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This photo, provided by Sotheby's in New York, shows The Culbertson Guidon from the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. The swallow-tailed 7th U.S. Cavalry flag, known as a "guidon," is expected to bring up to $5 million at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. (Dec. 10, 2010)

Historic auction at Sotheby's

The original rules of basketball and a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation fetched millions at the auction.

Auctioneer David Redden gavels closed the bidding for
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Auctioneer David Redden gavels closed the bidding for the Naismith Rules, the original rules for basketball, at Sotheby's, in Manhattan. (Dec. 10, 2010)

This photo, provided by Sotheby's in New York,
(Credit: AP)

This photo, provided by Sotheby's in New York, shows The Culbertson Guidon from the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. The swallow-tailed 7th U.S. Cavalry flag, known as a "guidon," is expected to bring up to $5 million at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. (Dec. 10, 2010)

Auctioneer David Redden conducts bidding for the only
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Auctioneer David Redden conducts bidding for the only U.S. flag not captured or lost during George Armstrong Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn in southeastern Montana, during an auction at Sotheby's in Manhattan. The 7th U.S. Cavalry flag was sold on a bid of $1.9 million with a final sale price of $2.2 million after fees. (Dec. 10, 2010)

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At Sotheby's in Manhattan, former Harlem Globetrotters player
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At Sotheby's in Manhattan, former Harlem Globetrotters player Curly Neal spins a ball on his head prior to the bidding for the Naismith Rules, the original rules for basketball, framed at right. (Dec. 10, 2010)

Auctioneer David Redden conducts bidding for a copy
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Auctioneer David Redden conducts bidding for a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, formerly owned by Robert F. Kennedy, during an auction at Sotheby's in Manhattan. (Dec. 10, 2010)

At Sotheby's in Manhattan, former Harlem Globetrotters basketball
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At Sotheby's in Manhattan, former Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Curly Neal spins a ball on his finger tip before the bidding for the Naismith Rules, the original rules for basketball, framed at right. (Dec. 10, 2010)

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