Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  April 6, 2010 at 10:48 AM EDT

British author J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, reads 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images

British author J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, reads ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. About 30,000 people were expected to attend attended the 132-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the South Lawn of the White House. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images

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Sales were strong enough at Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian art auction on Monday to suggest that the art market has recovered from the toll of global economic downturn. A 1960s Balinese painting sold for $3.3 million dollars, making it the most expensive painting from Southeast Asia ever sold.

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A modern landmark at the site of the battle of Gettysburg has been given a reprieve. A building designed fifty years ago by father and son architects Dion and Richard Neutra to house a diorama painting of Pickett’s Charge will not be torn down, a judge decided last week.

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The largest ever (and edible) reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Starry Starry Night” was produced at a high school in Utah using two tons of cereal on the floor of a gymnasium.