On 400th anniversary, exhibit looks how Shakespeare became “the Bard”

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (Reuters) – From a dress worn by Vivien Leigh to play Lady Macbeth to a “Hamlet” script owned by famous British actors, a new exhibition explores how William Shakespeare became “the Bard” 400 years after his death. “Shakespeare in Ten Acts” looks at 10 key performances of his works, from the first showing “Hamlet” at the Globe theater around 1600 to a contemporary version of that play in the digital age. The […]

South Korea’s affordable golf drive

SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) – Behind a door bearing the name “Tiger Woods,” 44-year-old Lee Seung-yeop takes a powerful swing of his iron, launching the ball towards a grassy green projected onto a screen in a virtual golf lounge in the Gangnam district of Seoul. “Screen golf is much cheaper than regular golfing when you think of the costs. Sure it might not feel real, but it’s cheap and convenient. That’s why I come here […]

Large vivid pink diamond expected to fetch millions at auction

LONDON, ENGLAND, United Kingdom (Reuters) – A rare, pear-shaped, vivid pink diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, where auctioneers expect it to fetch some $38 million. The “Unique Pink,” described by Sotheby’s as “supremely rare and exceptional,” weighs 15.38 carats. “The Gemological Institute of America, the highest body for grading diamonds, have given this stone their highest possible grading, which is vivid pink,” David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s international jewelry […]

Rare Shakespeare First Folio found on Scottish island

OXFORD, ENGLAND, United Kingdom(Reuters) – A nearly 400-year-old copy of a first edition of William Shakespeare’s collected plays has been found in a vast aristocratic house on the Isle of Bute, off the western coast of Scotland. Published in 1623, the First Folio contains Shakespeare’s 36 plays, including several that had never been published before and might have been lost without it, such as “Macbeth”, “The Tempest” and “As You Like It”. The discovery at […]

Chinese emperor’s seal sells for $11.8 million in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, China (Reuters) – The largest imperial seal used by Chinese emperor Kangxi went under the hammer in Hong Kong on Wednesday (April 6) and fetched $11.8 million. Sotheby’s said an Asian buyer won the bid and that it set the third highest price for any Chinese imperial seal sold at an auction. It added that the price also set a world auction record for a seal carved for Emperor Kangxi, who ruled China […]

Pistols given to Bolivar by Lafayette to go up for auction

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, United States (Reuters) – An important set of pistols that was gifted to Simón Bolívar from the Marquis de La-fayette is expected to fetch between $1.5 to 2.5 million (USD) when it goes on sale at Christie’s in New York. Christie’s specialist Becky MacGuire, said the lot is exquisite and so important because of its history. “We’re very excited to have these pistols they are such a rare treasure. They […]

Largest oval blue diamond ever sold at auction fetches record-breaking price in Hong Kong

  HONG KONG, China (Reuters) – The largest oval fancy vivid blue diamond ever to appear at an auction shattered Asia’s jewelry auction record in Hong Kong on Tuesday (April 5) evening. The internally flawless blue diamond, weighing at 10.10 carats, was sold to an anonymous phone bidder at US$31.8 million at Sotheby’s Spring Sales after a couple minutes of bidding. Before a 12 percent buyer’s premium was added, the diamond’s hammer price of US$28.38 […]

Painting by Chinese master fetches record $35 million in Hong Kong

  HONG KONG, China (Reuters) – A painting by Chinese artist Zhang Daqian sold for nearly $35 million (24.54 million pounds) at an auction in Hong Kong on Tuesday (April 5), the most one of his works has ever fetched, underscoring strong demand for quality Chinese art despite an overall slowdown in the market. The two-meter (6.5 feet) long scroll inkbrush painting “Peach Blossom Spring” more than tripled its expected price at a spring Sotheby’s […]

Tesla unveils $35,000-Model 3 with range of 215 miles

  (Reuters)  –  Tesla Motors gave a sneak preview Thursday (March 31) of its Model 3 sedan, saying more than 130,000 people had ordered the car, even though it is more than a year away from production. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled a prototype of the Model 3 in Hawthorne, California outside Los Angeles to hundreds of Tesla owners and the media, saying the vehicle will go into production in 2017 at a starting […]