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BEIJING—Marilyn Monroe’s dress from “Some Like It Hot.” Handwritten notes and letters expressing the H ollywood icon’s inner thoughts and, at times, despair. These and dozens of other personal items the actress left to a friend and mentor were in Beijing on Tuesday for a private viewing by Chinese collectors. More than 1,200 items, including Monroe’s shoes, purses, makeup and jewelry, will then be auctioned in Los Angeles come November. The 1950s actress who achieved fame as a sex symbol led a troubled life and died aged just 36. The image and recollections of her have endured and made her...

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How great was it to be a kid and have a bedroom full of toys to play with? You didn't have to worry about work and you didn't even know what a mortgage was, but you did have a brand new Furby and couldn't be pulled away from your Super Nintendo. But what you might not realise is that your old toys could now be worth thousands, so perhaps it's time to rummage in the loft or garage and hope your parents didn't throw them away as soon as you moved out. To help you in your search, here's a...

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  A collection of early Ozzy Osbourne memorabilia has been bought by his family just days before it was due to go on sale. The items, including postcards from the ‘Prince of Darkness’ to his parents and lyrics to early Black Sabbath songs , scribbled in ink,were set to be auctioned at the end of this month. The lots, covering a five-year period, were withdrawn from sale by Sheffield Auction Gallery after 67-year-old Ozzy’s family stepped in to scoop up the collection. Auctioneer Stephen Flintoft confirmed: “The items have been sold by private treaty, for an undisclosed sum, to the...

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When you turn on your television these days, it’s hard to miss programs about buying and selling antiques. Joe Willard, author of the indispensable Picker’s Bible: How To Pick Antiques Like The Pros, counts more than 70 different shows in this genre. “There is fervor in collecting, restoring, selling and identifying,” he writes. “You can learn how to fix and clean stuff, but if you really want to gain a skill, just don’t repair, but actually restore if possible. Collectors and dealers never like to see any kind of obvious modifications, but a true restoration adds so much more value...

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From a mechanical corkscrew and wine-pouring machine to a 1904 Olympic gold medal awarded to an amateur golfer, a selection of the unusual and unique will go under the hammer in Christie's "Out of the Ordinary" auction. More than 90 lots are up for grabs in the Sept. 14 sale in London, the auction house said. Other items include a set of keys belonging to the lamp trimmer on board the Titanic and a history of the Leica camera including 107 of the principal models, according to the auctionhouse. "Robert Hunter was a 17 year-old amateur golfer and this medal...

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