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Dubai on Wednesday opens its 10th annual art fair, an event that showcases the emirate's position as the region's leader in an industry now helping it to rake in millions of dollars.
 
New York kicks off its annual week of Asian art sales Tuesday, red-faced after stolen Indian statues were impounded from Christie's and testing the market in the face of a Chinese economic slowdown.
 
A set of three Buddha sculptures from the 15th-century Ming dynasty went under the hammer in France on Saturday for more than 6.2 million euros (US$6.9 million), over 10 times the estimated sale price, the auction house said, in a flourishing market for Chinese art.
 
They were Indiana Jones's most feared nemeses and scared off would-be Medusa fanciers.
 
Indian statues seized from NY auction house
Two Indian statues that are more than 1,000 years old were seized Friday from Christie's auction house after investigators discovered they had been smuggled out of the country, eventually landing in New York.
 
French gallery shows off 'new' Rembrandt work
The painting was labeled as the work of an unknown artist from Europe's "Continental School," dated somewhere in the 19th century. It had a presale estimate of US$500 to US$800 when it went to auction in New Jersey last year.
 
A 10.10 carat vivid blue diamond is expected to set the record for the most expensive piece of jewelry sold at auction in Asia despite an ongoing growth slowdown in China's economy, Sotheby's said Friday.
 
Bubble economy: Traders strike gold in champagne caps
You may pop open a bottle of champagne to celebrate something good, and perhaps you will keep the painted metal cap which secured the cork as a wee souvenir of that moment.
 
An art-and-design island: Japan's Naoshima
Because I had just emerged from the gloom of a tree-lined approach, the white stones that paved the courtyard seemed impossibly bright. Then, my eyes caught something unexpected: a flight of chunky glass steps, a very modern touch on a renovated shrine.
 
Artificial Intelligence will one day prevail but beauty of Go remains: Lee Sedol
Computers eventually will defeat human players of Go, but the beauty of the ancient Chinese game of strategy that has fascinated people for thousands of years will remain, the world champion of the game said Tuesday.
 
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