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Friday’s Art Notes

Nick Valenza helps to put some finishing touches on ''Forever Marilyn'', a sculpture by Seward Johnson, on July 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture was inspired by Marilyn Monroe's iconic scene in the 1955 movie Seven Year Itch. Photo by Scott Olson/ Getty Image

Nick Valenza helps to put some finishing touches on ‘‘Forever Marilyn’‘, a sculpture by Seward Johnson, on July 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The stainless steel and aluminum sculpture which stands 26 feet tall and weighs 34,000 pounds will be unveiled tomorrow and remain on display in Chicago through the spring of 2012. The sculpture was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s iconic scene in the 1955 movie ‘The Seven Year Itch.’ Photo by Scott Olson/ Getty Images

Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

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A Jane Austen manuscript — a 68-page fragment of “The Watsons” — was sold at auction for $1.6 million in London, via The Guardian.

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U.S. authorities busted a ring of antiquities dealers who were illegally smuggling ancient Egyptian items into the country, via The New York Times.

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A raid on the home of Mark Lugo, the man arrested for stealing a Picasso from a San Francisco gallery, turned up more stolen art worth $500,000, via the San Francisco Chronicle.

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