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Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It was the party of the year when the world's most famous bridesmaid, Pippa Middleton, finally became the bride. Middleton, who became famous for the figure-hugging dress she wore at the 2011 wedding of her sister, Princess Kate, to Prince William, tied the knot Saturday.

The wedding reception Saturday celebrating the marriage of Middleton, 33, and her husband, hedge fund millionaire James Matthews, was planned with military-like precision and executed under heavy security and secrecy.

The reception venue, a glass-enclosed structure estimated to have cost more than $100,000 erected in the backyard of Carole and Michael Middleton's Bucklebury home, was draped with curtains to shield the prying eyes of the paparazzi and public.

Inside the structure, which resembled a crystal palace, the estimated 350 guests partook in one of the most glamorous and high-profile events of the London social season.

Prior to the evening reception, an intimate circle of the couple's friends and family enjoyed a champagne brunch featuring langoustines, steak and chips, and foie gras. The brunch took place on the same Englefield Estate as St. Mark's Church, where Middleton, in a Giles Deacon gown, wed Matthews earlier Saturday in front of around 100 guests. The lavish wedding had an estimated price tag between $500,000 and $1 million.

Guests who received invitations for all three parts of Middleton's wedding day -- the church service, champagne brunch and reception -- were asked to bring a change of clothes. Middleton, who wrote a book titled "Celebrate" about party planning, wore a second gown for the black-tie evening reception at her parents' $8 million home.

The Middletons' mansion, dubbed "Bucklebury Manor," boasts seven bedrooms and sits on 18 acres of property with stunning gardens, fish ponds and a tennis court and pool. Before guests could enter the Bucklebury grounds, they reportedly had to pass through an extensive security check that included a special password matched with their passport.

The guest list for the reception was a who's who of society, including pro tennis stars Tim Herman and Roger Federer. Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew, also joined her cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry, for the day's activities.

Middleton's niece, Princess Charlotte, 2, and nephew, Prince George, 3, served in her bridal party, while Kate, 35, reportedly drew the illustration of St. Mark's Church that graced the wedding ceremony programs.

British tabloids reported one of the highlights of the night was a ping pong match that pitted Prince Harry and William against seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.

Harry, 32, brought his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, 35, to the evening reception. Markle was missing from both the ceremony and the reception at Englefield House.

Markle and Harry, who began dating last year, were reportedly seated apart from each other at the sit-down dinner, following standard etiquette for high-profile events. At night, a spitfire display took place in the sky while a spectacular light show flashing slides of Middleton's and Matthews' love story was projected against the Middletons' home.

Middleton and Matthews were spotted early Monday morning at Los Angeles International Airport on the way to their honeymoon destination in the South Pacific.

The couple will reportedly visit the exclusive Brando resort on Tetiaroa island, just north of Tahiti. The eco-tourism hot spot, which caters to the world's most elite and has a price tag of $3,500 a night, recently hosted Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen.

The eco-resort boasts just 35 deluxe cottages on pristine white beaches and private plunge pools. The resort features cuisine designed by a Michelin star chef, and most important of all, privacy.

Marlon Brando was said to have fallen in love with the island while filming the 1962 action film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and purchased the entire Pacific atoll for the less than the price it now costs its exclusive clientele for a week's stay.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed in the green Monday with technology and defense stocks leading the pack.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 89.99 ( 0.43 percent) to finish at 20,894.83.

The Nasdaq gained 49.92 ( 0.82 percent) to close at 6,133.62 while the S&P 500 finished at 2,394.02, up 12.29 ( 0.52 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 1 percent higher with prices nearly $51 per barrel.

Winners and Losers: Shares of Ford Motor Company climbed 2 percent on news that CEO Mark Fields would be replaced with Jim Hackett, a former chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC.

Zoe's Kitchen Inc's stock was downgraded by Robert W. Baird to "Neutral," causing shares of the restaurant chain to tumble 8 percent.

