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Life and Style wRap: Warhol art for auction, Myanmar’s Ms Universe bid
Plus tattoo convention in Hong Kong, animal penises and other aphrodisiacs, and more

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Warhol paintings up for sale in New York could fetch $120M

POP ART. Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's Chicken with Rice Soup' (R) stands at a press preview for the Andy Warhol. AFP Photo

Two masterpieces by US artist Andy Warhol go under the hammer in New York in November, with the highlights of the auction season expected to fetch up to $120 million.

“Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster),” seen in public only once in the last 26 years, will be sold by Sotheby’s on November 13 for an expected $60 million.

“Coca-Cola (3),” one of Warhol’s most famous and widely exhibited pop-art paintings, is expected to sell for $40-60 million at Christie’s on November 12.

Warhol, a hugely influential artist and pioneer in the field of pop art, was the artist who sold the most at auction last year, his work fetching $329 million.

“Silver Car Crash,” which has been in the same private collection since 1988, goes on display at Sotheby’s in London on October 12 and in New York on November 1.

Tobias Meyer, worldwide head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, described the 1963 painting as “one of the definitive masterpieces of history painting.”

Warhol produced 4 paintings in the “Death and Disaster” series, the other 3 of which are in museums in New York, Switzerland, and Vienna.

Sotheby’s says the series is arguably Warhol’s most significant artistic achievement.

Hong Kong tattoo convention aims to make its mark

PERMANENCE. A tattoist positions a paper model over the arm of a customer

Visitors flocked Friday to a Hong Kong tattoo convention, the first to be held in the southern Chinese city where tattoos were once seen as a sign of triad gang membership.

The show features more than 30 artists from countries ranging from South Africa to mainland China.

It aims to challenge “that old-fashioned notion that it’s just gangsters and sailors” who get tattoed, co-organizer Jay Foss Cole told AFP.

Hong Kong’s lawyers, doctors, and university professors all sport the skin designs, said Foss Cole, also known as Jay FC, and they also appeal to people in creative industries.

Visitors, many of whom wore revealing clothing to display their own prized body sketches, browsed through designs, chose new ones, and checked out different marking pens and techniques.

Spectators were awestruck by the sight of 4 near-nude male models showcasing their colorful full-body tattoos in Japanese style.

Myanmar picks first Ms. Universe hopeful in half-century

MS. MYANMAR. 25-year-old Moe Set Wine holding her trophy as the first Ms. Universe contestant in 50 years

With a whiff of controversy and not a bikini in sight, a US-educated business graduate was selected as the first Ms. Universe contestant to represent Myanmar in more than 50 years.

Moe Set Wine will take her place on stage at the global beauty pageant in Moscow in November, reflecting dramatic political and social changes in the former junta-ruled nation which last fielded a Ms. Universe contender in 1961.

“I feel like now I am part of the history and I feel like a soldier that is doing something for the country and my people,” she said after winning the trophy late on Thursday, October 3.

Street artist Bansky sets New York on a chase

INCOGNITO. A person walks by a new Bansky work at a wall in New York

World-famous, reclusive artist Banksy is loose on the streets of New York, hosting a unique show that has whipped up excitement among hipsters and the chattering classes.

The England-based graffiti maestro, who has never been formally identified, has promised to unveil a new piece of art on each day of the month around the city.

His stenciled designs, known for their irreverent humor and political activism, have propelled him from a graffiti rebel to reluctant star whose work sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But the New York show is free, public, and accessible to all.

Painted in secret and announced online, fans rush to track down the elusive piece before they are painted over or “tagged” by rival graffiti artists, often within hours of going viral.

And the name of the show? “Better Out Than In”.

Penis hotpots and snake blood: Asia’s libido-boosting foods

TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD. (From R to L) Penises of horse, donkey, deer, Russian dog, and goat in the kitchen of a hotpot restaurant in Beijing

Holding aloft a half-meter long horse penis, chef Xiao Shan confidently declares it “the most delicious” of the ingredients in a Chinese hotpot of male genitalia, one of many supposed Asian remedies to boost the libido.

Penises and testicles from donkey, goat, dog, bull, and deer, the other contributors to the $200 feast, are laid out on a kitchen table, like a sorry-looking row of odd-sized sausages and veiny, oval vegetables, all waiting to be sliced up by his looming, intimidating cleaver.

“The (horse) texture and the flavor are both very good. It is also good for one’s health,” said Xiao, who has been preparing male organs since he was 13, using skills handed down in his family for several generations.

Sourced from some of Asia’s wildest and most rugged terrains, the organs are chopped up before being arranged on a bed of lettuce around an elaborate glass stand, more akin to something that might display fairy cakes or scones in a high-class cake shop.

The unique dishes at Guolizhuang, China’s only penis speciality restaurant chain, are popular among business parties and government officials, Li Yanzhi, manager of the Chaoyang branch, told AFP.

The vast majority of customers are male, she added, many of them searching for increased potency and sexual prowess at the restaurant, which also serves organs from ram, yak, seal, and snake – which have two penises each.

– with reports from Agence France-Presse/

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