Lehman Brothers Sign, Artworks to Be Auctioned Off in UK

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LONDON (AP)- For sale: a sign of the times. Christie’s is auctioning off the 10 foot-long (3 meter-long) sign that adorned the European headquarters of Lehman Brothers, along with paintings, furniture and other objects from the offices of the collapsed investment bank. They are among millions of dollars’ (euros’) worth of items being sold to help pay Lehman’s creditors. The bank collapsed in September 2008. It was the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and helped cause one of the worst financial crises since the Great Depression. On Friday Christie’s held a preview of items from the sale, which is expected to raise about 2 million pounds ($3.1 million). The 300 lots include works by modern artists including Gary Hume, Robert Rauschenberg and Lucian Freud, a selection of maritime and sporting paintings and office knickknacks —