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- auction /AWK-shuhn/
- initiative /ih-NISH-uh-tiv/
- deepen /DEE-puhn/
- diversity /dih-VUR-si-tee/
- coincide /koh-in-SAHYD/
[noun] – a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most
We are going to host an auction of jewelry from Spain.
[noun] – a new plan or process to achieve something or solve a problem
I work in a company with great environmental initiatives.
[verb] – to become more strongly felt or experienced, or to make something this way
Watching Studio Ghibli films has deepened my love for Anime.
[noun] – the fact of many different types of things or people being included in something; a range of different things or people
Los Angeles is a city that offers cultural diversity.
[verb] – to happen at or near the same time
My bestfriend’s party coincided with my sister’s graduation.
According to Brooke Lampley, Sotheby’s chairman, the collection “features works from 1917 to 1969 — which covers the entire period of Picasso’s career”. One of the highlights of the auction is Picasso’s “Femme au béret rouge-orange”, an oil painting of Marie-Thérèse Walter, a young French woman who was his lover and muse. The initiative is part of MGM Resorts’ attempts to turn Las Vegas into a bigger art destination, Lampley said.
MGM said that the sale would help its goal of “deepening diversity and inclusion” within its art collection. Other works in the event would include 1969’s “Buste d’homme,” a painting from the artist’s late period, and “Aiguière — Visage,” a white terracotta vessel he produced in 1954. The sale, which coincides with the artist’s 140th birthday is expected to be the largest fine arts auction in the history of Las Vegas.
- Have you been to an auction?
- Do you know anyone who works as an artist?
- If you were to auction 11 of Picasso’s works, in which city would you hold the auction?
- Is the arts industry growing in your country?
- In your opinion, is art still relevant in today’s society? Please explain your answer.