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Monster Mash: a Monet water-lily painting goes up for auction; reality TV seeks 'Next Great Artist'

June 4, 2010 |  8:26 am

Monet-1 --Major sale: Claude Monet's 1906 "Nympheas" -- one of the artist's celebrated water-lily paintings -- is expected to bring up to $58 million at a Christie's auction in London that also will feature a "blue period" Picasso and works by Magritte, Klimt and Van Gogh. (BBC News)

--Creativity contest: June 9 is the start date of Bravo's new reality TV show that will pit 14 artists against each other in pursuit of $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. (Reuters)

--Broadway bound? The emo rock musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," which premiered at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2008, has been extended three times at New York's Public Theater amid talk of a Broadway run. (Playbill)

--On the block: Lehman Bros., which filed for bankruptcy in 2008, plans to sell more than 400 pieces of contemporary art that could fetch more than $10 million. Proceeds would go to the investment bank's creditors. (Bloomberg)

--Battling a bug: Tony nominee Catherine Zeta-Jones reportedly is suffering from a viral infection that has forced her to miss five performances of Broadway's "A Little Night Music" in the last two weeks. (New York Post)

--Background questioned: Archaeologists and an Italian prosecutor want Christie's International to withdraw three Greek and Roman antiquities from a New York auction because they believe the works came from illicit excavations in Italy. (Wall Street Journal)

--Return engagement: Matthew Bourne's all-male "Swan Lake" will be back in New York this fall, more than a decade after the 1998 Broadway production won three Tonys and caused a sensation. (Associated Press)

--Provocateur: Designer and conceptual artist Tobias Wong has died at 35 in New York. (New York Times)

--Italian baritone: Giuseppe Taddei, who sang with Callas and Pavarotti and made an acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut when he was 69, has died at 93 in Rome. (AFP)

And in the Los Angeles Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "South Pacific" at the Ahmanson Theatre; Carrie Fisher's one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking," is heading to HBO; artist Nancy Rubins moves from colorful kayaks to aluminum canoes for a show in Beverly Hills; the late actress Rue McClanahan, best known as one of TV's "Golden Girls," also had an extensive stage career.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Claude Monet's "Nympheas" at Christie's in London. Credit: Andy Rain / EPA