Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair returns Jan. 11

Jason Newsted, Rockstar Triptych, Courtesy 55Bellechasse

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, presented by Art Miami and sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach, will return January 11, 2018 for its second edition at West Palm Beach’s Tent Site (825 S Dixie Hwy & Okeechobee Blvd., W. Palm Beach) located directly behind the new Restoration Hardware.

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Letters penned by slugger Ted Williams describe Korean War experiences

In this photo attributed to the United States Marine Corps, Ted Williams is sworn into military service on May 22, 1942.

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) – Most folks know Ted Williams as the Red Sox slugger and Hall of Famer. But letters going up for auction describe his hiatus from baseball to serve in the Korean War.

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Kansas fossil hunters brave Antarctica for rare plants

No fewer than seven angiosperm morphotypes are recorded in the Antarctica paleoflora, including two species of Nothofagoxylon. Shown here: Nothofagus antarctica, or Antarctic beech. Photo by Wouter Hagens

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – December is summer in Antarctica, but on the mountaintops where a team of scientists is studying plants from one of the warmest periods in Earth’s history, daily high temperatures average about minus-30 degrees.

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Construction halted at church destroyed in Sept. 11 attacks

Partially rebuilt St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, officially the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine. August 26, 2017 photo by Jim Henderson, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

NEW YORK (AP) – Construction on a Greek Orthodox church to replace one that was crushed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been temporarily suspended amid rising costs and questions over how donations have been managed.

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5 ways Parisians might celebrate New Year’s Eve

1902 poster advertising Champagne Delbeck, Reims, France. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Poster Auctions International

PARIS (AP) – Looking for fabulous sightseeing, strolling and shopping to ring in the new year? Paris has got you covered. Or maybe you’re simply…thirsty. No problem. Whether you fancy Champagne on New Year’s Eve atop the Eiffel Tower or New Year’s Day coffee at a sidewalk cafe, here are five ways to raise a toast, Parisian style.

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Kensington’s Jan. 8 auction journeys from Switzerland to streets of NYC

CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auction’ 8 January 2018 Auction will take bidders on a virtual journey from the Lotschen Valley of Switzerland to the streets of New York City. The array of antiques and 19th-21st century art to be sold comes from all corners of the globe and richly represent many cultures. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Car mascots, automobilia line up for Turner’s Jan. 7 auction

Lalique Eagle car mascot, mounted, est. $1,000-$1,500

SO. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. –  On January 7, Turner Auctions + Appraisals will offer a selection of automobilia from two major California collectors. The sale features over 65 lots of car mascots, artwork and related collectibles, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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Russian icons: windows into Heaven

This Russian coral and mother-of-pearl icon sold for $130,000 at Applebrook Auctions & Estate Sales in July 2016. Photo courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Applebrook Auctions & Estate Sales

NEW YORK — An integral part of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith, icons are found in most homes in Russia, as well as churches. Usually painted on wood, although occasionally made of copper, these sacred objects depict saints and holy persons or stories from scripture. They are sometimes displayed in ornate covers (oklads) covered in precious metal and embellished with gems or pearls or in cases with glass fronts. They are not worshipped in a shrine but are objects steeped in religious symbolism that serve to focus the power of one’s prayer to God, acting as “windows into Heaven.”

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Giant peach, massive moonpie to ring in 2018 in the South

Shown at its former site, the peach awaited New Year celebrations to begin at Underground Atlanta. Public domain image taken in 2016

ATLANTA (AP) – There will be a new site this year for Atlanta’s New Year’s Eve Peach Drop, one of several large events planned across the South, organizers say.

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Doubled reward of $10M till Dec. 31 for Gardner heist tips

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669), The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, circa 1633, oil on canvas. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633, Rembrandt van Rijn. Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990

BOSTON (AP) – A hot tip could still earn you a cool $10 million from a Boston museum desperate to recover a trove of missing masterpieces. But you’d better hurry.

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