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November 10, 2000|SHAUNA SNOW

ART & DESIGN

Picasso Record--$55.6 Million: Pablo Picasso's Blue Period painting "Woman With Crossed Arms" sold for $55.6 million to an anonymous bidder at Christie's in New York Wednesday night, setting a new record for the artist and becoming the fifth-highest auction price ever paid for a work of art. The previous Picasso high was $51.6 million, paid for "Pierrette's Wedding" at a Paris auction in 1989, and the last auction price for a Blue Period Picasso was $29.1 million, paid by Andrew Lloyd Webber at Sotheby's in 1995. Despite the high price for the Picasso, which had been expected to fetch about $25 million, much of the rest of Christie's sale Wednesday fell short of expectations, with only 43 of 75 works actually finding buyers, for a total of $143.4 million, falling below the pre-sale estimate of $165 million to $220 million. But Alberto Giacometti's 1962 sculpture "Tall Woman Standing" sold for $14.3 million, nearly doubling the previous Giacometti record ($7.5 million) and also setting a record for a sculpture at auction.

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More Memorial Opposition: As the American Battle Monuments Commission prepares for the ceremonial groundbreaking in Washington on Saturday--Veterans Day--of a controversial World War II Memorial, the National Assn. for Olmsted Parks has released a letter opposing the plan. Written by the group's co-chairwoman, Mary Fox, the letter condemns "the obvious negligence by the reviewing agencies to preserve one of our nation's most significant designed historic landscapes." The 7.4-acre memorial is set to be built on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, which were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. Fox's group meets today to consider joining a lawsuit to stop construction of the World War II Memorial.

POP/ROCK

Live Web Concert Madonna's sold-out Nov. 28 London concert at the 3,500-capacity Brixton Academy will be broadcast live over the Internet, at

http://www.msn.co.uk/madonna. The concert, to be Webcast here at noon, could challenge the 3-million record for a worldwide Internet audience, set last year by the Webcast of Paul McCartney's Liverpool performance. Meanwhile, Britain's Sun tabloid reports that the pop star, who has already been spending a great deal of time in London with beau Guy Ritchie, the father of her new son, has paid $9.9 million for a house in one of London's trendiest suburbs.

TV & MOVIES

Tim Allen to Don Cat's Hat: Former "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen announced at Wednesday night's premiere of Universal Pictures' "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" that he will star in another Dr. Seuss adaptation, "The Cat in the Hat." The film will also be done by Universal, but the release date is unknown.

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NBC Moves: NBC will move the new season's critical favorite "Ed" to Wednesdays starting in December, with the quirky drama to air at 8 p.m., leading into "The West Wing" and "Law & Order" in what the network is billing as a "three-hour block of 'Must See TV' dramas." That same week, "Titans," which has been on Wednesdays, will move to Mondays at 8 p.m., while "World's Most Amazing Videos" will begin airing Sundays at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Sunday's "Dateline NBC" moves back an hour, to 8 p.m., starting Dec. 10, with another edition of "Dateline" to air Mondays at 9 p.m.

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'Gladiator' Strength: DreamWorks has received a whopping 2.6 million retail orders for its Nov. 21 DVD release of Russell Crowe's "Gladiator," marking a U.S. record for initial DVD shipments, the studio said. The DVD orders have topped previous leaders "The Matrix" and "The Sixth Sense." "Gladiator" has already notched the best first-week-rental-of-the-year title in the United Kingdom, where it was released Oct. 23.

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