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May 31, 2005

Court Overturns Arthur Andersen Conviction
Supreme Court Overturns Arthur Andersen's Conviction for Destroying Enron-Related Documents
posted by Wire Reports

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm for destroying Enron Corp.-related documents before the energy giant's collapse.

In a unanimous opinion, justices said the former Big Five accounting firm's June 2002 obstruction-of-justice conviction -- which virtually destroyed Andersen -- was improper. The decision said jury instructions at trial were too vague and broad for jurors to determine correctly whether Andersen obstructed justice.

Source: AP - Yahoo! Finance

May 23, 2005

Don Bravo's Money Matters for May 23, 2005
Stocks in Broad Advance
posted by Wire Reports

Markets were higher today across the board. We're experiencing some techincal difficulties associated with Google's Bourbon update while implementing some new coding ourselves. Testing, 1, 2, 3...

More to come shortly.

The Markets Today's close Gain/Loss
Dow 10,523.56 51.65
NYSE 7,155.95 34.93
Nasdaq 2,056.65 10.23
Oil 49.16 0.51
Gold 417.7 -0.80
Silver 6.97 0.02
Nasdaq A/D 1673 1391
NYSE A/D 2104 1180
Nasdaq New Highs/Lows 102 12
NYSE New Highs/Lows 81 32

More here coming soon.

May 16, 2005

Marilyn Monroe's Estate Property in June Auction
Live and Online Auction June 4
posted by Rick Gagliano

(Los Angeles, California) � Over 200 personal and professional items from the estate of actress Marilyn Monroe that have been stored for 43 years will be offered for sale in a public auction, June 4th 2005. The items include, professional wardrobe pieces, original photographs, her Joe DiMaggio divorce papers and an original Monroe watercolorMarilyn Monroe painting inscribed to President John F. Kennedy for his birthday. Monroe's personal property for decades was stored away out of sight for safe keeping by the estate. This is the first time that most of these items will be seen in public, including a dizzying array of clothing from all of the designers she cherished: Jax, Pucci, Ronetti, Jaeger, and Geistex, explained President/CEO, Darren Julien, of Julien's Auctions of Los Angeles/New York (

Julien said one of the most intriguing objects is a painting by Monroe of a symbolic red rose for JFK. It is inscribed, "President Kennedy, Happy Birthday and again I say Happy Birthday. Always, Marilyn Monroe, June 1, 1962." Monroe died on the fifth of August 1962 at the age of 36 before giving the painting to President Kennedy.

Paper ephemera highlights in this sale include divorce papers from her famous husband and sports legend, Joe Di Maggio and her signed actor's contracts. Other items in the auction include a pearl gray silk halter dress; a sterling silver makeup mirror; a signed receipt for a wax and facial from a Beverly Hills salon; vintage 1960s jars of makeup and beauty products; in addition to many other personal and private wardrobe items, documents, and decorative objects.

Her personal telephone directory contains hundreds of names and numbers of top Hollywood celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Henry Fonda, Jane Russell and even former husbands, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, said Julien.

The Marilyn Monroe auction items will be on public display at Barclay Butera in Los Angeles, CA from May 31st thru June 3rd. We are hosting the Marilyn Monroe Auction at our Los Angeles location because our showroom and lifestyle represents the era and the timeless elegance that symbolizes Marilyn Monroe, said President/CEO Barclay Butera, national furnishings and interiors designer who recently purchased Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms estate in Palm Springs and Desi Arnaz Jr.'s Beverly Hills home of 30 years. The auction will be conducted live Saturday, June 4th starting at 2:00 pm at Barclay Butera, 169 N. La Brea Ave., and online at

For additional information, contact Julien's Auctions, P.O. Box 691789, West Hollywood, California 90069. Phone: (310) 836-1818. Web:


New York:
Highlights From The Collection
Planet Hollywood, New York
May 16th Press Call - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Reception for V.I.P. Clients - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May 17th - May 20th Exhibition In Display Case

Los Angeles:
May 31st - June 3rd
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Auction: Saturday, June 4th 2:00 p.m.
Barclay Butera, Inc., 169 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California

June 4th - Live and Online Auction

May 15, 2005

Auction Seller Guide To Success
Tips for Selling On Ebay
posted by Wire Reports

Leroy Chan

When its time to clean-up around the house, some people have a hard time deciding what to keep and what to throw out. What they need is an incentive.

How about collecting cash from stuff that was collecting dust?

You can do this by auctioning-off your unwanted or no longer needed items on eBay. eBay is the largest online market place of its kind. If you are considering this, then you need to gain some basic knowledge of the listing process.

Here is a 10-item checklist to go over before you begin selling:

1. Look at Other Seller Listings

Do a search for your item. See how other sellers list the same or similar item. Take mental note of the category, the title, the description, the photo and the pricing.

2. Choose the Most Appropriate Category

Make sure your item is in the most appropriate category. Avoid placing it in a category where it doesn't belong. List your item in the wrong category, and people looking for your item will not find it. Let eBay suggest the category for you, if you are unsure which category your item belongs.

3. Write an Accurate Title for Your Listing

Make it easy for buyers to find your item in a search by writing a precise title of it. Be as exact and detailed as possible so your item can show up in broad keyword searches too. Avoid using hype words like "Best," "Great," or "Fantastic." Putting these words in the title will not help buyers find your item because they don't type in these types of words in their searches.

