Monday, July 26

Art

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How one man in Egypt is keeping a 200-year-old tradition of tile making alive

Saied Hussain has been making cement tiles by hand for over 50 years in Cairo, Egypt.His business has withstood competition from marble and ceramic tile makers.He says he's one of the last artisans in Egypt still making tiles this way-and he doesn't expect the industry to last much longer.See more stories on Insider's business page.Read the original article on Business Insider www.businessinsider.com
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Meet the blacksmiths who are keeping the 2,500-year-old craft of sword making alive in Toledo, Spain

Toledo, Spain, has been a hotbed for sword-making since the fifth century BC.But the traditional art is dying in Toledo, with few artisans still hand-crafting weapons.Mass-produced swords from foreign competitors have made it difficult to stay in business.See more stories on Insider's business page.Read the original article on Business Insider www.businessinsider.com
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A replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s’Mona Lisa’ has been sold to a European collector for $3.4 million — 10 times its expected selling price

A copy of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" on Friday sold for $3.4 million. A European collector bought the replica via Christie's Auction House in Paris. The painting's longtime owner said it was the true "Mona Lisa." See more stories on Insider's business page. A replica of Leonardo da Vinci's world-famous "Mona Lisa" painting on Friday sold to a European collector for about $3.4 million at Christie's Auction House.The copy, known as the "Hekking Mona Lisa," had been expected to sell for €200,000 to €300,000 in an online auction. It sold for about 10 times that. "This is madness, this is an absolute record for a'Mona Lisa' reprod...