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The Cash Register

Putting a finger on the pulse of the money that really matters

DIRECTV Value of Rupert Murdoch's bid to control Hughes Electronics, parent company of the nation's largest satellite-TV provider $6.6 billion

MUCHMUSIC Construction cost of network's new NYC studio $12 million

RUSSELL CROWE'S NEST Purchase price of newlywed's ultrafab waterfront penthouse in Sydney, Australia $8.25 million

LOST IN SPACE Starting bid on eBay Live Auctions for the original B-9 robot (bidding begins April 26) $150,000

ONE-ON-ONE Donation to be made by loser of game between Larry Williams and Kobe Bryant to winner's charity of choice $50,000

PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION Prize awarded to Sabina Murray for her collection of stories, The Caprices $15,000

SEAN PENN Estimated worth of his .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, one of two guns stolen along with the actor's car $650

SIX FLAGS ASTROWORLD Adult ticket price to spend the day at the Houston home of the new vertical thrill ride, SWAT $38.99

MARIAH CAREY Annual membership dues for the diva's new Internet-based fan club (mariahcarey.com) $35

SATELLITE PHONES Estimated per-minute cost the TV networks incurred while using the devices from Iraq $4.50

Posh Spice now called Beaujolais...Daytime's first lesbian

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Posh Spice now called Beaujolais...Daytime's first lesbian kiss on 'All My Children' April 22

Originally posted Apr 25, 2003 Published in issue #706-707 Apr 25, 2003 Order article reprints