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Winston Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie breaks auction record

Winston Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie breaks auction record

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March 2 (UPI) -- A painting by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and once owned by Angelina Jolie broke auction records in London this week, selling for $ 11.59 million. The artwork, Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque, completed in 1943, fetched some four times its auction estimate of between $ 2.1 million and $ 3.5 million, Christie's London said. The landscape is of Marrakesh, Morocco, a favorite subject of Churchill's. Advertisement The previous record for a Churchill painting was set in 2014, when a painting of a pond -- The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell, sold for $ 2.82 million as part of a Sotheby's auction. It was part of a sale of personal possessions owned by Mary Soames, the last-surviving daughter of Churchill who died earlier that year. Churchill gifted the Mosque painti...
Van Dyck painting stolen from University of Oxford gallery

Van Dyck painting stolen from University of Oxford gallery

Entertainment
A work by 17th century master Anthony Van Dyck is among three "very high value" paintings stolen from a University of Oxford art gallery. A Soldier On Horseback by the Flemish artist, a leading court painter in England under King Charles I, dates from around 1616.Two other works were stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery, St Aldates, at about 23:00 GMT on Saturday.Police said a "thorough investigation" was under way to recover the paintings. The burglars also made off with A Boy Drinking (c. 1580) by Annibale Carracci, and A Rocky Coast, With Soldiers Studying a Plan (late 1640s) by Salvator Rosa.A Christ Church College spokesman said staff had initially alerted pol...
World’s oldest figurative cave painting depicts ancient hunting scene

World’s oldest figurative cave painting depicts ancient hunting scene

Science
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Artistic expression is a vital part of the human story, and it's a story that began at least 44,000 years ago. The discovery of an ancient cave painting on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has pushed the origins of figurative cave painting back further than ever before. The painting was first discovered by Hamrullah, an Indonesian spelunker and archaeologist, while working on a government survey in 2017. After noticing a hole in the ceiling at a cement plant where the survey was being conducted, Hamrullah clambered up a wall, through the opening and shimmied up a tunnel to discover a cave decorated in ancient pigments. The painting discovered by Hamrullah -- and since surveyed by an international team of archaeologists -- is described this week in a new paper published ...
Picasso painting stolen from Saudi yacht recovered after 20 years

Picasso painting stolen from Saudi yacht recovered after 20 years

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March 26 (UPI) -- A Dutch art investigator announced Tuesday he found a Pablo Picasso painting stolen off a Saudi sheikh's yacht in 1999. The discovery came four years after Arthur Brand first began looking for the cubist artwork painted in 1938. The painting, Portrait of Dora Maar, was reported stolen by Saudi billionaire Sheikh Abdul Mohsen in 1999. "Everyone assumed it had been destroyed -- that's what happens with 90 percent of all stolen art, because it can't be put on sale," Brand told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant in an article translated by BBC News. Brand said two people with connections in the underground art world contacted him about the painting earlier this month. They said it was in the Netherlands. "They told me, 'It's in the hands of a businessman who got it as payment, ...
Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann apologises for painting himself black in ‘tribute’ to Harlem Globetrotters basketballer

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann apologises for painting himself black in ‘tribute’ to Harlem Globetrotters basketballer

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Antoine Griezmann has landed himself in hot water over his 80's fancy dressMonday, December 18, 2017Antoine Griezmann has apologised after sparking a Twitter backlash by posting a picture of himself on social media in fancy dress as a black basketball player.The Atletico Madrid and France forward posted a photo on social media on Sunday showing him in an NBA All Stars basketball kit with heavily darkened skin and an afro-style wig.After a string of angry responses, Griezmann returned to Twitter to post: "Calm down friends, I'm fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and the good times... it's a tribute.”But after facing more criticism, he was forced to backtrack and more than 20 minutes after that post, he added: "I recognise it is clumsy on my part. If I have hurt anyone, I apologise."After apolo...