auction: June 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgA handbag one wielded owned by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been sold at auction for £25,000.

The black Asprey handbag - which was being sold by Christie's to raise money for charity - was owned by Thatcher for more than thirty years before the sale.

It was famously pictured with the former Prime Minister alongside US President Ronald Reagan during her famous visit to the United States in 1985.

As such it had been expected to attract up to £100,000 during the sale organised by Jeffrey Archer and also containing donations from Eric Clapton, Bernie Ecclestone and Sir Michael Parkinson.

But it wasn't to be and an unnamed Cypriot was able to snap up the bag for £25,000… Thatcher would have got more out of them if she'd been there herself.

275x250.jpgA gun which once belonged to the famous gangster Al Capone has been sold at auction for a massive £67,250.

The Colt .38 (special) nickel-plated six-shot double-action revolver was ordered by Scarface just months after the infamous St Valentine's Day Massacre.

Bosses at auction house Christie's, which sold the weapon, say it was ordered in May 1929 and its authenticity has been confirmed by the sister-in-law of Capone.

The gun was the highlight of a recent 'Antique arms, armour and collectors firearms' sale in South Kensington.

While online buyer of the Colt .38 'Police Positive' has chosen to stay anonymous, we're sure they're a upstanding law-abiding member of the community.

275x250.jpgMarilyn Monroe's famous white dress from the movie The Seven Year Itch has been sold at auction in Los Angeles for £2.8m.

The garment shot to fame when Monroe's character in the 1955 film stood on a subway vent and it which blew it up revealing her legs.

Instantly the scene became an iconic movie moment and the dress (along with those legs) went down in Hollywood history.

The white dress was initially snapped up from the studio by Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds - who collected iconic film costumes and memorabilia

But this weekend it sold at the Profiles in History auction house in California for a massive $4.6million (£2.8m) -- and that was without a subway vent in sight.

275x250.jpg The famous red and black jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his music video for Thriller is expected to sell for £250,000 when it is auctioned later this month.

Described as 'the most iconic piece of pop culture emphemera' to ever be auctioned, the jacket would be instantly recognisable to many people around the world.

Bosses from Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills - where the item will be sold as part of a Music Icons auction - say it was also autographed by Jackson when he gave it to costume designers, Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket will benefit The Shambala Preserve current home to Michael Jackson’s two Bengal tigers, “Thriller” and “Sabu”.

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