Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Salvator Mundi - Saviour of the World - attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, was sold at auction ... [+] Wednesday night in New York Photo: Wikipedia Christie's Touted as the last painting attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci still in private hands, Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) hit the astronomical price of $450,312,500 (including buyer’s premium) Wednesday night in New York, becoming the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. Starting at $100 million and steeped in epic-level hype, Salvator Mundi was sold by Christie's as "a rapt audience of nearly 1,000 art collectors, dealers, advisors, journalists and onlookers packed into the main auction room at Rockefeller Center, with many thousands more tuning in via a live stream ," Christie's reported in its website. " Jussi Pylkkänen, Christie’s Global President, brought the hammer down on Lot 9 after an extraordinary bidding … [Read more...] about Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Sold For More Than $450 Million, Breaking World Record
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Many of the videos attacked specific U.S. politicians before the midterm elections and pushed divisive social issues, without clear labels disclosing they were coming from state-controlled media. T ikTok accounts run by the propaganda arm of the Chinese government have accumulated millions of followers and tens of millions of views, many of them on videos editorializing about U.S. politics without clear disclosure that they were posted by a foreign government. The accounts are managed by MediaLinks TV, a registered foreign agent and Washington D.C.-based outpost of the main Chinese Communist Party television news outlet, China Central Television. The largest of them are @Pandaorama, which features cute videos about Chinese culture, @The…Optimist, which posts about sustainability, and @NewsTokss, which features coverage of U.S. national and international news. In the run-up to the 2022 elections, the @NewsTokss account criticized some candidates (mostly Republicans), … [Read more...] about On TikTok, Chinese State Media Pushes Divisive Videos About U.S. Politicians
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In Part 1 of this exclusive interview series with Zombies lead vocalist Colin Blunstone, we covered the band’s long-overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019, when Blunstone learned that he could really sing, his musical influences - both past and present - and why The Zombies’ harmonies were so unique among other classic rock groups. Following is Part 2, again with edited excerpts from a longer phone conversation. Jim Clash: You and Rod Argent have been doing this Zombies thing on and off for almost 60 years. What is your relationship like after all of that time? Colin Blunstone: Certainly musically I think it’s quite special. For me it is, anyway. I feel more secure when I’m playing with Rod than in other situations. It’s a subconscious thing, really. I know what’s going to happen, feel safe. I’m also very lucky because he’s a great songwriter, and he writes songs specifically for me. I have the … [Read more...] about Screaming Girls, Playing For Two People And A Dog – The Zombies’ Colin Blunstone Reminisces
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Since the news of the entire Juventus board resigning broke earlier this week, more and more details have emerged about what led to that decision and what the future may hold for Italy’s biggest club. As explained in this previous column , the Italian government authority responsible for regulating the Italian stock market – known as CONSOB – are investigating claims that members of the Juventus first team squad were paid off the books during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport , 23 players who had signed agreements to reduce their salaries in order to help the club through an extremely difficult period were allegedly actually given that money “in the black.” That would mean that the players and Juventus avoided paying tax on those sums, while the club would have also falsified their books to make it appear as if they balanced. With Juve being a publicly traded … [Read more...] about Juventus Investigation Continues: What Did We Learn This Week?
According to Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital, Brazilian football legend Pelé is in stable condition after being hospitalized earlier this week for colon cancer. Pelé, 82, has also responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection discovered this week, and his condition has not worsened in the last 24 hours, according to medical personnel. Pelé, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday to have his cancer treatment re-evaluated. He had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving regular hospital care since then. The latest medical note came after the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo previously reported that the soccer legend was receiving palliative care after chemotherapy failed to produce the expected results. According to the newspaper, he was admitted to the hospital earlier this week with general swelling and cardiac issues, as previously reported by ESPN Brasil. … [Read more...] about Brazilian Football Legend Pelé in Palliative Care