Chinese billionaire buys nude painting for $170.4million at auction in New York

A painting by Italian artist Modigliani was sold at auction on Monday for $170.4m (£113m), the second-highest price ever for a work sold at auction. Nu couche (Reclining Nude) was sold at Christie’s in New York to a Chinese collector. It had never been sold at auction before, having been in the same private collection… Read More Chinese billionaire buys nude painting for $170.4million at auction in New York

ISIS siege of Kuwairis airbase broken by Syrian army

Government forces have broken a siege by Islamic State (IS) of an airbase in northern Syria, according to a state media report. Army units had made contact with troops defending Kuwairis airbase, east of Aleppo, and eliminated large numbers of militants, the Sana news agency said. The facility had been under attack by the jihadists… Read More ISIS siege of Kuwairis airbase broken by Syrian army

New Orleans R&B legend, Allen Toussaint dies at 77

New Orleans songwriter, musician and producer Allen Toussaint died Monday of a heart attack, his son said in a statement on Tuesday. The R&B legend had been touring in Madrid, Clarence Toussaint said in the statement. Artists in nearly every major genre recorded Toussaint’s songs or collaborated with him, including the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds,… Read More New Orleans R&B legend, Allen Toussaint dies at 77