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The Yellow Brick Road May Be Paved With Gold: Wizard of Oz Scripts for Sale

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Are you a fan of the Wizard of Oz? Do you try to watch Dorothy and Toto whenever it's on TV? Then the original draft scripts for the Wizard of Oz movie are now up for sale.

The Los Angeles, California auction house, Profiles in History, will be auctioning off four original draft scripts of the movie, handwritten by screenwriter Noel Langley.

These were written in April and May of 1938, a year before the film was released. As part of the lot, over a dozen photographs of special effects, such as the tornado sequence, will be included.

These items will be auctioned during the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 96 taking place on December 11 through December 14.

This lot of items is expected to be hammered at between $800,000 and $1,200,000.


The Robin Williams Collection to be Auctioned in October

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Robin Williams, the famous comedian and actor who started his claim to fame playing an alien from outer space on the Mork & Mindy TV show (after an appearance on Happy Days), was a collector, with his wife,  of numerous types of memorabilia and collectibles.

They had collected everything from watches to modern art to entertainment items to bicycles to sports memorabilia to autographs.

This collection will now be sold through a Sotheby's auction on October 4, 2018 at 2 pm ET. The auction will be held in New York. with over 300 items being auctioned.

One of the more interesting items include a cast bronze sculpture of a horse, Madronne (Cody) by Deborah Butterfield, with an estimate of $220,000 to $280,000.

Other items include a Jaeger LeCoultre watch with an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000, a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 ($20,000 to $30,000), a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actor in a Comedy for Mork and Mindy ($15,000 to $20,000), Hollywood 'Producers vs. Actors' chess set…

THE AUCTION AT GRACELAND - ELVIS WEEK - AUGUST 12, 2018

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Today, August 12, 2018, a major auction was held of Elvis Presley memorabilia at Graceland in Memphis Tennessee. The sale included everything from autographs, to records, to guns. Some of the most popular items were rings.

As an example, an Elvis Presley Owned Large 14kt Yellow Gold and Blue Lapis Ring with Diamonds and Garnets had an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000, but ended up being hammered at $43,750 including buyers premium.

A July 8, 1955, Publishing Agreement between Elvis Presley and Hill and Range Songs, Inc. signed by Elvis, Vernon Presley, Gladys Presley and Jean Aberbach sold for $37,500. A 1956 songwriters contract for the song "Love Me Tender" sold for $25,000.

The highest priced item was a General Omar Bradley Owned 1942 Beretta Model M1934 9mm Corto Caliber Pistol (Known as .380 ACP in Modern Day) gifted to Elvis Presley on December 9, 1970. It was hammered at $51,250.




Do You Play the Guitar? Why Not Play Tom Petty's Guitar

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Tom Petty's stage-played 1965 Gibson SG Cherry Electric Guitar and hat worn on stage and in Traveling Wilburys Music Videos is up for auction in a Heritage Auction of Entertainment and Music Memorabilia.

The guitar has been signed "Tom Petty / '88" in silver paint, and includes an 8" x 10" black and white glossy photo of Bob Dylan and Tom Petty on stage with this guitar. It also includes the  hard guitar case.

The other item in the lot is a custom-made brown felt hat, which is size 7 1/4 from Baron California Hats, that was worn by Tom Petty on stage.

There is no reserve on this auction, however, the starting bid is $150,000, or with the buyer's premium, $187,500.


Dinosaur Skeleton Sold for $2.3 Million

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If you like bidding in auctions and you missed out on bidding on the lunch with Warren Buffett last week on eBay, you could have bought a 28.5 foot long dinosaur skeleton!!!

This unique item was auctioned on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower by the French auction house Aguttes, and was hammered at $2.3 million. The seller was a British businessman and the buyer is an anonymous French art collector, who plans on lending it to a museum.

It is believed to be a new species or new genus. The auction house said that the buyer may be able to name the specimen.




Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator 1991 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Motorcycle is for Sale

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Here is an item that the millionaire or billionaire motorcycle rider would enjoy owning. The black Harley-Davidson Fat Boy that Arnold Schwarzenegger rode in Terminator 2. You probably recognize this bike from the rescue scene in the movie and the numerous movie posters.

This 1991 Profiles in History auction house through iCollector. It only has 392 miles on it and was purchased directly from Carolco Pictures, the producer of the motion picture. It does have some nicks and scratches, which would be expected, due to its use in the film.
motorcycle is currently being offered by

The starting bid is $200,000, with an expected sales price estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.



How Would You Like to Walk in Michael Jackson's Shoes

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If you have ever wondered what it would be like to walk in Michael Jackson's shoes, you now have the opportunity. Jackson's "Motown 25" Florsheim Imperial Loafers are being offered by GWS Auctions, with the auction closing at noon on May 26, 2018. 

