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Joe Shuster Superman Original Art Auction!

Joe Shuster's SupermanIf you’ve ever dreamed about owning an original piece of Superman artwork by co-creator and artist Joe Shuster, now’s your chance.

Longtime original art dealer Larry Shell is offering a rare piece of American comics history this week in a fast-paced auction.

It’s a full color Joe Shuster recreation to the cover of Action Comics #16 (the original issue went on sale in 1938). According to Shell, this recreation was drawn in 1983 and “is one of only a very few cover recreations that Shuster did and is 100% his work.” It was originally owned by Wendy and Richard Pini (Elfquest).

The original measures a large 15” x 20” in size and is rendered in lead and colored pencils, which gives the image the soft quality of pastels.

You can see a photo of Joe Shuster with the original piece here.

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DISH Network to buy BlockBuster for $228 million

Dish buys BlockbusterIn a somewhat surprising move, DISH Network said Wednesday that the company had been selected as the winning bidder in BlockBuster's bankruptcy auction, and will acquire BlockBuster's assets for about $228 million after various cost adjustments.

The total bid was $320 million, DISH said. The acquisition is expected to be completed during the second quarter, the companies said, if the bankruptcy court approves the deal.

DISH, a satellite provider, didn't say why it wanted to acquire BlockBuster, with 1,700 physical stores and a streaming service on top of it. But DISH has recently made moves to acquire licenses to content, enhancing its video-on-demand services with a deal with EPIX on Tuesday to bring its movies to DISH's online service, DISHOnline. DISH extended remote streaming to the iPad in December.

Adding a chain of stores and BlockBuster's existing relationships with content providers will help facilitate DISH's transformation into more of a provider of on-demand content than simply a "linear" provider of scheduled broadcasts.

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Bob Dylan Lyrics Purchased for Almost Half a Million

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Artist News, Folk, Rock,

Adam Sender, art collector and hedge-fund manager, just bought a piece of rock history for a cool $429,000 (US).

This was the price he paid after winning a Sotheby’s auction for Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”

The paper itself is ragged and roughed up, filled with crossed-out words and changes.

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Items Du Jour: PETA vs. Victoria Beckham, Lily Cole Ditches Red Hair

-- Supermodel Eva Herzigova is expecting her second child with her partner Gregorio Marsiaj. The couple already have 3 year-old son George who appears on the Fall/Winter 2010 cover and editorial of Vogue Niños España with his 37 year-old mom.

-- English model and actress Lily Cole has ditched her signature red locks for a darker look. While she looks good in anything, I do miss her red hair!

-- In his first television interview since his infamous MTV VMA Taylor Swift outburst, Kanye West showed off his diamond teeth to Ellen DeGeneres. No, it is not a grill. Yes, they are now his real teeth.

-- Despite initial reports that PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was planning an attack on Victoria Beckham for using animal skin in her new line, PETA has since denied the claims... for now.

-- Inez and Vinoodh shoots Sasha Pivovarova for Vogue Nippon's December issue. Too bad Sasha looks like a woodland creature trying to pass as a leprechaun.

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Frugal Shopper Selena Gomez

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Fashion Designers, News,

Selena Gomez refuses to splash out on expensive clothes. The Disney starlet is very sensible when it comes to her money and doesn't see the point of paying out for designer items when she can get something similar for much less.

"When it comes to shopping I love a bargain. I don't usually spend over the $20 mark. I feel so much better buying a top for $20 that isn't so different from the one that costs $200. It's really rare that I buy something expensive, and if I do, I think about it over and over before splashing out."

When she goes to glamorous events, the <i>Wizards of Waverley Place</i> actress borrows designer outfits because she knows she won't wear them again: "When you see me on the red carpet, I'm usually in outfits that I've picked out and borrowed, and that I probably won't wear a second time, so I give them back. Normally the outfits are too expensive for me to own anyway."

One dress she won't be giving back is the gown she wore in her music video "A Year Without Rain," as she is auctioning it off for charity. "It's a beautiful dress. It was obviously a very important part of the video - we wanted it to be very beautiful and very flowy and I got so many great comments on it so I thought it would be awesome to give it to charity." The profits from the Catherine Dean dress will go towards UNICEF's mission to help underprivileged kids worldwide.

