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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built his keynote address to the Republican National Convention on the theme of telling tough truths to the nation. "We have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved," announced Christie, showing off the gruff, no-nonsense style that catapulted him into the governor's mansion.

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Art records fall led by Rothko in New Yorkupdated: Wed May 09 2012 08:33:00

One week after Edvard Munch's "The Scream" shattered art auction records, Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" has broken the price ceiling for a work of contemporary art.

Auctions celebrate art of the Islamic worldupdated: Wed May 02 2012 06:38:00

The salerooms of London were last week crammed with art and antiquities from across the Islamic world, as the city's auction houses celebrated "Islamic Week."

Netherlands art fair showcases the best in 7,000 years of artupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 07:14:00

There are few places in the world where you can see ancient statues, imperial European jewellery, masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel, paintings by Picasso and sculpture by Henry Moore all under one roof.

Enigma machine sells for world record priceupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 13:39:00

An Enigma machine which featured in a Hollywood movie about the codebreakers of World War II has smashed auction estimates and sold for a world record price.

Elizabeth Taylor's cherished possessions to be auctioned at Christie'supdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 10:51:00

Elizabeth Taylor fans will soon get a closer look into the private life of the late Hollywood legend, as Christie's prepares a worldwide tour and auction of some of her most prized personal possessions.

Love (letters) hath a price: $134,500 when author is Jackie Kennedyupdated: Thu May 19 2011 20:54:00

What price love -- or more accurately, what price a love letter?

Agatha Christie's secret life as an archaeologistupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 07:32:00

She is one of the best-known crime writers of all time but few know the extent of Agatha Christie's archaeological pedigree.

Art market opens in Londonupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 11:30:00

CNN's Jim Boulden talks to Jussi Pylkkanen, President of Christie's Europe about the business of fine art.

Picasso sells for $40 million in austerity-proof art marketupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 11:30:00

A 1932 painting by Picasso sold for $40 million at auction Tuesday -- over $10 million more than the highest pre-sale estimate.

Auction of first edition of 'Star Spangled Banner' tops $500,000updated: Fri Dec 03 2010 13:29:00

A near two-century-old copy of "The Star Spangled Banner" sold for $506,500 Friday at Christie's auction house in Manhattan.

Original copy of 'Star Spangled Banner' up for saleupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 21:17:00

A nearly 200-year-old copy of "The Star Spangled Banner" is set to hit the auction block Friday at Christie's auction house in Manhattan.

Apple-1 computer sells for $213,000updated: Tue Nov 23 2010 17:37:00

One of Apple's first computers has sold for more than $200,000.

Apple computer for sale: only $160K!updated: Fri Nov 12 2010 16:21:00

And you thought the MacBook Air was pricey?

N.J. governor stands by termination of tunnel projectupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 16:58:00

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Wednesday he is officially shutting down a multibillion-dollar tunnel project after reviewing plans for carrying out what would have been the nation's largest infrastructure endeavor.

Ancient Roman helmet sells for 10 times estimated amountupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 12:14:00

A detailed and well-preserved Roman parade helmet -- complete with fine facial features on its face mask, tight curly hair, and a griffin-topped cap -- sold at auction Thursday for 10 times its estimated amount.

Britons fight to keep curly-haired Roman helmetupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 13:56:00

A detailed and well-preserved Roman parade helmet -- complete with fine facial features on its face mask, tight curly hair, and a griffin-topped cap -- will go up for auction Thursday, five months after it was found in northern England.

Political odd couple agrees on educationupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 12:27:00

Oprah had a question: "In this age of red states and blue states, with everyone being so partisan against everything, that fact that you could all come together -- you're a Republican and he's a Democrat -- did that ever come into it?"

Lehman Brothers' artwork up for auctionupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 14:32:00

Artwork that used to adorn the walls and halls of Lehman Brothers' offices in London is expected to fetch £2 million ($3.1 million) when it goes up for auction Wednesday.

Lehman Brothers artwork up for auctionupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 14:32:00

CNN's Jim Boulden looks at an auction of art and other items that belonged to Lehman Brothers.

