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Monster Mash: Auction for Colbert, Hallberg slippers; BP funding

December 20, 2011 |  7:14 am

Ballet slippers Colbert

En pointe: Ballet slippers worn by David Hallberg on the Dec. 7 episode of "The Colbert Report" and signed by Stephen Colbert and Hallberg are being auctioned to raise money for the dancer's scholarship fund. (Ebay)

Soul-cleansing: BP said it will continue to sponsor the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and Tate Britain, pledging $15.5 million for the next five years. But not everyone is happy about the renewed partnerships.  (BBC News and Guardian)

Snap snap: The national tour of "The Addams Family" will feature substantial changes from the critically panned Broadway production. (Chicago Tribune)

Generous, part one: UC Berkeley has received a gift of $15 million for the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. (Contra Costa Times)

Generous, part two: The proprietor of a Napa Valley winery, along with another patron, have made a $10-million gift to UC Davis to help fund a new art museum. (Times-Herald)

Rediscovered: A long-lost Victorian painting by William Powell Frith has sold for $782,680 at a London auction. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Ruling: A court in Britain said that the Wedgwood Museum can sell its pottery collection to help cover its pension debt. (BBC News)

Negotiations: Union leaders and the management of New York City Opera met with a federal mediator on Monday to work out their ongoing dispute. (New York Times)

Teaming up?: The financially troubled the American Folk Art Museum in New York could be partnering with the South Street Seaport Museum. (DNAInfo)

Hurting: Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which opened with great fanfare  in 2004, is struggling with a $1.5-million revenue shortfall. (Reuters, via Yahoo News)

Passing: Wolfgang Oehme, the renowned landscape architect, has died at age 80. (Baltimore Sun)

Also in the L.A. Times: The National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities each will see a 5.6% budget reduction in fiscal 2012.

-- David Ng

Photo credit: Ebay