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J.D. Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ an Icon of Teen Rebellion, Turns 65

‘Tis the season … for my perennial pilgrimage to Manhattan in New York City, the warren of Holden Caulfield, the disgruntled protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s 1951 opus “The Catcher in the Rye.” The book turns 65 this year and has been endlessly quoted, celebrated, banned, copied, lionized and burned. Caulfield, the quintessential anti-hero, has become a cultural icon of teenage rebellion for generations of readers....

Linda Bruckheimer Sees Life Through Lens of ‘High Concept’ Photographer

Linda Bruckheimer is the wife of movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer. Normally, that would be the end of the story for a Hollywood wife. But Linda is not your typical Hollywood wife. She’s built a reputation on her own for photography that defines the American experience. She has been traversing almost non-stop across America, seeking out the road less traveled, and capturing what she calls “the little things that make us who we are.”...

Muhammad Ali Memorabilia Auction Expected to Draw High Rollers

Muhammad Ali, easily one of the largest sports icons of the 20th Century, is expected to be a major draw when many of his personal items go up for auction in one of the most significant sports memorabilia auctions in recent memory. Ali, was not only a championship boxer, but also a civil rights activist who led a major protest against the Vietnam War in the 1960s....

Joan Rivers Jewelry, Personal Items, Furniture Hit Christie’s Auction Block

Joan Rivers’ lavish jewelry, fine French furniture, exclusive Bob Mackie gowns, paintings and other object reflecting her eclectic lifestyle will hit the auction block in New York City later this month, with items ranging in price from $500 to $200,000, according to Christie’s. Rivers, a pioneering female comedian, cultural touchstone and arbiter of taste and fashion, died in Sept. 2014....

Arthur Greeno, Bryan Smith Crack Code for Success in ‘Breaking Conformity’

Authors Arthur Greeno and Bryan Smith have penned a new book, “Breaking Conformity,” that tells a revealing story that will shatter many common myths about life and teach you a recipe for success through effective storytelling. It’s a self-help book that’s also a fun read. To be successful and achieve your goals you need to know the whole story about how successful people get more done that other people, how they focus on the details and never quit learning. ...

Bernard Boutet de Monvel’s Art, Estate Heading for Sotheby’s Paris Auction

Bernard Boutet De Movel, a darling of early 20th century Parisian Cafe Society, was a noted painter, engraver, sculptor, decorator and illustrator. Although he died in 1949, his collected works, plus furniture from his Paris residence will be up for sale for the first time next month at Sotheby’s Paris. The sale will feature around 300 lots, including paintings and drawings by the French artist and his father, the famous children’s book illustrator Maurice Boutet de Monvel (1850-1913), according to the auction house....

Luke Skywalker Blaster Used in Star Wars Movie Can Be Yours… For a Price

Luke Skywalker was pretty handy with a DL-44 Blaster in movies like “The Empire Strikes Back,” and now you can own one of the guns he used, if you’re willing to part with at least $200,000. That’s the pre-bid auction estimate. So who’s biting? Well, no one yet, according to Nate Sanders Auctions, which is handling the sale. Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker and Harrison Ford played Han Solo. ...

Pop Art Gets International Perspective at Philadelphia Museum of Art (photos)

Pop art has long been thought a uniquely American movement led by artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. But Pop flourished around the globe, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art has assembled an exhibit reflecting the bold, thought-provoking imagery of the period. The exhibition, tilted “International Pop,” chronicles Pop’s emergence as an worldwide movement during an era of social and political upheaval....

Mona Lisa May Not Be Who She’s Thought to Be; Startling New Discovery

Mona Lisa, the enigmatic portrait of a 16th century woman with a wry smile, may not be the person she was thought to be. A French scientist has made a startling discovery–an image from earlier paintings by the great Leonardo di Vinci. Pascal Cotte has been studying the 500-year-old masterpiece. He uncovered the image using a so-called “reflective light” technology, according to the BBC....

Egon Schiele Paintings at Center of Lawsuit Over Plundered Nazi Art

Egan Schiele paintings are at the center of a legal dispute in Manhattan filed by the heirs of holocaust victim Fritz Grunbaum. The Nazis plundered his art and sent him to a concentration camp in 1938. But the two paintings have recently resurfaced and may be worth $5.5 million. Grunbaum’s heirs, Timothy Reif and David Fraenkel, filed the complaint this week in Manhattan Supreme Court to block a pending auction of the paintings....

George Reeves’ Superman Costume Sells for $216k at Movie Prop Auction

George Reeves’ Superman costume from his iconic 1950s era television show sold for more than $200,000 at a Hollywood memorabilia auction. It was topped only by a space ship model from the original 1977 “Star Wars” movie. The spaceship sold for a record $450,000, according to the auction house. Among other items fetching significant prices were Harrison Ford’s bull whip from his “Indiana Jones” movies. It sold for $204,000. ...

Art Museums Create Plan to Safe Harbor Art Objects Threatened by War

Art museums under the auspices of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) have created a plan to safeguard rare art and antiquities that are threatened with destruction in war zones. The move was prompted by attacks on ancient, historic sites in the Middle East. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City joined arts organizations around the world in February to universally condemn the destruction of priceless antiquities by Islamic extremists in the Iraq city of Mosul....

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Chagall Headline Rare Phillips Collection Show (photos!)

Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Marc Chagall, and their works will be combined in a new exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., bringing together works assembled by two noted Swiss collectors for the first and only time in the United States. The Phillips will exhibit more than 60 celebrated masterpieces by titans of the modern art movement. All were created during the mid-19th and 20th centuries....