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Weekly News Roundup: May 2 to May 6

by WorthPoint Staff (05/04/11).

This week in art, antiques and collectibles news, we have Hollywood memorabilia hitting the block, along with a Stradivarius and a clunky purse.

From The Knoxville News Sentinel:
Debbie Reynolds’ famous items once bound for Pigeon Forge go up for auction next month

Plucky Debbie Reynolds wasn’t unsinkable this time around. The plan was for her collection of Hollywood memorabilia—and not just her own, she has Marilyn Monroe’s “subway dress” from “The Seven Year Itch—to be displayed in a Tennessee museum. Then the development company ran into financial difficulties, and Debbie is forced to auction her items.

From The Wall Street Journal:
A $10 Million Fiddle? Stradivarius Takes Another Bow at Auction

The 1721 Stradivarius went for a record-breaking $200,000 in 1971. In 2008, Nippon Music paid in excess of $10 million for it. The owner will put it back on the block with the proceeds going to aid Japan earthquake and tsunami victims.

From The Associated Press via Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Iron Lady Thatcher’s famous handbag at auction

Ah yes, you rarely saw Margaret Thatcher out in public without a handbag hanging from her wrist. Now one of these fashion statements will be auctioned to help people with a genetic skin disease.

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