December 9, 2013
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The electric guitar Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, when the acoustic troubadour shocked traditionalists with a set of rock and roll, sold for $965,000, a world auction record for a guitar, Christie's said.
The New York Film Critics Circle named "American Hustle," a film about 1970s con artists forced to work with the FBI, as best film of 2013 and gave its top acting prizes to Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in the first major movie honors in the run-up to the Oscars.
Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in a high-security prison for ordering an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and tarnished the reputation of one of Russia's most prominent cultural institutions.
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" won rave reviews from South Africans who flocked to its opening night but critics were unimpressed, with one describing the latest biopic about the anti-apartheid leader as overly reverential ANC propaganda.