Blackstone Group announced a $40 billion infrastructure plan for U.S. projects with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund committing to a $20 billion investment. Shares of the private equity firm soared nearly 7 percent.

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Sotheby's(LONDON) -- One lucky lady snagged the deal of a lifetime over 30 years ago when she purchased what she thought was merely a fun cocktail ring, but what turned out to be a diamond worth more than $450,000.

The unaware buyer who spent approximately $15 at a flea market in London had no idea the gem was actually a 26.27-carat white diamond.

On Monday, Jessica Wyndham, head of Sotheby's London jewelry department, met with the owner who has been wearing the ring since the '80s and only recently found out from a local jeweler it could be of significant value.

"She first bought it in the 1980s as a costume jewel, cocktail ring and she has been wearing it around ever since," Wyndham said. "It's impossible to really date it, but the style of the diamond has notable characteristics similar to what you would expect from the 19th century," she explained.

"She randomly took it to a local jeweler who said, 'This could be a diamond,' and told her to 'seriously get it looked at,'" Wyndham added.

The jewelry specialist for the international auction house told ABC News that the ring's owner was searching impressive diamonds on Google when she found Sotheby's and reached out to Wyndham to get the process started.

Once Wyndham first saw the jewel in person earlier this year, she contacted the Gemological Institute of America to have the gem identified. "They check the diamond and give a certificate confirming the color, clarity, size and weight," Wyndham said of the New York City-based company.

Wyndham said she was astonished that given the weight, color, cut and clarity that an average person could own this kind of stone without knowing what it really was.

"Even if it was just a small 1-carat diamond it would be amazing, but the fact that it's 26 carats, that's larger than most would see in their lifetime let alone own dream of owning. To have one this big and truly pure is astounding," Wyndham explained.

Sotheby's will start the low auction price at about $325,000 but Wyndham said the diamond could reach $454,000. "We don't stop people from bidding past an upper price. The hope is that people will continue bidding, it's really just the low estimate that people should focus on," she said.

The unique 26.27-carat white diamond will be part of a sale on June 7, 2017, that includes a diamond broach worn by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and other priceless historic jewelry items.

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The Ford Motor Company(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- Ford Motor Company is making a change in its leadership.

The automaker announced on Monday that Jim Hackett will be its new president and CEO, replacing Mark Fields, who, Ford says, "has elected to retire from Ford after a successful 28-year career with the company."

Jim Hackett named #Ford president and CEO, succeeding Mark Fields, who is retiring.

— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) May 22, 2017

The move comes as the company's stock has dropped 40 percent and a week after Ford announced it was cutting 1,400 jobs.

“We’re moving from a position of strength to transform Ford for the future,” Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement. “Jim Hackett is the right CEO to lead Ford during this transformative period for the auto industry and the broader mobility space."

"He’s a true visionary who brings a unique, human-centered leadership approach to our culture, products and services that will unlock the potential of our people and our business," he continued.

Previously, Hackett, 62, served as the CEO of Steelcase, an office furniture maker. He was also the executive chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC since March 2016.

“I am so excited to work with Bill Ford and the entire team to create an even more dynamic and vibrant Ford that improves people’s lives around the world, and creates value for all of our stakeholders," Hackett said in a statement. "I have developed a deep appreciation for Ford’s people, values and heritage during the past four years as part of the company and look forward to working together with everyone tied to Ford during this transformative period.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has turned to President Trump to help fix an "intolerable" Pennsylvania Station he referred to as "claustrophobic, threatening and crumbling."

In a letter to the president, Cuomo called for the government to treat the "deplorable conditions" at the New York City transportation hub as an emergency situation and requested federal funding for short-term construction and transportation alternatives.

"While this is not a hurricane or flood it will affect as many people and businesses with dire consequences," the governor wrote. "Like a natural disaster, we didn’t create it but our public offices require we address it."

Amtrak, which owns Penn Station, is planning on emergency track repairs this summer, affecting its own service and New Jersey Transit and Long Island Railroad trains. According to Cuomo, Amtrak's work will result in a 20 percent reduction of service during peak hours for commuters.

