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Monster Mash: Leonardo da Vinci painting; Ai Weiwei defiant

November 3, 2011 |  7:50 am


Masterpiece: A look at the so-called "lost painting" by Leonardo da Vinci called "Salvator Mundi," which is part of the new Da Vinci exhibition at London's National Gallery. (CNN)

Defiant: Artist Ai Weiwei has vowed to fight "to the death" against tax evasion charges from the Chinese government. (Reuters)

No takers: A number of pieces failed to sell at a recent Christie's auction, including a Degas sculpture of a dancer. (BBC News)

Appointment: The Laguna Art Museum in Orange County has named Malcolm Warner as its new director. (Los Angeles Times)

Unhappy workers: Sotheby's in New York has increased security amid concerns over an ongoing labor dispute. (New York Times)

Strapped: The financially troubled Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be asking for donations from everyone attending ticketed events at the Max M. Fisher Music Center for the next month. (The Detroit News)

Legal wrangling: A French man is claiming a New York art gallery is refusing to return a Modigliani painting that his grandfather owned until Nazis forced him to sell it. (Courthouse News Service)

Fists of fury: The Seattle City Council is considering support for a museum in honor of martial-arts film star Bruce Lee. (Associated Press, via Seattle Times)

Extended: The Broadway production of "The Mountaintop," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, has prolonged its run by one week through Jan. 22. (

Learn at home: The Sydney Opera House will offer educational programs online. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Also in the L.A. Times: Playwright Jon Robin Baitz will participate in a live chat Thursday.

-- David Ng

Photo: "Salvator Mundi," which is now attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Credit: Wikimedia Commons