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Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe print sells for $195 million U.S. dollars



The iconic Marilyn Monroe print created by Andy Warhol sold for $195 million US dollars

The print went for sale at an auction in New York at Christie’s and is now the most expensive piece of American art ever sold.

Ahead of the auction, Christie’s described the painting as “one of the rarest and most transcendent images in existence”.

The print called ‘Shot Sage Blue Marilyn’ is based on a promotional photo of Monroe in the 1953 film Niagara.

Warhol painted the piece after her death with bright colours over her eyes, hair and lips.

Warhol’s print has become highly reputable in the art world and is considered the principle of pop art.

Despite selling for 195 million dollars the artwork was predicted by art analysts to sell for over 200 million dollars.  

Some even predicted the artwork to sell for between $250 and 300 million dollars.

The sale broke a previous 2017 record for American artwork at auction of 110.5 million dollars. 

The 2017 piece was an artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Prior to the sale Swiss art dealers, Thomas and Doris Ammann held the print in their art collection.

The new buyer is not identified.

Monroe was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars before her death from an overdose on August 4, 1962.

Artist Andy Warhol died in 1987.

Amanda Gunn contributed to this report.


What it takes to be the new James Bond



With Daniel Craig retiring from the role of James Bond, speculation is already rife as to who will take over as 007.

While some fans are clamoring for a woman or a person of color to take on the iconic role, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson say they are open to anyone who can do the job.

“It’s not about being male or female,” Broccoli told Variety. “You could be any color, but it has to be the best person for the job.”

The producers also said that they are looking for someone who can bring something new to the role, while still paying homage to the legacy of James Bond.

“We want somebody who is fresh and exciting and has a take on the character that is unique,” Wilson said. “And most importantly, somebody who can carry on the tradition of 007 and give audiences around the world what they want.”

No matter who is ultimately chosen to take over as James Bond, it is clear that the producers are committed to keeping the character fresh and relevant for a new generation.

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The iconic Hollywood sign is getting a makeover



The iconic Hollywood sign is getting a fresh coat of paint ahead of a very important milestone

The giant letters on the hill are being cleaned and repainted before the sign’s 100th anniversary next year.

It’s expected to take around eight weeks, and requires around 250 gallons of fresh paint.

Of course, the original sign was dubbed ‘Hollywood-Land’ but the last four letters were removed in 1949.

It was only meant to last 18 months but has since gone on to define not only a town, but an entire industry.

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Human sized KFC drumstick jumps from 4,500 metres in the sky



A gigantic piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken took to the skies, jumping from a four-thousand metre drop

The parachuting poultry flew above some of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks including the MCG and Federation Square.

The human sized Chicken landed safely inside a ginormous Uber Eats bag after jumping from the troposphere to the earth’s crust in a stunning 200 kilometre an hour descent.

The adrenaline pumping stunt is part of the celebration of 500 KFC restaurants now visible on the Uber Eats platform in Australia.

“We know from thousands of searches on our app that the desire for KFC has been sky high for some time. Now that KFC has landed on Uber Eats we wanted to tell that story in an impactful, distinct and memorable way. It might not fly into your bag, but KFC’s favourites are now available to get in a few clicks on the Uber Eats app in every state and territory,” said General Manager Uber Eats, ANZ, Bec Nyst.

“It’s no secret that Aussies love having convenient ways to get their favourite food delivered, so we’re pretty excited that KFC has finally landed on Uber Eats,” said Sally Spriggs, CMO KFC Australia.

”We’re always up for a bit of fun, so what better way to make some noise about this new partnership than having a huge Kentucky Fried Chicken drumstick jump out of a plane and land into a giant Uber Eats bag? Just like us, I’m sure fans will have a bit of chuckle about this, and we’re thrilled that more people will be able to get KFC delivered fresh and fast with just a few taps on the Uber Eats app.”

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