Weekly News Roundup: March 1 to March 5
In arts, antiques and collectibles news, Batman bests Superman, a buyer is revealed and classic-car sales are zooming.
From The Washington Post:
Batman, Superman comic books set records for sale price
Holy auction price, Batman! We beat Superman’s first-edition appearance, which went for $1 million. Your debut brought in $1,075,500. Let’s go celebrate in the Bat Cave.
Lily Safra Paid $103.4 Million for Giacometti, Dealers Say
The mystery buyer of that record-setting Giacometti is no longer a mystery. It’s been revealed that Lily Safra walked away with “Walking Man I.” The $100-million sale price is almost chump change to the widow of banker Edmond Safra. Forbes estimates she’s worth $1 billion. Safra died in an arson fire in his Monte Carlo apartment in 1999. His male, ex-Green Beret nurse, who said he started the fire with the intent to rescue Safra and be rewarded for that, was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Ferrari 250 GTO to Boost $100 Million Private Classic-Car Sales
The year 2010 has been very, very, VERY good for antique car sales, and it’s only the beginning of March. So far, private classic-car sales have brought in $100 million, and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO could add another $20 million. This model is one of only 36 manufactured in 1962 and 1963 and can reach a speed of 170 mph.
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