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Renoir Sold at Auction by Paris Pawnshop

The oldest pawnshop in France just auctioned off a pastel painting by French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir, for $300,000. The painting "Young Girl Seated in a Garden," is from 1881.

$2 Million Lunch with Warren Buffett

At a charity eBay auction, a Chinese investor paid $2,110,100 for a lunch with the famous American investor, Warren Buffett. This was the most expensive charity item that eBay has ever sold.The proceeds support the Glide Foundation, a California based charity which provides services to the poor and homeless in San Francisco. The winning bidder was Zhao Danyang, head of the Hong Kong-based Pureheart China Growth Investment Fund. The winning bidder is entitled to himself and up to seven friends dining with Buffett at Smith & Wollensky steakhouse restaurant in New York City, New York.

$185 Burger King Hamburger

How would you like to pay $185 for a hamburger? And a Burger King (BKC) hamburger at that! That is what burgers are selling for at a Burger King in South Kensington, England. Burger King trades on the New York Stock Exchange.

$1 Billion Home

If you think the $100 Million for Donald Trump's mansion is high, it doesn't come close to Mukesh Ambani's house which is costing $1 billion to build. The house will be 27 storeys high (the first six floors for just parking and the roof has a helipad). Ambani is the fifth richest man in the world.

Trump's House Sells for $100 Million

Donald Trump's 33,000 sq ft Palm Beach mansion just sold for $100 million (originally listed for $125 million) to Dmitry Rybolovlev, a 42-year-old billionaire who is the head of Uralkali, the Russian mining company. Trump had originally bought the house for $41.25m in a bankruptcy sale in 2004.

Titanic Life Jacket for Sale

Here's something to add to your wardrobe. A life-jacket from the infamous cruise ship, Titanic. This is only one of six known Titanic life vests known to exist and will be sold at auction at Christie's. Expected price will be $60,000 to $80,000.

$850,000 for the Desk of Charles Dickens

The mahogany writing desk and chair Charles Dickens was sold by Christies in London for $850,000. Interestingly, the buyer of the desk is a tarot card psychic.

Stamp Sold for $1.9 Million

Not only is Brazil a great place to find great stock investments, but it is also the source of high priced stamps. Siegel Auction Galleries just sold a set of 1843 Brazilian stamps called the 'pack strip' for $1.9 million, and that's before the 15% commission.

$6,100 for a Watermelon

A rare black Japanese Densuke watermelon was auctioned off in Tokyo for $6,100, one of the highest prices ever paid for a watermelon. The watermelon weight 17 pounts. Last month, two cantaloupe melons sold for a record $23,500 in Japan.

Caviar Selling for All Time High

Beluga caviar has increased in price by 60% to $860 for 50 grams, since Russia has banned it from export due to concern about wild sturgeon becoming extinct. Russia is going after illegal poachers to stop illegal trade.

US Auctioneer Sells $8.2 million of Wine in Hong Kong

Acker Merrall & Condit, a large American auction house, sold $8.2 million of wine in Hong Kong, with 92% of almost a thousand lots sold. One of the top sellers was a 12-bottle case of 1990 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, which sold for $242,000.