Coffin with Cervantes' initials found in Madrid


MADRID - Historians searching for the tomb of Spain's greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes, said on Monday they had found fragments of a coffin with his initials on it, under a convent where he may have been buried.

Sotheby's fends off rare negligence suit over Caravaggio dispute

LONDON - A British man who sold a painting at Sotheby's for 42,000 pounds ($63,750) only to hear a year later that it could be by the Italian master Caravaggio and be worth 10 million pounds has lost his negligence lawsuit against the auctioneers.

Italy seizes thousands of ancient artefacts from traffickers

ROME - Italian and Swiss police have broken up an art trafficking organization and recovered more than 5,000 ancient artefacts worth over 50 million euros ($57.92 million), Italy's culture ministry said on Wednesday.

'Honeymoon in Vegas' ups ante for glitz in new Broadway version

NEW YORK - What happens in Las Vegas does not always stay there. "Honeymoon in Vegas," based on the 1992 Nicholas Cage movie, arrived on Broadway on Thursday night with a winning dose of glitz and kitsch.

Top tenor Kaufmann says ready for Otello, no Siegfried yet

LONDON - Jonas Kaufmann, regarded as the world's best tenor, says he is ready to reward fans waiting for him to sing Verdi's highly demanding "Otello" by making his debut in the role at London's Royal Opera House in 2017.

'Freedom Journey' photo exhibit recalls 1965 civil rights march

NEW YORK - Stephen Somerstein was a 24-year-old college student when he photographed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama march that changed the course of civil rights in the United States.

Book Talk: Marilynne Robinson returns to familiar terrain in "Lila"

NEW YORK - Critically-acclaimed author Marilynne Robinson has written only four novels since 1980, but is widely considered among the country's best fiction writers.

Film series brings major art exhibitions to U.S. theaters

NEW YORK - Filmmakers are bringing major art exhibitions featuring the works of Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt from museums around the globe to U.S. theaters with a series of movies that will take audiences on a guided tour of the shows.

Modern puppets take spotlight at Chicago global festival

CHICAGO - Puppets aren't just about Muppets, kids and circuses.

London auction houses target buyers worldwide with Monet, surrealists

LONDON - The London auction scene is gearing up for another big season, with the two biggest auction houses targeting buyers around the world for evening sales in February expected to generate several hundred million pounds.