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


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


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


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


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.


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.


Artist Shepard Fairey wanted by Detroit police for graffiti 26 Jun 2015

DETROIT - Police in a city known for its vast stretches of graffiti-marred abandoned buildings are seeking to make an example of noted street artist Shepard Fairey, who during a recent visit to Detroit allegedly defaced several properties.


London luxury art fair displays high-end wheels to boot 25 Jun 2015

LONDON - Italian luxury car maker Maserati is showcasing its hand-crafted Quattroporte S in an unlikely setting: at the Masterpiece London art and antiques fair, which opened on Thursday in a plush tent on the grounds of Chelsea's Royal Hospital.

Book Talk: The parallel worlds of Angola's oil oligarchs 25 Jun 2015

JOHANNESBURG - Oxford academic Ricardo Soares de Oliveira contends Angola is a graft-ridden, petro state ruled by a party that has siphoned off or squandered oil dollars on a grand scale, while most Angolans live in abject poverty.


Art at Christie's London fetches $113 million after NY record breaker 23 Jun 2015

LONDON - Christie's kept the international art auction caravan rolling with an impressionist and modern art sale that brought in $113 million on Tuesday.