This iconic pair of shoes were worn by Jackson for the Motown 25 TV show during the rehearsal of "Billie Jean", which makes it the very first time Michael Jackson ever performed the famous moonwalk on stage.

The soles of the shoes are signed "Michael Jackson". The shoe size is 9 1/2 E.

At the time this was written, there were 11 bids and the price is already up to $50,000.







Reasons Why You Should Put Your Safe Deposit Box Rental in a Living Trust

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Reprinted Courtesy of WSTNN.com

First, I am not an attorney. Second, I am not giving legal advice. What I am doing is giving you suggestions on what you should discuss with your estate attorney. If you are reading this article, you most likely already know what a revocable living trust is, so I don’t need to mention anything regarding these trusts. Plus much of the information on living trusts can be found on numerous websites. Many people save their estate paperwork in their safe deposit boxes, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and so forth. Other items may be in the boxes such as jewelry, coins, stamps, gold, silver, collectibles, and cash. Don’t Let Your Safe Deposit Box Get Drilled Without Your Knowledge One issue you should be aware of. Apparently, banks have started drilling boxes and removing contents of boxes rented by customers without the customer’s knowledge, for which the banks claim that they din’t have all the account information of their customers (primarily …

Use Your Bitcoin to Buy a $3 Million Mickey Mantle Baseball Card; Cash is OK Too

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Maybe you have several millions of dollars saved in Bitcoin, and now you are looking for something to spend it on.

Here is a perfect gift for yourself, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card. This PSA Mint 9 card is being auctioned off by Heritage Auctions. It is estimated to be hammered at $3,500,000 (plus buyer's fee).

If the card sells for this amount, it will exceed the previous record for a baseball card of $3.12 million.

But what makes this interesting is that the consigner and Heritage are willing to accept Bitcoin (BTC)   or Ethereum (ETH) cryptocurrencies as payment for this rare sports collectible. Of course, other forms of payment are acceptable also.

You can currently bid online with extended bidding ending April 19 and 20. The current bid is $1,850,000.






You Can Now Buy Steve Jobs Job Application

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When Steve Jobs was 18 years old, he filled out a job application for a position as as an "electronics tech or design engineer". He listed as his skills "Computer" and "Calculator". This is a position he applied for while he was still at Reed College, long before Apple existed.

How would you like to own this historic piece of technology memorabilia, with "Steven Jobs" handwritten by him on the application?

Well you can. RRAuction is offering this unique document at auction. It had a starting minimum bid of $5,000, and has had 19 bids with the current bid level at $50,000. It has an estimated value of $50,000+.

Bidding ends Thursday, March 15. A 30 Minute Rule Begins on the Evening of March 15 at 7 PM ET
and an Initial Bid Must Be Placed By 6 PM ET To Participate After 7 PM ET.

Check out the features of interest. He used a lower case J in his last name. He used lower case R and C in Red College.

He added the words "Design tech" to skill…

How Billionaires Made Their Money

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Do you want to be a billionaire? If so, maybe you should invest in the companies that made the billionaires so rich.
Forbes Magazine has just come out with its latest billionaires list. Seven out of the top ten billionaires have founded and/or are the head of companies that are publicly traded, providing investors with a selection of stocks to invest in.
The following is a list of the billionaires and their stocks. RankNameNet WorthCompanySymbol#1Jeff Bezos$112 BAmazonAMZN#2Bill Gates$90 BMicrosoftMSFT#3Warren Buffett$84 BBerkshire HathawayBRKA#4Bernard Arnault$72 BLVMHLVMH#5Mark Zuckerberg$71 BFacebookFB#7Carlos Slim Helu$67.1 BAmérica MóvilAMX#10Larry Ellison$58.5 BOracleORCL

CHRISTIE'S "DEEP IMPACT" ONLINE METEORITE AUCTION ENDS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14th

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Meteorites are among the hottest collectible with demand outstripping the supply. Fourty-four select examples are now on display at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center as part of Christie’s "Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites" sale. The auction ends this Wednesday, 10:00am EST (GMT-5). Specimens of the MoonMars and several meteorites with extraterrestrial gemstones are featured. Additional highlights include aesthetic, naturally-sculptural iron meteoritesspecimens with museum provenance and meteorite spheres and cubes. Included in the display is a meteorite which originated from the January 16, 2018 fireball event in Michigan. Recovered from a frozen lake by an enterprising, newly minted, meteorite hunter, it arrived in time to join the exhibit, but not this sale, and will be offered by Christie’s in London in the near future.
For those unable to find their own meteorite — which is to say nearly all of us — there is something for nearly everyone. Several of t…