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Chinese Sculptor Moulds Memory of Mao

YAN'AN, CHINA (REUTERS).- Sculptor Wang Wenhai has dedicated his life to one man - China's controversial former paramount leader Mao Zedong. Since Mao's death in 1976, Wang has made well over 2,000 sculptures of the "Great Helmsman," most of them from...

Chinese Sculptor Moulds Memory of Mao

YAN'AN, CHINA (REUTERS).- Sculptor Wang Wenhai has dedicated his life to one man - China's controversial former paramount leader Mao Zedong. Since Mao's death in 1976, Wang has made well over 2,000 sculptures of the "Great Helmsman," most of them from...

Michael Jackson Thriller Jacket Sells for $1.8 Million at Julien’s Auctions

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS).- A leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson for his "Thriller" video sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Sunday to a Texas gold trader who plans to use it to raise money for children's hospitals worldwide. The black and red calf...

Top British Art Consultancy Targets Russian Collectors

By: Nastassia Astrasheuskaya MOSCOW (REUTERS).- Top British art consulting firm Art Market Research (AMR) said on Monday it plans to offer its services in Russia, where growing investment interest in art and antiques presents a huge growth opportunity....

Released Chinese Artist-Activist Ai Weiwei’s Associates Freed After Ai’s Release

BEIJING (REUTERS).- Four associates of Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei detained along with him in a controversial case were freed after Ai's release, friends of the artist said on Saturday. The four included journalist Wen Tao, detained along with Ai...

Researchers from California Institute of Technology Take Dinosaurs Temperature with Teeth

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS).- Scientists in California say they have for the first time devised a way to accurately take the body temperatures of dinosaurs -- by examining the creatures' teeth. Chemical analysis of the Jurassic period fossil teeth from two s...

Millionaires Invested More in Art, Luxury in 2010 Says World Wealth...

ZURICH (REUTERS).- Demand for art, watches, rare wines, vintage cars and other offbeat investments that set pulses racing expanded in 2010 as wealth levels of the world's super-rich rebounded from the financial crisis, a report said. "The value of many...

Some September 11 Families Angered by Museum Entry Fee

NEW YORK, NY (REUTERS).- Some family members of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks expressed outrage on Wednesday at a potential admission fee to a National Memorial Museum currently under construction at the former site of the World Trade Cente...

Macedonia Erects Alexander the Great Statue, Further Inflaming Long-Running Row with...

SKOPJE (REUTERS).- Macedonia erected on Tuesday a giant bronze statue of Alexander the Great, further inflaming a long-running row with neighboring Greece that is blocking the country's bid for membership of the European Union and NATO. Cranes hoisted ...

Renowned Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Free After Confessing to Tax Evasion,...

BEIJING (REUTERS).- The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose detention in April ignited an international uproar, was released on bail Wednesday under conditions likely to keep the outspoken critic of Communist Party controls silent for now. "I can...

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