“Amtrak’s summer work proposal suggests they can get the work done in approximately six weeks," he said. "Even if true, this will be a summer of agony as thousands of commuters would be significantly inconvenienced and alternative routes and means would be swamped. This will overload the subway system and drive many more commuters onto our highways, bridges and tunnels."

The governor also said he did not think Amtrak should operate the station for the long-term, adding that the Port Authority should consider taking over Penn Station or Amtrak should use "qualified private managers," as suggested to Amtrak by Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this month.

Cuomo urged President Trump to finance and expedite the construction of the Gateway Tunnel, a proposed train tunnel that would travel under the Hudson River from New Jersey into New York. Plus, fund the restoration of Penn Station, combined with a renovation of the Farley Post Office, across the street, for an alternative entrance.

He said the issue was not political and both sides could agree immediate help is needed since "this situation affects the entire northeast region."

“As a New Yorker, I think you know the severity of the situation and you know that if the state has the financial and operating support, we will get the job done," Cuomo wrote to Trump.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HANOI, Vietnam) -- Members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have decided to revive their controversial trade deal without the United States.

This comes after Trump signed an executive order in January withdrawing the U.S. from the trade agreement. But the 11 remaining countries met in Hanoi, Vietnam, this weekend to get the deal back on the table -- and they agreed to keep the door open for the U.S.

But the Trump-appointed trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, said the U.S. would not return to the TPP.

"The United States pulled out of the TPP, and it's not going to change that decision,” Lighthizer said at a news conference.

"I believe at some point there will be a series of bilateral agreements with partners in this part of the world," he added. "Bilateral negotiations are better for the United States."

The bid to resuscitate the TPP, which would’ve covered 40 percent of the global economy, was led by trade ministers from Japan, Australia and New Zealand, according to the BBC.

The remaining 11 countries pushing on with the deal are Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

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AT&T(NEW YORK) -- More than 20,000 AT&T employees went on strike Friday afternoon as part of a weekend protest to demand more protections for staffers in retail and call centers.

Among those on the three-day strike include call-center employees, retail workers and technicians. The Communications Workers of America union said landline workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut, and DirecTV technicians in California and Nevada would also join, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In March, landline workers picked for one day in California and Nevada to protest plans to replace U.S. call-center jobs with overseas contractors.

This comes at a difficult time for AT&T, which announced in April that it would stop giving investors annual revenue estimates in part because shoppers were waiting longer to buy new smartphones, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- President Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the initial day of his first foreign trip since taking office.

"That was a tremendous day. Tremendous investments in the United States," Trump said. "Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs," he said.

The agreement commits Saudi Arabia to buying military equipment from the U.S. and to hiring American companies to build such equipment in Saudi Arabia, according to Gary Cohn, the president's chief economic adviser. The deal includes tanks and helicopters for border security, ships for coastal security, intelligence-gathering aircraft, a missile-defense radar system and cybersecurity tools, according to the State Department.

In a joint press appearance on Saturday with the Saudi foreign minister, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the pact as a "historic moment in U.S.-Saudi relations." He also expressed an openness to talks with Iran.

“I’ve never shut off the phone to anyone that wants to talk or have a productive conversation,” he said. “At this point, I have no plans to call my counterpart in Iran, although in all likelihood we will talk at the right time.”

Tillerson said the pact sends a "very strong message to our common enemies" on trying to disrupt "violent extremist messaging" and "financing of terrorism." He also said the deal "lowers the cost to the American people of providing security in this region."

The Trump administration has been working to finalize the deal over the past several months. White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the deal "huge news for U.S. companies and American workers who will benefit" in a tweet on Saturday morning.

 Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner personally called the president of Lockheed Martin, a major supplier of U.S. military equipment, in order to negotiate a lower price for the radar system, according to the New York Times.

"This package of defense equipment and services supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian related threats. Additionally, it bolsters the Kingdom's ability to provide for its own security and continue contributing to counterterrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on U.S. military forces," the State Department said in a statement.

