Experts Discover How Great Pyramid Was Built, Vase Sells for 10,000 x Estimate, and More Fresh News

The Great Pyramid, which contains the burial chamber of Pharaoh Cheops. Image by Berthold Werner. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Archaeologists believe they have found the key that unlocks a mystery as old as the Great Pyramid itself: who built it, and how they were able to transport 2-ton blocks of stone to the ancient wonder 4,500 years ago? [Read more from Newsweek]
  • A Chinese vase valued between 500-800 Swiss francs has sold at a Geneva auction house for 10,000 times its pre-sale estimate. The 18th century Qianlong-era vessel hammered over 5 million Swiss francs (US$5.16 million). [Read about the bidding war at India Times]
  • Recorded in 1963, a rare, unreleased demo of the Beatles song What Goes On is currently up for bid on eBay. It pre-dates the version sung by Ringo Starr that appeared on the Rubber Soul LP and instead features vocals by John Lennon, with different lyrics. [Read more from Billboard]
  • Residents of Portland, Maine might recognize some scenery in the highly anticipated Batman: White Knight comic book series. Artist/writer Sean Murphy recently moved to Portland and says he was inspired by the “perfect foggy New England town.” [Read more from WTHR]

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