November 12th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

On the Radar: Madoff auction, original Apple, Zahra Baker

A 10.5-carat emerald-cut diamond ring in a platinum setting may fetch up to $350,000.

Bernie Madoff auction - A variety of ill-gotten goods can be yours this weekend as the U.S. Marshals Service in New York will auction off personal property belonging to Bernard and Ruth Madoff.

Bernie Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence for a decades-long Ponzi scheme in which he bilked investors of billions of dollars.

The items for Saturday's auction were seized from his homes in New York City and Montauk, on Long Island.

Big-ticket items include a 10.5-carat diamond engagement ring, estimated to fetch as much as $350,000, and a Steinway and Sons grand piano that could bring in $16,000.

But the auction also features smaller, more personal items. A pair of black velveteen slippers, size 8.5, with red quilted lining and the initials "BLM" embroidered in gold thread, could catch the eye of collectors, as could rows of Mr. Casual Belgium shoes.

Obama in Japan - President Obama flew from Seoul, South Korea, to Yokohama, Japan, on Friday on the concluding leg of his tour of Asia.

He is attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which he hopes will be more fruitful than his talks with South Korea. The president failed to come away with a hoped-for free-trade agreement with Seoul.

Twenty-one countries form APEC, which focuses on economic coordination in the Asia-Pacific region.

After the conference, a leaders' retreat and a visit to the Great Buddha of Kamakura, the president will return to the United States on Sunday.

Original Apple to be auctioned - Christie's auction house in London, England, is selling one of the world's first personal computers - the Apple-1 - for an estimated $161,600 to $242,400.

Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the computer in 1976 in Jobs' family garage and sold it for $666.66.

It comes in an original box - with the return address pointing back to the garage - and features the original Apple logo, which showed Isaac Newton getting hit on the head with an Apple. It includes a signed note from Jobs.

The live and online auction is November 23.

Search for North Carolina girl could be over - People following the Zahra Baker case are awaiting word of a major development. Authorities investigating the disappearance of the 10-year-old North Carolina girl have recovered "evidence that could provide valuable information" in the case, police said Thursday.

The authorities won't say whether what they found was human tissue, but sources at the scene told "In Session's" Jean Casarez that searchers found human remains and the medical examiner was called to the scene near Hickory, North Carolina.

Police launched a search for the girl October 9 but said no one other than a family member has reported seeing her since September 25 when a woman noticed her at a furniture store.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. CaptainObvious

    Gee what a surprise Obama can't get anything done overseas. Free trade doesn't work, or it certainly doesn't work for the US. I'm glad South Korea said no.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    Thank God they found Zahra Clare Baker. I knew they would and yesterday I realized it when it was reported her mother was on her way from Australia after not having seen her in ten years.
    I hope the death penalty is sought in this case. It is horrible to murder anyone but more so to murder someone who was presented cancer at a very young age, the results of which made her life very difficult. If only she could have reached the age of 18 having been educated properly and went on to college.
    There is a failure here by many people who should have fought harder for Zahra. Everyday they should have confronted Social Services. People at Social Services should be fired immediately.
    The father and stepmother should be hung as soon as possible. No sitting for years on deathrow after having taken away years from a 10 year old girl who had the misfortune of having cancer and having a father with a wife who lacked the ability to understand the struggle Zahra was going through.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. gene

    I wonder what that computer will sell for. Should go in The Smithsonian.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. mlee

    I am so very tired of Children to just disappear, and the parents set blindly in the eye of the camera, swearing they have no idea what could have occurred. I also think that Social Services in any and all states needs to be revamped. If a child has been reported as being abused or in danger in a drug infested home.. they need to act, and act immediately.. Parental rights versus the welfare of children has become a ceiling to cover the abuse so many children must suffer.. Had Authorities and Social Services came to this child's aid and investigated prior to her disappearance, she might well be alive and well today.... They let this child down!!! Thats it bottom line, and I think they need to answer the questions as to why!! As to the parents involved.. Her father knew she was being mistreated by her step mother.. He knew it!! And which ever one is responsible for this child's demise, both need to be held legally responsible. And it may well be time that the laws are changed, and to kill a child becomes an Automatic Death sentence.. To take a child's life is not forgivable.....

    November 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Soldiers Daughter

    @ jim brieske, i totally agree with you. The family members who did nothing to protect zahara should also be to blame and be held accountable. the social workers should have done more for her. I could not imagine what that poor little girl was thinking all along being mis treated by the ones who are supposed to love and protect them . God have mercy on their souls. Death penalty indeed.

    November 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. in a better place

    Children don't recognize that they are being abused until they grow up to be adults with bad feelings and memories. Children love their caregivers unconditionally.
    I hope this problem is resolved soon.

    November 13, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. bipolar,nc

    From the mountains to the seashore, from sea to shining sea, is it the tragedy. or Zahras beautiful smile that has brought national attention. I think its her smile. I opened a sour cream container this morning and at the top it said, A smile can speak every language., I thought of Zahra, She had such a beautiful loving smile, and noone knew (or would stop) the pain and suffering she went through. As the nation carries on with life and the holiday season, lets do what Hickory, NC did and donate a toy to a needy child in remembrance of Zahra.
    And to give the "evil one" (step-mother) a compliment, it would be, that I think your the Anti Christ.

    November 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |