Arts

Play it again: 'Casablanca' piano to be sold at auction

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NEW YORK - An iconic piano featured in Rick's Cafe Americain in the 1942 Hollywood classic "Casablanca" is expected to be the highlight of a sale of film memorabilia in New York in November, Bonhams auction house said on Monday.

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London street artist makes hit - and money - with dog sketches 18 Jul 2014

LONDON - A former homeless man's sketches of his dog George, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier he credits with changing his life, are commanding rising prices in a London gallery and have earned him a show in Los Angeles.

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Elaine Stritch, salty star of Broadway, dies at 89 18 Jul 2014

- Elaine Stritch, a husky-voiced actress whose performances over six decades lit up New York's Broadway and London's West End and brought a touch of the profane to the stage with her brassy personality, died on Thursday at age 89. | Video

Suspects charged in North Carolina theft of $10,000 dinosaur replica 18 Jul 2014

RALEIGH N.C. - A man and woman caught on video swiping a baby dinosaur replica from a North Carolina museum have turned themselves in, and the roughly foot-long model valued at $10,000 was recovered, state officials said on Friday.

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Guardhouse becomes tiny venue for Cold War art project 17 Jul 2014

- A German artist has turned a tiny surveillance booth used by the communist regime in the former East Germany to monitor citizens into an art exhibit and venue, which will be installed in a museum near Los Angeles dedicated to the Cold War.

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Detroit Institute of Arts secures $26.8 million for bankruptcy bargain 16 Jul 2014

- The Detroit Institute of Arts said on Wednesday it has secured another $26.8 million in pledged donations to cover its portion of the "grand bargain" intended to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy while sparing a sale of the museum's art works.

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South African anti-apartheid author, Nobel winner Gordimer dies 16 Jul 2014

JOHANNESBURG - South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday.

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Auction boom bolsters results at Sotheby's, Christie's 16 Jul 2014

LONDON - Trophy art sales including Monet's "Nympheas" and Picasso's "Portrait de femme (Dora Maar)" ensured bumper earnings for Sotheby's and Christie's in the first half, the auction houses said on Wednesday.

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Classical music world mourns conductor Maazel, dead at 84 14 Jul 2014

VIENNA - Tributes poured in from the classical music world on Monday for Lorin Maazel, considered one of the most brilliant conductors of his generation, who died on Sunday at the age of 84.

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Restoration work to go on at Rome's Colosseum after last battle 14 Jul 2014

ROME - Italian authorities gave the thumbs-up to the company restoring Rome's Colosseum - once the site of gladiator fights and re-enactments of Roman battles - to carry on their work after a dispute with a rival for the contract.