Monty Python to reunite in July

LONDON — The Monty Python gang is coming back for a reunion show at London’s 02 arena in July.

Eric Idle said Thursday that the London show was planned as a single event but that further engagements are possible. The show will be filmed for possible distribution.

The group had its first big success with the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV show, which ran from 1969 until 1974, winning fans around the world with its bizarre sketches.

The group branched out into movies including “Life of Brian” and backed theatrical shows such as “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones announced the news at a press conference in central London.

Cleese said the group’s famous “dead parrot” sketch would likely be incorporated into the performance.

Poet T.S. Eliot art fetches $11.3 million

LONDON — A trove of artwork collected by poet T.S. Eliot’s widow has sold for more than $11.3 million at auction.

Valerie Eliot, who died last November at 86, bought the artworks with royalties from the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats,” which was based on her husband’s volume of light verse “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.”

The collection auctioned this week in London by Christie’s included drawings and watercolors by 18th- and 19th-century British artists and sculptors including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and David Hockney.

A landscape by John Constable, “Helmingham Dell, Suffolk,” fetched more than $1 million, a record for the artist at auction.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Old Possum’s Practical Trust, an arts charity Valerie Eliot set up.

Associated Press