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Renoir original found at flea market

A lucky shopper managed to pick up an original Renoir painting at a flea market in West Virginia for $7. When [the auction company] told me it was real, I had to sit down for a minute. I really didn’t believe it. I was like, what? Really? I was a little

Sotheby’s auctions off Sicán mask

Auction house Sotheby's has sold a priceless Sicán mask for $212,500, prompting some to look into the object's past. According to the Sotheby’s catalogue, the mask was acquired over 40 years ago. Carlos Elera, director of the Sicán Museum, told Peru.21, “The mask was looted by grave robbers from the area

Patron saint of genital disease’s severed head for sale

The perfect gift for someone who has it all: the severed head of the patron said of genital disease is set to hit the auction block this weekend. The skull is allegedly that of St Vitalis of Assisi, an Italian Benedictine monk from the 14th century. It belonged to an Anglo-Irish family

Previously unseen photo of dead Himmler released

A previously unreleased photograph of Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler taken moments after his suicide is due to be auctioned. After his death, Army chiefs released propaganda photographs of the monster's corpse slumped on the floor and a makeshift bed. But Lance Corporal Adderley kept the stark, grainy close-up taken at a British

Electric lamp turns out to be 2,000-year-old Roman vase

The base of a lamp has turned out to be a 2,000-year-old Roman vase which just sold at auction for over $700,000. One hole drilled in the bottom for the flex; a couple of screws in the top for the light fitting. Then – in keeping with the prevailing style

16th century nose jobs

A 16th century book sold at auction contains some of the first documented information on how to perform a nose job. This book, which sold for a whopping 11,000 pounds to a modern-day plastic surgeon, was written by Gaspare Tagliacozzi. He was the professor or surgery and anatomy at the University of

Previously unseen official photographs of Hitler up for sale

Hundreds of never-before-seen official photographs of Adolf Hitler, taken by his personal photographer, are set to hit the auction block. ''We've got somewhere around 800 negatives and maybe 600 stills, some from these negatives and other stills that don't have a negative that they were developed from,'' he said. ''They

First edition copy of “The Star-Spangled Banner” up for auction

Looking to own a piece of American history? A copy of the first edition sheet music for "The Star-Spangled Banner" is set to hit the auction block. It's estimated to go for $200,000 to $300,000 at the sale early next month. Christie's auction house says it's the only known copy

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