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Italian artist auctions off invisible sculpture

In May, Italian artist Salvatore Garau sold his “immaterial sculpture” I Am at an auction. The invisible piece of art consists literally of nothing. Even though the work has no material existence, the Art-Rite auction house estimated its value at between €6,000 and €9,000 (that is, between approximately $7,000 and $11,000). During the auction, bidders pushed the price up, and Garau walked away with €15,000 ($18,300).

In exchange for this sum, the buyer—a private Milanese collector—of the putative work, the latest version of the Emperor’s New Clothes, received a certificate of authenticity and the artist’s instructions for displaying the sculpture.

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The Enduring Appeal of Italian Composers’ Dramatic ‘Library Music’

One day in the summer of 2011, Lorenzo Fabrizi rode with a friend to an abandoned warehouse far outside of Rome. The custodian of the building, who said he had bought it for around $100, let them inside to look at its contents: 10,000 vinyl LPs, by Fabrizi’s estimate. They were welcome to take as many they wanted, the owner said; he was brewing beer in the space and had no use for them.

Fabrizi was just starting his career as an aficionado of rare records. This collection, which had previously belonged to Radio Vaticana (the station owned by the

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Washington Township centenarian credits ‘good Italian genes,’ active lifestyle for longevity

Frank Pugliano Sr. of Washington Township doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet.

The new centenarian remains almost entirely self-sufficient, including handling his weekly lawn-mowing duties on his own.

“I have to trim too,” Pugliano said.

Pugliano, a World War II veteran, celebrated his 100th birthday with a large, picnic-style party at Boyce Park on Sunday. His birthday was Monday.

“I loved seeing my friends and family,” Pugliano said of Sunday’s party.

Pugliano immigrated from Italy to America when he was 6 and went on to graduate from Penn Hills High School in 1942.

It was in high school

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