Picasso portrait fetches nearly $45M at auction

A Pablo Picasso painting has fetched $44.9 million at a London auction.

The 1932 work, “Woman Sitting Near a Window,” is a portrait of the artist’s “golden muse,” Marie-Therese Walter.

Helena Newman of Sotheby’s in Europe, called the painting a “stunning and monumental portrait” from one of Picasso’s most celebrated periods. She said there has been a strong market for Picasso’s portraits of Walter among collectors.

Philadelphia opera’s new name, new vision

The Opera Company of Philadelphia is getting a name change that officials say is in better harmony with its move toward more innovative programming and greater diversity in its repertoire.

The company said it will be known as Opera Philadelphia. The new name and logo will appear on all of its brochures and ads. The company plans to continue bringing opera to new audiences with surprise “pop-up” concerts in famous Philadelphia locations.

Eddie Vedder to write music for new thriller

Eddie Vedder wrote and/or recorded songs for “Dead Man Walking,” “Eat Pray Love” and most of the “Into the Wild” soundtrack. Now, the Pearl Jam frontman will pen and record a new track for “Out of the Furnace,” a thriller starring Christian Bale this year.

Several previously recorded Vedder songs also probably will be featured in the film.

Mantel wins 2012’s Costa Book of the Year

LONDON — Two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel has taken top honors at the U.K.’s Costa Book Awards for her novel “Bring Up the Bodies.” The British writer’s blood-soaked Tudor saga, which won the Booker last year, defeated four other titles for the $39,400 prize for 2012’s book of the year.

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ claims high score at Annies

Walt Disney’s video-game romp “Wreck-It Ralph” has won top animation honors at the Annie Awards.

The comedy hit was named best animated feature at the Annies, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society. “Wreck-It Ralph” won out over “Brave,” “Frankenweenie,” “ParaNorman” and “Hotel Transylvania.”

Detroit art museum to display van Gogh

DETROIT — Vincent van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” is on loan to the Detroit Institute of Arts from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. It’ll be on view Feb. 19 to May 28.

The painting will be shown with three other van Goghs owned by the DIA. Van Gogh produced three paintings on the theme of his bedroom. The first, in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, was created in 1888 but damaged in a flood. Nearly a year later, he made two copies of the work: one is at the Art Institute of Chicago; the other, at the Musee d’Orsay, is smaller.

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