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Monster Mash: Broadway's 'Spider-Man' partners with Syfy; Chinese vase may have set record at auction

November 12, 2010 |  8:05 am

Spiderman Promotional web: The producers of Broadway's "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark" have formed a marketing deal with the cable station Syfy. (Variety)

Prized artifact: An 18th century Chinese vase has sold at auction for what is believed to be a world record. (CNN)

Gone: Items owned by the late Los Angeles gallery director Robert Shapazian have been sold at auction, bringing in roughly $34 million. (Los Angeles Times)

For sale: A Steinway grand piano that once belonged to disgraced financier Bernard Madoff is one of many Madoff items heading for auction. (New York Post)

Major donation: The National Gallery of Art in Washington has received a gift of decorative arts and 35 paintings from the George M. and Linda H. Kaufman collection. (Washington Post)

Open for business: Italy's Temple of Venus and of Rome has reopened to the public after a long restoration. (New York Times)

Ditto: Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy will play Sam and Molly in "Ghost the Musical," which will open in London in 2011. (Playbill)

Oops: A German musician left his 18th century violin worth more than $1 million on a train in Munich. It was successfully recovered. (Agence France-Presse)

Appointment: The Minnesota Opera has named Allan Naplan as its new president and general director. (Minnesota Star-Tribune)

And in the L.A. Times: music critic Mark Swed reviews Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein at the Geffen Playhouse.

-- David Ng

Photo credit: Marvel Entertainment