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BERLIN | Police: 3 men walk off with Renoir ahead of Austria auction

BERLIN— Three unknown men allegedly stole a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir from an auction house in Vienna, police said Wednesday. The thieves walked into the Dorotheum auction house on Monday and removed the painting from a wall in a room on the second floor where it was on display. They then left the … Continue reading BERLIN | Police: 3 men walk off with Renoir ahead of Austria auction

GENEVA | Marie Antoinette pearl reaps record $36 million, with fees

GENEVA — A large, drop-shaped natural pearl pendant sold for more than $36 million Wednesday at a rare auction of jewelry that once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, which Sotheby’s is calling a record price for a pearl at auction. The “Queen Marie Antoinette’s Pearl,” a diamond-and-pearl pendant, was among the highlight offerings on … Continue reading GENEVA | Marie Antoinette pearl reaps record $36 million, with fees

GENEVA | Pink diamond sells for more than $50M, setting world record

GENEVA— Christie’s sold the “Pink Legacy” diamond at auction Tuesday for more than $50 million including fees, saying it’s a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond. Christie’s said that renowned jeweler Harry Winston was the buyer. The auction house had expected to fetch $30 million to $50 million for the nearly … Continue reading GENEVA | Pink diamond sells for more than $50M, setting world record

SEATTLE | Washington city ends gun sales by police after AP probe

SEATTLE — The city council in Spokane, Washington, has passed an ordinance prohibiting police from selling confiscated firearms, citing an Associated Press investigation that found that some guns sold by law enforcement were used in new crimes. “Disposing of long guns and assault rifles is a sensible approach,” Councilwoman Candace Mumm told The Associated Press … Continue reading SEATTLE | Washington city ends gun sales by police after AP probe

Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction

Banksy has posted a video to his website in which he implies the shredding of his “Girl With Balloon” at a Sotheby’s auction in London was supposed to have been complete. Instead, the canvas was only partially shredded after the hammer came down on a winning bid of $1.4 million, to the shock of the … Continue reading Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction

LONDON | Sale on for Banksy painting that self-destructed at auction

LONDON— The winning bidder for a Banksy painting that self-destructed during an auction last week has decided to go through with the purchase, auctioneer Sotheby’s said Thursday. The auction house said a female European collector was the successful bidder, agreeing to pay 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million) for “Girl With Balloon.” But just after the … Continue reading LONDON | Sale on for Banksy painting that self-destructed at auction