Celebrity news: Basquiat painting sells for $48.8m; Emma Watson enjoys Cannes

Art auction records

A Jean-Michel Basquiat painting has set an auction record for the graffiti artist at a sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York. Christie’s says ‘‘Dustheads’’ sold for $48.8 million on Wednesday. His ‘‘Untitled,’’ a painting of a black fisherman, held the previous record when it sold for $26.4 million last November. Also breaking world auction prices for artists were works by Roy Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock. Lichtenstein’s ‘‘Woman With Flowered Hat’’ fetched $56 million. A classic example of pop art, the 1963 painting is based on Pablo Picasso’s portrait of his lover Dora Maar. A drip painting by Pollock, ‘‘Number 19,’’ realized a record $58.3 million. (AP)

Watson at Cannes

Emma Watson is reveling in her post-“Potter’’ freedom at the Cannes Film Festival, relishing a Valley Girl role far from her wise-beyond-her-years Hermione. The 23-year-old ‘‘Harry Potter’’ actress stars in Sofia Coppola’s ‘‘The Bling Ring,’’ which premiered Thursday at the French Riviera festival. The British actress plays a celebrity-obsessed, thickly accented Los Angeles teen who, with friends, burgles Hollywood stars such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. (AP)

Leary comedy on USA


The USA network is looking for laughs, and will premiere its first-ever original situation comedies next winter. ‘‘Sirens’’ focuses on three emergency medical technicians from Chicago. Denis Leary, who starred in FX’s ‘‘Rescue Me,’’ wrote and produced the series but is not onscreen. ‘‘Playing House’’ stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham as friends who draw closer when one has a baby. The network said Thursday that both are set to debut around the time USA begins airing reruns of ABC’s ‘‘Modern Family.’’ (AP)

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