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"Portrait of Dr. Gachet" by van Gogh sells for $82.5 million

"Portrait of Dr. Gachet" depicts Dr. Paul Gachet, a man who took care of van Gogh during his final months. It is one of the Gogh’s most revered painting. The 1st version was sold at Christie’s auction house to the Koyabashi Gallery of Tokyo for $82.5 million, the highest price paid for a painting at the time.

Dmitri Shostakovitch's String quartet No. 7 makes its debut

Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 was composed in F-sharp minor between February and March. He made it in memory of his 1st wife Nina who died several years prior. The premiere took place in Leningrad. The Beethoven Quartet, formed by graduates of the Moscow Conservatory, performed all 3 movements without a break.

Salon des Refusés opens in Paris

Salon des Refusés was an exhibition of works rejected by the jury of the official Paris Salon. It was opened after the jury refused 2/3 of the presented works. This started a protest, following which the Emperor decided they should be displayed elsewhere. The exhibition brought in more than a thousand visitors per day.

Royal Italian Opera reopens after disastrous blaze

Originally named Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history and is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856. Renamed the Royal Opera house in 1892, it is currently an opera house and a major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, London.

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