Paris auction house "would love it" if B...

Paris auction house "would love it" if Banksy pulls another stunt


The first auction house to sell prints by Banksy since THAT auction two weeks ago does not anticipate another stunt like the one that shredded half a picture moments after the hammer fell. But, hey, if something were to happen? Great!

A pity to throw it away: insurer stores damaged art in Germany

What happens to artworks which are too badly damaged to be restored once the insurer has paid out the claim?

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"Holy Grail" of lizard species born in Prague Zoo

The Prague Zoo showcased five newly-born earless monitor lizards on Tuesday as part of a European breeding program aimed at boosting numbers of the nocturnal reptiles rarely observed in the wild.

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Buyer goes ahead with purchase of shredded Banksy painting

The woman who bid more than 1 million pounds for a painting by the mysterious British artist Banksy which shred itself into pieces at the moment of the sale has gone ahead with the purchase, auction house Sotheby's said on Thursday.

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Going for gold: Sotheby's to hold first sale dedicated to precious metal

From a sculpture of model Kate Moss to an elaborate elephant liqueur set, an array of items made with gold will go under the hammer next week in auction house Sotheby's first ever sale dedicated to the precious metal.

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Marie Antoinette's jewelry on display in Dubai before auction

Held in private collections for more than 200 years, jewelry that once belonged to France's ill-fated Queen Marie Antoinette has gone on display in Dubai ahead of its planned auction in Geneva next month.

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'We just got Banksy-ed': balloon girl painting self-destructs at sale

A painting by mysterious British artist Banksy shred itself into pieces at the moment it sold for more than 1 million pounds at a London auction on Friday.

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Artist to issue 'Swiss passports' in London installation

Ever wanted to hold a Swiss passport in these uncertain times?

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Smart caption glasses refocus the action for deaf playgoers

For all his adult life keen theatergoer Tim Hardy, who is partially deaf, has watched plays with a torch in his hand and a script on his lap so he can follow what's being said on stage.

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Russian tycoon sues Sotheby's for $380 million over art deals

Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire and owner of Monaco soccer club, has sued Sotheby's for at least $380 million, alleging the auction house helped his former art adviser to defraud him.

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Courting Canada, U.S. and Mexico cancel plans to publish NAFTA texts: sources

The United States and Mexico abruptly canceled plans to publish NAFTA texts on Friday, sources said, as signs of renewed efforts by Canada and Washington to settle differences raised hopes a breakthrough could be made to keep the deal trilateral.

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Duchess Meghan makes first royal solo outing for art exhibition

Meghan Markle attended the opening of London's new "Oceania" exhibition on Tuesday evening in what was her first royal solo outing since marrying Britain's Prince Harry in May.

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Intricate church vestments go on show in London exhibition

Intricately embroidered and gold embossed textiles have gone on display in London in an exhibition looking at vestments worn in the Catholic Church between the 16th and 19th centuries.

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Exiled Syrian artist draws torture to 'continue the revolution'

The characters drawn in black-and-white ball-pen by Najah al-Bukai look broken, left in pain and despair by the torture the exiled Syrian artist says he went through and witnessed when imprisoned twice in government jails.

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U.S. says won't hesitate to impose sanctions over fuel to North Korea

The U.S. State Department said on Saturday that Washington would not wait to impose sanctions on any shippers helping to get fuel to North Korea, in an apparent warning to Russia days after the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations accused Moscow of cheating on the measures.

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The artist as an algorithm: robot-made Rembrandt for sale

Robots can do many of the jobs previously performed by humans, but could they ever replace artists?

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'Bernhardt/Hamlet' offers modern Broadway twist on French diva

The life of French actress Sarah Bernhardt arrives on Broadway in a new play that brings a contemporary twist to her career as an woman who broke the rules of male-dominated theater.

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Che Guevara poster artist looks back on 50 revolutionary years

Fifty years after creating the Che Guevara poster that still adorns student bedrooms around the world, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick is delighted at its ubiquity, but concerned at its exploitation for commercial gain.

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With metal skulls and horns, Turkish artist re-interprets ancient stories

In a disused hangar in Istanbul, Turkish artist Ahmet Gunestekin uses thousands of metal human skulls and twisting, spiky animal horns to re-tell some ancient myths in a towering, fearsome installation.

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British artist crafts new portraits from old technology

British artist Nick Gentry is giving a second life to unfashionable and obsolete storage devices, such as video cassettes, floppy disks and CDs, by turning them into art.

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