The Daily: June 24
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Daily: June 24

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Written by Tsakani Brauer-Maxaeia
Water Lilies sell for £32 million
Claude Monet's 1906 painting Nympheas , depicting an array of water lilies sold at auction yesterday for £32 million. This was one of the highest sums a painting by the late artist has brought in with the price paid described as being "up there with the top end of the estimates" by Helena Newman, co- chairman of Sotheby's impressionist and modern art department. The same painting was put on auction in 2010 but was unable to reach its reserve price; Newman attributed the successful sale to a reserve estimate that was "a bit more realistic". The auction attracted bidders from all over the globe and the 46 paintings on sale brought in a total of around £122 million, other art up for auction included masterpieces by Picasso, Kandinsky and Sisley.

Director of the National Gallery to Retire
Director of the National Gallery, Nicholas Penny, has announced his decision to retire after 6 years in the position. Before his post at the National Gallery, Penny was the curator of sculpture and decorative art at the National Gallery of Art situated in Washington. During Penny's time at the National Gallery he has been at the fore front of many successes including the gallery's most popular exhibition; Leonardo da Vinci, Painter at the Court of Milan, as well as the gallery's highest ever number of annual visitors in 2013. Penny looks back at his time at the museum fondly and says that he is "grateful to the trustees, staff and to the gallery's supporters for helping to ensure that the gallery continues to prosper".

Norway's 'Slow TV' added to BA's In-Flight Entertainment
British Airways have made an entrancing addition to their in flight entertainment package that has been described by Rune Moklebust, head of programming at Norway's public broadcaster (NRK) as "hypnotic". The film which is now available on long haul flights allows its audience to follow every moment of a seven hour train journey. The lengthy train trip starts in Bergen along Norway's idyllic west coast and ends in Oslo, the country's bustling capital, and records the scenery along the route. Moklebust said that many people had "watched a lot more than they planned" and plans to include a similar film showing a few hours of knitting lie ahead if the current 'Slow TV' feature proves to be a success.

Hygiene Habits in the Home
A recent survey commissioned by the online platform Homejoy has been able to identify the various cleaning habits of both men and women in the UK. The survey found that 42% of female respondents listed 'mess and dirt 'at home as the factors causing them most stress, while 18% of male respondents described cleaning the home as therapeutic and made them feel as though they were "putting the world to rights". This in depth survey has also revealed that men clean more often than women, but found that men clean less thoroughly and are in fact four times more likely to spray air freshener to hide a foul smell rather than clean. The future is not looking squeaky clean either, with 18-24 year olds deemed the "least clean generation" by the survey. Psychologist Anjula Mutanda stresses the importance of keeping a clean living environment and urges people to "make cleaning a priority".

Prehistoric cave granted UNESCO World Heritage Status
The cave of Pont-d'Arc , tucked away in the South of France containing the world's oldest cave paintings has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The cave, also known as 'Grotte Chauvet' or 'The Prehistoric Sistine Chapel' was only discovered in 1994 due to its entrance having been blocked by a rock fall 23 000 years previously. A thousand drawings that date back 36 000 years cover 8500 square metres of cave wall and depict drawings of animals such as rhinos, bison and bear as well as human hand prints. This cave is now the oldest to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Pascal Terrasse, president of the Pont- d'Arc Grand Project said the event "guaranteed the conservation of the cave and will allow us to understand and explain its significance as a heritage".



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