Shock Over Historical Society's Sale of Sapphire
Article from the Star Tribune can be found here: http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1150984.html
Article from the Pioneer Press can be found here: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_5768660
Summary: A rare sapphire put up for auction by the Minnesota Historical Society netted more than $3 million earlier this week, delighting and surprising officials.
Both stories used a delayed leads, which matched the content of the story. While the Star Tribune mentioned the selling price of the sapphire in the second paragraph, the same information was contained in the Pioneer Press headline, allowing the latter lead more freedom. The $3.04 million figure isn't mentioned until the 5th line in their story.
Both articles also are quick to point out officials' surprise over the large sum collected by the sapphire, using anecdotes of $80,000 expected bids or then generous estimations of a $300,000 windfall.
Overall, the Pioneer Press gets a slight edge in coverage of this event, due to their more creative lead, and inclusion of some information not covered by the longer Tribune piece, such as: "The gem was the centerpiece of a $2,200 diamond- and sapphire-encrusted necklace bought by Hill on Dec. 24, 1886, from a vendor identified in Hill's receipts as Randel, Baremore Billings. The industrialist - who built the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railways and became one of the wealthiest Americans of his century - gave the necklace to his wife, Mary."