A White House official added that in addition to demonstrating the U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia "and our Gulf partners," it also expands "opportunities for American companies in the region, and supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S. defense industrial base."

Lockheed Martin President Marillyn Hewson praised the deal as one that will bolster the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and "strengthen the cause of peace in the region."

“At Lockheed Martin, we are proud to be part of this historic announcement that will strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," Hewson said in a statement. "We are especially proud of how our broad portfolio of advanced global security products and technologies will enhance national security in Saudi Arabia, strengthen the cause of peace in the region, and provide the foundation for job creation and economic prosperity in the U.S. and in the Kingdom."

The arms deal includes military sales to Saudi Arabia of $110 billion immediately and $350 billion total over the next decade, according to a White House official. The two countries also agreed to a joint vision statement, private-sector agreements and defense cooperation agreements.

Trump's first overseas trip since the election also includes planned stops at the Vatican and Israel.

The trip comes as controversy swirls in the U.S. around the investigation into potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government, which could distract from the president's diplomatic mission.

In response to a question about reports that a current White House official is caught up in the investigation, Tillerson said "I do not have any information or knowledge regarding the person of interest."

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American Airlines(HONOLULU) -- A man who had been arrested at LAX airport early Friday morning was later subdued after causing a “disturbance” that alarmed flight attendants and an off-duty officer on an American Airlines flight to Honolulu.

American Airlines said in a statement that law enforcement met the plane upon landing in Honolulu following a "disturbance" on the flight. The plane was escorted by two F-22 fighter jets for the duration of the flight following the disturbance, U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.

Special Agents of the FBI Honolulu Field Office and local police responded ahead of the flight’s arrival and took a passenger into custody. The Department of Homeland Security is continuing to monitor all flights "out of an abundance of caution," it said.

About halfway through the flight, the passenger, identified as 25-year-old Anil Uskanil, was headed towards the front of the plane. He had a blanket over his head and was mumbling, witnesses said.

It’s unclear how far towards the front of the plane he made it. Some eyewitnesses told ABC News that he tried to push his way through first class to the bathrooms, but was blocked by the beverage cart and a passenger.

Earlier on Friday, a source at the TSA told ABC News that the passenger was waiting for the bathroom near the cockpit when a flight attendant asked him to sit down. He had a laptop with him and appeared to try the cockpit door before he was subdued, the source said. American Airlines has stated that he was "moving towards the cockpit." After the disturbance, Uskanil was escorted back to his seat, where he was restrained with duct tape, according to witnesses. At no time during the incident was there any violence or significant struggle, witnesses said.

LAX Police told ABC News that at 2:45 a.m. they received a radio call of a passenger moving through a Terminal 5 security door, which led to the airfield ramp. Uskanil, a ticketed passenger on an American Airlines flight who had passed through TSA security, was detained after being spotted. Police determined he had been drinking, but did not meet criteria for public drunkenness. Uskanil was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given a pending court date, then released from custody.

American Airlines says Uskanil then went back thru a TSA checkpoint in Terminal 4 where his flight to Honolulu was leaving from and boarded the flight. The airline also says that he had bought his ticket for the Honolulu flight shortly after midnight at the airport ticket counter.

Law enforcement is now responding to analyze a suspicious item associated with Uskanil, a source told ABC News.

Flight 31 from Los Angeles landed safely at 11:35 a.m. local time, according to American Airlines. All passengers are off the plane and safe, and operations at the airport have resumed as normal.

A total of 181 passengers and six crew members were on board, according to the airline.

The incident is under investigation. Halting of all ground movements on the airfield as the flight came in caused a 30-minute backlog, the Department of Transportation said in a statement. The DOT expected the backlog to be resolved by the end of peak travel in the afternoon.

Further details were not immediately available.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hobbyists who buy new drones no longer have to register the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to an appeals court decision.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit cited a law passed by Congress in 2012 that states the FAA "may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft."

