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A large painting from one of Willem de Kooning's most productive periods sold for $66.3 million at Christie's auction of contemporary art. Untitled XXV set a new auction record for a work by the abstract expressionist artist at its sale Tuesday evening in New York. When the painting was auctioned in 2006, it sold for $27.1 million, then a record for any work of post-war and contemporary art. Another major work at the auction was a painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter now owned by British singer-songwriter Eric Clapton. Christie's said Abstract Painting fetched just over $20 million. De...

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Twilight fans will have the chance to own a piece of Hollywood history when hundreds of items from the films go up for auction. The two-day sale will include more than 900 props and costumes featured in the vampire movie franchise starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Among the items on sale is an engagement ring worn by Stewart's character Bella Swan, which is valued at $3,000-5,000 (£2,400-£4,000). Twilight fans will have the chance to own a piece of Hollywood history when hundreds of items from the films go up for auction The two-day sale will include more...

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NEW YORK—A painting from Claude Monet’s acclaimed “Grainstack” series is heading to auction next month and Christie’s says it could realize around $45 million ($59 million Cdn.). The 1891 painting, shimmering with hues of reds, pinks, blues and yellow, depicts a close-up of a single cone-shaped stack after harvest. Monet’s “Grainstack” series — 25 in all — was painted just steps from his home outside a farmer’s field in the French village of Giverny. The one at Christie’s Nov. 16 impressionist and modern art evening sale is one of a few still in private hands. Prior to the New York...

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one of the most popular and best-selling players in the sports memorabilia and cards market. That’s not much of a surprise because he’s a four-time Super Bowl champion and arguably the best quarterback in NFL history. Brady’s excellent performance in a Week 5 win over the Cleveland Browns — his first game after serving a four-game Deflategate suspension — has made him an even hotter commodity among sports card collectors. It’s one of the reasons why a rare rookie card of Brady graded a Pristine 10 by Beckett went for an insanely high...

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Albert Einstein thought he had made the breakthrough of his career and wrote a letter to his son sharing the news. It turned out not to be so. But in his letter, the physicist took a rare moment to reflect on his life's work and offered a glimpse into his fond relationship with his son.  The one-page handwritten letter is being auctioned this week by Boston's RR Auction. It could fetch more than $100,000 US, company officials said.  In the letter, which is estimated to be from 1929, Einstein tells his son, Eduard Einstein, that he has made a major...

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