Alberto Giacometti: "L’Homme qui marche I"
1961 $104.3 million - Sotheby's London, February 2010
This life-size work ranks among the most arresting and iconic of the artist’s bronzes, and became the most expensive work of Art ever auctioned at that time.
1910-12 $59.5 million - Christie's Paris, June 2010
One of the 27 sculptures Modigliani ever created (and one of the only ten remaining in private hands), this stone sculpture is the most expensive work of art ever auctioned in France
Unknown artist: "The Guennol Lioness"
c.3000 b.c. $57.2 million - Sotheby's NY, December 5th 2007
The Guennol Lioness, a true masterpiece of Ancient Art, was created approximately 5,000 years ago in the region of ancient Mesopotamia. This work is also the most expensive antiquity ever sold
Henri Matisse: "Nu de dos 4 état (Back IV)"
1958 $48.8 million - Christie's New York, November 2010
The auction was the first time in history that a work from the artist’s celebrated 'Back' series has ever come to auction
Unknown artist: "Artemis and the stag"
1st century b.c.- 1st century a.c. $28.6 million Sotheby's NY, June 2007
This beautiful and well-preserved bronze statue is also the second most expensive sculpture ever sold.
Constantin Brancusi: "Madame LR (Portrait de Mme LR)"
c.1914-17 $36.8 million - Christie's Paris, Fenruary 24th 2009
One of the stars of the so-called "auction of the century", the sale of the Yves Saint Laurent collection of Art
Constantini Brancusi: "Bird in space"
1922-23 $27.5 million Christie's NY, May 2005
Brancusi is arguably the most important sculptor of the 20th century and his 'Birds in space' rank among his most iconic works. This stylized piece surpassed the previous auction record for a sculpture -also held by Brancusi- in almost $10 million.
David Smith: "Cubi XXVIII"
1965 $23.5 million Sotheby's NY, November 2005 Buyer: Eli Broad
Smith's impressive sculpture -formerly in the Guggenheim Museum- was purchased by Larry Gagosian, representing collector Eli Broad. This is the most expensive contemporary sculpture ever sold.
Constantini Brancusi: "Danaide"
1913 $18.1 million Christie's NY, May 2002
This elegant bronze head was the most expensive sculpture ever sold for three years, until it was surpassed by another Brancusi, the "Bird in space" (see above)
Antonio Canova: "The three graces"
1814-17 $11.5 million (BP7.5 million) Private sale, 1994 Buyer: Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Gallery of Scotland
Perhaps not the most expensive, but arguably the most important sculpture ever sold, at least in recent times. Canova's masterwork was purchased jointly by Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Gallery of Scotland.
Intr-un oras din Transilvania, pe o straduta dosnica, un ungur zace intr-o balta de sange, ciuruit de 40 de gloant, plus doua cutite infipte-n spate si un tarnacop in gat... Dupa identificarea actelor defunctului si dupa ce studiaza atent si indelung cadavrul, criminalistul (roman) trage concluzia:
- O asemenea sinucidere cumplita nu mi-a mai fost dat sa vad pana acuma!
A bigger screen on the iPhone 5 means more pixels in order to maintain the Retina branding. So, what can we expect exactly?
I asked Paul Semenza, senior vice president of analyst services at NPD DisplaySearch.
"To the best of our knowledge, the display will be 4 inches, with the same 326 ppi [pixels per inch] resolution, which would make it 1,136x640," he said, confirming current speculation.
That would keep the ppi ahead of popular phones like the 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S III (306 ppi at 1,280x720 resolution) and the 4.7-inch HTC One X (312 ppi at 1,280x720 resolution).
And would hike the number of pixels to an estimated 727,040 compared to 614,400 on the current iPhone 4/4S with a 3.5-inch display.
Semenza continued. "You can think of [it] as a widescreen version of the double-VGA format in the 4s," he said.
Another marquee upgrade will be in-cell touch tech. "Also, we expect the display to have in-cell touch, which means the touch sensor is integrated into the TFT array of the display, which we think can make the display about 0.5 mm thinner," he said.
And what kind of hardware is going to push those extra pixels around? It's not imperative that Apple upgrade the silicon to quad-core (CPU) to drive those pixels, especially since it didn't go that route on the third-generation 2048-by-1536 iPad (that's a dual-core CPU with a quad-core GPU).
But only Apple knows what Apple thinks is imperative. We'll revisit that chip-specific speculation later.
Transfăgărășanul a fost desemnat cel mai frumos drum din lume de site-ul specializat în autoturisme CarsRoute.com. Acesta s-a situat pe primul loc într-un “Top 15 cele mai frumoase drumuri din lume” și a fost descris drept “cel mai înalt și mai dramatic drum pavat din România.”
Transfăgărășanul a fost construit de către Nicolae Ceaușescu între 1970 și 1974. Conectează regiunile istorice Transilvania și Valahia, și orașele Sibiu și Pitești. Drumul foarte șerpuit are 90 de kilometri, mergând de la nord la sud prin cele mai înalte regiuni ale Munților Carpați. De asemenea, el permite accesul catre lacul glacial Bâlea, vechi de mii de ani, și are un tunel lung de aproape un kilometru chiar prin vârful muntelui.
Drumul a fost, însă, construit cu costuri uriașe, atât financiare, cât și umane. S-au folosit peste 6 milioane de kilograme de explozibili și au murit 40 de soldați, conform cifrelor oficiale, construindu-l. Se pare că, neoficial, numai din cauza tunelului au murit 400 de persoane.
Și cei de la CarsRoute nu sunt singurii care îl consideră cel mai frumos drum din lume – părerea este împărțită și de cei de la Top Gear