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To add insult to lethal injury, Zimmerman responded to questions on how Trayvon Martin's family might feel about the gun auction by criticizing their parenting. To add insult to lethal injury, Zimmerman responded to questions on how Trayvon Martin's family might feel about the gun auction by criticizing their parenting.

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It's one of the most widely recognized images in art, and now one of four versions of Edvard Munch's archetypal image of modern angst is going on the block at Sotheby's New York auction house with an expected selling price of $80 million or more.

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These are strange times in British culture, what with all the Wills-and-Kate worship set against the backdrop of turmoil over austerity measures and a faltering economy, plus the recent news that the terms of Old Blighty's outworn monarchical system are being updated to pander slightly less blatantly to the old boy's club (more).

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Rosa Parks, "mother of the civil rights movement," was discovered recently to have written a first-person account of a young black housekeeper being sexually accosted by a white man, but whether she was describing something that happened to her or was writing a work of fiction is uncertain. (An earlier version of this Truthdig item was based on an AP report that changed afterward when new information surfaced.)

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After a bidding war among 44 oil companies, Shell of the United Kingdom and Petronas of Malaysia have jointly won the right to 10 oil fields in Iraq, in the second such auction since the 2003 invasion.

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Edgar Allan Poe may have died penniless, but his poems are now worth a heap of money -- $662,500, to be exact. On Friday, an unidentified bidder at a Christie's auction in New York paid just that much for a first-edition collection of poems by the master of the macabre, titled "Tamerlane and Other Poems" and printed under the vague pseudonym of "A Bostonian."

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Sotheby's enjoyed a windfall Wednesday when the auction house's New York HQ nearly doubled its estimated high of $67.9 million for its contemporary art bid-fest, in which Andy Warhol's works figured prominently among the biggest-selling successes of the evening.

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