Britney Spears’ Infamous Paparazzi attack umbrella goes on auction

Earlier this year it was reported that the large green umbrella Britney Spears used during her infamous showdown with paparazzi in 2007 would be going to auction.
And now, the umbrella is expected to fetch thousands when it goes under the hammer on August 10.
Paparazzi Daniel Ramos, the photographer that was attacked by the singer 10 years ago, was spotted at LAX with a friend on Tuesday toting the piece of pop culture history.

Ramos told TMZ he hopes to get $50,000 for the umbrella.
Hopefully the buyer won’t be expecting to use it to keep dry however, as the bright green brolly is broken.
‘If it rains, you’re screwed’ Ramos said as his companion added: ‘It’s just the way it was that night, so we don’t wanna mess with it at all.’

Ramos revealed he thinks it’s a good time to sell now that Britney is in a good place and plans to give 50% of the proceeds to charity.
The incident unfolded in 2007 – while the Toxic hitmaker was embroiled in a custody battle with ex Kevin Federline – days after the pop icon had shaved her own head in an LA salon.



Skull painting sells for record $110.5m at auction

A 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold Thursday for $110.5 million, the highest price paid at auction for a work by an American artist. It is also a world record price ever paid for contemporary work of art. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa purchased Basquiat’s painting “Untitled,” which first sold for $19,000 in 1984.
“I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece,” Maezawa said on Instagram. “When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible.”
The 41-year-old Japanese fashion entrepreneur set the previous record for a Basquiat piece, paying $57.3 million for a painting of a horned devil lsat year.

He plans to loan the painting to institutions and exhibitions around the world before making it the centerpiece of a museum he plans to open in his hometown of Chiba.

“I hope it brings as much joy to others as it does to me, and that this masterpiece by the 21-year-old Basquiat inspires our future generations,” Maezawa said in a statement.

Only 10 other works have sold for more than $100 million. “Untitled” is the first work made after 1980 to sell for more than $100 million and fetched the sixth highest price ever for a work of fine art. It tops the $105 million paid in 2013 for Andy Warhol’s “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster).”

Basquiat, a native New Yorker, had been an artist for just seven years when he died in 1988 of a heroin overdose at 27.




Reported by UPI

Candid photos of Adolf Hitler sold at auction for $41,000 to unidentified bidder

Rare and exclusive photos of Adolf Hitler allegedly recovered from his mistress’ bunker have sold in auction for $41,000.
An unidentified buyer purchased the photos, many of whom show a different side of a man whose name is synonymous with evil.

In one, Hitler sits comfortably in a deck chair on the veranda of his villa in the south of Germany, reading a document.

The album was acquired by a photographer in 1945. He saw a Russian soldier take it out of Eva Braun’s bedroom drawer, shortly after Hitler and Eva committed suicide, leaving little doubt about its authenticity.

Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler married April 29, 1945 and committed suicide together the following day. She was a photographer and an assistant to Hitler’s personal photographer in the years prior to her death. The album of photographs was auctioned by Royal Tunbridge Wells in Britain.