Christie's refreshing restraint on mosqueupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 10:32:00

Ever seen a herd of elephants do backflips? It's really quite a spectacle, and it's happening right now in Republican strongholds all over the country.

London's record-breaking art auctionupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 12:30:00

Asian bidders are making an impression at London's record-breaking art auction. CNN's Eileen Hsieh explains.

2 Picasso works, 1 Matisse sell at auctionupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 22:41:00

Two paintings by Pablo Picasso and a third by Henri Matisse were among works auctioned off Tuesday at Christie's, including "Jacqueline," a Picasso not seen publicly since 1967.

Christie's drops human skull from auctionupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 12:50:00

A human skull and crossbones, valued at up to $20,000, won't appear at a Christie's auction Friday after another party claimed rights to the remains, the auction house announced.

George Washington letter sells for $3.2Mupdated: Sun Dec 06 2009 05:23:00

A letter penned by George Washington praising the new Constitution sold for $3.2 million at an auction, the highest price for a letter by America's first president.

CNNMoney: Fine art no hedge against inflationupdated: Tue May 12 2009 11:15:00

The past week's impressionist and modern art auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's didn't go well. But they were far from dreadful. The same is expected at this week's contemporary auctions.

CNNMoney: Hired! Job searching from coast to coastupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 14:28:00

In the worst job market in 25 years, job seekers are doing whatever it takes to find work, even if that means moving across the country.

Bidder won't payupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 10:06:00

An Chinese art collector who bid on sculptures belonging to Yves Saint Laurent won't pay up. ITN's Nicholas Glass reports.

Relics 'buyer' sparks mixed reaction in Chinaupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 10:06:00

The man who successfully bid for two Chinese sculptures at auction and then refused to pay up is being called both a national hero and national embarrassment in China.

China protest overshadows $470M YSL auctionupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 20:09:00

China has criticized Christie's auction of two Qing dynasty bronzes looted by invading French and British forces in 1860, saying the sale would hurt the auction house.

Yves Saint Laurent auctionupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 20:09:00

It is the auction of a lifetime -- Yves Saint Laurent's lifetime. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports

Winning bidder won't pay for Chinese relicsupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 19:38:00

A Chinese man who bid nearly $40 million for a pair of controversial antique Chinese statues said Monday he is refusing to pay for them, state media reported.

YSL auction of a lifetime set to fetch $380Mupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 06:44:00

A three-day auction of art and furnishings that belonged to the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is seeing sale prices far exceeding estimates, with dollar amounts almost as spectacular as the range of items being sold.

Nude photo of Madonna goes for $37,500updated: Thu Feb 12 2009 16:20:00

A nude photograph of pop singer Madonna was sold for $37,500 Thursday afternoon at a Christie's Art House auction. Nude Madonna Photo Goes on Auction Blockupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 18:43:00

A shot of the unclothed Material Girl taken in 1979 could fetch at least $10,000

Photographs of Madonna could sell for $10,000 eachupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 16:37:00

Two photographs of Madonna set to appear in a Christie's auction next month will probably sell for at least $10,000 each, according to estimates posted on the company's Web site.

Diamond sells for recession-busting $24.3 Mupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 12:47:00

What recession? Christie's, the famed auction house, this week sold a nearly 36-carat diamond for $24.3 million, which it said was the highest price for a diamond sold at auction. Fine Art: The Next Recession Victim?updated: Thu Nov 06 2008 10:55:00

On Day 2 of the fall auction season, a Russian masterpiece expected to sell for up to $3 million at auction did not find a buyer Wednesday

Behind the Scenes: James Brown auction stirs up memoriesupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 15:39:00

He was the hardest working man in show business, but judging from his possessions up for auction Thursday at Christie's in New York, James Brown also knew how to have a really good time.

The Boardroom: Christie's CEOupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 22:53:00

CNN's Andrew Stevens speaks with Christie's International CEO Edward Dolman in this edition of "The Boardroom."

