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Graffiti set design adds punch to Cuba theater festival

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HAVANA A play parodying the lengths some Cubans will go to in order to earn a few tourist dollars set against the backdrop of socially critical graffiti is adding punch to Havana’s annual theater festival.

George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins 2017 Man Booker prize

LONDON American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo," - a fictional account of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.

Italy gets back looted mosaic from Emperor Caligula's ship

ROME A floor mosaic from one of Roman Emperor Caligula's opulent private ships, which was stolen after World War Two, is on its way back to Italy from the United States where it has been recovered from a private collection.

Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history

LONDON A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book's publication is offering 'muggles' with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artifacts referenced in the popular series. | Video

Too racy for Louvre, sex sculpture finds home at Pompidou Centre

PARIS In the end it was just too kinky for the Louvre.

We are closer than ever to 1930s-style totalitarianism: Atwood

FRANKFURT The world is closer to the dark days of the 1930s than at any time since, Canadian author Margaret Atwood said on Saturday in Frankfurt, where she was due to receive a prestigious German literary award.

Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist

SYDNEY The impoverished family of Australia's most famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira, has been given copyright to his works after years of fruitless campaigning triggered the intervention of a philanthropist.

Stars of British art world donate works for Grenfell fire survivors

LONDON A group of Britain's most successful contemporary artists has donated valuable works to sell at a charity auction for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed about 80 people at a London social housing block in June.

World's largest pink diamond expected to fetch up to $30 million at auction

LONDON "The Pink Raj", an intense pink diamond described by experts as the world's largest, is expected to fetch up to $30 million when it is auctioned in Geneva next month.

Da Vinci portrait of Christ expected to fetch $100 million at auction

NEW YORK The last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting and one of fewer than 20 by the Renaissance artist known to still exist is hitting the auction block, Christie's announced on Tuesday. | Video