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

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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

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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]

TIME France

French Auction House Cancels Nazi Memorabilia Sale Amid Outrage

Jewish groups objected to the proposed sale of items owned by Hitler and Goering, calling it 'obscene'

An auction of Nazi memorabilia including a chest carved with swastikas owned by Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering’s passport was canceled in Paris, France on Monday, reports the BBC.

The event was scrapped after it faced strong objections by Jewish organizations. An influential French association of Jewish groups, the CRIF, described the event as “harming the memory of victims of Nazi barbarity.” French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti joined them in calling for the items to be withdrawn from sale, saying it was “necessary in the light of history and morality.”

The sale had been scheduled to take place on April 26, featuring 40 items seized from Hitler’s former home in Bavaria in May 1945 during the last days of the Third Reich. They included a 17th century manuscript belonging to Goering and a napkin bearing Hitler’s initials.

Laudine de Pas, the co-manager of the auction house Vermot de Pas, said the sale had not been intended to cause any controversy. “We were pitching this as part of the responsibility to remember – but in no way to shock or create a polemic,” she told the BBC.

[BBC]

 

 

 

TIME

See the 10 Most Iconic Movie Props Ever Sold

How much did the most memorable props of all time fetch at auction?

Monday’s Premiere Props Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XIII has some impressive items: a sword from Kill Bill, a gorilla mask from Planet of the Apes, the Riddler’s hat from Batman Forever. These films would have been different without these pieces; some films are so connected to their props, they become symbols for the movie.

And so cinephiles clamor to get their hands on these objects that embody their favorite movies and are willing to pay a fortune to get them. $200,000 for a small metal tube, $78,000 for a suit of clothes: if it graced the silver screen, it’s worth more than gold.

TIME celebrities

A Sext from Ernest Hemingway (Sort Of)

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The sexy note that Hemingway wrote to legendary actress Marlene Dietrich in 1955 could draw as much as $50,000 in an online auction. Dietrich's grandchildren plan to sell her belongings in an AuctionMyStuff.com sale from March 19 to April 6

Auctions of celebrity possessions can benefit even those who aren’t buying or selling — case in point: an upcoming AuctionMyStuff.com sale of property from Marlene Dietrich’s grandchildren, all of which belonged to the legendary actress. Highlights include a tuxedo of hers and a letter to Dietrich from Noel Coward — and this 1955 gem of a note from Ernest Hemingway.

The two had a 30-year epistolary affair and this letter makes it clear how they kept it up even though their love was long-distance. Sure, there’s some work chat. Hemingway describes the filming of The Old Man and the Sea and also mentions what appears to be her dissatisfaction with her stage show in Las Vegas, and what seems to be an idea that he might write something for her to perform — and that’s not where it gets good. In describing what he would do if he were writing her act, here’s some of what he had to say:

As you landed on the stage drunk and naked I would advance from the rear, or your rear wearing evening clothes and would hurriedly strip off my evening clothes to cover you revealing the physique of Burt Lancaster Strongfort and and [sic] announce that we were sorry that we did not know the lady was loaded… This is a scene which is really Spine Tingling and I have just the spine for it. I play it with a Giant Rubber Whale called Captain Ahab and all the time we are working on you with pulmotors and raversed [sic] vacuum cleaners which blow my evening clothes off you.

The letter is estimated to draw a price, during the Mar. 19–Apr. 6 bidding period, that may go as high as $50,000 — which means it’s a very good thing she ignored his instructions, later in the letter, to cut the missive into pieces.

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