Weekly News Roundup: October 26 to October 30

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find one big diamond, a Sinatra diatribe and actress Charlene Theron committing a big oops.

From The Associated Press:
32-carat diamond sells for $7.7M at NYC auction

Leonore Annenberg, widow of “TV Guide” founder and billionaire Walter Annenberg, certainly knew how to celebrate her birthday. For her 90th in 2008, she had jeweler David Webb design a ring with a 32.01-carat emerald-cut diamond. Mrs. Annenberg died a year later. Last week, the ring sold at Christie’s for more than $2 million above its high estimate of $5 million.

From The Wisconsin State Journal:
Doug Moe: Sinatra letter worth more than antiques

An 84-year-old Wisconsin woman was set to go to an “Antiques Roadshow” in Madison. She had several items she wanted appraised. As she was about to leave her house, the friend who was driving her spotted a letter signed by Frank Sinatra on the wall. Said friend insisted on taking it. The angry missive had been sent to Chicago columnist Mike Royko refuting some things Royko had written including that Sinatra traveled with a flock of flunkies. The columnist then wrote, “If you say you have no flunkies, I take your word and apologize. I’ll even apologize to the flunky who delivered the letter.” The Roadshow appraisal? $15,000. None of the woman’s antiques even came close.

From BBC:
‘No consent’ for Mandela auction

Her heart was in the right place even if her brain wasn’t. Actress Charlene Theron put up a trip to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa at a charity auction. And to add further enticement, she threw in a meeting with Nelson Mandela. Only thing was she never got permission from Mandela. The prize went for $140,000 only after Theron promised to kiss the winner—a woman??—for 20 seconds.

Judge: No Refund on Incorrectly Valued Schnabel Painting

In a case of caveat emptor, a buyer was told that a Julian Schnabel was worth $500,000, but she could get it for $380,000. That old saying that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t” was the case here. After advancing money for the purchase, the buyer discovered it had been sold in 2007 for a paltry $156,000 and sued to get her money back. A New York Supreme Court judge basically said, “Tough luck.”

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