Richter painting sells for $37 million in NYC

A monumental 20th-century masterpiece by German artist Gerhard Richter has sold for $37 million at a New York auction.

Sotheby’s says “Domplatz, Mailand” set a record for any living artist at auction. It was bought by a private collector.

The 9-foot-by-9-foot oil was commissioned in 1968. It’s considered an outstanding example of Richter’s 1960s photo-painting technique. The work depicts a shopping center facing Milan’s cathedral. It was offered for sale by Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Free e-book excerpts from Grafton, Amy Tan

Upcoming novels by Sue Grafton and Elizabeth Gilbert are among 40 fall and winter releases excerpted in a free e-book. “Buzz Books 2013: Fall/Winter” also previews fiction from Amy Tan and actor James Franco and such nonfiction as a memoir about Johnny Carson. “Buzz Books 2013” can be downloaded on Amazon.com’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and other devices.

Letter: Joyce Kilmer’s ‘Trees’ penned in N.J.

A historian says New Jersey can lay claim to the trees Joyce Kilmer found so lovely.

Towns in New England and even the University of Notre Dame have claimed to inspire the poet’s greatest work, “Trees.” The Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah says a 1929 letter by Kilmer’s widow shows the poem was written in 1913 at their former home there. The letter and a notebook containing the first two lines of the poem were found at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library.

Associated Press