Sunday, December 16, 2012

Casablanca piano sells for just over $600, 000

Sam’s piano in the movie classic “Casablanca” sold for $602, 500 last Friday according to Reuters. The 58-key upright hit the auction block for between $800, 000 and $1.2 million. The selling price fell short of Sotheby’s estimate, but still a huge gain over the previous purchase, which was $154, 000 back in 1988. The reason: this piano has been […]
Monday, July 18, 2011

Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript sells for $1.6 million

British author Jane Austen is a superstar in the literary world.  Only six of Austen’s novels were published: “Emma,” “Sense & Sensibility,” “Mansfield Park,” “Northanger Abbey,” “Pride & Prejudice, ” and “Persuasion.”  Austen died on July 18, 1817 at the age of 41, but  the writer still has plenty of buzz these days. Her novels have been the inspiration for movies, […]
Sunday, November 15, 2009

Business, Publishing, Entertainment & Internet News Bytes

 BERNIE MAKES A BUNDLE FOR HIS VICTIMS Bernie Madoff is behind bars, but the big-time crook managed to generate a lot of dough for the victims of his Ponzi scheme, yesterday. In New York, personal property authorities confiscated from Madoff and his wife went on the auction block. Bidders shelled out major bucks for things like Madoff’s Rolex watches and New York Mets baseball jacket and his wife’s diamonds and furs. Nice story and photos […]
Friday, February 27, 2009

The first Superman comic goes on the auction block

Action Comics #1 DC Comics/    The first superhero, Superman, was introduced in the Action Comics #1 published in 1938 for 10 cents. These days the average price of a regular comic book is around $3. One of the few remaining copies of this rare publication is up for bid at ComicConnect — an online marketing website for comic book buyers […]
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Win a role on a popular TV show

    “NUMB3RS” cast/ Google Image   If you’re a fan of the popular CBS series, “NUMB3RS” or looking for that 15 minutes of fame or a jump start for an acting career, then you might want to place a bid in an auction on eBay. The Writers Guild Foundation is auctioning off a walk-on role on “NUMB3RS.”  It’s a fundraiser for charity. I first read about […]