In 2015, the FAA issued the Registration Rule, requiring all drone owners to register their model aircrafts, defined by  the FAA Modernization and Reform Act as "an unmanned aircraft...flown for hobby or recreational purposes."

The court ruled in favor of John Taylor, a model aircraft hobbyist from the Washington, D.C.-area, who filed petitions challenging the FAA's rule.

"Aviation safety is obviously an important goal, and the Registration Rule may well help further that goal to some degree," according to the decision by the three-judge panel, adding that Congress is "always free to repeal or amend its 2012 prohibition on FAA rules regarding model aircraft."

In a statement, the FAA said it was "carefully reviewing" the decision.

"The FAA put registration and operational regulations in place to ensure that drones are operated in a way that is safe and does not pose security and privacy threats," the statement said. "We are in the process of considering our options and response to the decision."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street had a second straight day of gains as investors shrugged off worries about political turmoil in Washington, D.C.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 141.82 ( 0.69 percent) to finish at 20,804.84.

The Nasdaq gained 28.57 ( 0.47 percent) to close at 6,083.70 while the S&P 500 finished at 2,381.73, up 16.01 ( 0.68 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 2 percent higher with prices over $50 per barrel.

President Trump: Wednesday was the worst day of the year for stocks after reports President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Investors worried the focus was turning away from the administration's pro-business agenda, but their concerns were eased after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to the investigation.

Winners and Losers:  A weak earnings report from Foot Locker Retail, Inc. caused the footwear retailer to slump about 17 percent.

Shares of Deere & Company soared 7 percent after beating analysts' earnings expectations and boosting revenue guidance for the year.

Vistra Energy Corp is reportedly in talks to acquire electric company Dynegy Inc. Shares of the power producers were up about 2 percent and 26 percent higher respectively.

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eterspiro/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, CT) -- A Yale University dean has been placed on leave after writing controversial remarks on her Yelp reviews of local businesses, including calling people who dined at one restaurant "white trash."

Screenshots obtained by Yale Daily News on Saturday afternoon reveal several controversial reviews posted using the Yelp account of June Chu, dean of Pierson College.

In an email to the Pierson community obtained by ABC News, Head of College Stephen Davis said Chu has been placed on leave and will not be participating in commencement activities or working with students through the end of the academic year.

In one review for a Japanese Restaurant written seven months ago, Chu wrote that going to the restaurant is the "perfect night out for you" if you are "white trash."

"This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out," she wrote.

Chu often stated plainly in her reviews that she was "Asian."

In another review posted three months ago for a Mochi eatery, Chu made additional controversial statements while complaining about the quality and price of the dessert.

"Remember: I am Asian," Chu wrote. "I guess if you were a white person who has no clue what mochi is, this would be fine for you."

In a review written for an Asian fusion restaurant last month, Chu wrote that she is "Chinese American" and typically hates going out to dinner for Chinese food.

"This is not your typical greasy trashy Chinese joint -- and I love it," Chu wrote.

In a review for a burrito restaurant, Chu mentioned that she complained that the rice was not done to the staff, saying, "I am Asian, I know rice."

The most recent review, written last week, praised a movie theater for not having "sketchy crowds" despite it being located in the city of New Haven, where the university is located.

Chu apologized for her reviews in an email to the residential college community on Saturday, the Yale Daily News reported.

“I have learned a lot this semester about the power of words and about the accountability that we owe one another,” Chu wrote. “My remarks were wrong. There are no two ways about it. Not only were they insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community.”

Davis said that he originally thought Chu had only written two Yelp reviews that contained "inappropriate and unacceptable language pertaining to matters of class and race" and had asked the community to envision "a way forward."

"I found out that she was in fact responsible for multiple reprehensible posts, enough to represent a more widespread pattern," he wrote. "The additional posts that surfaced compounded the harm of the initial two, and they also further damaged my trust and confidence in Dean Chu’s accountability to me and ability to lead the students of Pierson College."

