Archive for June, 2013

$11.5M Picasso seized by US authorities for Italy

NEW YORK (AP) — A 1909 Pablo Picasso painting titled “Compotier et tasse,” or “Fruit bowl and cup,” with an estimated worth of $11.5 million will be held by U.S. authorities for the Italian government pending the outcome of criminal proceedings against its owner in Italy, according to the terms of a judge’s order signed Monday.

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Crazy Photography – Diane Routex

This was a more or less random purchase on a recent visit to Waterstones[1]. It’s been translated from the original French, but I’m not sure who’s responsible for the title, which is frankly awful.

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Afghan museum on the mend but long way to go

Afghan youth look at an artifact at the National Museum in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, June, 28, 2013. Looters stole tens of thousands of artifacts from the National Museum of Afghanistan during the country's civil war in the 1990s, and then thousands more were destroyed by the Taliban when they took power. Now the museum is slowly coming back to life, helped by millions of dollars in U.S. and other foreign aid. Every day 300 to 400 visitors a day come to see the collections of sculptures, jewelry, coins and other artifacts dating from the Stone Age through the 20th century.(AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Looters stole tens of thousands of artifacts from the National Museum of Afghanistan during the country's civil war in the 1990s, and then thousands more were destroyed by the Taliban when they took power.


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Surreal Monochromatic Photography – These Lovely Surreal Photos are…

This stunning collection of surreal photos comes from talented photographer Silvia Grav.

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As 10,000 watch, opera giants battle to draw

Actors perform during an open air event in front of the Munich opera, southern Germany, on Friday, June 28, 2013. Munich celebrates the birthdays of composers Richard Wagner and Guiseppe Verdi. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)MUNICH, Germany (AP) — It's a question that has long prompted heated arguments among devoted opera fans: Who was the greater composer, Richard Wagner or Giuseppe Verdi?


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