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Stolen Paul Cezanne Painting Recovered After Four Years

A painting by the French artist Paul Cezanne, worth an estimated $100 million, has been found relatively unscathed four years after it was stolen at gunpoint from a Swiss museum by three masked robbers. The painting, Boy in a Red Waistcoat, was one of four stolen from the E. G. Buehrle Collection in Zurich in 2008 by three robbers who burst in just before closing time and told staff to lie on the floor while hand-picked the paintings to steal....

Dürer, Holy Roman Masters Star in New Met Exhibit

Albrecht Dürer is German's dominant artist from a period spanning almost 300 years in Central European development. But a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases the works of other who shaped German, Swiss, Austrian, and early Bohemian drawings. The exhibition of artists were active before 1700 in the Holy Roman Empire runs from Apr. 3 through Sept. 3, 2012....

Warhol’s Double Elvis (1963) Expected to Fetch $50 Million

Elvis Presley has been worth more dead than he ever was in his lifetime, but the late pop artist Andy Warhol could send the King of Rock through the stratosphere. A Warhol painting of Elvis is expected to fetch an astronomical sum at auction. Presley is garbed in cowboy duds, with a six-gun drawn. Sotheby's described him as "a Hollywood icon of the '60s rather than the rebellious singer who shook the world of music."...

Titanic Treasures, Plus Ship Up for Auction (video)

The unsinkable H.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg, sunk in just over two hours and lay undisturbed in the North Atlantic seabed for seven decades. Now more than 5,500 artifacts and the ship itself is up for auction in an unprecedented sale. The famous shipwreck, which reaches its centennial this year, yielded fine china, silverware, clothing, diamond jewelry and other personal items, decorative items from the boat, and even pieces of the ship, according to RMS Titanic Inc., a division of Premier Exhibitions....

Noel Coward Gets Intimate Look in New Lincoln Center Exhibit

Noel Coward, playwright, composer… and spy? That’s just one of the facets revealed in a new exhibit by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The show opened Monday (Feb. 12). Aptly called “Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward,” the exhibit includes memorabilia and artifacts that capture the golden era of 20th-Century performing arts and reflects the impact Cowardm had on music, literature and theater during his lifetime....

Oscar Trash Turns Into Treasure; Auction Nets $3M

Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer and Jean Dujardin all cherished their coveted Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, but over time, even these statuettes may become unwanted--albeit expensive--junk. Some 15 unwanted Academy Awards were sold at auction this week by Los Angeles auctioneer Nate D. Sanders....