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Going once ... Sellers rake it in at auctions in 2013


This image released by Sotheby's shows a page from a handwritten manuscript of Bruce Springsteen's 1975 hit "Born to Run."

One pair of Michael Jordan's sneakers: $104,765.

One of Princess Diana's ball gowns: $167,000.

Owning a piece of history: priceless. 

From the finest art to the funkiest memorabilia, most everything can be had for the right price, as the 2013 auction season again proved. According to data compiled by Bloomberg News, the top 10 auction lots of 2013 raised $752.2 million, a 27 percent increase from 2012. 

The biggest prize of all was Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud." The bidding for the 1969 triptych at Christie's auction house in New York City reached $142.2 million, making the piece the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. The buyer remains unknown, but "Lucian Freud" is currently on public display at Portland Art Museum in Oregon. 

Jordan's Nikes, meanwhile, are being kept private.

Here are some of our favorite items from the 2013 auction block:

A 16-gauge Parker Brothers Hammer Shotgun, believed to belong to Annie Oakley.

Annie, got your gun: There's no business like show business, as Annie Oakley learned when she rose to fame during the Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Oakley's 16-gauge Parker Brothers Hammer shotgun sold in November for $293,000 to an anonymous bidder after her great-grandniece put it up for bid. Oakley's love story with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler was fictionalized in the Broadway classic "Annie Get Your Gun."




Lee Harvey Oswald's wedding ring, which he left at his wife's, Marina Oswald, bedside the morning of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is part of a themed JFK memorabilia auction "Camelot: Fifty Years After Dallas."

A killer wedding band: With the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination this year, there has been lot of talk about his killer Lee Harvey Oswald. In November, Oswald's gold wedding ring engraved with a miniature hammer and sickle on the inside, sold for $118,000 to an anonymous Texas buyer. Marina Oswald Porter, Oswald's widow, no longer wanted the ring because she wants to let go of the part of her life associated with Nov. 22, 1963, the day her husband shot the president.



Basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, and martial artist Bruce Lee are shown in 1973 in a karate scene from the movie "Game of Death," which was released in 1978.

Infamous electric yellow jumpsuit: An anonymous Internet bidder is the new owner of Bruce Lee's bright yellow-and-black striped jumpsuit from the 1972 classic "Game of Death" for $100,000. The suit, which shrunk a bit during a wash cycle and has a slight tear near the zipper caused by a fight scene with Korean martial artist Ji Han Jae, was part of a Bruce Lee memorabilia auction in Hong Kong. Lee was known for his legendary martial arts moves that launched him into global super stardom, but he died at the age of 32 from an allergic reaction to painkillers. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Lee's death.





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Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud sold for $142.4 million at a Christie's art sale in New York City. It is the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

The most expensive piece of art: A 1969 Francis Bacon three-panel painting sold for $142.4 million in November making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. New York dealer William Acquavella is rumored to have bought the painting for an unidentified client after a bidding war at Christie's auction house in New York City. Edvard Munch's "The Scream" previously held the record as most expensive piece of art auctioned when it was sold at Sotheby's for $119.9 million in May 2012.



This undated file photo provided by Sotheby's shows the popular Norman Rockwell masterpiece "Saying Grace."


Norman Rockwell's "Saying Grace": The painting, which depicts a scene of a boy praying with an elderly woman in a crowded restaurant, was the most expensive piece of Rockwell's collection sold so far, raking in a whopping $46 million. It far exceeded Sotheby's estimate of $20 million and tripled Rockwell's previous auction record — $15.4 million in 2006 for "Breaking Home Ties."







A 1986 Emanuel ball gown worn by late Princess Diana is displayed on a mannequin during an auction in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. According to the auction house, Diana wore the gown with gold sequins, crystals and pearl beads comes with matching headband, optional sleeve panels and petticoat, in various occasions. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Mandatory Credit: Photo by Today/REX USA (105461a) PRINCESS DIANA Richard Von Weizsacker state visit, banquet at the German Ambassador's residence, London, Britain - Jul 1986

A gown fit for a princess: The long, pearly white gown covered in gold sequins, rhinestones and pearl beads sold for a whopping 125,000 euros, or about $167,000, at a London auction in December. Diana wore the dress numerous times and hand selected it from one of her favorite designers — the Emanuels — Kerry Taylor Auction said. The sale exceeded initial estimates and went to an unidentified museum abroad.


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This Fender Stratocaster electric guitar owned and used by U.S. musician Bob Dylan during his concert at the Newport Folk Festival on 25 July 1965 sold for a record $965,000 at auction.


The electric guitar that changed it all: The sunburst-finished Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was a game-changer in the folk music world. It sold for almost $1 million, including Christie's auction house fees.



A handwritten piece of the Boss: An early draft of the Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" lyrics, circa 1974 in New Jersey, exceeded Sotheby's estimates in December when it sold for $197,000. Both the seller and buyer remain anonymous, although the auction house claimed the draft belonged to Mike Appel, Springsteen's former manager.


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Christie's auction employees pose in front of Edward Hopper's "East Wind Over Weehawken" in New York, November 26, 2013.

An artistic interpretation of economic hardship: Edward Hopper was famous for portraying economic hardship in his paintings. In December, his 1934 painting "East Wind Over Weekhawken" sold for $40.5 million at a Christie's sale of American art to an anonymous telephone buyer. It's the most expensive Hopper piece sold to date, beating the previous record of $26.9 million for "Hotel Window."