Koons sculpture raises 12 million euros at Cannes AIDS auction


CANNES, France - A huge sculpture called "Coloring Book" by American artist Jeff Koons sold for 12 million euros ($13.2 million) at a star-studded charity auction near Cannes that raised more than 33 million euros for AIDS research.

San Francisco police keep eye out for missing 'Eyeball' mask

SEATTLE - San Francisco police have asked people to be on the lookout for a valuable mask depicting an eyeball wearing a top hat, an artifact made famous by an avant garde rock band, saying the artwork was stolen during shipment from a Seattle museum.

Sotheby's features abstract art sale in New York Latam spring auctions

NEW YORK - Works of art by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam and Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo are expected to be among the highlights of Sotheby's Latin American spring art auctions next week, which will also include a special sale of abstract art.

Singer Akon launches academy to help Africans harness the sunshine

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Senegalese-American singer Akon, whose Akon Lighting Africa initiative aims to bring electricity to some of the 600 million Africans who lack it, announced on Thursday the launch of a new "Solar Academy" for the continent.

Iconic Danish designer Jensen, behind Bang & Olufsen look, dies

COPENHAGEN - Jacob Jensen, the iconic Danish designer credited with creating the sleek but simple look of luxury stereo maker Bang & Olufsen, died on Friday aged 89, local news agency Ritzau said on Saturday.

German police find missing sculptures made for Hitler

FRANKFURT - German police said they recovered bronze sculptures and granite reliefs made for Adolf Hitler's imposing Reich Chancellery that have been missing for years.

London takes on Paris with major photo fair

LONDON - London is launching a major photography fair this week as it vies with Paris for dealers, collectors, and devotees.

British magazine publishes 'new portrait of Shakespeare'

LONDON - A British magazine has published an image of a figure that it says is the first and only known demonstrably authentic portrait of William Shakespeare made in his lifetime.

French design show lands in Miami's blossoming artistic landscape

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The popular Parisian luxury design show, Maison&Objet, drew crowds of visitors this week to Miami Beach for the event's first appearance in the United States, the latest cultural addition to South Florida's artistic boom.

Photos of Frida Kahlo's locked-away belongings go on display in London

LONDON - For 50 years, the colorful wardrobe and personal belongings of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo were hidden away in a bathroom. | Video