Christie’s Auction Sells Picasso for Record $179Million; Giacometti Sets Sculpture Record

Christie's Auction House, in an invitation only evening sale, aided by private buyers worldwide, attained dizzying results achieving a record breaking 705 million dollars against the 35 pieces of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art available in the Looking Forward to the Past lot.

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Academy Celebrates Hollywood Costume with Private Luncheon Hosted By Annette Bening, Crystal Lourd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Elizabeth Wiatt

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a private luncheon and viewing of the current exhibition, Hollywood Costume,on Wednesday, October 8, at the Wilshire May Company building—future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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$12 Million To The Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a $7 million gift from Dolby Laboratories to provide cutting-edge audiovisual technology in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' movie theaters. Additionally, the Dolby family has made a $5 million gift to the Academy Museum's capital campaign. In recognition of this gift, the Academy will name the Museum's rooftop terrace the Dolby Family Terrace.  

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Haute Tease

  • Oscar® Nominees Cotillard, Cumberbatch, Streep, Winfrey and Witherspoon To Present At 87th Oscars®

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    Oscar® nominees Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon will be presenters at this year’s Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.  

  • Spring Temps Tease Thanksgiving Travelers

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    Following a deep freeze that sent much of the nation into woolens and winter wardrobe, a quick spring thaw with warmer temps has caught the same plunging jet stream and will send a brief respite as far as Deep South.

     
  • Money News: Nine Top World Markets, Including DOW, Close Up

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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average along with the top nine world markets, the NASDAQ and S&P500 all had a strong week, gaining enough momentum, in the respectable index to end the week on a strong with the DOW climbing above the 17,000 point record set over one month ago.

     
  • Brian Wilson, Legendary Musician and Co-Founder of The Beach Boys, Partners With Change Direction

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    The Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America, today announced a new partnership with legendary musician and co-founder of the Beach Boys Brian Wilson.  

  • Top 5 Tips for Holiday Entertaining from Event Designer Jung Lee

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    Jung Lee, one of the world’s most sought-after event designers, respected for her passion, elegance and ground-breaking creativity understands not everyone has the time, inclination or even desire to tackle the holiday events with what has become her signature style.

     
  • Critical New Discovery During Wisconsin Recount: Cellular Connectivity of Tabulators Leaves Door Open to Hacking

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    A huge security hole in our US elections, which allows alteration of vote totals by outsider or insider entities, was discovered during the Wisconsin recount, according to electronic security investigators from RecountNow.org.

     
  • Tegan and Sara Reteam with Comedy-Music Trio The Lonely Island For Oscars® Performance

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    Pop duo Tegan and Sara and comedy-music trio The Lonely Island will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Everything Is Awesome” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.  

  • Breaking News: AirAsia 95% Sure Debris Found is Missing Aircraft

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    Small debris fields presumably from AirAsia Flight 8501, which disappeared from radar during severe thunderstorms, have been spotted in the Java Sea some twelve miles from the last known contact with the airliner, authorities and Reuters News Agency has reported.

Crime

  • Murder Suspect James DiMaggio Killed in FBI Shootout

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    James Lee DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping Hannah Anderson and murdering her mother and brother has been killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers in the Cascade Mountains of Idaho.

     
  • Ariel Castro Accepts Plea Deal; Sentencing Hearing Scheduled

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    Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who held three women captive in his East side residence for over a decade, has accepted a plea deal arrangement sentencing him to life in prison plus 1000 years. 

     
  • UPDATED:Three Dead, Nine Injured in Louisiana Theater Shooting

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    Three are dead and at least nine injured, including the shooter, as a lone white man opened fire in a crowded Lafayette, Louisiana, Theater about twenty minutes into the screening of the Amy Schumer comedy TrainWreck.

     
  • Doctoral Candidate Held in Dark Knight Rises Mass Murder Spree

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    A lone gunman opened fire in a  filled to capacity Colorado theater killing 12 and wounding over fifty during the midnight opening screening of the Warner Bros film "The Dark Knight Rises."

     
  • Shooting Erupts at LAX Airport; TSA Officer Killed

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    A Transportation Security Agency agent was shot and killed when a single suspect opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, firing as many as 20 rounds with a high powered assault weapon.

     
  • Misclassification of Homicide Case Aids Murderer in Escaping Justice; FBI Offers Reward

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    Brittanee Drexel, of Rochester, New York, was last seen in 2009 leaving a beachfront hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to hotel surveillance cameras, the FBI said in a recently released statement and simply vanished.

     
  • New Jersey Man Free After 30 Year Sentence Murders Again

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    Steven Pratt, after completing a 30 year sentence for murder, returned to his Atlantic City home to a party in his honor only to turn the festivities into tragedy with the horrific murder of his mother who planned the celebration.

     
  • PA Mom, Lover Held In Torture Murder of Toddler

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    Scott McMillan, 3, according to the Chester County Township District Attorney Tom Hogan, was the victim of sadistic torture and repeated beatings, of which killed him after a beating spree that began after he refused to eat breakfast.

Auto, Yachts, Jets, Real Estate

  • Songstress Taylor Swift Buys Samuel Goldwyn Mansion

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    Taylor Swift, one of the world's wealthiest celebrities with estimated career earnings approaching $800 million, and is now putting down deep roots in Hollywood society with the purchase and renovation of the Samuel Goldwyn Mansion.

     
  • Donald Trump Lists Beverly Hills Mansion

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    Even the most politically disinterested person has not escaped being gobsmacked by what might be the strangest presidential campaign in American history. Candidates are scrutinized and bicker on everything from their marital history and health to even their choice of homes.

     
  • Celebrity Real Estate: Fashion Designer Pierre Cardin Lists South of France Retreat; Asking Tops All European Markets

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    Pierre Cardin, the French fashion designer, known for his unusual designs, geometric shapes and a departure from feminine couture, was considered avant-garde inventing a bubble dress which he introduced in 1954, a decade before the modern cultural revolution.

     
  • Los Feliz Property of Drake Bell Hits The Market

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    The Los Feliz home of actor and singer Drake Bell, better known for his recent gigs in "Superhero Movie" and "The Ultimate Spider Man," who lost the property during bankruptcy proceedings, has hit the market at just over 1.5million.

     
  • Private Telluride Mountain Estate Expected To Sell for $18 Million At Auction

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    A private mountain estate centrally located in the heart of world-renowned ski town Telluride will sell to the highest bidder next month as part of Concierge Auctions' "Winter Portfolio" auction sale in New York City.

     
  • Toronto Mansion of former Newspaper Magnet Conrad Black Set For Auction

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    A grand and coveted historic Canadian mansion, privately located in Toronto's premier Bridle Path enclave, just 15 minutes outside of downtown Toronto, will be offered for sale at auction after 65 years of family lineage.

     
  • Beach Boy Brian Wilson Selling Vacation Home

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    After Elvis and before the Beatles, the Beach Boys were America's favorite rock 'n roll group ruling the U.S. air waves with “Surfin' Safari,” “Surfin' USA” and “Surfer Girl” and virtually creating the California beach music sound.