Texas-Based Gaston & Sheehan Sells Spoils of Bernard Madoff’s Lavish Life in New York

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NEW YORK (AP).- Anyone wanting to walk in the shoes of fallen financier Bernard Madoff was in luck Saturday: Thousands of belongings from his New York City penthouse, including his used shoes, went on the auction block. An anonymous bidder paid the highest price of the auction — $550,000 — for a 10.5-carat diamond engagement ring that belonged to Madoff’s wife, Ruth. The winning bid topped the $300,000 minimum pre-sale estimate. Ruth Madoff’s French diamond earrings fetched the next highest price. Valued at $100,000 to $137,500, they went for $135,000 to an undisclosed buyer. The man who became a symbol of greed and deceit on Wall Street also had a lavish collection of watches. One of his vintage steel Rolex “Moon Phase” watches sold for $67,500,