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December 18, 2008 |  9:48 am

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-- Do you see anything here? The Louvre says three sketches (Can you see them now?) on the back of a  Leonardo da Vinci painting may be the work of the Renaissance master.

-- "Show me the money," Eli Broad says of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's rival plan to bail out the Museum of Contemporary Art. MOCA's board of trustees is set to meet today.

-- Getty chief orders a hiring and salary freeze as the endowment at the world's richest arts institution drops by about 25%.

-- Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman will perform a John Williams composition with pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill at Barack Obama's inauguration.

-- New York Philharmonic musicians raise objections over guest conductor Gilbert Kaplan, with a blogging trombonist making public all the dirt.

-- New Zealand man sets a world record for tap dancing.

-- Jeremy Piven drops out of Broadway's "Speed-the-Plow," perhaps to "become a thermometer." Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz steps in temporarily.

An E.H. Shepard original drawing for the Winnie-the-Pooh books titled ''He went on tracking, and Piglet...ran after him. -- Winnie the Pooh illustrations set an auction record.

--Add Sacramento Ballet to the list of financially troubled arts organizations.

-- Even art star Damien Hirst is feeling a sales slump: His $850,000 cabinet filled with cigarette butts fails to find a buyer.

-- Berlin Philharmonic opens a digital concert hall.

-- At 77, pianist Alfred Brendel is set to take his final bow.

-- Sparse ticket sales force Cincinnati Ballet to cancel performance of "The Nutcracker."

-- "Hairspray" film director Adam Shankman is set to direct "Bob the Musical" for Disney and "Sinbad" at Sony.

-- Lisa Fung

Top photo:  The Louvre museum in Paris shows sketches on the back of a Leonardo da Vinci painting -- from left, a horse head, part of a skull and baby Jesus with a lamb, right -- that may have been drawn by the Renaissance master. Credit: E Lambert / Associated Press

Bottom photo: An E.H. Shepard original drawing for the Winnie the Pooh books titled ''He went on tracking, and Piglet...ran after him.'' Credit: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

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