AUCTIONS

  • Cabinet may decide coal auction floor price today December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The Cabinet may on Wednesday decide to fix a floor price of Rs 150/tonne for auction of coal blocks in March. A methodology for fixing floor and reserve price for the auction of 204 coal mines whose allocation was cancelled by the Supreme Court in September, will be decided...
  • Dad's films were more forward than Anurag Kashyap's: Pooja Bhatt December 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Many credit Anurag Kashyap for revolutionsing the current moviemaking culture, but actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt says her father Mahesh Bhatt's films were "way more forward" than the 'Gangs of Wasseypur' fame director is known for creating. "Some of the films are new, but most of them are old as hell...
  • New world record for Corto Maltese comic book art November 23, 2014

    Paris: A watercolour of the graphic novel hero Corto Maltese has sold at auction for a record 391,800 euros ( USD 485,500), just months after a Tintin strip set a new world high for a comic of 2.65 million euros. The artwork for a 1979 French edition of Corto Maltese in...
  • Government prepares draft guidelines on coal block allocation, first auction on Feb 15 November 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Coal ministry has prepared draft guidelines on coal block allocations with the first phase of auction bidding for the coal blocks to take place on February 11, 2015. "There has to be specified end use for blocks to be allocated and a cap on the number of blocks...
  • DoT for commencing spectrum auction from February 23 November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Spectrum auction for mobile services is expected to start from February 23, a few days later than suggested by a ministerial group, according to official sources. The inter-ministerial group, formed to work out modalities for the next round of auction, had suggested February...
  • Sapphire from Kashmir sells for world record USD 6 million November 13, 2014

    Geneva: A rare step-cut Kashmir sapphire in rich velvety blue has sold for a world record at a Sotheby's auction in Geneva, where it fetched USD 6 million. "A rare 27.54 carat step-cut Kashmir sapphire which exhibited a rich, saturated velvety blue colour achieved USD 5,984,474, a world auction record for...
  • Napoleon's trademark two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction October 28, 2014

    Paris: Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat. Next month, a "bicorne" felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what the auctioneer calls the "sale of...
  • Adolf Hitler's copy of 'Mein Kampf' may fetch $100 thousand at auction October 27, 2014

    New York: German dictator Adolf Hitler's personal copy of 'Mein Kampf' believed to be the only existing author-owned copy of the book is expected to fetch over USD 100,000 at an online auction. "This is not your run-of-the-mill copy of Mein Kampf," said antiquities dealer Craig Gottlieb, who is auctioning...
  • Apple-1, the first Apple computer from 1976, sells for $905,000 at auction October 23, 2014

    One of the few remaining examples of Apple's first pre-assembled computer, Apple-1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday, far outstripping expectations. The relic, which sparked a revolution in home computing, is thought to be one of the first batch of 50 Apple-1 machines assembled by Apple...
  • London: Sothebys auctions Indian and Islamic art work October 22, 2014

    The Auction House Sothebys of London held its inaugural 'Indian and Islamic Art week' putting on display a high profile series of Public exhibitions and auctions from October 3 to October 8. The exhibition was divided into three areas - the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Art of Imperial...
  • Over 100 rare Titanic items fetch substantial six-figure sum October 19, 2014

    London: More than 100 rare Titanic items, including a menu from the ship's first-class restaurant, have fetched several hundred thousand pounds at an auction in the UK, over a century after the ocean liner sank. The menu sold for 60,000 pounds and a small locker key went for 62,000 pounds...
  • John F Kennedy wedding negatives sell for $34K at auction October 16, 2014

    Boston: One black-and-white photograph captures a dapper John F Kennedy slicing into his wedding cake. Another shows the family dog peeking out playfully from the folds of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's billowing white dress. The images were among those imprinted on 13 original negatives from the Kennedys' fairytale wedding that sold for...
  • TRAI proposes 10 per cent hike in spectrum auction reserve price October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday recommended around 10 per cent hike in the reserve price for 1800 MHz band spectrum auction compared to the last winning price in the February 2014 sale. "In the 900 MHz band, only the spectrum held by them is available...
  • Joan Fontaine's 1941 best actress Oscar up for auction October 15, 2014

    Reuters: Silver screen star Joan Fontaine's 1941 best actress Oscar statuette will go on the auction block, Christie's said on Tuesday in a rare sale of Hollywood's top prize. Fontaine, who died last year at age 96, won the honor for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Suspicion" playing opposite Cary...
  • Charles Darwin's letter on sex life of barnacles, vintage Apple 1 from 1976 up for auction October 10, 2014

    New York: A letter by Charles Darwin on the sex life of barnacles and a still-working vintage Apple computer - one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 - are among the unique pieces of science history up for auction this month. Buyers at the October 22 event...
  • Sothebys auctions Indian and Islamic art work in London October 9, 2014

