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Napoleon Used Years on St. Helena to Learn English

PARIS (REUTERS).- Graying, ink stained notebook fragments showing Napoleon Bonaparte's efforts two centuries ago to grasp the English language go on auction in Paris at the weekend, alongside some 350 other Napoleonic artifacts. Defeated by the British...

Treasures of Alleged Ponzi Schemer Stanford Auctioned

By: Deborah Quinn Hensel HOUSTON (REUTERS).- While Texas financier Allen Stanford awaits trial on charges of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, hordes of buyers waited on Saturday at a sweltering warehouse for an auction of his possessions. People line...

Madoff’s Underwear Fetch $200 at Florida Auction

MIAMI (REUTERS).- Underpants belonging to Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff were among items sold during the weekend at an auction held under the auspices of the U.S. Marshals Service. The Miami Herald said the 14 pairs of boxer shorts, confiscated ...

Beijing Artists Detained and Exhibition Shut Down After Homage to Artist...

BEIJING (REUTERS).- The organizing artists of a Beijing art show who reserved a blank gallery wall with a small name tag as a show of support for detained artist-activist Ai Weiwei have been detained by police and their exhibit was shut down. Lin Bing ...

Effort to Return Marilyn Monroe’s Fluttering White Dress from "The Seven...

NEW YORK (REUTERS).- The iconic white dress Marilyn Monroe wore in "The Seven Year Itch" may be headed back to New York City, where a gust of air from a subway grate sent it billowing upward and into movie history. A New York-based technology company i...

Beijing Artists Detained and Exhibition Shut Down After Homage to Artist...

BEIJING (REUTERS).- The organizing artists of a Beijing art show who reserved a blank gallery wall with a small name tag as a show of support for detained artist-activist Ai Weiwei have been detained by police and their exhibit was shut down. Lin Bing ...

Christie’s Experts See Hong Kong as a Leader for Global Sales...

HONG KONG (REUTERS).- Global auction house Christie's rounded up a robust Asian sale series in Hong Kong on Wednesday with solid demand for Chinese antiques and paintings, a trend a Christie's director said could make Hong Kong one of its leading marke...

Greenland Cold Snap in the 12th Century Linked to Viking Disappearance

OSLO (REUTERS).- A cold snap in Greenland in the 12th century may help explain why Viking settlers vanished from the island, scientists said. The report, reconstructing temperatures by examining lake sediment cores in west Greenland dating back 5,600 y...

Christie’s Experts See Hong Kong as a Leader for Global Sales...

HONG KONG (REUTERS).- Global auction house Christie's rounded up a robust Asian sale series in Hong Kong on Wednesday with solid demand for Chinese antiques and paintings, a trend a Christie's director said could make Hong Kong one of its leading marke...

Palestinian Makes Artistic Mark on Passports

By: Jihan Abdalla RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (REUTERS).- It is like no other passport control on earth. No stern official sitting behind a glass wall, no scanning of travel documents, no terse questions about where you are going. Instead, a lone artist greet...

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