Special auction houses set up by Belgian tax authorities are a boon for bargain hunters. Everything the government can’t use comes under the hammer, allowing smart shoppers to pick up real treasures.
The 16,000-square meter settlement had a fuel factory when it was part of communist East Germany. But the village started decaying after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
A painting of Christ by da Vinci sold at auction for $450 million is headed to the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, the museum has said. A US newspaper reported it has found the mystery buyer of the "Salvator Mundi."
The former British prime minister not only wrote Nobel Prize winning works, he also found time to paint. His last oil painting, "The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell," sold for nearly five times more than expected.
A thief walked into an auction house in Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris, took the painting off the wall and walked out without being seen. The work was due to be auctioned on Sunday.
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