Edward Dolman profileupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 22:53:00

Edward Dolman is Christie's first chief executive officer to have been a specialist, who understands the pressure and the nature of valuing art. Part of his mission is attracting other highly motivated specialists into their business.

Christie's specialist CEO: Edward Dolmanupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 06:56:00

Despite concerns about a global slowdown, business for Ed Dolman is better than ever.

Christie's factsupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 02:25:00

Christie's is the world's leading art business with global auction sales in 2007 that totalled $6.3 billion, marking the highest total in company and in art auction history.

Diamond the size of a ping pong ball sells for $6 million in Asiaupdated: Thu May 29 2008 04:45:00

A private collector has plunked down $6 million to buy the largest diamond ever sold at auction in Asia. Gandolfini Selling 'Sopranos' Wardrobe for Charityupdated: Tue May 27 2008 16:10:00

James Gandolfini, who starred on the hit HBO series, is selling off 24 outfits, including the button-down blue shirt he wore in the opening credits and the bathrobe he donned to fetch the morning newspaper

The art of investmentupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 01:50:00

Despite the credit crunch and rising inflation in the Gulf, the region has found a new passion for investing. And one of the biggest growth markets at the moment is modern art.

Gulf art a popular investmentupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 01:50:00

Investors in the Middle East are finding art to be a good place to put their money. CNN's Wilf Dinnick reports.

CNNMoney: Rare Rubens reignites interest in old master artupdated: Thu Sep 27 2007 21:27:00

While contemporary works like Damien Hirst's $100 million diamond skull have dominated the headlines, a rare old master study by Peter Paul Rubens is quietly generating buzz among art collectors.

Fortune: 4 Record-breaking car salesupdated: Mon Jun 04 2007 06:03:00

$10 million for a car? Sure, for a '31 Bugatti Royale. Boutique vintage car auction firms are posting astronomical sales.

Bids near $3 million for Dukes' 'General Lee'updated: Thu May 03 2007 12:19:00

A modified 1969 Dodge Charger, painted to look like the General Lee from the TV Show "The Dukes of Hazzard," is for sale on eBayMotors. So far, the bidding is up to more than $2.7 million.

Europe's big art show turns 20updated: Wed Mar 14 2007 09:48:00

At the European Fine Art Fair this week, most of the Lucite cases hold great bunches of pale pink tulips. The art is uncaged.

'World's most valuable car' fails to sellupdated: Sat Mar 10 2007 14:42:00

After a sale was postponed to answer questions about the car's racing history, an ultra-rare 1939 German racing car expected to fetch the highest price on record for any automobile did not find a buyer at an auction.

CNNMoney: Wines sold as rare may be fakeupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 06:15:00

Federal prosecutors looking into allegations of counterfeit wine sales have sent subpoenas to rare-wine collectors and to some of the world's leading auction houses, including Christie's in London and Zachys in New York, according to a published report.

'World's most valuable car' sale back onupdated: Wed Feb 28 2007 12:46:00

The auction of a rare 1939 German race car, which had been postponed pending an investigation into the car's history, is back on. The car had been expected to get the highest price ever paid for any automobile at auction.

Sale of 'world's most valuable car' postponedupdated: Fri Feb 09 2007 14:11:00

The auction of a rare 1939 German race car, which had been expected to command the highest price ever paid for any automobile at auction, has been postponed, the Christie's auction house said Friday.

Hitler-era race car could fetch $12 millionupdated: Tue Jan 30 2007 09:55:00

A rare 1939 German race car, expected to command the highest price ever paid for any automobile at auction, will hit the block in Paris in February.

Hitler race car could fetch $12 millionupdated: Mon Dec 04 2006 16:08:00

A rare 1939 German race car commissioned by Adolf Hitler is expected to command the highest price ever paid for any automobile at auction, according to Christie's, which will conduct the auction in Paris in February 2007.

'Mao' to 'Marilyn': Art is big businessupdated: Mon Nov 20 2006 11:17:00

Christmas at Christie's came early this year.

Fortune: Investors zoom in on photographyupdated: Fri Nov 17 2006 17:21:00

If you had wandered into the New York location of Christie's auction house in 1996, you could have purchased a print of Helmut Newton's "Two Pairs of Legs in Black Stockings, Paris" for about $2,30...

