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Picasso's The Women of Algiers sells for $179.3 million at Christies

The Women of Algiers (Les Femmes d'Alger) is a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings by artist Pablo Picasso. One of the paintings, 'Version O', was sold for $179.3 million to the former Qatari prime minister, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

Giacometti's Pointing Man sells for a record US$141.3 million

L'Homme au doigt is a 1947 bronze sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, that became the most expensive sculpture ever when it sold for US$141.3 million in 2015. Giacometti made six casts of the work plus one artist's proof. Pointing Man is in the collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art London's Tate Gallery, and the Des Moines Art Center.

"Cats" premieres in London

Cats is a sung-through British musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne. Cats first opened in the West End in 1981 and debuted on Broadway one year later.

Surrealist Salvador Dalí is born

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

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