    London: The Auction House Sothebys of London held its inaugural 'Indian and Islamic Art week' putting on display a high profile series of Public exhibitions and auctions from October 3 to October 8. The exhibition was divided into three areas - the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Art of...
  • Swede's homemade submarine sells for $98,500 September 21, 2014

    London: A submarine built from scratch by a Swedish man using his "common sense" and constructed over the course of two years has sold for a whopping $98,500 in an online auction. Eric Westerberg, 33, from Robertsfors in northern Sweden, spent over 3,500 hours to build the six metre long submarine,...
  • 'ET the ExtraTerrestrial': 'World's worst' video game to be auctioned September 15, 2014

    Washington: Hundreds of copies of a video game described as the 'world's worst' are now being auctioned after they were unearthed from a landfill site in the US. The vintage videogame called 'ET the ExtraTerrestrial', based on a hit movie and released in 1982, was said to be so bad...
  • Efforts on to acquire Ambedkar's London home September 15, 2014

    London: India may acquire the Rs 40crore residential property where Dr B R Ambedkar lived during the 1920s and convert it into a memorial to the crusader for social justice, a social organsation on Monday said. The initiative to acquire the 2,050 sq ft property on King Henry's Road, currently on...
  • Selfie from 1850s sells for 70,000 pounds September 15, 2014

    London: A selfportrait by a renowned 19thcentury Swedish photographer, described as the 'world's first selfie', has sold for a whopping 70,000 pounds at a UK auction. The image by Oscar Rjelander, which dates from the 1850s, sold for seven times its estimate at an auction in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. It should...
  • Shah Rukh Khan buys 2 'MughaleAzam' posters for Rs 6.84 lakh at an auction; a painting of 'Shree 420' gets the highest bid of Rs 7.5 lakh September 14, 2014

    Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan led bidders at the Osian's auction of rare and vintage film memorabilia here as he bought two majestic original posters of 'MughaleAzam' for Rs 6.84 lakh. Last night's sale, part of the auction house's 'Greatest Indian Show on Earth' series, saw 163 of the 220 lots being...
  • HC cancels allotment of 350 acre land to DLF by Haryana government September 3, 2014

    Chandigarh: In a major blow to the Haryana government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court cancelled a land allotment made by it to real estate major DLF. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda government had allotted 350 acres of land to the company. According to sources, DLF was the sole bidder of the...
  • 33yearold slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake sold for $1,375 August 30, 2014

    Los Angeles: A 33yearold slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375. The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online on Thursday by Nate D Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles. With the box was a card stating,...
  • Victoria Beckham to sell 600 items from wardrobe August 6, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singerturneddesigner Victoria Beckham will put over 600 items from her wardrobe up for sale in aid of HIV awareness charity. In partnership with designer outlet store TheOutnet.com and famed auctioneers Christie's, who valued the items, Victoria has placed hundreds of her own clothes, shoes and accessories online in...
  • Sahara chief Subrata Roy to raise bail money from conference room in jail August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Jailed Sahara chief Subrata Roy will move to a swanky conference room in Tihar prison on Tuesday where he will have facilities like video conferencing, Internet and phone so that he can negotiate with potential bidders for sale of his hotels abroad to raise Rs 10,000 crore for...
  • Ram Gopal Varma to auction his next film to distributors, buyers July 30, 2014

    Chennai: Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has decided to auction his upcoming yetuntitled Telugu action thriller as he aims to revolutionise the existing model of film distribution that treats cinema as a commercial product. Varma confirmed the news via his Facebook page Wednesday. "Yes, I and Vishnu Manchu are going to auction...
  • Items from Elvis Presley's funeral up for sale July 15, 2014

    Los Angeles: Items used during late singer Elvis Presley's funeral are going under the hammer. The "Hound dog" hitmaker passed away in 1977, and he was laid to rest at his sprawling Graceland compound in Memphis, Tennessee. Presley's father Vernon personally asked singer J.D. Sumner to organise the funeral, and he compiled...
  • Tracey Emin's unmade bed sells for 2.54 million pounds July 2, 2014

    London: British artist Tracey Emin's controversial 'My Bed' artwork which features an unmade bed and a littered floor including empty vodka bottles and discarded condoms has fetched a whopping 2.54 million pounds, almost double its presale estimate. Christie's said the 1998 artwork was bought by an anonymous bidder on Tuesday for 2,546,500...
  • 'Like a rolling stone' could bring 2 million USD at auction June 24, 2014

    New York: One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," could bring between $1 million and $2 million at auction. A working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand is being offered by Sotheby's on Tuesday. The draft is written in pencil on...
  • Bob Dylan manuscripts seen top items in NY rock and roll auction June 21, 2014

    Reuters: Bob Dylan's lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone" and "A Hard Rain's AGonna Fall" are expected to be the highlights of Sotheby's rock and roll auction next week, which will include memorabilia from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley. The handwritten, annotated manuscript for "Like a Rolling Stone,"...