Weekly News Roundup: November 30 to December 4

In art, antiques and collectible news, we find Audrey Hepburn, Alice in Wonderland, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy and a very pricey diamond.

From The Associated Press:
Audrey Hepburn’s designer gowns hit auction blocks

Givenchy dress from "How to Steal a Million"

Givenchy dress from "How to Steal a Million"

Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of elegance on-screen and off. Next week, wannabe Audreys will have the chance to bid on some of her fabulous gowns at an auction being held in London. The wedding dress she never wore because she called off the engagement. A Valentino number that is the same design as the one Jackie Kennedy wore when she married Aristotle Onassis. A Givenchy stunner from the movie, “How to Steal a Million,” with Peter O’Toole. But be warned, unless you have the same willowy figure of Hepburn, there is only one item that has been let out. Half the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund and UNICEF.

From The Los Angeles Times:
‘Through the Looking-Glass’ owned by the ‘real’ Alice hits the auction block

In real estate, it’s location, location, location. In collecting, it’s provenance, provenance, provenance. The fact that the little girl who was Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for Alice owned this rare, first edition of “Through the Looking Glass” only makes it all the more valuable. It’s expected to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000.

From The New York Times:
No Country for Old Typewriters: A Well-Used One Heads to Auction

Speaking of provenance, an Olivetti manual typewriter bought used in 1963 for fifty bucks might not be expected to bring in much at auction. However, if that never-serviced or cleaned machine happens to be the one on which author Cormac McCarthy pounded out five million words, including some that became the novels, “No Country for Old Men” and “Suttree,” then you’re talking maybe $20,000.

From Bloomberg:
Pink Diamond Nets Record $10.8 Million in Hong Kong

There are diamonds, and then there’s the pink one that sold for almost $11 million recently. The 5-carat beauty, described as being the size of a chickpea, got some serious bidding until it went to an anonymous phone buyer.

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