Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- Eli Broad shops for bargains at the New York auctions, picking up Ed Ruscha's 1969 "Desire" for $2.4 million, 40% below the $4-million low estimate. Separately, artwork of sponges stuck on a canvas sold for more than $21 million.
--The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C., in 2015, is already looking for Obama items for its collection.
--Hundreds of schoolchildren will join artist Martin Kersels tonight at the Santa Monica Museum of Art as he unveils "Wall Works: The United States of Love," an installation featuring the works of 500 local students.
--Frank Gehry’s plans for the controversial King Alfred leisure center on England's Brighton coast has been officially dropped due to funding problems.
--Italy investigates Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero on suspicion of tax evasion.
--A new AIA survey shows gains in compensation for architects.
--A Beatrix Potter watercolor of a rabbit is is sold at auction for more than $23,000.
--The Ojai Music Festival will include chamber ensemble Tin Hat, Berlin recorder quartet QNG, American pianist Jeremy Denk, composer Steven Mackey and actor-singer Rinde Eckert. The festival, in its 63rd season, takes place June 11 to 14.
Photo of Eli Broad. Credit: Irfan Kahn / Los Angeles Times