SOLD: Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”


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In early October, the Wall Street Journal announced that Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev would try to sell his rare, rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci portrait of Christ as “Salvator Mundi,” or the savior of the world.

Last night, the New York Times announced that “Salvator Mundi” sold for $450.3 million with fees, shattering the high for any work of art sold at auction.

Let’s Live Forever


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The New York Times posted an article yesterday about the secret to a long life. James Clement has scoured the globe for supercentenarians, aged 110 and older, willing to contribute their genomes to a rare scientific cache.

Berkeley Wellness mentions two recent studies which find that coffee drinkers have modestly lower mortality rates than people who don’t drink coffee.

The Sounds of the Season

Autumn and early winter will be filled with wonderful music and dance, if the Music Center schedule is any measure. As you may know, I am a long-time member of the Music Center Blue Ribbon, which supports The Music Center’s resident companies and its arts education and community programs.

The biggest event on our calendar is the Winter Soiree, on Thursday, December 7, 2017. This will be a world premiere performance of the all-new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet. The Music Center co-commissioned new sets and costumes by Cuban-American artistic fashion and design power couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and is partnering with the Colburn School, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! program to include local children from a broad spectrum of backgrounds in the performance. (more…)

Monaco Yacht Show!

Monte CarloAs October runs off in a swirl of autumn leaves, I just have to tell you about my whirlwind journey to Monte Carlo for the Monaco Yacht Show. Known as the “Super Bowl of luxury yachting,” this is a truly dazzling experience, combining vision, beauty, and unimaginable wealth. The quays of Port Hercules shimmer with the graceful magnificence of 125 superyachts. Plus, with the natural convergence between yachting and luxury car manufacturers, the Car Deck features exclusive “thoroughbred” cars such as the new Continental GT by Bentley, Mercedes-Benz classics, the iconic Cobras, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, and sleek McLarens. (more…)

The World’s Most Expensive Watch

Paul Newman is one of four actors to have been nominated for an Academy Award in five different decades. The others were Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson.

Paul Newman is one of four actors to have been nominated for an Academy Award in five different decades. The others were Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson.

Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona is now the world’s most expensive watch ever auctioned. His watch sold for US$17.75 million, more than 10 times the original estimate. Read about how it all went down!

All About Happiness


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The cover story of National Geographic boasts the Happiest Places in the World. What a fascinating article! Kudos to National Geographic.

“What do Denmark, Costa Rica, and Singapore have in common? Their people feel secure, have a sense of purpose, and enjoy lives that minimize stress and maximize joy. Here’s how they do it.”

Also, two California locations scored in the top 5 happiest cities in the United States. Did your city make the list? What happened to Beverly Hills and LA? I know I’m happy!

In terms of happiness, I think there is a lot of merit to Ruth Whippman’s approach. I always count on my friends, relationships, and giving back as my greatest sources of pleasure. Ruth Whippman, author of “America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks,”  wrote a great article in the New York Times explaining the idea that happiness is with other people.

L.A. Goes Vertical

Source: LA Curbed

Source: LA Curbed

If this article in Curbed Los Angeles is any indication, there is a lot of height coming to L.A.’s skyline. Of course, some projects will never get off the drawing board or will morph drastically before they do, but if even a fraction of the 26 towers get built, we have a lot of construction cranes and driving detours in our future.

Interestingly, the projects, which range in height from 30 to 70 stories, are largely clustered in the city center, with five towers slated for South Figueroa alone. There are just a few outliers: on the west, the 34-story, 376-unit Landmark Apartments, at Wilshire and Barrington in Brentwood, is advancing through development agreements and slated to open in 2020; to the north, on Vine Street at the 101, the Millennium Hollywood is designed as a pair of mixed-use towers, 35 and 39 stories, but its future is still uncertain; below Downtown, there’s just one project south of the 10 Freeway – The Reef, which has been approved by the L.A. City Council and is expected to have two towers, 32 and 35 stories, and include condos, apartments, retail, restaurants, and a 20-story hotel. (more…)

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