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Monster Mash: New York man loses $1.35-million Corot painting; Zimbabwe censors visual artist

September 1, 2010 |  8:26 am

Corot -- Major blunder: A New York man is being sued by his partner for losing a $1.35-million Corot painting, pictured at right, during a bender. (New York Daily News)

-- Artistic censorship: The government of Zimbabwe has banned the works of visual artist Owen Maseko in which he depicted atrocities during the 1980s. (Voice of America)

-- Guilty: The former financial director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra is facing jail after admitting to defrauding the institution. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Commission: Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid has been named to design a new headquarters for the central bank in Baghdad. (Bloomberg)

-- Possible delay: It's looking increasingly unlikely that "Love Never Dies," the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera," will open this spring on Broadway. (New York Times)

-- Priceless: A new museum in Mexico developed by billionaire Carlos Slim will house a collection of works by Auguste Rodin. (Reuters)

-- Singing butler: A new stage musical based on the novel "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro is opening in London. (Agence France-Presse)

-- Ensemble effort: "The Pee-wee Herman Show" on Broadway will feature many of the same supporting cast members from the L.A. production earlier this year. (Playbill)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on the new Samitaur Tower in Culver City; the latest on the Ansel Adams controversy; a last-minute effort fails to save a John Lautner house in Beverly Hills.

-- David Ng

Photo: Corot's "A Portrait of a Girl." Credit: Granger Collection

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