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007 production moves to Rome after surviving Sony hack

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Written by TRISHA THOMAS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:18
Monica Bellucci at the Women's World Award 2009. Image by Manfred Werner. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. ROME (AP) – After surviving the Sony hack, production for the new James Bond thriller SPECTRE has moved to Rome, where crowds are gathering to catch a glimpse of 007 and the oldest Bond girl yet, 50-year-old Monica Bellucci.

Daniel Craig, 46, and Bellucci have been seen around town in recent days as filming has taken them from the cobble-stoned streets of the historic center out to the Mussolini-era modern EUR neighborhood.

The main thoroughfare of central Rome, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, was closed to traffic early Tuesday for a nighttime car chase scene featuring Bond's silver Aston Martin. Another chase took place along the bike path on the banks of the Tiber River.

Details of the plot of the Sam Mendes-directed film had been a well-guarded secret until Bond producer EON Productions acknowledged in December that an early version of the script was among material stolen in the Sony Pictures cyberattack. Details have since circulated online.

Nevertheless, curious Romans have come out in droves to take in scenes of the 20-day shoot, which followed an initial one in London.

“I hope to see James Bond. Someone told me that there is also Monica Bellucci,” said Floriana Sacco, 36, as she watched an apparent funeral scene being shot outside EUR's civic museum. “We hope that as all other film settings in Rome, it will be beautiful and it will be good publicity to this beautiful city.”

City officials expect as much as 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in permit fees alone, and that the total boost to the Eternal City could be several times that given the extras, security guards, film crews, catering services and hotels being used.

Rome's historic center has provided the backdrop to several major motion pictures in recent years, including Woody Allen's 2012 romance To Rome With Love, and Paolo Sorrentino's 2013 The Great Beauty, which went on to win an Oscar for best foreign film.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:29
 

Social media revives boomer tradition: bronzed baby shoes

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Written by MITCH STACY, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:30
Bronzed baby shoes mounted to bookends. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and King's Auctions Inc. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Years ago, it was common for young parents to send off their baby's first shoes for bronzing as a forever keepsake. But like many popular commodities, bronzed baby shoes fell out of fashion.

The oldest and by far the largest company that bronzes baby shoes started offering the service in 1934 and never stopped. American Bronzing in central Ohio is using social media to help revive the tradition among young parents and grandparents.

CEO Robert Kaynes Jr. says just being able to target the Facebook pages of young mothers has helped boost shipments about 25 percent in the past six months. The 80-year-old company bronzes about 100 baby shoes a day, plus pacifiers, dog collars, cowboy hats and a variety of other memorabilia.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:04
 

Bieber's 'kicks' raise more than $62K at charity auction

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Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 09 February 2015 10:51
Justin Bieber performing 'Favorite Girl' in Zurich Switzerland, Aug. 4, 2011. Note: Shoes shown in photo are not the ones sold at auction. Photo by Pacal Parves, http://www.parvexfilm.com, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. STRATFORD, Ontario (AP) - A pair of Justin Bieber's Nike basketball shoes has fetched more than $62,000 in an eBay auction to benefit a food bank in the pop star's hometown of Stratford, Ontario.

Bieber's grandparents, Diane and Bruce Dale, donated some of Bieber's personal items to raise money for the Stratford House of Blessing food bank. The auction started Jan. 31 and closed at noon on Saturday.

Bieber's Toronto Maple Leafs comforter sold for more than $6,000, his pillow case went for more than $3,000, and his ceiling light came in at just under $2,000.

The charity says on its website that Bieber and his mother chose to donate the items "because they were helped by us in their time of need.''

Organizers say Bieber autographed the items when he was in the area over the holidays, and each came with a certificate of authenticity signed by his grandmother.

The winning bids aren't finalized until confirmed by eBay.

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Justin Bieber performing 'Favorite Girl' in Zurich Switzerland, Aug. 4, 2011. Note: Shoes shown in photo are not the ones sold at auction. Photo by Pacal Parves, http://www.parvexfilm.com, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 11:01
 

Stan Musial memorabilia store going out of business

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Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 06 February 2015 10:50
Stan Musial autographed photo. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com and  Fusco Auctions ST. LOUIS (AP) – Hall of Famer Stan Musial's Stan the Man Inc. is closing shop in St. Louis this week.

