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Monster Mash: Eli Broad offers $7.7 million for museum site; da Vinci painting reveals secret

July 14, 2010 |  8:03 am

Leonardo -- Paying up: Eli Broad offers $7.7 million for a site lease for his art museum in downtown L.A., winning over a skeptical county supervisor in the process. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Hidden history: A project to restore Leonardo da Vinci's "Virgin of the Rocks" has revealed that he likely painted the entire work himself rather than with the help of his assistants. (Reuters)

-- Public outcry: An outdoor art poster that blends Mickey Mouse with a swastika and a nude woman's body is causing anger in western Poland. (Associated Press)

-- Let's go to the movies: London’s Royal Opera House and the Globe Theatre will broadcast performances to cinemas around the world. (Indiewire)

-- Adventures in New York real estate: Dance New Amsterdam gets a six-week reprieve from eviction. (NY1)

-- Valuable art: Iraq's modern art collection remains in limbo. (New York Times)

-- Still going strong: The national tour of "Dreamgirls" adds dates in San Francisco; Atlanta; Memphis, Tenn.; and Miami. (Playbill)

-- Contemporary hero: A new opera titled "Billy Blythe" follows a day in the life of the young Bill Clinton. (New York Daily News)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on the preparations for the Civic Park in downtown L.A. 

-- David Ng

Photo: Leonardo da Vinci's "The Virgin of the Rocks." Credit: Associated Press