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Marquis de Sade erotic novel, or some quantum theory? You choose

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PARIS Fancy some 232-year old pornography, written in the Bastille and hidden behind a stone?

Ancient Roman Pantheon to start charging entry fee in 2018

ROME Visitors to Rome's Pantheon, one of the ancient world's best preserved monuments, will have to pay an entry fee from next May unless they are going there to pray, Italy's culture and tourism ministry said on Monday.

Princes William and Harry announce sculptor for new Diana statue

LONDON A sculptor who produced the image of Queen Elizabeth used on Britain's coins has been chosen to create a new statue of Princess Diana, the office of Princes William and Harry said on Sunday, to commemorate 20 years since her death.

Palace releases new portrait of Britain's Prince Philip

LONDON Buckingham Palace released on Monday a new portrait of Prince Philip, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in the year that Queen Elizabeth's husband announced his retirement from active public life.

Russia's delayed Nureyev ballet to test Kremlin tolerance

MOSCOW A Bolshoi Theatre ballet about the life of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev set to premiere on Saturday contains tender scenes of gay romance, testing the Kremlin's tolerance for what it calls "homosexual propaganda".

Egypt reveals artifacts, mummy from tombs in ancient city of Luxor

LUXOR, Egypt Egypt's authorities on Saturday revealed artifacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in the Nile city of Luxor but had not been fully unexplored. | Video

Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's

WASHINGTON New-York based Christie's auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," a painting that sold for $450.3 million.

Louvre Abu Dhabi to display Leonardo's 'Salvator Mundi'

ABU DHABI The new branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi will exhibit Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, 'Salvator Mundi', which at $450.3 million became the most expensive painting ever sold at a New York auction last month.

'SUPERPUTIN' exhibition gives Russian leader a pop-art make over

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen riding a brown bear in medieval armor, cuddling a puppy and dressed as Santa Claus - it's not his latest series of publicity photos, but rather artwork at a new Moscow exhibition focused on Russia's leader. | Video

Lubaina Himid awarded Britain's Turner Prize, oldest artist ever to win

LONDON Lubaina Himid, a 63-year-old artist whose creations include dinner plates painted with vomiting aristocrats, became the oldest person ever to win Britain's most prestigious art award - the Turner Prize - on Thursday.