4. Set Your Price Low

Entice your buyers by starting at a low price. Set a reserve price in your listings so you don't have to sell it when the auction ends at too low of a price for you to make a profit.

5. Give Plenty of Time for Your Auction

Let as many people as possible see your auction. Set the duration for five or seven days so weekend buyers will have a chance to bid on your item too.

6. Show a Photo of Your Item

Take a digital photo of your item and post it with your listing. Let your buyers see what they are bidding on. Allow the photo to help you sell it. Having to see something first before you buy it is only natural. Apply this same principle to online auctions. Buying a digital camera is a good investment these days and instructions on loading pictures up to the eBay site are simple enough that there really is no excuse not to have a picture.

7. Give Buyers Plenty of Payment Options

Make it easy for the buyer to pay. Providing as many payment options as available is better. Place in your item listing your own merchant account or credit card processor information. Sign up with Paypal if you don't have your own merchant account. Let buyers pay by check or money order if you don't provide payment through Paypal or credit cards. Including all payment options leaves no buyers behind.

8. Be Clear on Shipping and Handling Information

Avoid troubles or negative seller feedback by stating upfront your shipping costs. Mention this clearly in your listing. Include your return policy.

9. Give Contact Information

Gain the buyer's trust by freely stating your contact information. List your email, phone number or mailing address.

10. Keep on Testing

Review the auctions that have ended. Learn from the wins and losses. Try changing the category, title, description or price if it didn't sell. Testing the individual elements in the auction process is critical to your goal of becoming a successful auction seller.

(c) Leroy Chan - All Rights reserved

Leroy Chan owns and operates the site "Auction Seller Guide": the place where experts reveal their secrets about auction selling, wholesale product sources, tools and more.

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Collecting Depression Glass – Where to Start

posted by Wire Reports

By Murray Hughes

Okay, so you’ve been bitten by the Depression Glass bug, and
those pretty patterns and pastel colors beckon you from the
shelves of an antique dealer’s shop, a friend’s home, or
maybe you’ve even discovered this special glassware on the
Internet. How ever it’s come about that you’ve developed a
yen for Depression Glass, you need to know where and how to
start collecting it – unless you’re made of money, have
oodles of time on your hands, and don’t care whether you
get the real thing or not. But if you’re like most of us,
and those things don’t apply to you, here are a few tips to
get you started on the road to what may very well become a
fascinating and lifelong hobby.

Step 1 – Buy the latest edition of the book, The Collector’s
Encyclopedia of Depression Glass
by Gene Florence that
boasts a recommendation from the National Depression Glass
Association. Mr. Florence’s comprehensive book covers all
the known patterns with photographs and current price
listings, short histories of the manufacturers, information
on detecting fakes and reproduction pieces, along with the
production dates and colors of each design. All this,
including the author’s own personal anecdotes about this
addictive hobby, make this book not only one of the most
useful tools from which to learn about Depression Glass,
but turns learning about the subject into entertainment, as

Step 2 – Go to glass shows and conventions, join Depression Glass
clubs, and visit antique shops in your area that carry it.
It’s imperative to learn about this type of glass from
hands-on knowledge in order to get a true feel of how it
looks “in person.” Soon you’ll learn many, if not all, the
colors and patterns, and be able to distinguish
reproductions – most commonly made in Mexico and India –
from the genuine article. Color, patterns, weight, mold
markings – even the bubbles – of real Depression Glass hold
a uniqueness all their own.

Step 3 – Subscribe to magazines, newsletters, and other periodicals
that focus on collecting Depression Glass. The National
Depression Glass Association offers an online newsletter
subscription on its site at, and Collector’s
News, a print magazine, frequently features articles of
interest to Depression Glass fans.

Step 4 – Meet and make friends with an expert! There’s nothing like
having a mentor to guide you when you’re in the process of
learning something new – especially about Depression Glass.
Such tips as learning to use your tactile sense of feel to
detect chips and cracks, holding a piece up to the light to
help determine its authenticity, and other helpful
information usually come from personal relationships.
Attending shows, joining clubs, and visiting antique shops
all provide opportunities to make friends with people
who’ve been involved in collecting Depression Glass – some
for as long as 40 or 50 years.

The most important thing to remember when you begin your
Depression Glass hobby, however, is to have fun! Even if
you do make a mistake, get occasionally “rooked” with a
fake, or buy or sell something you later regret, you’ll
always have the experience of appreciating an interesting
and fascinating hobby. And then, when you do make the find
of your life – well, that’s what it’s all about! All those
“mistakes” soon become laughable, fond memories when you
proudly display your wonderful Depression Glass discovery!

So get out there and make your start today or look for the
next beautiful piece to add to your growing collection.

Until next time,

Murray Hughes

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May 09, 2005

Suit Filed to Bar NYSE-Archipelago Merger

posted by Wire Reports

NEW YORK (AP) -- A seat holder on the New York Stock Exchange filed suit Monday to block the merger between the NYSE and all-electronic stock market Archipelago Holdings Inc., claiming a breach of fiduciary responsibility.

Source: AP/Yahoo! Finance

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