TIME White House

13 of JFK’s Wedding Negatives Have Been Auctioned for $37,000

Wedding Of John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy outside St. Mary's Church in Newport, R.I., after their wedding on Sept. 12, 1953 Charles F. McCormick—Boston Globe/Getty Images

The images, depicting the newlyweds and the wedding party, were reportedly taken by photographer Frank Ataman

Thirteen original negatives of photographs taken at John F. Kennedy’s wedding were auctioned off on Wednesday for a sum of $37,073.

Boston-based RR Auction said the negatives, which have probably never been published, were sold to a Las Vegas doctor who chose to remain anonymous.

The images show Kennedy and his new bride, Jacqueline Bouvier, cutting their wedding cake and leaving the church, and a couple of others show the entire wedding party posing outside, the Associated Press reported.

The wedding took place on Sept. 12, 1953, in Newport, R.I., and was attended by nearly 2,000 people. Kennedy was still in his first term as a U.S. Senator, and wouldn’t go on to become President until more than seven years later.

According to RR Auction, the images were taken by freelance photographer Frank Ataman, although the negatives were found in another photographer’s darkroom.

Other items related to the Kennedys sold on Wednesday included a holiday card signed by the couple just days before the President’s November 1963 assassination. It fetched $19,500.

[AP]

TIME Video Games

Is This Video Game Collection Worth $164,000?

Forget all that mad money, where the heck do you stash over 5,700 video games?

How do you value over 5,700 video games, more than 50 game systems, complete Nintendo and Sega game sets, and the ever-indefinite extension in such taglines “more”?

I have no idea. I collect rare books and I still haven’t the faintest. But someone has to try, and this Wyoming-based eBay seller’s come up with a round number for his apparently vast and immaculately groomed lot: $164,000.

$164,000 sounds like a figure arrived at carefully. Not $150,000, not $160,000, but $164,000. That has to be the result of an additive calculation, an item-by-item tabulation, not some ballpark figure plucked from the ether in multiples of ten- or fifty-thousand bucks.

More than 4,000 of the games are Nintendo-related, says seller reel.big.fish, with the majority from the 1980s and 1990s (he calls this period “the golden age” of gaming, which, just forget all the problems with such nostalgic labels, identifies the demographic the eBay sale’s targeting). The collection includes “multiple complete sets from Nintendo and Sega,” and “arguably” every retail game Nintendo put out from 1985 to 2000 (in the video below, the seller notes he’s only missing Stadium Events, though he has a reproduction cart). Other systems represented in the software mix include Atari, PlayStation, Sega, TurboGrafx and Xbox.

Want every Nintendo 64 console color variant? Custom hand-built and painted shelves (yes, shelves)? Complete-in-box Mario and Zelda sets? Eighty-one variant carts sorted by the number of screws (I had no idea this was a thing)? All 14 Virtual Boy games plus a 15th “bonus import”? Rare development carts? Dust covers for every single NES game? (I don’t, but maybe you do, and the sale currently has over 3,700 watchers, over 950 views per hour and over 50 inquiries so far.)

If you want to see the complete list, the seller’s put up a Google Doc spreadsheet with everything here (warning: it’s godawful slow to scroll, at least on a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro). The seller says there’s no breaking this thing up, though I’d wager a gazillion people are going to ask for the privilege anyway. And note that $164,000 is just the asking price: he’s taking offers.

And if you want a tour of this fellow’s video game room–over 11 minutes of wall-to-wall game rubbernecking!–your wish is granted.

TIME Music

Willie Nelson’s Braids From 1983 Have Sold for $37,000

Musician Willie Nelson arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Musician Willie Nelson arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014 Danny Moloshok—Reuters

The braids were among the possessions of fellow country musician Waylon Jennings, who died in 2002

Willie Nelson’s hair was sold for $37,000 on Sunday in an Arizona auction, Reuters reported. The iconic country singer’s signature braids, cut in the 1980s when his red hair hadn’t turned gray yet, were among the possessions of the late Waylon Jennings.

Over 2,000 of Jennings’ possessions were auctioned off on Sunday, according to the New York Times.

Jennings, another well-known country musician, was reportedly given the braids at a 1983 party thrown by Johnny Cash and his wife to celebrate Jennings’ sobriety.

Rock icon Buddy Holly’s Ariel Cyclone motorcycle, given to Jennings by members of Holly’s band after his death in 1959, was also sold at the auction for $450,000.

