Art fair turns India's capital into art hub


NEW DELHI - India's biggest art fair opened in New Delhi this week with a focus on homegrown artists and exhibits inspired by contemporary themes such as the worst floods in the Kashmir region in more than a century.


Banksy works fetch double their estimates at London auction 29 Jan 2015

LONDON - Works by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy sold for double their estimate or more at an auction in London featuring his and work by other contemporary artists, Bonham's said on Thursday.


No bones about it: Britain in uproar over Dippy dinosaur move 29 Jan 2015

LONDON - One of Britain's most-loved museum exhibits, the skeleton-cast of Dippy the Diplodocus dinosaur at the Natural History Museum in London, is to be replaced, much to the distress of its many fans.


Stoppard's new play lifts the lid on brain science 29 Jan 2015

LONDON - Tom Stoppard, the grand old man of British theater, is back with his first new stage play in nine years, tackling typically big ideas: consciousness, science and God.


Sotheby's to raise charges for art buyers 28 Jan 2015

NEW YORK - Buying art at Sotheby's will soon become more expensive as the top international auction house announced it is increasing its buyer's premium, the rates it charges a successful bidder.


Coffin with Cervantes' initials found in Madrid 26 Jan 2015

MADRID - Historians searching for the tomb of Spain's greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes, said on Monday they had found fragments of a coffin with his initials on it, under a convent where he may have been buried.


Sotheby's fends off rare negligence suit over Caravaggio dispute 16 Jan 2015

LONDON - A British man who sold a painting at Sotheby's for 42,000 pounds ($63,750) only to hear a year later that it could be by the Italian master Caravaggio and be worth 10 million pounds has lost his negligence lawsuit against the auctioneers.

Italy seizes thousands of ancient artefacts from traffickers 21 Jan 2015

ROME - Italian and Swiss police have broken up an art trafficking organization and recovered more than 5,000 ancient artefacts worth over 50 million euros ($57.92 million), Italy's culture ministry said on Wednesday.


'Honeymoon in Vegas' ups ante for glitz in new Broadway version 16 Jan 2015

NEW YORK - What happens in Las Vegas does not always stay there. "Honeymoon in Vegas," based on the 1992 Nicholas Cage movie, arrived on Broadway on Thursday night with a winning dose of glitz and kitsch.


Top tenor Kaufmann says ready for Otello, no Siegfried yet 16 Jan 2015

LONDON - Jonas Kaufmann, regarded as the world's best tenor, says he is ready to reward fans waiting for him to sing Verdi's highly demanding "Otello" by making his debut in the role at London's Royal Opera House in 2017.