Cinema Scene: AMPAS Invite for Sandler, Animated Movie for Trolls

Adam Sandler-What do Adam Sandler, Mo’Nique and James Gandolfini have in common? They all recently received invites from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

-Avatar may not have cleaned up at those Oscars, but it did win more than its share of Saturn Awards. The movie nabbed 10 prizes this week including Best Science Fiction Film.

-Should we be blaming or thanking The Smurfs for this? The Troll dolls, recently seen in Toy Story 3, will soon be the subject of their own DreamWorks Animation film.

-Looking forward to the Entourage premiere? If so, you should be happy to know executive producer Mark Wahlberg is still planning a big screen version of the HBO program.

-The only piece of robot memorabilia remaining from 1984’s Terminator is going up for auction. The “T-800 Terminator” metal arm is expected to fetch over $15,000.

Mix Tape: NYC Says No to Jay-Z, Blige Says Yes to Nina Simone

Jay-Z-A surprise Jay-Z performance outside David Letterman’s studio will not happen on Monday. A permit was not granted for the concert by New York City officials.

-A future reunion for Jay-Z’s wife (Beyonce) and the other Destiny’s Child ladies will also not happen. Ex-manager Matthew Knowles squashed all rumors about a performance or an album.

-According to one person “A Day in the Life” was worth $1.2 million. That’s how much handwritten lyrics to the John Lennon-penned song were sold for this week.

-Please don’t let me be misunderstood. Mary J. Blige will be playing Nina Simone in a movie about the singer’s life. Shooting on Nina will start this fall.

-Sophie B. Hawkins (remember her?) is donating all proceeds from her song “The Land, the Sea and the Sky” to help clean-up efforts in the Gulf area. The song is available on iTunes.

Cinema Scene: Blues Brothers’ Vatican Approval, Darth Vader’s Personality Disorder

The Blues Brothers-The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, was just recommended by the Vatican’s official newspaper. Other films suggested to Catholics include It’s a Wonderful Life and The Passion of the Christ.

-A new agreement will allow Paramount’s movies to be available to Redbox customers without delay. The studio’s films can be rented via the kiosks on their actual day of release through 2011.

-According to a paper published by French psychiatrists and psychologists, Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader may have been a result of a borderline personality disorder.

-One of two 1964 Aston Martin DB5s seen in Goldfinger and Thunderball will go up for auction this October. Some fully-operational James Bond gadgets will come included.

Daphne Guinness Buys Isabella Blow Wardrobe

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News, Rumors,

Daphne Guinness wearing McQueen S/S 10The auction of the late Isabella Blow’s wardrobe has been cancelled after Daphne Guinness bought everything.

The event had been due to take place at London auction house Christie’s in September, with the fashion icon’s stunning collection of clothes - including over 90 outfits by the late , 50 hats by Philip Treacy and many beautiful Manolo Blahnik shoes - all going under the hammer.

Art and fashion collector Guinness, however, has now snapped up every item in a private sale but aims to keep the collection intact.

“It’s Issy - it’s her DNA - it should not be scattered to the four winds. I want it to remain as a monument.”

“The reaction to news of the Isabella Blow collection has been a tribute to the dedication and style of a true fashion muse. The executors are delighted that their sister’s estate can now be settled, and are very confident the collection has found the perfect home,” said Patricia Frost, Christie’s director of vintage fashion and textiles.

The planned auction had been organized by Blow’s sisters and was also set to include portraits of Blow by photographer Mario Testino and .

Marilyn Monroe Dress, Wizard of Oz Hat Sells at Auction

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, News, Sales,

Iconic Marilyn Monroe dressA dress worn by in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes has sold for $314,000 at an auction.

The pink satin gown - which was worn by Marilyn as she performed classic number “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” had only been expected to reach $250,000 in the sale, which saw 1,500 items go under the hammer. Also up for auction was the hat worn by the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, which took $200,000 - having only been estimated at $145,000.
The bottomless bag used by Julie Andrews in ‘s Mary Poppins took $95,000, despite an estimated price of just $11,000.
Other items at the Profiles in History Auction - which took place in Los Angeles from June 10 to 12 - included the scissor hands worn by in Edward Scissorhands and the face of the alien Balok in Star Trek: The Original Series, which reached $70,000.
Last year a bra belonging to Marilyn was sold at auction for $5,000.