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Early digital clock made in Hull shed sold at auction

Image caption Thomas Bromley’s Digitron Electric Clock was built in his shed at his Hull home in 1961 One of the world’s first digital clocks, which was made by a man in his shed, has been sold at auction. Thomas Bromley, an engineer and amateur inventor, created his Digitron Electric Clock in 1961 at his home in Hull. He patented the design for three years but chose not to renew it – potentially costing him millions of pounds. The prototype sold for £460 to a UK buyer, more than the…

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LeBron’s HS car to drive hard bargain at auction

FILE PHOTO: High School basketball star LeBron James strikes a pose in front of his Hummer H2 for photographers outside St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, April 25, 2003. REUTERS/Jason Cohn LeBron James obviously wasn’t an ordinary high school senior. His car wasn’t a run-of-the-mill model, either. James drove a 2003 Hummer H2, and it is going up for auction on Monday before being sold on Dec. 8. So what’s the price of the vehicle that LeBron drove while he attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron,…

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Oh boy – vintage Mickey Mouse posters to fetch thousands at auction

LONDON (Reuters) – Seven rare vintage posters of Mickey Mouse are expected to fetch thousands of dollars at an auction that coincides with the 90th anniversary of the cartoon character’s first film appearance. The seven posters, dating from the 1930s and 1940s, went on display on Friday at a commemorative exhibition in London organized by Disney. They are going under the Sotheby’s hammer in an online auction that runs until Nov. 26. A price list in a statement from the auctioneer and Walt Disney Co. UK & Ireland suggests they…

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FCC launches first U.S. high-band 5G spectrum auction

(Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday launched the agency’s first high-band 5G spectrum auction as it works to clear space for next-generation faster networks. FILE PHOTO – A 5G sign is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman Bidding is beginning on Wednesday on spectrum in the 28 GHz band and will be followed by bidding for spectrum in the 24 GHz band. The FCC is making 1.55 gigahertz of spectrum available and the auctions will be followed by a 2019…

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Clacton owner to auction original Sooty TV puppets

Image copyright Hansons Auctioneers Image caption A 1960s Sooty and a 1970s puppet from the TV hit show are both up for sale Sooty fans have the chance to buy the ultimate toy memorabilia; original hand puppets from the TV shows. Two puppets owned by father and son, Harry and Matthew Corbett, will be auctioned along with Sooty’s magic wand. One puppet used by Matthew Corbett in his last stage show in London in 1977. The other was given to Eunice Weston in 1960 after Harry Corbett stayed at her…

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ tour jacket sold at auction

A black synthetic-blend jacket Michael Jackson wore on his 1989 Bad World Tour is pictured in this photo provided by Julien’s Auctions, October 25, 2018. Julien’s Auctions/Handout via REUTERS (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s iconic black “Bad” jacket, which he wore on his first solo tour, sold for $298,000 late Saturday, about three times its original asking price, at a New York auction which featured items from music legends Prince, Madonna, John Lennon and others, officials announced. Julien’s Auctions had an original asking price of $100,000 for the jacket that Jackson…

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Stephen Hawking personal effects fetch £1.8m at auction

Image copyright Christie’s Image caption A copy of Prof Hawking’s best-selling book, signed with a thumbprint, was among the items up for sale Personal effects of Stephen Hawking, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m at auction. A total of 22 items owned by the Cambridge physicist, who died in March, were auctioned by Christie’s. The copy of his thesis titled Properties of Expanding Universes – one of only five – was sold for £584,750 An early wheelchair raised £296,750 for charity and…

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Time is money: `Asprey’ may bring up to $4 million at auction

“The Asprey”, a Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph watch reference 2499, is pictured during a press preview ahead of the upcoming auction at Sotheby’s in Geneva November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse GENEVA (Reuters) – “The Asprey”, a legendary vintage Patek Philippe watch, will go on the auction block next week in Geneva, where it could fetch $2 million to $4 million, Sotheby’s said on Wednesday. Made in 1952 and sold four years later, the Swiss luxury wristwatch is the star lot among 250 watches and pocket watches on offer at…

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French poet Baudelaire suicide letter fetches €234,000 at auction

Image copyright AFP Image caption The letter was written when the budding poet had money problems A letter by the French 19th-Century poet Charles Baudelaire announcing he would kill himself has sold at auction for €234,000 (£204,00; $267,000). The note, dated 30 June 1845, was addressed to Baudelaire’s lover Jeanne Duval. The poet, who was 24 years old at the time, attempted to commit suicide on the same day – but survived. The French auction website Osenat said the letter sold to a private buyer for three times the estimated…

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It’s a little bit pricey: Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ lyrics for auction

FILE PHOTO: British musician Elton John talks on radio station air as he attends a charity event to support innovative HIV prevention and to raise awareness about AIDS in Kiev, Ukraine May 28, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The handwritten original lyrics to Elton John’s breakout hit “Your Song” are going up for auction in New York and are expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars. Written by John’s long time collaborator Bernie Taupin, the romantic ballad was the British singer’s first big hit in 1970,…

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