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January 25, 2022

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Munch Madonna print, sold for record sum

A hand-coloured image of Edvard Munch’s Madonna has been sold in London for £1.25m, doubling its estimate and making it the second most expensive print ever to be sold in the world, reports The Guardian in its online issue. An estimate for the controversial artwork, in Munch’s famous swirling style, had suggested the work would fetch £500,000 to £700,000 at the Bonhams prints sale in the capital. The auctioneers said that as well as setting a UK record, the image was also the second most expensive print to be sold in the world. The Madonna, bought by a private American buyer, is dated 1895. It had not been shown in public before going to auction. Munch re-worked his original idea for the image – a Madonna in yellow and white, against a halo of blue, green and red – several times between 1895 and 1902. His mistress, Dagny Juel, a “femme fatale”, was the model; she was shot dead by a young lover in a Tblisi hotel at the age of 33, after numerous ill-fated affairs. Robert Kennan, Bonhams’ head of prints, said: “It has been a real privilege selling such a wonderful image. It fully deserves to have achieved such a fantastic price.” The work, described as being in excellent condition, had been in the same family for more than 100 years.

Long awaited “The Hobbit” may becomes filming soon

Peter Jackson has begun searching for actors to star in The Hobbit, says The Hollywood Reporter. Jackson and casting director Victoria Burrows have been in Los Angeles since Saturday to meet with actors for the J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation. The duo are also expected to make trips to New York and London to assemble the international cast. The Lord Of The Rings director is said to be close to agreeing a deal with Warner Bros to direct the two fantasy prequels, but co-backers MGM’s financial problems are still preventing the movie from getting a greenlight. Director Guillermo del Toro departed The Hobbit in May due to the production delays brought about by MGM’s money woes. Jackson is also reportedly concerned about timing, telling Warner Bros and MGM that he wants to fast-track the blockbusters to get them into cinemas in 2012 and 2013.

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