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New Banksy work on show in British hometown after removal row

A new work by British street artist Banksy will go on public display in his home city after a row over ownership of the painting, which features two lovers embracing as they gaze at their mobile phones, officials said Thursday. The piece dubbed "Mobile Lovers" was found at the weekend on a wooden plank that had been screwed onto a boarded-up doorway in Bristol, western England. Members of a youth club discovered the artwork near their building amid a search sparked when an image of the piece appeared on Banksy's internet site, with no indication of its location.

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Outkast goes back to 1990s hip hop at Coachella reunion INDIO, California (Reuters) - Hip hop duo Outkast reunited for the first time in eight years a the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, and brought a taste of old school hip hop with them to the stage. Outkast, formed by Atlanta rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi, kicked off the anticipated set with "B.O.B" from the duo's 2000 album "Stankonia," before taking it back to the 1990s with singles such as "ATLiens" and "Skew It on the Bar-B."

Rodin sculptures meets Mapplethorpe photos in Paris art show

By Johnny Cotton PARIS (Reuters) - A new exhibition exploring connections between beloved French sculptor August Rodin and controversial U.S. photographer Robert Mapplethorpe has brought a hint of seedy 1980s New York to the heart of Paris. Born in different centuries and on opposite sides of the Atlantic, the choice to juxtapose the two artists may at first appear far-fetched.

Rodin sculptures meets Mapplethorpe photos in Paris art show

By Johnny Cotton PARIS (Reuters) - A new exhibition exploring connections between beloved French sculptor August Rodin and controversial U.S. photographer Robert Mapplethorpe has brought a hint of seedy 1980s New York to the heart of Paris. Born in different centuries and on opposite sides of the Atlantic, the choice to juxtapose the two artists may at first appear far-fetched.

Ming-era 'chicken cup' breaks record for Chinese porcelain

A rare Ming-era wine cup broke the world auction record for any Chinese porcelain on Tuesday, selling in Hong Kong for $36.05 million to Shanghai tycoon Liu Yiqian, Sotheby's auction house said. The tiny white porcelain cup, decorated with a colour painting of a rooster and a hen tending to their chicks, was made during the reign of the Chenghua Emperor between 1465 and 1487.

Germany, heir reach accord on Nazi-looted art stash

The heir of a Nazi-era art dealer said Monday he had struck an accord with the German government setting a one-year deadline on provenance research for his vast hoard of paintings. The agreement more than two years after their shock discovery in a customs probe means that Cornelius Gurlitt, 81, will likely get back many of the hundreds of artworks that were seized by German authorities.

Artistic licence: Ghana's film posters win fans

Oko Afutu knows exactly what will get people flocking into theatres to watch the British horror film "Dog Soldiers": a poster showing a werewolf biting off a man's head. From his front porch in a suburb of Ghana's capital, Afutu spends his days painting garish movie posters for the films that show at movie theatres around Accra. Each poster Afutu paints earns him about $56 (40 euros, 34 pounds).

Chinese 'chicken cup' could sell for record $38 mn

A rare Ming-era Chinese wine cup, one of only 19 known to exist, could fetch a record $38 million or more when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong next week, auctioneers said Saturday. The small white porcelain cup, decorated with a colour painting of a rooster and a hen tending to their chicks, was made during the reign of the Chenghua Emperor between 1465 to 1487, Sotheby's auction house said. It could sell for an estimated HK$300 million ($38.68 million) or more on Tuesday, deputy chairman for Sotheby's Asia Nicolas Chow said.

US lawsuit targets Swiss expert over $7.2 mln 'Rothko'

A Las Vegas billionaire is suing a respected Swiss curator accused of standing behind the authenticity of a painting purportedly by American artist Mark Rothko which turned out to be fake. Several people are accused over the "Untitled (Orange, Red and Blue)" that Frank Fertitta III paid $7.2 million for in 2008 from the Knoedler gallery in New York. The gallery has since closed after it was found to be selling dozens of forgeries of several painters.

Italian retiree 'happy' to have lived with stolen Gauguin

The retired autoworker who unknowingly bought stolen paintings worth millions of euros by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard and hung them in his kitchen for 40 years said he was "proud" of his taste in art. "As a simple factory worker, I am proud of having been able to appreciate and buy two masterpieces even though I did not know what they were," the 70-year-old Italian man was quoted by the La Stampa daily as saying Thursday.
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