Friday, June 22, 2018

Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' to sell at New York auction

Famous 'Scream' going to auction

One of four versions of Edvard Munch's masterpiece The Scream will be sold in May in New York, Sotheby's auction house announced Tuesday. Sotheby's estimates that the work, which has become a modern icon of human anxiety, will sell for $80 million or more. The 1895 drawing of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky is being sold by Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father was a friend and patron of Munch's. It is the only version of The Scream still in private hands.

Man accused of robbing justice

A man has been charged in the robbery of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on the Caribbean island of Nevis, an attorney for the suspect said Tuesday. Attorney Henry Browne said Vedel K. Browne has been charged with aggravated robbery and could get up to 25 years in prison. The two men are not related. A machete-wielding robber took $1,000 from the justice and his guests at Breyer's vacation home on Feb. 9.

'New' amphibians predate dinosaurs

A new group of primitive, legless amphibians has been discovered in remote jungles of northeast India, according to a team of biologists led by University of Delhi professor Sathyabhama Das Biju. Over five years of digging through forest beds in the rain, the team identified the family of 4-inch amphibians — called chikilidae — endemic to the region but with ancient links to Africa, according to a report published today in a journal of the Royal Society of London. Biju said the amphibians date to before the age of dinosaurs.

Associated Press

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Six candidates qualify to seek Pinellas County Commission seats

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