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The blockbuster “Looking Forward to the Past” sale at Christie’s on Monday night was a tough act to follow, but results from the evening sales of postwar and contemporary art at Sotheby’s and Christie’s proved it was no fluke: Yes, the art world is still awash in cash. By the close of the auction week, close to $2 billion will have traded hands. The gold rush continues — and Christie’s is holding the most shovels.The two auctions were stacked with iconic names and classic examples of artists’ signature work. At the events, the bids became a real-time way to track these artists against each other by collectors’ enthusiasm. Wool or Polke, Vô or Frankenthaler: Who’s on your art-world fantasy league team? On Tuesday, Sotheby’s auctioneer Oliver Barker played to a packed house, skillfully milking bids from all corners to deliver $379,676,000 on 55 sold, the house’s »
- Sarah P. Hanson
Do: check the instructions (Wild)
This month sees the release of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her solo hike along the gruelling 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) certainly doesn't make it easy for herself, buying the wrong type of gas cylinder for her stove and thus being forced to subsist on a diet of "cold mush."
Don't: give up (Touching The Void)
Consider the obstacles that Joe Simpson faced during his calamitous attempt to climb Peruvian mountain Siula Grande: a broken leg; a fall into a crevasse; and zero hope of rescue after partner Simon Yates left him for dead. And yet, as recounted in classic documentary Touching The Void, Simpson gritted his teeth and dragged himself through hell to reach safety.
Do: stay calm (Life Of Pi)
Travel is unpredictable. One minute, like Indian teenager Pi (Suraj Sharma), you're emigrating to Canada aboard a freighter. »
2 items from 2015
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