LONDON (Reuters) – A large number of music files of the late “king of pop” Michael Jackson were allegedly stolen from record company Sony Music by computer hackers, sources familiar with the case said on Monday.
Sony Music, a unit of Sony Corps, signed a deal with Jackson’s estate in 2010, the year after the “Thriller” singer’s death, to release 10 albums covering previously unreleased material and his back catalogue.
LONDON (Reuters) – Christie’s will offer 15 works from the “Golden Age” of Dutch painting at an auction in July, including a “masterpiece” by Rembrandt which it expects to fetch as much as 12 million pounds ($19 million).
The works, owned by the Dutch collectors and philanthropists Pieter and Olga Dreesmann, will go under the hammer in London on July 3 as part of the auctioneer’s old masters and British paintings evening sale.
LONDON (Reuters) – Two British galleries have raised 45 million pounds for an important painting by Renaissance master Titian, dipping into their own coffers rather than asking the cash-strapped public to help.
The acquisition of “Diana and Callisto” by London’s National Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, follows a similar purchase in 2009 for the accompanying canvas “Diana and Actaeon,” which cost the galleries 50 million pounds.
LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) – Two British galleries have
raised 45 million pounds ($72 million) for an important painting
by Renaissance master Titian, dipping into their own coffers
rather than asking the cash-strapped public to help.
The acquisition of “Diana and Callisto” by London’s National
Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh,
follows a similar purchase in 2009 for the accompanyng canvas
“Diana and Actaeon”, which cost the galleries 50 million pounds.
LONDON (Reuters) – A diamond coveted by kings, queens and princes for centuries, used to reinforce alliances between nations and pawned to pay off royal debts goes on sale at Sotheby’s in Geneva on May 15.
The auction house called the “Beau Sancy” “one of the most important historic diamonds ever to come to auction,” reflecting its part in the fluctuating fortunes of Europe’s royal families for more than 400 years.
LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Alighiero Boetti was an
Italian artist who put Afghanistan on the map — literally.
One of the highlights of a major new retrospective at Tate
Modern in London called “Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan” is a room
of large textile maps of the world designed by Boetti but
embroidered by weavers in Afghanistan and, later Pakistan.
LONDON (Reuters) – Long eclipsed by contemporaries like Reynolds and Gainsborough, 18th century German painter Johan Zoffany gets a show of his own at London’s Royal Academy next month which curators hope will restore the reputation of an “under-rated” artist.
Zoffany remains such an enigma that no one knows how many of his works survive and organisers of the upcoming exhibition hope the publicity it generates may unearth more of his paintings previously attributed to others.
LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – In an age when celebrities
are born overnight via YouTube and reality TV, to call
Belgian-Australian electro-pop musician Gotye an internet
sensation may be to do him a disservice.
Long before his catchy “Somebody That I Used To Know” and
accompanying “paint by numbers” video notched 84,487,757 (and
counting) hits on YouTube, he was a musical experimenter
enjoying limited success in Australia.
LONDON (Reuters) – Singer Adele had the tabloid press up in arms on Wednesday and TV executives running for cover over a middle finger gesture after her moment in the sun at British pop’s biggest awards was cut short for programming reasons.
The 23-year-old was midway through a brief acceptance speech at the packed O2 Arena in her native London after picking up the big prize — best British album for her chart-conquering “21.”
LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Soul singer Adele added to
her awards haul at the 2012 BRITs on Tuesday and set the biggest
night in British pop alight with a rousing performance of
“Rolling In the Deep”.
At the start of the evening, Adele picked up the statuette
for British female solo artist and finished off proceedings by
scooping the coveted best album honour for “21″ at the end of a
two-hour televised show.