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Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” Obliterates World Records with Stunning $450 Million Sale

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It dates back to around 1500, has an illustrious history and obliterated world records Wednesday when it sold for $450.3 million. Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, one of only 20 authenticated works of art by the Italian Renaissance artist, was sold at Christie’s Auction House in New York smashing and setting world records. It is the most expensive work of art ever sold and it is the only Da Vinci owned by a private collector.

According to CNN, bids were estimated to be over $100 million for this rare painting. CNN said, “Original estimates had predicted bids of over $100 million for the piece. But the new record was set after approximately 20 minutes of telephone bidding, far surpassing the previous auction record held by Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger, which sold for $179.4 million in 2015.”

Da Vinci”s Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) depicts Jesus Christ in Renaissance clothing with his left hand holding a crystal spher, the his right hand with fingers crossed raised in blessing. It is described to lack the detail of the Mona Lisa — though both were created about the same time.  

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How Comedian Patton Oswalt is Honoring His Late Wife

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Comedian Patton Oswalt’s wife, true crime writer Michelle McNamara, died unexpectedly on April 21, 2016 at the age of 46. Since then, Oswalt has been living a life that truly honors her memory. First, he announced that the book his wife had been writing at the time of her death would be published early next year. Secondly, dark humor in his new Netflix comedy special, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation truly memorializes her.

McNamara, a true crime aficionado known for her popular website True Crime Diary, which was dedicated for most part to unsolved murder cases, was working on a book titled “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.” Oswalt announced on social media the book would be published by HarperCollins on February 27, 2018.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Oswalt went on to say, “Despite my bias, I can say with quiet, deep confidence that Michelle’s book is going to join the pantheon of true crime,” he wrote on Facebook. “It’s an intense, fascinating read.”

After her death, Oswalt had said that he would help finish his late wife’s book.

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80’s Icon Molly Ringwald’s Story Suggest Harvey Weinstein Wasn’t Hollywood’s First Sexual Predator

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When movie fans think of the 80s, it’s hard to consider a star who represents that decade more than Molly Ringwald. She became an icon starring in movies such as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. But now, as the media recounts the horrifying stories of sexual assault many actors suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, Molly Ringwald goes on the record in her own words in The New Yorker and her story suggest Harvey Weinstein isn’t alone nor was he the first sexual predator in Hollywood.

Ringwald admitted working with Weinstein when she was 20 years old on one of the first movies he had produced. Her narrative suggests she escaped the worst of Harvey Weinstein’s abuse simply because she was the bigger star at the time. She said,

Thankfully, I wasn’t cajoled into a taxi, nor did I have to turn down giving or getting a massage. I was lucky. Or perhaps it was because, at that moment in time, I was the one with more power. “The English Patient,” Weinstein’s first Best Picture winner, was still a few years away.

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“Game of Thrones” Actors Engaged!

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There is a whole lot of off-camera drama happening with some of our favorite Game of Throne stars. In fact three of the GOT actors have recently become engaged including Kit Harington and Sophie Turner — though not to each other!

Sophie Turner, 21, announced her engagement to boyfriend Joe Jonas, 28, on Sunday. The couple, who have been dating less than a year, announced their exciting news through coordinated Instagram posts which shows the beautiful engagement ring Jonas gave Turner. Turner’s caption merely reads, “I said yes!”

Turner made her professional acting debut at the age of 15 as Sansa Stark when HBO first aired the fantasy television show Game of Thrones in 2011. Unlike most GOT characters, Sansa has been resilient, and Turner will continue in the role when the last season airs, hopefully in 2018 or possibly 2019. For those of us who are fans, all we can say is, finally, Sansa is getting a great husband! The role has brought the actress international recognition. She made her film debut in Another Me in 2013.

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The Uncompromising Comedy of Red Skelton

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Almost 20 years ago, America lost one of her premier and most legendary comedians, Red Skelton whose career spanned 70 years. He was a pioneer, establishing a benchmark of excellence in comedic entertainment. And when comedy began to evolve in the 1970s to more provocative and boundary-pushing topics including colorful and even extreme language, Skelton stood firm to his integrity and to his own brand of family-oriented comedy. He was uncompromising, and sadly, even though he still had a hit television show, it was cancelled, and the vintage acts of Red Skelton passed into legend.

Skelton in 1960

His act had been in public view since 1923, when he began developing his comedic and pantomime skills at the age of 10 and joining a traveling medicine show. He graduated to burlesque and vaudeville in 1934. His radio career began in 1937 when he appeared on The Feischmann’s Yeast Hour. That led to his hosting Avalon Time in 1938 and then The Raleigh Cigarette Program in 1941. It was during this time he was creating many of his characters he would incorporate into his sketches.

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