Rembrandt painting found in basement auctions for $1M

Three brothers in New Jersey, and a keen-eyed German art aficionado, made a killing from the sale of a small painting gathering dust in a Teaneck basement — that turned out to be an early work by the 15th century Dutch master Rembrandt. The Landau brothers, Ned, Roger and

Even the government is getting in on the Bitcoin hype

The US Marshals Service announced Thursday that it will hold an auction next month to dispose of 3,813 bitcoins, worth a cool $52 million at Friday’s price. The coins were seized in “various federal criminal, civil, and administrative cases.” Selling off bitcoin is a routine process for the US Marshals

Even the government is getting in on the Bitcoin hype

The US Marshals Service announced Thursday that it will hold an auction next month to dispose of 3,813 bitcoins, worth a cool $52 million at Friday’s price. The coins were seized in “various federal criminal, civil, and administrative cases.” Selling off bitcoin is a routine process for the US Marshals

Broke guy who sold family blanket for $1.5M has new troubles

This should cover him for a while. A broke California man is resting a little easier after he found out that his old family-heirloom blanket was actually a Navajo weaving from the 1800s worth $1.5 million. Loren Krytzer was barely scraping by on disability checks after he lost his leg

Woolly mammoth skeleton sells for $645G at auction

These old bones carried a mammoth price. The skeleton of a woolly mammoth that roamed the Earth at least 10,000 years ago sold at auction for $645,000 Saturday in France. The 10-foot-plus tall skeleton — which retained 80 percent of its original bones — was bought by the chief executive

Pedophile’s home to be auctioned off to benefit his victims

A Queens home belonging to a Little League coach who sexually abused young boys will go up for auction this week, with the proceeds benefiting his victims. “There is some psychic satisfaction in selling the only asset that this man has,’’ the boys’ lawyer, Scott Charnas, said of convicted

Prototype of Wall Street bull statue sells for $37K at auction

Greed is still good. A rare, 14-inch, bronze prototype of the iconic “Charging Bull” statue in the Financial District — the symbol of unbridled capitalism — sold at auction Saturday for a beefy $37,500. The winner got not only a maquette-sized bovine, but a New York tale. Under the cover of

Second Trump sketch fetches far less at auction

This was no da Vinci. A sketch of Manhattan’s skyline by President Trump sold for $6,875 at auction Thursday night. Then again, it hasn’t been retouched like Leonardo’s “Salvator Mundi,” which someone bought for a record $450.3 million a day earlier. Nate D. Sanders Auctions said the president drew his Big

Recently discovered da Vinci painting sells for record $450M at auction

A rare painting recently discovered to be an original Leonardo da Vinci was sold for $450 million during an auction at Christie’s in Manhattan Wednesday night. “Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World)” became the most expensive painting sold at auction after furious bidding at the midtown auction house. The piece

This is the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold

Wine lovers can drink to this! The most expensive bottle of wine ever sold was bought at an auction in New Orleans for a cork-popping $350,000, according to a report Friday. The custom-made 2015 cabernet sauvignon, created by winemaker-to-the-stars Jesse Katz, was bought by an unnamed Mississippi collector at the

Paul Newman’s Rolex auctions for $17.8M

A watch owned by Paul Newman is now the most expensive wristwatch in the world, after selling at a Big Apple auction Thursday night for an astonishing $17.8 million. The Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239 — considered the holy grail in the world of watch collecting — was expected to go for

World’s first microchip can be yours for $600K

The world’s first microchip is set to sell for $600,000 ahead of the 60th anniversary of its invention. Electrical engineer Jack Kilby built the cutting edge integrated circuit in 1958 along with Tom Yeargan, who was the lead technician for the project. The semiconductor — no bigger than a fingernail — comprises a

Tick talk — expert advice from 6 global watch influencers

Volandes is editor-in-chief of Town & Country. My first watch: A Keith Haring Swatch. I was in eighth grade, and we got it at the Swatch store in Midtown. My first important watch: A Cartier Tank. I probably got it earlier than I should have — it was a graduation gift — but I still have

Rare photos by early NASA astronauts headed to auction

BOSTON — John Glenn was the first person to snap a photograph of Earth from outer space. Neil Armstrong took the first picture from the moon’s surface. The original prints of those are among 445 rare photos taken by American astronauts that are being sold by Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers starting

Da Vinci’s “male Mona Lisa’ expected to sell for $100M

It’s the passion of the painting. Leonardo da Vinci’s haunting last work, depicting Jesus Christ, is coming to New York this month and is expected to fetch an estimated $100 million at a November Christie’s auction, a spokesperson said. “Salvator Mundi is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world

Woman arrested for auctioning kidnapped newborns on WhatsApp

A woman has been arrested after her WhatsApp baby-selling ring was busted by cops in India. Sick Julia Fernandes, 29, was nabbed stealing babies from parents and selling them via WhatsApp groups in Mumbai. Police raided her home and seized her mobile phone, finding more than 100 pictures of babies listed “for

Rolex watch expected to auction off for $1M

How many buyers are there for a watch priced at a cool $1 million? Quite a few, hopes Phillips Auction House — which is prepping for the most important Big Apple timepiece auction of the decade on Oct. 26. Up for bid is Paul Newman’s iconic Cosmograph Daytona — considered the most

Einstein predicted he would win a Nobel Prize

Albert Einstein was so smart — he could even predict the future. Three handwritten letters by the famed physicist are set to go under the hammer in Los Angeles later this week – including one where he correctly predicts he’ll win a Nobel Prize. In a June 23, 1918 missive to his

Celebs are selling their clothes to raise money — but who gets the cash?

View Slideshow Stealing your favorite star’s style is easier than ever. Back in the day, if Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor were photographed wearing a particularly stunning dress or sparkly pendant, fans had to wait decades for the chance to get their hands on it (and spend millions at a fancy auction,

Critics say popular auction house can’t verify its items are real

The auctions at a Manhattan antiques mall, where celebrities like Angelina Jolie have browsed for treasures, may really be selling a bill of goods, critics charge. Questions are being raised about the legitimacy of the sales at the Showplace Antique and Design Center on West 25th Street, where probers are separately

Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8M

A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle. The collection bag, used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, was sold at a Sotheby’s auction of items related to space

You can bid on moon dust from the first lunar landing

NEW YORK  — Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the first lunar landing is being sold at a New York auction. The lunar dust plus some tiny rocks that Armstrong also collected are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million. They’re just

Auction house accused of stiffing customers is now under investigation

New York City’s consumer watchdog is investigating a well-known watch auctioneer accused of failing to pay customers after selling their pricey timepieces. The Department of Consumer Affairs said it received 7 complaints against Manhattan-based Antiquorum USA dating back to 2014. “DCA is reviewing and mediating complaints. We continue to encourage consumers to

Einstein’s personal letters go up for auction

JERUSALEM — A collection of letters written by Albert Einstein is set to go to auction next week, offering a new glimpse at the Nobel-winning physicist’s views on God, McCarthyism and what was then the newly established state of Israel. The five original letters, dated 1951 to 1954 and signed by

Watch collector sues famed auction house over late payments

A world-renowned auction house that sells classic watches has lost track of time when it comes to paying its customers, according to a new lawsuit. Watch collector Andrew Woods filed a breach-of-contract suit in Manhattan federal court against New York-based timepiece auctioneer Antiquorum for failing to make payment on a rare