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Whisky industry unites behind Doddie Weir charity in fundraising

Scotland's whisky industry is planning a special celebration for rugby legend Doddie Weir to mark the third anniversary of his motor neurone disease (MND) charity. The Whisky Shop Auctions will be hosting Doddie's Whisky Auction online from 11 to 22 November in aid of the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation, which supports research into the causes of and potential cures for MND. A collection of unique and highly sought-after bottles will go under the hammer to raise funds for Doddie's charity, whi...

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Taylor Swift's Betty guitar Covid-19 charity auction

You could win Taylor Swift's Betty guitar in this Covid-19 charity auction. Fancy strumming Taylor Swift’s guitar? Get ready to fork over $40,000 (£30,770) – and swiftly. The superstar-songwriter has donated a signed and dated black 2018 Gibson acoustic from her personal collection to an upcoming auction for Covid-19 relief. Taylor’s guitar is a bonafide piece of country music history, and she most recently used it on stage at the country music awards to play Betty from her latest album F...

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Banksy’s parody of a Monet painting sells for £7.5m at auction

Show Me The Monet reimagines Claude Monet’s impressionist water lilies to include abandoned traffic cones and shopping trolleys Banksy’s “Show Me The Monet” interpretation of Claude Monet’s water lily painting has certainly lived up to its name by selling for more than £7.5m at an auction earlier this week. The painting was created in 2005 and adds abandoned shopping trolleys and a traffic cone to the impressionist painter’s famous garden scene. It was sold at a Sotheby’s event...

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Auction record for Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ as book dealer bids $8.4m at Christie’s

Estimated at $4m-6m, the copy drew strenuous competition on October 14 from three phone bidders. After a six-minute bidding battle it was knocked down to US book dealer Stephan Loewentheil at $8.4m (£6.46m), a sum that surpassed the previous auction high of $6.16m/£3.73m (including premium) for a First Folio sold in the same saleroom in October 2001. The price including buyer’s premium was $9.98m (£7.65m). Other top prices for the 1623 collected edition of the Bard’s plays include t...

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