337 in New York.
  4. A terracotta sculpture by Claude Michel, called Clodion, entitled "Bacchante With Grapes Carried By Two Bacchantes And A Bacchant", was sold for $2,853,000 on 29 January 2015 in New York.
  5. "St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Sigismund of Burgundy" by Lorenzo Veneziano was sold for $1,325,000 on 29 January 2015 in New York.
  6. A "Penschilderij" by Willem van de Velde the Elder was sold for $5,429,000 on 29 January 2015 in New York.
  7. Francis Bacon's painting "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" was sold $142.4 million at an auction in New York in 2013.
  8. Giacometti's sculpture "Walking Man I" was sold $104.3 million at an auction in London in 2010.
  9. The Treskilling Yellow (Sweden), a rare 1855 stamp, has an estimated value at least $2.3m.
  10. A 1943 Lincoln penny, which the Denver mint mistakenly struck in bronze, has sold for $1.7 million at Legend Numismatics.
  11. In April 2011 Cezanne’s “The Card Players” (1892-93) was sold to an anonymous buyer at a price at least $250m.
  12. Stockholms Auktionsverk (Swedish for "Stockholm's Auction House"), founded in 1674 in Sweden, is the world's oldest auction house.
  13. Christie’s, which is the world's largest auction house, was established around 1766.
  14. Sotheby’s, which is the world's second-largest auction house, held its first auction in 1744.
  15. Dorotheum, which is one of the world's oldest auction houses, held its first auction in 1707.
  16. Bonhams, which is an auctioneer of fine art and antiques, held its first auction in 1793.
  17. Phillips de Pury & Company, which is an auctioneers and art dealership, held its first auction in 1796.
  18. Freeman’s Auction House, which is an auctioneer in Philadelphia, PA, held its first auction in 1805
  19. Lyon & Turnbull, which is Scotland’s oldest auction house, held its first auction in 1826.
  20. On September 10, 2011, Freeman's held an auction that brought $3.5 million for a Jade seal
  21. $7,590,020 for the 1933 Double Eagle, the most valuable coin in the world,...
  22. The 2011 auction to dine in New York city with Warren E. Buffett had a record $2,626,411. The top bidder last year paid $2,626,311 million to dine with the this chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.
  23. In 500 BC, annual auctions were held in Babylon where women were auctioned off for marriage.
  24. During the Roman Empire, slaves captured were auctioned off in the forum.
  25. The first color Mickey Mouse cartoon was sold $498,000,...
  26. $17.4M for the portrait of Mao Zedong
  27. $180,000 for a car license plate "1 LOVE U" in Hong Kong.
  28. The most expensive piece of art ever sold ... a $104m Picasso painting
  29. Most Expensive Cars Ever Auctioned
  30. The most expensive home in the U.S., $135 million.
  31. In November, 2006, Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses sold:
  32. Paul Cézanne's "The Card Players"sold at a private sale for $250 million in 2011.
  33. Jackson Pollock's "No. 5, 1948" sold at Sotheby's for $140 million on November 2, 2006.
  34. Willem de Kooning's "Woman III" sold at Larry Gagosian's for $137.5 million on November 18, 2006.
  35. Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I", $152.6 million (sold at Christie's for $135 million on June 18, 2006.
  36. Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait Du Docteur Gachet" sold at Christie's for $82.5 million on May 15, 1990.
  37. Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Au Moulin De La Galette"sold at Sotheby's for $78.1 million in 1990.
  38. Pablo Picasso's "Garçon A La Pipe"sold at Sotheby's for $104 million in 2004.
  39. Edvard Munch's "The Scream" sold for $119.9 million at Sotheby's on May 2, 2012.
  40. Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves, And Bust" sold by Christie's for $106.5 million in 2010.
  41. Alberto Giacometti's "L'Homme Qui Marche" sold by Sotheby's for $104 million in 2010.
  42. Pablo Picasso's "Dora Maar Au Chat" sold at Sotheby's for $95.2 million in 2006.
  43. In Setember, 2012, Sotheby's and Christie's, Champion International Art Auction House Ltd's, K Auction's, Koller Auktionen Zürich's, Jianan International Auction Co., Ltd's auction houses sold:
  44. In early March 1859 an enormous slave action took place at the Race Course three miles outside Savannah, Georgia. Four hundred thirty-six slaves were to be put on the auction block including men, women, children and infants.
  45. An auction is a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bid, taking bids, and then selling the item to the highest bidder. While auctions are most associated in the public imagination with the sale of antiques, paintings, rare collectibles and expensive wines, auctions are also used for commodities, livestock, radio spectrum and used cars.
  46. "Lucky Number" - The cell phone number 135 8585 8585, which has a Chinese
    sound like "Let me be rich be rich be rich be rich" was sold at US$1.1 million after 70 bids in Shanghai!

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