Arts

Amid crisis, Frankfurt's landmark euro sculpture gets pricey makeover

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FRANKFURT - The euro may be facing an existential crisis but the giant 14-metre sculpture of the euro symbol that towers over downtown Frankfurt, home of the European Central Bank, was still getting its biggest makeover in 13 years on Monday.

Milk, paint, wild beasts and an ancient African mystery 06 Jul 2015

JOHANNESBURG - Around 49,000 years ago, someone in what is today South Africa mixed milk with ochre to produce a paint mixture.

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Restored Word War Two Spitfire to be auctioned for charity 03 Jul 2015

LONDON - A restored World War Two Spitfire which was shot down over northern France in 1940 is expected to raise about $3 million for charity when it goes up for auction in London next week.

Gauguin's Tahitian painting 'Nafea faa ipoipo' goes on display in Madrid 03 Jul 2015

MADRID - French post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin's "Nafea faa ipoipo" (When Will You Marry?) painting, reportedly the most expensive painting ever sold, went on display at Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum on Friday.

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Sotheby's sees record London contemporary art sale despite Bacon failure 02 Jul 2015

LONDON - Andy Warhol's "One Dollar", the first in his dollar bill series, fetched 20.9 million pounds ($32.4 million) at Sotheby's on Wednesday, the top-seller in what the auction house said was its highest ever total sales for an auction of contemporary art in London. | Video

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Harry Potter play to hit London stage next year, says Rowling 26 Jun 2015

LONDON - Harry Potter, the world's most famous boy wizard, is set to make his debut on the London stage next year in a new play called the Cursed Child which has been created in collaboration with author J.K. Rowling. | Video

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Come to the theater, ride a chandelier, play a role in show 26 Jun 2015

NEW YORK - Aerialists descend in a giant chandelier and lift a guest back up with them, a showgirl leads an audience member back in time to a 1920s Parisian nightclub and actors single out guests for a mysterious experience yet to come. | Video

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Down memory lane with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera 26 Jun 2015

MEXICO CITY - The love story of Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo has played out in books, opera and a Hollywood movie.

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Klimt portrait tops Sotheby's $282 million London auction 25 Jun 2015

LONDON - A Gustav Klimt portrait of a young woman that had been the subject of an ownership dispute fetched the highest price of 24.8 million pounds ($39.1 million) in an auction at Sotheby's in London on Wednesday evening.

Idaho college to cover murals depicting lynching of American Indian 26 Jun 2015

SALMON, Idaho - The University of Idaho intends to cover with fabric a pair of controversial murals in a historic Boise building that depict the lynching of a Native American man by two white settlers armed with a rifle and stick.