Billionaire Reinhold Wuerth, who has collected art for more than 40 years, last year spent about $70 million for a Holbein painting of the Madonna. It was the highest price ever paid for an artwork in Germany.
Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell saw to it that there could be only one winner in this year’s Man Booker Prize. Yet all six finalists were presented with something that the canny Tudor statesman would himself have prized: a hand-bound copy of their novel.
Reinhold Wuerth, a German billionaire who turned a family-owned screw wholesaler into a global company, paid more than $70 million to buy a Holbein painting, beating a bid from the Staedel Museum in Frankfurt.
Google Inc. has expanded its virtual tours to more than 150 of the world’s major museums, featuring high-resolution close-ups of masterworks by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Botticelli -- but not the Mona Lisa.
Google Inc. yesterday introduced virtual tours of 17 world museums, putting high-resolution close-ups of masterworks by Van Gogh , Rembrandt and Botticelli on a new one-stop website dubbed Art Project .