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Christie's fetes 250 years in business with major British art sale

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LONDON From Joshua Reynolds to Lucian Freud, works spanning several centuries of British art will go under the hammer as part of a sale celebrating 250 years since auction house Christie's was founded. | Video

Pompeii, Bourbon jail, to gain from $1 billion culture handout in Italy

ROME The ancient Roman city of Pompeii, an island jail built by the Bourbons and the home of Botticelli's Venus are among dozens of cultural sites due to share in a 1 billion euro ($1.15 billion) cash injection, Italy's culture ministry said on Monday.

Artist Ai Weiwei to release documentary on refugee crisis

BERN Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei plans to release a film about the migrant crisis next year, adding to the celebrity voices seeking to highlight the plight of refugees. | Video

French magnate finally finds Paris home for artworks

PARIS French luxury goods magnate Francois Pinault is finally achieving his ambition of opening a museum in Paris to house his vast private art collection a decade after he ditched previous plans over red tape and opened a gallery in Venice instead.

Art detective says female and male model used for Mona Lisa face

FLORENCE, Italy Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile draws millions of viewers from across the world, all eager to see the art world's most famous female face. But is it? | Video

Rice sculpture: Taiwan artist gets granular with president elect

TAIPEI A Taiwan artist has refused to see the big picture and instead captured the likeness of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, to celebrate her inauguration next month, on a single grain of rice.

New art museum seeks to shed dangerous image of Brussels' Molenbeek

BRUSSELS A new art museum has opened its doors in Brussels' Molenbeek district hoping to help shed the negative image of the area, most recently linked to the deadly attacks in Paris and the Belgian capital.

Recreation of destroyed Palmyra arch unveiled in London

LONDON A meticulous recreation of the 1,800-year-old Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, destroyed by Islamic State militants last year, has been erected in Trafalgar Square in what London Mayor Boris Johnson called an act of defiance.

Chicago eyes $1.5 billion bonds for 'Star Wars' filmmaker Lucas' museum

CHICAGO Bonds valued at up to $1.5 billion would be issued under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to bring a museum, proposed by "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas, to Chicago, the city said on Monday.

Italian police recover Nazi-looted paintings in Milan

MILAN Three late 15th century paintings missing since they were looted by Nazi troops from a Tuscan villa over 70 years ago have been recovered and two people have been accused of receiving stolen goods, police announced on Monday.