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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:00 am


'Holy Grail' of da Vincis to be sold

Associated Press

The last Leonardo da Vinci painting in private hands is going to auction in New York next month – with a pre-sale estimate of around $100 million.

Christie's announced Tuesday that the depiction of Jesus, titled “Salvator Mundi,” will be offered Nov. 15. Christie's specialist Alan Wintermute calls it “the Holy Grail of Old Master paintings.”

“Salvator Mundi,” dating from around 1500, is one of fewer than 20 known paintings by Leonardo. It was believed that the work had been destroyed until it was rediscovered in 2005.

The seller is identified only as a “private European collection.”

New 'Shades' on way 

Once again, E L James is letting Christian Grey speak for himself.

Vintage Books announced Tuesday that the next “Fifty Shades” novel, “Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian” will come out Nov. 28. “Grey,” published in 2015, also was told from Christian's point of view. James said in a statement that the new book would give readers a “darker and more haunted” take on Christian.

James' original “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold millions of copies.

Bananarama back

British, '80s pop group Bananarama is back together and out on the road after 30 years.

The girl group's original members – Sarah Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey – say they are touring the U.S. for the first time in February.

Fahey left the band in 1988 and Dallin and Woodward have been performing as a duo in recent years. They were joined briefly by Jacquie O'Sullivan, who took part in a 1989 world tour but left in 1991.

Tickets go on sale Friday with three U.S. dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. 

Fox sued for video

Muhammad Ali Enterprises is suing the Fox Broadcasting Co. for more than $30 million for what it says was Fox's unauthorized use of the famed boxer's image in a video that ran just before its broadcast of the Super Bowl.

The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chicago contends that Fox used Ali's “name, image and likeness as the centerpiece” of a video for its Super Bowl broadcast. Ali died last year.

Share your scare

What is your favorite film fright or Halloween TV program? Is there something you just can't watch because it's too scary? What does your family search the TV listings for every October?

Tell us about your Halloween viewing traditions for an upcoming story. Email Corey McMaken at by noon Thursday.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Actor Ron Leibman is 80. Singer Daryl Hall is 71. Actress Joan Cusak is 55. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 52. Actor Luke Perry is 51. Comedian Artie Lange is 50. Actor Jane Krakowski is 49. Actress Constance Zimmer is 47. Actress Emily Deschanel is 41. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 32.