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One of the world’s biggest aircraft valuers was accused in the High Court of being in the pockets of General Electric’s vast GECAS commercial aeroplane leasing division.

Guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sells for $400k

A guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison sold for 408,000 US dollars (£269,000) at a New York auction today.

'Nothing short of madness': General Electric's GECAS accused of cashing in on cheap auction of planes it repossessed from Blue Wings

The way General Electric’s aeroplane-leasing division handled the sale of planes on behalf of Alpstream, a Swiss-based aviation company, was “nothing short of madness”, the High Court was told this week.

Leonardo DiCaprio raised $38.8m for his Foundation

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Going, going, gone – to my billionaire best friend in the fifth row. It takes years to train as an auctioneer and a couple of decades on top to smooth one's salesroom patter and gavel-banging. If you're Leonardo DiCaprio, though, a few pals in high places are all you need. At an auction at Christie's New York on Monday, the actor raised $38.8m (£25.5m) for his Foundation, which works to protect endangered species and wildlife habitats.

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Gerhard Richter painting sells for $37m setting new record for a work by a living artist

A 1968 oil painting by German artist Gerhard Richter sold for $37 million (£24 million) at Sotheby's contemporary art auction - a new record for a work by a living artist.

Leonardo DiCaprio's art auction raises $39m for environmental charities

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Christie's auction house raised $38.8 million (£25 million) through a charity art auction and donations with proceeds to benefit environmental and conservation causes.

Apple CEO Tim Cook shows how it's done

Charity auction winner pays $610,000 for coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook

The winner of a charity auction in which the prize was a coffee date with Apple CEO Tim Cook bid a staggering $610,000.

The end of the free upgrade: the great airline business upgrade auction is ready for take-off

A free move into business class could become a thing of a past as the major airlines look to raise extra revenue online

Liberty Head 'Walton' nickel from 1913 rakes in more than $3m at auction

The 5 cent coin was one of five produced illegally by a rogue US Mint worker

A French supporter of the Indian cause, who refused to give his name, left, holds a flag of the American Indian Movement and an American exchange student, member of the Arizona's Hopi tribe, Bo Lomahquahu, right, stand outside of the Druout's auction house to protest the auction of Native American Hopi tribe masks in Paris

Native American tribe fail to block Paris auction of ritual masks

A contested auction of dozens of Native American tribal masks went ahead today despite appeals by the Hopi tribe and the US government to a Paris court for a delay.

Christie's to open in Shanghai as art market value soars

The London auction house Christie's is opening in China to take a bigger slice of the country's $5bn (£3bn) art sales market.

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