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The View from Here In Washington, the sins of the son are the sins of the father

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The “Gomorrah” Effect Italy’s most respected Mafia-buster has embarked on the trial of the century

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Heart of Darkness It was only after Robert Maxwell’s death that the world realized how far his criminality extended. Yet the riddle surrounding his final moments endures

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Days of Whine and Rosés Harry and Meghan have landed the American Dream. But they just can’t stop complaining about it

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“Yes, I get it. You love him unconditionally and will welcome him with open arms always, but you have to admit he’s kind of the worst.”

Go West, Young Homme For generations, western Long Island has been home to servicers of the more easterly Hamptons elite. Will an influx of rich Europeans change that?

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Curious news about these strange days

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The Cool Cat and the Prime Minister For a decade, the “Chief Mouser” has made 10 Downing Street his domain

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Sister Act The next gen of Spencer girls never really knew their aunt Diana—but that won’t stop their ascent

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John Lavery’s The Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs is expected to sell for $550,000 to $900,000 at Christie’s in London on March 1.

Leg Candy

Her legs were, according to a friend, “the prettiest that ever stepped into a punt or danced a foxtrot”, and her beauty is said to have enraptured Sir Winston Churchill. Now it has been discovered that a portrait of Lady Castlerosse, great-aunt of the models Cara and Poppy Delevingne, features those celebrated limbs twice. Sir John Lavery’s 1938 oil painting The Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs, depicts the socialite dangling them over a diving board, with another figure seated at the side with legs crossed. READ ON


Rupert Murdoch’s Rival—and His Mysterious Death On this week’s podcast, a riveting look at Robert Maxwell, the father of Ghislaine; and much more

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Leading Ladies Women used to be Hollywood’s stars. Today, even in the wake of #MeToo, the film industry is a man’s game. What happened?

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Andy Warhol’s Jackie, which hung in the New York apartment of artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, is expected to sell for $1 million to $1.5 million at Sotheby’s in Paris on February 17.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Unwrapped

The personal collection of artists Jeanne-Claude and Christo goes on sale this week at Sotheby’s in Paris. Here is a fleeting glimpse into the private life of the couple who won renown making monumental, yet momentary, works of public art. The offerings in this sale once covered the walls of Jeanne-Claude and Christo’s New York home of 56 years, at 48 Howard Street. READ ON


Savile Row Makes Alterations Customers are unable to get to London for fittings, so the struggling, storied—and traditionally stuffy—houses are cutting a path into the 21st century

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“Is this Orwellian or Kafka-esque?”

The Emperor’s New Paintings A would-be Robinhood for art investment is flogging shares in masterpieces by Warhol and Kusama for as little as $20. One catch? Investors will never see the art

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Marie Laffont The Parisian shoe designer worked with Sonia Rykiel, Pierre Hardy, and Christian Louboutin before striking out on her own

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Air Mail Jr.
“Now get to chiseling.”

Sounds of Silence A collection of photographs captures the calm that has given Venice room to breathe and its treasures a chance to shine during the coronavirus pandemic


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by Michael Farris Smith
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Fortune’s Many Houses: A Victorian Visionary, a Noble Scottish Family, and a Lost Inheritance

by Simon Welfare
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Record High How did Warner Bros. Records land the Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, and Prince?

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“Apparently removing my reproductive organs wasn’t enough.”

This Old House? A smart new hotel aims to outshine the Loire Valley’s celebrated châteaux

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“Always, always, always believe in yourself,” said Marilyn Monroe. “Because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?”
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Issue No. 83
February 13, 2021
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Issue No. 83
February 13, 2021