But the fiery red braids belonging to Nelson, whose duets with Jennings included “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “Good Hearted Woman,” were the most attention-grabbing item in the auction. It has not yet been revealed who bought the braids.

Jennings died of complications from diabetes in 2002, aged 64.

TIME Music

Willie Nelson’s Hair and Buddy Holly’s Motorcycle Being Auctioned Off

56th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
Willie Nelson arrivals at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Steve Granitz--WireImage

Some 2,000 items owned by the late-country singer are being auctioned off in October

For the devoted collectors out there, now’s your chance to buy some truly offbeat music memorabilia — including Willie Nelson’s hair.

Auction house Guernsey’s is planning to auction off some 2,000 objects owned by the late country singer Waylon Jennings. The “Good Hearted Woman” singer, who died in 2002, owned a number of unconventional items that were given to him throughout his long career in music. Among the items going up for auction are two of Nelson’s braids which the New York Times reports were somewhat bizarrely given to Jennings at a 1983 party in honor of his sobriety. (Even more bizarrely, the party was hosted by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.)

Also up for sale will be a pair of Hank Williams’ old cowboy boots and a motorcycle once owned by Buddy Holly. The motorcycle would have been a particularly personal item for Jennings, who was a good friend of Holly’s. Jennings was even meant to get on a 1959 plane that crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, though he gave up his seat for Richardson. According to the Times, two former members of the band the Crickets — who had been touring with Holly when he first bought the bike — tracked it down in 1979 and presented it to Jennings as a birthday gift.

The auction is set for Oct. 5.

[New York Times]

TIME Television

Here’s Your Chance to Win an Overnight Stay at Downton Abbey

Christie's is auctioning off an overnight stay at Highclere Castle

Have you ever found yourself watching Downton Abbey and been so engrossed that you wished you could actually live in the world of the British period show? Well, here’s your chance, at least for a short amount of time.

Auction house Christie’s is offering an overnight stay at Highclere Castle—the English estate where some of Downton’s pivotal scenes have been filmed—which will go to the highest bidder. The overnight stay includes the use of three rooms on the castle’s first floor, including the Arundel bedroom, which has been used as Lady Edith’s room and the Mercia bedroom, which has been used as Lady Cora’s room. The winner will also have the chance to share a three-course dinner with the owners of Highclere Castle, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

The auction runs online until Aug. 14, but unfortunately for the commoners, the overnight stay is likely to go to someone with Crawley-type money. Bids will start at £10,000 (about $16,800) and Christie’s estimates the overnight stay could go for as much as £15,000 (about $25,000).

Everyone else will have to make due with the show’s fifth season, which is set to air on PBS in January, 2015.

 

TIME Pop Culture

Near-Perfect Copy of Action Comics #1 Will be Sold on eBay

Action Comics #1 comic book of 1938 is pictured on February 23, 2010 in New York which had sold for USD 1 million, making it the first ever million dollar comic book.
Action Comics #1 comic book of 1938 is pictured on February 23, 2010 in New York which had sold for USD 1 million, making it the first ever million dollar comic book. Timothy A. Clary—AFP/Getty Images

The copy being sold received a 9.0 out of 10 rating by the most trusted comic book rating company

In a little less than a month, anyone looking to get his or her hands on a copy of the comic book that introduced the world to Superman will have an opportunity to vie for the legendary relic.

Action Comics #1 will be auctioned on eBay from August 14 to 24 and may run you a fair amount more than the 10 cents that the original cost when it was released in 1938. In fact, the last issue of the Jerry Siegel/Joe Shuster-penned comic to be sold went for no less than $2.16 million.

According to Cnet, the issue of the 1938 comic being sold next month was given a 9-out-of-10 rating from the Certified Guaranty Company, a well-known comic ratings company, which is the highest grade a copy of Action Comics #1 has ever received. The issue that sold for over $2 million in 2011 also received a 9.0 rating.

The issue’s owner, Darren Adams, got the copy from a dealer, but the original was kept in pristine condition in part because it was stored for a while in a cedar chest in West Virginia.

“I felt this book deserves to have as much publicity as possible because of what it is,” Adams said in a video on eBay. “It is the cream of the crop and it doesn’t get any better than this.”

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Christopher Reeve played Superman in the iconic 1978 film. He became a quadriplegic in the 1990s after being thrown from a horse and died in 2004.

