Monster Mash: Elizabeth Taylor portrait sells; ‘War Horse’ author

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Iconic: An Andy Warhol painting of Elizabeth Taylor has sold for more than $662,000 at auction in New York. Meanwhile, clothes and jewelry owned by the late movie star are also selling at auction. (Associated Press via Wall Street Journal and Reuters)

Part of the crowd: Michael Morpurgo, the author of ‘War Horse,’ is making a small cameo appearance in the Broadway production of the play adapted from his book. (Associated Press)

Ethical quandary: The Tate Galleries in Britain may not renew a sponsorship deal with BP following environmental protests. (Guardian)

House of Saddam: Federal prosecutors said Wedgewood china looted from one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces -- and later used in an art exhibit -- has been turned over to Iraqi diplomats. (WNYC)


We have a winner: Stanford University has chosen Ennead Architects to design a new $30.5-million contemporary art museum. (Los Angeles Times)

Collective action: Jazz musicians in New York are launching a campaign for pensions. (New York Times)

To the tune of ... : A former office manager with the York Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania said she stole more than $200,000 from the organization to support her gambling addiction. (York Daily Record)

Ancient: Experts from the British Museum are examining a trove of Viking coins and jewelry found buried in northern Lancashire. (BBC News)

Not coming home: A small manuscript by Charlotte Bronte was purchased at auction by a French museum, despite efforts to bring it back to Britain. (Reuters)

Peer recognition: Laurence Fishburne has received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his performance in ‘Thurgood,’ a stage play that was filmed for HBO. (Los Angeles Times)

Passing: Anthony Amato, the founder and artistic director of the Amato Opera Theater in New York, has died at age 91. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Critics pick their best of 2011 in the fields of classical music, theater, dance and jazz.

-- David Ng