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Van Gogh's Portrait of Doctor Gachet Sold for $82.5 Million

Portrait of Dr. Gachet is a famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh, who painted two versions in June, 1890, shortly before his death. The portraits depict Doctor Gachet, Van Gogh's doctor, with a foxglove plant from which digitalis, used to treat heart conditions, is extracted. In 1990, Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito bought the work for $82.5 million, then a record for the most money paid for a painting. Who owns the second version of the portrait?



Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina is a novel by Leo Tolstoy about the tragedy of a woman's faith in romantic love, first published as a book in 1877. Tolstoy's style, praised by Nabokov and Dostoevsky, is considered by many critics to represent a bridge between the realist and modernist novels. Its seventh section is, in particular, one of the earliest examples of stream-of-consciousness literature. Tolstoy was likely inspired to create Anna by "a bare exquisite aristocratic elbow" belonging to whom?

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Pierre Curie

Curie was a chemist who studied crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity, and radioactivity. He and his wife Marie worked to isolate polonium and radium and were the first to use the term 'radioactivity,' pioneering its study. He and one of his students discovered nuclear energy by identifying the continuous emission of heat from radium particles. Pierre and Marie were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1903. What is the atomic weight of the element that is named after them?

Last updated on Tuesday, 15th May 2007

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