The building where the former St. Louis Cardinals player signed memorabilia until a month before he died is closing its doors due to a decreasing inventory. Dick Zitzmann, vice president of the company, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Musial still meant a lot to St. Louis, and that the current cache of signed items would last four to six months.

According to Zitzmann, there were 6,000 to 7,000 balls in the inventory when Musial died in January 2013 at the age of 92. Today there are none left.

The paper reports that Musial would show up at Stan the Man every single morning and autograph pictures, balls and jerseys from 10:30 to 11:30.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 11:03
 

Famous Tintin cover art fetches near-record 2.5M euros

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Written by AFP wire service   
Monday, 02 February 2015 13:19

A copy of the Tintin adventure titled 'L'Etoile Mysterieuse.' Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Fauve Paris.

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The original cover design for Tintin adventure The Shooting Star has been sold for 2.5 million euros ($2.8 million) in a near-record for a work by the boy detective's Belgian creator Herge, a dealer said Monday.

The yellowing, line sketch that Herge made for the 1942 book was bought by a European investor, Marina David of Petits Papiers-Huberty-Breyne, specialist comic book dealers, told AFP.

David declined to give further details, saying only "the buyer is neither Belgian nor French," with the sale showing just how strong the market is for comic-book art.

The published, color version of the cover shows Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy looking on in astonishment as a huge, red and white-capped mushroom swells up out of a barren rocky beach, part of a meteorite – hence the title – which has fallen into the sea.

At 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million), the price is one of the highest for a work by Herge who sold some 230 million Tintin ablums by the time of his death in 1983.

Since then, investors and collectors alike have looked more and more seriously at comics as potentially valuable works of art in their own right.

In May, a two-page spread depicting Tintin in various risky escapades against the villains of his day sold for 2.65 million euros in Paris, at the time a world record equal to $3.58 million.

In June, a near-flawless edition of the first book featuring Superman dating from June 1938 fetched $3.2 million, according to auction site eBay.

Shooting Star was Herge's tenth Tintin album after he began the series in 1930 with Tintin in the Land of the Soviets.

David said that apart from the Tintin cover, the gallery also found buyers for about 60 pieces by Philippe Geluck, the Belgian designer behind the Le Chat series, while works by Francois Avril and Dominique Corbasson who use the comic book format for their paintings also did well.

The Shooting Star cover design was put up for sale by a private collector.

Most of Herge's work is held by a family foundation which jealously guards his legacy and so increases the rarity value of any work coming to market.



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 A copy of the Tintin adventure titled 'L'Etoile Mysterieuse.' Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Fauve Paris.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 13:32
 

Contents of unofficial Elvis museum sell for $54,500

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Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 02 February 2015 10:49
Graceland Too in Holly Springs, Miss. Image by Thomas R Machnitzki. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) – It was now or never for lovers of Graceland Too, north Mississippi's eccentric shrine to Elvis Presley.

More than 100 people gathered on a cold Saturday morning at the ramshackle antebellum home in Holly Springs, anticipating an auction of thousands of items stuffed into the house by late Elvis superfan Paul MacLeod.

But the sale ended in less than an hour, well before the crowd could get all shook up. After auctioneer Greg Kinard sold two of MacLeod's cars, all of the home's contents were sold for $54,500 to an unidentified Georgia man who bid over the Internet.

“It was advertised that it would be offered all at one time,” Kinard said.

Kinard said the buyer has 15 days to remove all the items, including albums, guitars, ceramic figurines, commemorative plates, lamps, polyester ruffle-front dress shirts, leather jackets and beaded jumpsuits. The buyer even gets the homemade electric chair MacLeod built in the back yard.

The auctioneer said the home remains for sale separately.

MacLeod's museum – unaffiliated with Presley's Graceland estate in nearby Memphis, Tennessee – was a late-night favorite of intoxicated college students and tourists.

The short auction left some of Graceland Too's repeat visitors – dubbed lifetime members – wanting more.

“It's kind of a letdown,” lifetime member Lisa McGee told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. She sipped from a mug emblazoned with TCB.

“Tacky Elvis is good Elvis,” she said. “I would have loved to have a keepsake.”

One man did leave with an icon, though – MacLeod's Cadillac with Graceland Too emblazoned on the side. Holly Springs resident John Stuber outbid another man, winning the car for $4,000.

