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Bourbon Parma jewels fetch record $53.2 million including Marie Antoinette gems

FILE PHOTO: Jewelry once owned by Marie Antoinette is displayed during a press preview ahead of the upcoming auction “Royal jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family” at Sotheby’s in New York City, New York, U.S., October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo GENEVA (Reuters) – One hundred Bourbon Parma family jewels, including 10 pieces that belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, fetched 53.5 million Swiss francs ($53.2 million), setting a world record for a royal collection, Sotheby’s said on Wednesday. “The Marie Antoinette provenance is probably second to none. It’s a…

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Stolen Picasso resurfaces in Romania six years later

FILE PHOTO: An empty spot on the wall marks the place where the stolen Henri Matisse painting was in Rotterdam’s Kunsthal art gallery in the Netherlands October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Robin van Lonkhuijsen/File Photo BUCHAREST (Reuters) – A painting believed to be “Tête d’Arlequin” by Pablo Picasso stolen in 2012 from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum has turned up in Romania, prosecutors said on Sunday. In one of the art world’s most dramatic heists, thieves made off with seven paintings, worth millions of euros, by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others. While the Romanian…

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Phallic-shaped owl statue in Serbia’s north sparks protests

KIKINDA, Serbia (Reuters) – Thousands of keen bird-watchers flock to Serbia’s northern town of Kikinda every winter to see one of the world’s largest roosting populations of long-eared owls. The owl monument is seen in Kikinda, Serbia, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Marko Djurica But the small town on Serbia’s border with Romania is now trending on social media for a different reason: a protest over a statue aiming to brand it as the city of owls which many say resembles a phallus rather than an owl. The protestors say the terra-cotta…

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Archaeologists discover 15th century indigenous tombs in Bolivia

LA PAZ (Reuters) – A team of archaeologists in Bolivia said they have discovered tombs containing over a hundred bundles of artifacts and human remains dating more than 500 years old that belonged to an indigenous civilization that once inhabited the region. Bolivia’s Ministry of Cultures and Tourism authorized the dig more than three months ago after a mining project discovered archaeological remains in the area. Archaeologists found the tombs, which they say may have belonged to the Pacajes people, in an underground burial chamber located some 30 kilometers (18.6…

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Taiwan’s notebook boy commits his memories in writing

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Chen Hong-zhi’s notebooks are his life. Chen Hong-zhi, 26, who suffers from short-term memory loss, walks through a park, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Nine years ago, Chen seriously damaged his hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with forming memories, in a traffic accident. The 26-year-old has lost the ability to make and retain short-term memories. Instead, he painstakingly records his days in lined notebooks, crammed with entries in blue ink. “I use the notebook to remember who I helped today, how much…

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Easter Island delegation heads to British Museum to lobby for statue return

By Aislinn Laing and Natalia A. Ramos Miranda FILE PHOTO: A view of “Moai” statues in Ahu Akivi, on Easter Island, 4,000 km (2,486 miles) west of Santiago, in this photo taken Oct. 31, 2003. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo (Reuters) – A delegation from Easter Island will arrive in London next week to seek the return from the British Museum of one of the native Polynesians’ emblematic statues. The seven-foot (2.13 m) tall basalt figure, known as “Hoa Hakananai’a,” meaning “lost or stolen friend” in the local language, was among 900…

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Therapy through song: Choir helps Hungarian lung patients breathe more easily

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – A Hungarian doctor has prescribed her lung disease patients a new form of physical and spiritual therapy – singing in public as part of a choir. Members of the “Breathing for the Soul” choir, who are patients suffering from lung diseases, sing during their concert in Budapest, Hungary, November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo The “Breathing for the Soul” choir, which was formed this spring, gave its second performance on Thursday in the ball room of a Budapest Hotel. Its members, many seriously ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary…

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Nigerian millennials fuel domestic tourism

IKOGOSI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Deola Akeju stood under the gushing waterfalls of Ikogosi in western Nigeria, laughing with her friends and other travelers as they explored the forest’s pools and streams. She is one of a growing number of Nigerian holiday-makers keen to explore their country, one whose unenviable reputation for violent crime and corruption largely deters international travelers. Nigeria thus loses out on tourism revenues to other countries perceived to be safer such as Kenya, Ghana and the Gambia. Small, social media-savvy companies like Social Prefect Tours (SPT) and…

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Oh boy – vintage Mickey Mouse posters to fetch thousands at auction

LONDON (Reuters) – Seven rare vintage posters of Mickey Mouse are expected to fetch thousands of dollars at an auction that coincides with the 90th anniversary of the cartoon character’s first film appearance. The seven posters, dating from the 1930s and 1940s, went on display on Friday at a commemorative exhibition in London organized by Disney. They are going under the Sotheby’s hammer in an online auction that runs until Nov. 26. A price list in a statement from the auctioneer and Walt Disney Co. UK & Ireland suggests they…

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Taiwan’s notebook boy commits his memories in writing

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Chen Hong-zhi’s notebooks are his life. Chen Hong-zhi, 26, who suffers from short-term memory loss, walks through a park, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Nine years ago, Chen seriously damaged his hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with forming memories, in a traffic accident. The 26-year-old has lost the ability to make and retain short-term memories. Instead, he painstakingly records his days in lined notebooks, crammed with entries in blue ink. “I use the notebook to remember who I helped today, how much…

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