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Bids fly for Victor Hugo's Paris siege balloon sketch

Bids fly for Victor Hugo's Paris siege balloon sketch

A drawing by the French writer Victor Hugo of a hot air balloon escaping from Paris during the 1870 Prussian siege, sold for more than twice its estimate Thursday. Sotheby's said the sketch by the author of "Les Miserables" went for 37,500 euros ($42,000) at its auction room in the French...

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Leonardo's 'quick eye' may be key to Mona Lisa's magnetism

Leonardo's 'quick eye' may be key to Mona Lisa's magnetism

Scientists believe Leonardo da Vinci's super-fast eye may have helped him catch the enigmatic magic of Mona Lisa's smile. This superhuman trait, which top tennis and baseball players may also share, allowed the Renaissance master to capture accurately minute, fleeting expressions and even...

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Van Gogh-Gauguin letter describing brothel visits sells for 210,000 euros

Van Gogh-Gauguin letter describing brothel visits sells for 210,000 euros

 A letter written by Vincent van Gogh and fellow artist Paul Gauguin describing visits to brothels and discussing the future of art has been sold at auction for 210,600 euros ($237,700). The letter was bought in Paris on Tuesday by the Vincent van Gogh Foundation which will display it...

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Academy delays 2021 Oscars ceremony because of coronavirus

Academy delays 2021 Oscars ceremony because of coronavirus

For the fourth time in its history, the Oscars are being postponed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network said Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned because of the pandemic’s...

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