Chu did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The White House has formally told Congress that the Trump administration plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, starting a countdown clock until talks between the United States, Canada and Mexico can begin in August.

"NAFTA was negotiated 25 years ago, and while our economy and businesses have changed considerably over that period, NAFTA has not. Many chapters are outdated and do not reflect modern standards," reads a letter from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to Congressional leadership on Thursday. "I am pleased to notify the Congress that the President intends to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)."

The letter begins a 90-day window before beginning formal negotiations as early as August 16.

"The United States seeks to support higher-paying jobs in the United States and to grow the U.S. economy by improving U.S. opportunities under NAFTA," the letter reads.

Trump made renegotiation of NAFTA a staple of his presidential campaign last year, asserting that the United States was at a disadvantage in trade with its northern and southern neighbors. Trump blamed lopsided trade relationships around the globe for the loss of manufacturing jobs and lackluster economic growth.

NAFTA was signed under President Bill Clinton in 1993. Trump has threatened to withdraw from the pact if negotiations are unsuccessful.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso said Mexico welcomes the negotiations and that his nation has been kept informed and will approach the process constructively.

"We understand that this is a 25-year-old agreement," he said at a State Department summit on drug cartels with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday. "The world has changed."

House Speaker Paul Ryan also acknowledged the letter and his intention to work with the Trump team.

"I welcome the administration’s effort to improve and update NAFTA for the 21st century economy," Ryan said in a statement. "Congress looks forward to working hand-in-hand with the Trump administration to achieve the best deal possible for American workers and our economy."

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Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- A collection of original art from Walt Disney Studios will soon be open for public auction.

Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the movie memorabilia auction, "An Important Animation Art Collection, The Property of a Gentleman" in New York City on June 5.

The sale will feature more than 290 original Disney animation drawings, storyboards, posters, concept art and celluloids, according to Bonhams' press release.

The collection was amassed over 25 years by a private collector who acquired the art through auctions and dealers. It is comprised of multiple titles and items from more than 60 years of Disney animation, Bonhams said.

The collector released his collection to Bonhams for sale in order to share the work with the next generation, Bonhams told ABC News.

The artwork includes images of character favorites like Cinderella, Pinocchio, Bambi and Mickey Mouse.

Villians like Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty in 1959 and the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 are also available for purchase.

Some of the items, such as a celluloid of Snow White, are estimated to be worth between $25,000 an $30,000.

The collection will be on preview at Bonhams Los Angeles from May 19-21 and then will be on display at Bonhams New York from June 2-5.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Even as experts project that a record 234.1 million passengers will take to the skies on U.S. airlines this summer, the Transportation Security Administration says it's prepared for the travel onslaught.

Last summer -- which saw just 224.8 million travelers, or 9.3 million fewer than are expected this summer -- hours-long lines snarled checkpoints across the country, sparking outrage among passengers and airlines alike.

This summer, industry trade group Airlines for America projects there will be about 4 percent more U.S. airline passengers passing through airports worldwide -- about 2.54 million per day from June to August. (A4A refused to speculate whether the potential expansion of the laptop ban -- already in place for flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports, and under consideration for expansion to other areas, including Europe -- could impact its projections.)

Accordingly, the TSA has bulked up their workforce by 2,000 additional officers and 50 more canine teams, compared to last summer.

“As we approach the summer break, securing the travel of millions of passengers daily remains our top priority,” said TSA acting administrator Huban A. Gowadia. “It is well known that terrorists continue to focus on aviation, which is why the TSA continues to focus on providing robust security screening."

The agency has also collaborated with airlines to provide automated screening lanes at some of the nation's busiest airports, including Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

So what's driving the influx of travelers?

“Rising U.S. GDP, a steadily improving economy, an all-time high household net worth and historically low airfares are proving to be the perfect combination for the expected growth in summer air travel,” A4A Vice President John Heimlich said in a statement. “We continue to see consumers today shift their spending towards experiences and travel, and airlines are making sure to meet this growing demand."

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