“I always wanted a pink Cadillac,” Stuber said. “I just never knew it until today.”

One of MacLeod's two daughters, Brenda Young, accepted the bid to make it final. Separated from her father by divorce, she didn't meet MacLeod in person until 2010.

“I'm pleased with the outcome,” said Young, who now lives in Detroit. “It's neat that he meant a lot to so many people. Some of the lifetime members used to come here just to have a Coke or a beer with (MacLeod) on the porch.”

While MacLeod often boasted that the collection was worth millions, attorney Phillip Knecht told The Associated Press Friday that the estate would settle for as little as $50,000, enough to pay off the roughly $20,000 to $25,000 of debt MacLeod left.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 11:00
 

'In Dog We Trust' rug earns $9,650 for animal charity

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Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:49
The misprinted rug, which reads 'In Dog We Trust,' sold at auction for $9,650. The sale will benefit Canine Estates, a sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Fla., for abandoned, abused and injured dogs rescued primarily from high-kill shelters. Image courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. LARGO, Fla. (AP) – A misprinted rug at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has sold for $9,650 after a seven-day online auction.

The green rug displaying a large sheriff's star was placed a few months ago in the lobby of the new public safety complex, which houses the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

An employee recently spotted a spelling error on the rug. Instead of "In God We Trust," it said, "In Dog We Trust." The $500 rug was removed the following day.

On Jan. 15, the auction began with a starting bid of $100. In total, 83 bids were placed. The buyer's name was not available Wednesday.

Auction proceeds will go to Canine Estates, a Palm Harbor nonprofit for injured and abandoned dogs.

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The misprinted rug, which reads 'In Dog We Trust,' sold at auction for $9,650. The sale will benefit Canine Estates, a sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Fla., for abandoned, abused and injured dogs rescued primarily from high-kill shelters. Image courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 13:06
 

Original Tintin comic book cover art stars at Brussels fair

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Written by PHILIPPE SIUBERSKI   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:09
A copy of the Tintin adventure titled 'L'Etoile Mysterieuse.' Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Fauve Paris. BRUSSELS (AFP) – Intrepid boy hero Tintin stars at one of Europe's top art fairs next week when the original cover of his 1942 Shooting Star adventures goes on sale for 2.5 million euros.

The yellowing sketch by Belgian creator Herge shows Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy on a barren rocky beach looking in astonishment at a huge mushroom.

In its finished form, brightly colored, the red-and white capped mushroom looks like a well-known and very dangerous psychedelic fungus.

The drawing has attracted huge interest from fans and collectors alike who are increasingly prepared to pay huge sums for such iconic works.

A rare 1939 Tintin cartoon sold for 539,880 euros in December while in May, a two-page spread depicting Tintin across various adventures was bought for 2.65 million euros in Paris, a world record equal to $3.58 million at then prevailing exchange rates.

It was all very different not so long ago.

"Twenty-five years ago when you went to a comic strip creator like Tardi ... to buy a cover, they would look at you oddly as if to say 'and who on earth is interested in that,'" said Alain Huberty, part-owner of the local gallery selling the cartoon at the Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair.

The Shooting Star cover – L'Etoile Mysterieuse in the original French – is just one of five still in the hands of private collectors while the bulk of Herge's work is now held by a family foundation set up after his death in 1983.

Such cartoons first attracted collectors in the 1980s who would often sell them on to specialist bookshops, eventually drawing in the public and then the auction houses as their creators won recognition as artists in their own right.

Herge was among the first sought out, followed by other major talents in the Franco-Belgian stable such as Franquin, responsible for Spriou and Gaston LaGaffe, Peyo who gave the world The Smurfs and Jacques Martin with Alix.

"The price is determined first by the name and then by the quality," said Huberty. "An exceptional piece can command an exceptional price, as the Tintin sales show."

At the same time, Huberty cautioned against getting carried away, warning that there could be a "bubble" building in prices for second-rank works but not for the greats such as Herge.

The Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair (www.brafa.be) opens Jan. 24 for a week.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:34
 

Arms makers issue guns honoring NH Fish & Game's 150th year

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:57

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Two firearms manufacturers are creating limited edition guns to mark the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's 150th anniversary.

Ruger is issuing a limited run of 150 collectible M77 Hawkeye rifles featuring the Fish and Game Department's anniversary seal in 14 karat gold, and LHR Sporting Arms is making a commemorative muzzleloader rifle. A portion of all sales will benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.