TIME

Sotheby’s and eBay to Launch Virtual Auction House

Edvard Munch's "The Scream" Auctioned At Sotheby's
Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' is auctioned at Sotheby's May 2012 in New York City. Mario Tama—Getty Images

Bidding wars are about to heat up at the iconic auction house

The iconic auctioneer Sotheby’s will open its bidding wars to eBay’s 145 million shoppers, as the two companies team up to build an online auction house for fine art.

The two announced on Monday that Sotheby’s will be the “anchor tenant” for eBay’s new online marketplace. Collectors will be able to browse works across 18 different collection categories. The online auction site will also include a “live auction” feature that will enable users from anywhere in the world to place bids on Sotheby’s auctions in New York, promising a “frictionless” shopping experience for users that is sure to generate a lot more heat on the auction floor.

“We can give people access to the world’s finest, most inspiring items – anytime, anywhere and from any device,” Devin Wenig, president of eBay Marketplaces, said in a statement.

Sotheby’s said its number of online buyers has surged in recent years, with its share of online purchases climbing by 36% since 2012.

“The growth of the art market, new generation technology and our shared strengths make this the right time for this exciting new online opportunity,” said Bruno Vinciguerra, Sotheby’s Chief Operating Officer.

Sotheby’s estimates that the global art market, currently valued at $65 billion, could reach $13 billion in online sales by 2020.

TIME Auction

Somebody’s Selling Crumbs Cupcakes on eBay for Hundreds of Dollars

Crumbs Bake Shop
Crumbs Bake Shop, the country's largest specialty cupcake chain shut down its 50 stores in 10 states in New York, United States on 8 July, 2014. Anadolu Agency—Getty Images

"The last cupcake" is selling for $250

Crumbs cupcakes are apparently proving that “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.”

After the specialty cupcake chain closed all its stores on Monday, consumers and media have reacted by declaring the end of the cupcake fad.

But some people don’t seem ready to let go. Someone is selling what is supposedly “the last cupcake from Crumbs Bake Shop” on eBay for $250. The cupcake is “Birthday Cake” flavored and a picture of the receipt shows the cupcake was purchased at the 42nd Street store in New York City at 2:43 p.m. on Monday.

The seller called it the “Holy Grail” of cupcakes, and encouraged buyers to “bid on this still-delicious soon-to-be relic, and you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren that you devoured the last Crumbs cupcake.”

So far, the cupcake only has one bid. But it isn’t the only Crumbs item for sale online — another intrepid eBay user is selling a box of three Crumbs cupcakes for $275—quite the deal in comparison. This box includes a red velvet cupcake, a cookies and cream and a peanut butter.

Its description reads: “Crumbs bake shop closed its doors forvever today so gets them while they last and share them with the ones you love.”

TIME Music

Somebody Just Bought Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics for Record $2M

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The most popular manuscript ever to apper at auction, Bob Dylan's original hand written lyrics for the 1965 epic "Like A Rolling Stones", shown at Sotheby's on June 20, 2014 in New York City. Slaven Vlasic—Getty Images

Step aside, Sgt. Pepper

Bob Dylan’s hand-scrawled lyrics for “Like a Rolling Stone” sold at a Sotheby’s auction on Tuesday for $2 million, breaking the previous record of $1.2 million for John Lennon’s lyrics to The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The hand-written notes include a near-final draft of the lyrics, a few scattered doodles of animals in the margins, and most evocatively, several rhymes that never made the final cut. “Dry vermouth, you’ll tell the truth,” reads one discarded phrase, and one familiar phrase “like a complete unknown” is connected by a line to the name “Al Capone.”

Dylan wrote the lyrics across four pages of hotel stationary in mid-June, 1965, during a stay at the Hotel Roger Smith Hotel in Washington D.C., according to Sotheby’s. He later recorded the song when he was 24 years old.

The manuscript was sold as part of a dedicated pop music sale at Sotheby’s.

TIME Video Games

This Is How Much It Costs to Be the World’s Biggest Nerd

Michael Thommason is certified as having the world’s largest collection of video games. Guinness confirmed that Thommason had 10,607 games last year, but he’s since acquired a few hundred more, bringing his collection to some 11,000 games. Now, Thommason is putting his collection—and his title—up for auction. Current bid: $50,250.

Thommason built his collection up over the last 25 years and says 2600 of the titles are “factory shrink-wrapped” and “over 8,300″ are complete with box and manual. WHy is he selling now? “I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed,” he said. “While I do not wish to part with these games, I have responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how I will help meet them.”

[GamePolitics]

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