Shortcuts: Becoming an art collectorupdated: Wed Nov 15 2006 04:49:00

Nearly half a billion dollars worth of fine art was exchanged during Christie's sale of modern and impressionist art in New York City last week. Fancy being a player in the art world? Here's our paint-by-numbers guide.

CNNMoney: Star Trek auction beams in $7.1 millionupdated: Sat Oct 07 2006 23:09:00

A three-day action of Star Trek memorabilia beamed up some $7.1 million in total sales, Christie's auction house said Saturday.

Christie's underestimates Trekkies, pulls $7.1 millionupdated: Sat Oct 07 2006 21:18:00

Trekkies set their phasers to bid this week, doling out about $7.1 million during a three-day auction of "Star Trek" memorabilia at Rockefeller Center, Christie's auction house said Saturday.

CNNMoney: Star Trek auction prospersupdated: Sat Oct 07 2006 08:37:00

Sales of Star Trek memorabilia at Christie's auction house are out of this world.

Princess's gems, tiara for auctionupdated: Fri Jun 09 2006 09:27:00

Jewellery, art and furniture belonging to Britain's late Princess Margaret including the tiara she wore to her wedding have gone on display in London ahead of being put up for auction.

Fortune: Cuban cigars: lighting up (legally)updated: Fri Apr 21 2006 08:40:00

Everyone knows Cuban cigars are illegal in the United States, thanks to the embargo on Fidel Castro's goods.

CNNMoney: Add Picassos to your portfolio?updated: Thu Feb 09 2006 08:06:00

A good piece of art can mean much more than just a pretty picture on a wall.

Money Magazine: Winning Bidsupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 00:01:00

Unless you're the kind of person who can afford to buy old masters indiscriminately, you might think of live auctions as being only for the rich and famous. But what the world's high rollers don't ...

CNNMoney: Winning bidsupdated: Wed Jun 15 2005 14:47:00

Unless you're the kind of person who can afford to buy Old Masters indiscriminately, you might think of live auctions as being only for the rich and famous.

First map of America makes $1mupdated: Wed Jun 08 2005 05:56:00

A 500-year-old map which was the first to use the word "America" and the first to portray the Earth as a globe has been sold in London for $1,002,267 -- a world record.

Oldest FA Cup fetches record priceupdated: Thu May 19 2005 08:14:00

The oldest surviving FA Cup was sold at auction on Thursday for £478,400 ($879,400) - a world record price for an item of football memorabilia.

Hopper painting sells for $14 millionupdated: Thu May 12 2005 00:10:00

A painting by American artist Edward Hopper sold for $14 million at auction on Wednesday night, establishing a record price for the popular artist's work.

CNNMoney: Hopper painting sold for record $14Mupdated: Tue May 10 2005 23:10:00

A painting by American artist Edward Hopper sold for $14 million at auction Wednesday night, establishing a record price for the popular artist's work.

Bird sculpture fetches record $27mupdated: Wed May 04 2005 21:23:00

A rare marble version of "Bird in Space" by Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi sold Wednesday at Christie's auction house for $27.4 million, a world record for a sculpture at a public auction.

CNNMoney: Christie's to auction computer relicsupdated: Tue Feb 22 2005 10:16:00

Computer geeks who love history will have a chance to get their hands on rare documents and technical relics at an auction in New York this week.

Fortune: Cultured Shockerupdated: Mon May 31 2004 00:01:00

The story itself has been overshadowed by more recent scandals, but The Art of the Steal: Inside the Sotheby's--Christie's Auction House Scandal (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by art and society journalist ...

showbuzzupdated: Mon Apr 05 2004 13:07:00

Even before the cameras started rolling on "The Prince & Me," which opened Friday, co-star Luke Mably had his royal ways in hand.

Fortune: Cellar's Market Thanks to the sluggish economy, wine collectors are dumping good bottles to get quick cash. And you stand to gaiupdated: Mon Feb 03 2003 00:01:00

Collecting wine is a well-known hobby of businesspeople. So what happens when the economy tanks? In many cases the wine goes on the block. Says a director of an international bank in New York: "You...

