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Culture

A Rare License Plate Number Can Fetch $900,000 in Qatar

With so many unusual and expensive cars on the road, rich folks in the wealthy Gulf country bid for limited license plate numbers to stand out and show off.
Jenna Belhumeur
10.27.17
auctions

A $10 Million Jackson Pollock Painting Was Discovered in the Most Random Place

An appraiser struck art market gold in Arizona
Beckett Mufson
6.8.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Neil Armstrong's Bag of Moon Dust Is Going Up for Auction

After being stolen, lost, and snapped up by a private citizen, the historic space artifact is now expected to sell for at least $2 million.
Drew Schwartz
5.23.17
auctions

Move Over, Ebay, #exstrange Is Bringing Online Art Auctions Back to the People

Marialaura Ghidini and Rebekah Modrak want to use consumption to create an online art community.
Catherine Chapman
3.4.17
art schools

25 Major Artists Save an Art School Using Its Charred Remains

With the help of Anish Kapoor and friends, Glasgow School of Art’s historic Mackintosh Building is rising like a phoenix from its ashes.
Maya-Roisin Slater
2.26.17
Art

Muhammad Ali's Paintings & Johnny Depp's Basquiats: Last Week in Art

Also last week: Helen Mirren and Ted Cruz teamed up for the sake of art, a SFMOMA visitor damaged a Warhol, and controversial Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky was released.
Sami Emory
6.13.16
Art

A Rare Work of Japanese Erotic Art Hits the Auction Block

Asia Week in New York means highly suggestive Japanese handscrolls are selling like hotcakes.
Catherine Chapman
3.16.16
Design

$1.5 Million Worth of Tech History Goes to Auction

Bonhams New York is auctioning off an Apple-1, a Nazi Enigma machine, and a letter from Darwin stating he doesn’t believe in God.
Noémie Jennifer
9.17.15
The VICE Guide to Right Now

A Man Found a Chunk of Whale Vomit Worth $10,000

The vomit contained ambergris, a substance produced inside whales' stomachs, which can be used to create the musky smell in perfume.
River Donaghey
9.8.15
News

The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold at Auction: Picasso's 'Women of Algiers'

$179.4 million, for the love of God.
Luis Arroyo
5.12.15
travel

Here's What Happens to the Luggage You Lose at the Airport

If your bag goes missing while you're traveling, it will probably get returned to you within a few weeks—or it may wind up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.
Arielle Pardes
12.23.14
Stuff

This Burt Reynolds Auction Is Super Depressing

<i>Smokey and the Bandit</i> star Burt Reynolds is auctioning off his stuff to help pay some old bills. So far, the items aren't fetching much interest.
Dave Schilling
12.1.14