Van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, and Michael Jacksons Nose

Hey, it rhymed! And I'm never going to grow tired of Michael Jackson nose jokes.

Lots of collectable stuff in the news lately.

In Rome, police seized works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne and other big name artists, in a crackdown on assests that were hidden by a disgraced founder of a dairy company called Parmalat.

There were about 20 masterpieces stashed away in attics and basements in various apartments. They're valued about $150 million.

Wiretapping led them to believe that one painting was about to be sold. I'm guessing, once the legalities of all this are settled, they'll be sold soon enough.

From classic art, to classic literature -- a rare copy of Edgar Allan Poe's first book sold for $662,500. That breaks the previous record price for American literature, which was a quarter of a milion bucks for a copy of the same book sold 20 years earlier.

"Tamerlane and other Poems" had been estimated to sell for half a million at Christie's auction house in NYC. The 40-page collection of poems was published in 1827.

And from classic literature, to c lassic nutjobs, more Michael Jackson stuff has made it onto the auction block.

Bonhams & Butterfields' has an entertainment memorabilia auction on December 20th, so you collectors can bid on a gift that would be perfect for the holidays (albiet a few days late).

Some of the King of Pop items will be the T-shirt he wore in the "Beat It" video. They expected to get $10,000 for that. There's an area rug depicting Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley that was a wedding gift. And, Jackson's leterman jacket. No, he never lettered in a sport. Are you crazy? This is a Mickey Mouse jacket in that baseball/letterman style, which suposedly still contains items he left in the pocket 20 years ago. I'm guessing that'll get well over the $2,000 to $5,000 they expect.

For music lovers, the original 1983 master test proof recording of "Thriller". I'm not sure if the record label will have anything to say about that going out for sale.

You can check it out online at bonhams.com/us.

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