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Getting Rich Quick: Man Finds $500,000 at Storage Auction

A man in Contra Costa County, California who took a hint from the Storage Wars TV show, decided to bid $1,100 on an abandoned storage unit. Much to his surprise and delight, one of the plastic bins in the unit contained gold and silver worth $500,000. The plastic bin was so heavy, three men had to lift it.

Elizabeth Taylor Collection to be Auctioned

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On December 13, Christie's will auction off The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor which includes her jewelry, clothes and movie souvenirs. There will be a public exhibition in New York City during December 3 through December 12 in the Rockefeller Center gallery.

The highlight of the auction is the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, which is a 33.19 carat rectangular cut ring and is expected to be hammered at $2.5 to $3.5 million.

$2.5 Million Diamond-Studded Bra worn by Miranda Kerr

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Supermodel Miranda Kerr was chosen to wear the $2.5 million diamond-studded bra created by London Jewelers at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York. The bra has almost 3,400 precious gems amounting to 279 carats.

This is one of many Fantasy Bras. For the Victoria's Secret catalog, the first Fantasy Bra was worn by Claudia Schiffer in 1996 and was worth $1 million. The first Fantasy Bra worn for the annual Victoria's Secret Angels fashion show was worth $12.5 million and was worn by Heidi Klum.

John Lennon's Gross Looking Tooth Sold for $32,000 at Auction

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John Lennon of The Beatles had a molar removed and gave it to his housekeeper many years ago. The tooth just sold at an Omega Auction House auction in England on Saturday for over $32,000. The estimated sales price was $16,000.

The winning bidder was purportedly a Canadian dentist.

Wells Fargo Opens Bank for Super Wealthy

Wells Fargo is opening a bank i9n Chicago called Abbot Downing, which caters to the very, very wealthy. After opening in Chicago next April, it plans to open more branches in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Naples, Jacksonville and Palm Beach. The bank is designed for people with $50 million in investable assets.

One of the bizarre features about the bank is that it "will have psychologists on staff to build family genealogies" according to recent news reports. What does psychology have to do with genealogy?