Celebrity collectors are often the key to success in the world of art. Both Islamic and Southeast Asian art have failed to catch the attention of A-listers eager to show their interest in parts of the world that are of more interest politically than culturally. Southeast Asia emits such a low signal on the international art radar, it barely exists; the Islamic heartlands attract much higher prices but from collectors who choose to be invisible until they open yet another museum.
PARIS: A gold laurel leaf removed from the crown Napoleon Bonaparte wore to his coronation sold for 625,000 ($735,000) euros at an auction in Paris on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES: Melissa Schuman, an actress and singer best known for the all-girl teen band Dream, claimed Tuesday that pop star Nick Carter raped her in 2002.