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Monster Mash: Warhol painting fetches $43.8 million; Tate's new director; Operation Sophocles

November 12, 2009 |  9:01 am


-- Worth a fortune: Andy Warhol's 1962 painting "200 One Dollar Bills" has sold for $43.8 million at a Sotheby's auction, helping the auction house to beat estimates for the evening. (Art Info)

-- Moving up: Penelope Curtis has been named the new director of Tate Britain. (The Guardian)

-- Art of war: The U.S. government is bringing plays by Sophocles to military venues across the country. (New Yorker)

-- House hunting: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is considering purchasing a damaged fire station as part of its expansion plans. (New York Times)

-- Filling in: Harvey Fierstein has replaced an ailing Topol in the national touring production of "Fiddler on the Roof." (Playbill)

-- Signs of trouble: Director Francesca Zambello has withdrawn from the musical "The First Wives Club," which is aiming for Broadway after an engagement at the Old Globe in San Diego. (Variety)

-- Slower sales: The Stratford Shakespeare Festival reported a drop in attendance for 2009. (Toronto Star)

-- Still recuperating: Conductor Leonard Slatkin has canceled a series of upcoming concerts as he recovers from a heart attack. (Detroit Free Press)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Work will begin on a scaled-back Orange County Great Park; the Ojai Music Festival reveals details of its 2010 program; Getty Leadership Institute moves from L.A. to Claremont.

-- David Ng

Photo: Andy Warhol's "200 One Dollar Bills." Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images