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Klimt fetches $39 million at Sotheby’s
  4th Jul 2015

A Gustav Klimt portrait of a young woman that had been the subject of an ownership dispute fetched the highest price of $39.1 million in an auction at Sotheby's in London last week. Sales at the auction topped £178.6 million, with 10 of the 51 lots on offer selling for more than £10 million. Among them was an Edgar Degas cast bronze of a ballerina that sold for £15.8 million, setting an auction record for a sculpture by the French artist, Sotheby's said. This auction capped off what has been a season of unprecdented triumph for the auction house.

Maserati shines at London luxury art fair

Italian luxury car maker Maserati is showcasing its hand-crafted Quattroporte S in an unlikely setting: at the Masterpiece London art and antiques fair, which opened last week in a plush tent on the grounds of Chelsea's Royal Hospital. Featuring among such fair highlights as a newly discovered pastel by Claude Monet and a pair of pearls once owned by France's last empress is a metallic black version of the racy sedan. The brand-new version of a model originally designed in 1963, it has a shiny, bulbous bonnet and ranges in price from $128,300-153,800, depending on whether you opt for such extras as a 15-speaker surround-sound system.

University masks controversial murals

The University of Idaho intends to cover with fabric a pair of controversial murals in a historic Boise building that depicts the lynching of a Native American man by two white settlers armed with a rifle and stick. The masking of the murals comes as the university based in the Idaho city of Moscow prepares to mark the formal opening of a satellite campus for its law school in September. By covering the images, the university acknowledges they are not representative of a known historical event.

Audience involvement is the new buzzword

Aerialists descend in a giant chandelier and lift a guest back up with them, a showgirl leads an audience member back in time to a 1920s Parisian nightclub and actors single out guests for a mysterious experience yet to come. Immersive theater productions such as Sleep No More, an adaptation of Macbeth that has been running in New York since 2011, have brought audiences into the performance. The latest immersive theater lures them in by giving them roles and responsibilities. "It is a necessary step in the evolution of the form," said Noah J. Nelson, editor of the interactive theater guide No Proscenium. "Somebody had to try this and there is a real chance it could take off."

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