Celebs remember Mandela, Banksy art sells at auction
Friday, December 06, 2013 - 01:29
Dec. 06 - The day's top showbiz news including celebrities pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and Banksy and ''Lord of the Rings'' items sell for big money at auction. Roselle Chen reports.
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Before Nelson Mandela's death, the movie studio behind the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" talked to celebrities and politicians about the former South African president's influence on their lives and the world. Idris Elba portrayed Mandela in the film and hoped those who are unaware of his story are inspired. John Legend said the world would never forget such a hero, and Al Gore said the world was indebted to Mandela for his "ability to inspire change." Mandela died on December 5 at the age of 95.
A collection of aerosol stenciled artwork by British graffiti artist Banksy sold at Julien's Auctions for more than $450,000 (USD). The auction's centerpiece was "Flower Girl," a mural painted on the brick wall of a gas station, which sold for more than $200,000.
It was a busy day for the auction house, which also sold off props from Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Two of the top-selling items were Gimli's ax, which went for $180,000 dollars (USD), and Frodo's sword, which sold for $156,000.
"Frozen" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are expected to maintain their reign over the weekend box office in North America. "Frozen" is estimated to take in $32.6 million, with a projected grand total of $260 million after the weekend. And "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is estimated to take in an additional $31.6 million, tacking on to its projected total of $475 million.
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