Money Magazine: On The Roadupdated: Sat Jun 01 2002 00:01:00

$190 Approximate gas cost of driving I-80 from New York City to San Francisco[1]

FSB: Going, Going, Gulp Wine auctions can be a great way to build up your collection and try rare vintages you can't find elsewhere.updated: Mon Oct 01 2001 00:01:00

You're way past cheap Australian reds and bargain-basement Chileans. Plunking down 30 bucks for a California chardonnay is no big deal, and you're familiar with even the most obscure Oregon pinot n...

Fortune: Auction Housesupdated: Mon May 28 2001 00:01:00

The art world had big trouble on its hands when the former chairmen of Christie's and Sotheby's were indicted on charges of price-fixing this month. (Both men deny the charges.) Now comes even more...

Fortune: A House Divided Behind the velvet curtains at Sotheby's, two tycoons waged a titanic battle for control of updated: Mon Dec 18 2000 00:01:00

On a Sunday afternoon in April, two days after returning from a trip to London, Detroit shopping-center developer Robert Taubman flew to New York City to see money manager Ron Baron. Taubman had ju...

Fortune: A Fraud! Auction 'Rivals' Are Anything Butupdated: Mon Mar 20 2000 00:01:00

Christie's and Sotheby's have always acted like mortal enemies whose well-bred staffs jockey for the next vault of impressionist oil paintings. Their top executives fuel that perception by trading ...

Money Magazine: HOW TO BUY AN ORIENTAL RUG AND NOT GET TAKEN ON A CARPET RIDEupdated: Thu May 01 1997 00:01:00

There I was in a Manhattan carpet dealer's showroom enjoying a typical Persian lunch--charcoal-oven-baked chicken, rice, mint curry, roast tomato and tea--when my meal tray almost fell off my lap. ...


Target, Giant Sonic Train, Non Stop Lavender, Radicon: The gang of robots approaches from outer space. Their bulbous incandescent eyes flash, radiator-grille mouths spark, antenna ears spin, arms w...

Fortune: A CALCULUS OF COLLECTIBLES Prices have fallen dramatically, so it's a good time to hunt for art, cars, and updated: Mon Oct 28 1991 00:01:00

NOW THAT the speculative bubbles have burst and dropped the collectibles market closer to earth, you may be wondering whether it's time to buy. The answer is yes -- if you know what you're doing. I...

Fortune: IS ANY CAR WORTH $15 MILLION?updated: Mon Jun 04 1990 00:01:00

First it was French impressionists. Now it's classic cars. A group of Japanese businessmen recently paid a record $15 million for a 1931 Bugatti Royale sold by a London car dealer. Now Christie's i...

Money Magazine: "How can I guard my invention while trying to sell it to a hardware chain?"updated: Tue Dec 01 1987 00:01:00

STOCKS Q. I managed to get out of the market without too great a loss in the recent crash. But what happens to the stocks I own in dividend-reinvestm ent plans? NECIA H. APFEL Highland Park, Ill. A...

Fortune: THE QUICKEST WAY TO SELL REAL ESTATE It's the auction, rising fast from disrepute. Sellers are putting even luxury properties unupdated: Mon Oct 12 1987 00:01:00

LONG REGARDED as schlock affairs, real estate auctions are suddenly stylish. This is unexpected news, for in the past auctions were such a sign of failure that sellers avoided them except in extrem...

Fortune: Make mine Macallanupdated: Mon Jun 22 1987 00:01:00

The stuporous brown-liquor market, pushed off its bar stool by consumers who have switched to white beverages like vodka, wine, and club soda, may have found its tonic in single-malt whiskies. Whil...

Fortune: NOW HERE THISupdated: Mon Apr 27 1987 00:01:00

LOUIS HARRIS, 66, pollster, on how the public views Wall Street: ''The American people are fed up with takeover raiders and insider traders. Such types are viewed as little better than predators.''...

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