NEW YORK (Reuters) – A rare Stradivari viola, considered to be one of the finest in existence, is expected to fetch more than $45 million in a sealed bids sale this spring, which would set a world record for the most expensive musical instrument ever sold.
The ‘MacDonald’ Viola, made by the famed Italian artisan Antonio Stradivari in 1719, is the first to be on the market in 50 years, according to Sotheby’s auction house.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle brings a few of his earliest characters back in his latest book, “The Guts”, an achingly funny novel about some of life’s more serious issues.
Doyle is on his familiar Dublin turf in the book about Jimmy Rabbitte, the former manager of an Irish soul band who appeared in his first book “The Commitments” in 1987.
NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) – It has a flying carpet, a
cave full of treasures and show-stopping songs, but critics said
on Friday the Broadway debut of Disney’s “Aladdin” lacks
the magic of the original Oscar-winning animated film.
The tale of the street urchin Aladdin, who wins the heart of
Princess Jasmine, unleashes the Genie from the lamp and battles
the evil Jafar, was the top-grossing film of 1992, and picked up
Academy Awards for best original score and song for “A Whole New
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci leaves the feuding, scheming and sexual intrigues of 15th century Florence behind as he sets off for the mysterious New World in the second season of TV’s “Da Vinci’s Demons” that begins on Saturday.
Da Vinci, depicted as an old, bearded man in a widely accepted self-portrait, is a 25-year-old swashbuckling inventor and artist in the historical fantasy series that tells the “untold” story before he painted the “Mona Lisa” and the “Last Supper.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fashion designer L’Wren Scott, found dead in her high-rise Manhattan apartment on Monday, committed suicide by hanging, the New York City medical examiner’s office said on Wednesday.
Police had been treating the death of the 49-year-old former model and stylist who was the girlfriend of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger as an apparent suicide after finding the her body with a scarf around her neck.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Five-time Tony Award-winning singer Audra McDonald, just finishing a 30-city tour, is heading back to Broadway next week as legendary American jazz singer Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”
The musical is based on one of Holiday’s last performances, when she was in poor health, singing in a small, intimate Philadelphia bar before a handful of people just a month before she died in 1959.
SYDNEY/NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones
cancelled a concert in Australia, leaving their ‘Down Under’
tour in limbo on Tuesday, after lead singer Mick Jagger’s
girlfriend L’Wren Scott was found dead in her Manhattan
Scott, a fashion designer and former model, was found
hanging from a scarf on Monday, police said, adding they were
treating her death as suicide.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Celebrated fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, was found dead from an apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, police said.
Scott, a former model whose slim-fitting dresses were favorites among Hollywood’s A-list stars such as Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Penelope Cruz, was found hanging from a scarf.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, was found dead in her apartment on Monday from an apparent suicide, according to a law enforcement official. She was 47.
Scott, a former model whose sexy gowns were favorites among A-list Hollywood stars such as Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Penelope Cruz, was found hanging from a scarf in her apartment.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ancient ritual wine vessels, modern contemporary paintings and masterpieces representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism and Shintoism are among the highlights of Asian art sales in New York next week.
The Asia Week auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s will feature thousands of items in a series of sales that could top $100 million. Last spring’s auctions totaled more than $130 million in sales.