In addition, the guns bearing serial number 001 will be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the heritage foundation fund.

For more information, visit http://wildnh.com/150/ltd-guns.html.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:06
 

Sheriff auctioning rug misprinted 'In Dog We Trust' to aid K9 shelter

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Written by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 09:48
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is auctioning this misprinted rug, which reads 'In Dog We Trust,' to benefit Canine Estates, a sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida, for abandoned, abused and injured dogs rescued primarily from high-kill shelters. As of the publication of this article, bidding was up to $6,150. Image courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. LARGO, Fla. (AP) – Is “In Dog We Trust” your motto?

If so, a sheriff's office in Florida has a rug for you. The Pinellas County sheriff's office said Thursday it will auction off a rug that had “In Dog We Trust” on it instead of “In God We Trust.”

The 6ft by 8ft forest green rug with the sheriff's gold badge was in the entrance area for a couple of months when the error was discovered Wednesday by a deputy.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Canine Estates, a local animal rescue organization.

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says he wanted to put the rug on the auction block because the story garnered so much attention.

The rug was initially valued at $500.

Bidding had reached $6,150 as of the time of this article's publication. The auction closes Wednesday.

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On the Web: www.onlineauction.com/auction/2076173

Follow Tamara Lush on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tamaralush

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The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is auctioning this misprinted rug, which reads 'In Dog We Trust,' to benefit Canine Estates, a sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida, for abandoned, abused and injured dogs rescued primarily from high-kill shelters. As of the publication of this article, bidding was up to $6,150. Image courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Closeup of rug's logo shows the misprinted phrase 'In Dog We Trust.' Image courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 14:35
 

'Charlie Hebdo' issues attract astronomical bids after terror attack

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Friday, 09 January 2015 10:04
The French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo' has never been exclusionary in the nations, political parties or religions it spoofed. On the cover of this issue, former US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney proclaims, 'For a really white White House!' The background sign says 'No vote for immigrants.' Fair use of a low-resolution image under guidelines of US Copyright Law PARIS (AFP) – Within hours of a terrorist attack that decimated the staff at Charlie Hebdo, copies of the latest issue of the satirical French weekly were drawing bids of more than 70,000 euros ($82,500) online.

The 60,000-print run of issue number 1177 sold out nearly instantly following the assault on the magazine's headquarters that killed 12 people, including some of its top journalists.

By midday Wednesday, scores of the three-euro magazine bearing a cartoon likeness of controversial French author Michel Houellebecq on its cover were popping up online at astronomical prices.

Of the more than 80 ads offering the issue on eBay, some were available for immediate purchase at up to 50,000 euros ($58,938).

"Rare, latest issue Charlie Hebdo," said one advert.

Charlie Hebdo has already announced it will be back next week with a one million-copy memorial edition in response to the global outrage over the massacre.

Bids on some editions had gone over 70,000 euros, but as winners of eBay's auctions can back out, there is no guarantee the money will come through.

In addition to the recent copies, people were offering some of the satirical paper's other notorious issues, including the November 2011 edition that prompted a firebombing of its offices.

That issue titled "Charia Hebdo," with an image lampooning the Prophet Mohammed on the cover, had at one point received bids that topped 14,000 euros ($16,500), which the seller promised to donate to helping victims of the attack.

When contacted by AFP, eBay said it can't stop people from being interested in a certain type of item.

"It's a tragic event and it's drawing lots of media attention, which encourages curiosity. The more people are interested in something the higher auctions go," an eBay spokesperson told AFP. "It's this curiosity effect that we can't do anything against."

However, the company reserves the right to pull ads that violate its terms of use.

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The French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo' has never been exclusionary in the nations, political parties or religions it spoofed. On the cover of this issue, former US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney proclaims, 'For a really white White House!' The background sign says 'No vote for immigrants.' Fair use of a low-resolution image under guidelines of US Copyright Law Bidding on an example of the back issue titled 'Charia Hebdo,' with an image lampooning the Prophet Mohammed on its cover, at one point had received online bids topping $16,500. Translated, the comment in the bubble says '100 lashes if you don't die of laughter!' Fair use of a low-resolution image under guidelines of US Copyright Law
Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 11:04
 
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