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A Stradivarius fetched $2.4 million at auction yesterday

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 03, 2007

A Stradivarius fetched $2.4 million at auction yesterday but anyone with the proper chops got to take a climate-controlled test drive before the auction. The violin’s minders at Christie’s screened potential players, in part, by looking for “the telltale bruise under the jaw that comes from resting on the chin rest of the violin”, which Lilly calls a “violin hickey”. There are several theories as to why Antonio Stradivari’s instruments sound so wonderful, but no one has cracked the mystery yet.

We Work Remotely

Greg Allen gives us the scoop on

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 09, 2006

Greg Allen gives us the scoop on how big art auctions work. “People come to me and want to bid with a signal that they don’t want anyone else to see. He may hold his pencil in his mouth, or say, ‘I’m bidding as long as I have my legs crossed.’ And I’ve got their number, and they never show a paddle. That’s the way it’s done.”

It’s neither high quality nor rare, so

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 13, 2006

It’s neither high quality nor rare, so why is a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio fetching such high prices at auction?

A fan site on MySpace for the

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 19, 2006

A fan site on MySpace for the hot UK band Arctic Monkeys reportedly sold for $2000+, although it’s unclear (because they took the auction page down) if eBay allowed the transaction to go through. Mena, how much for Ready Steadman Go?

A 1904 photograph by Edward Steichen was recently

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 17, 2006

A 1904 photograph by Edward Steichen was recently sold at auction for more than $2.9 million, the most anyone’s ever paid for a photo at auction. (via consc)

The issues involved with buying and selling

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 27, 2006

The issues involved with buying and selling moon dust. Back in 1993, a 200-milligram moon rock was sold for $442,500.

What the hell? Almost 500 pounds of Legos

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 06, 2005

What the hell? Almost 500 pounds of Legos up for auction on eBay. “This is my collection for the past 25 years, it’s time to go.” Bid stands at ~$6800. (thx, karl)

Brando’s annotated Godfather script fetches $312,800 at auction

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 01, 2005

Brando’s annotated Godfather script fetches $312,800 at auction.