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The custom Lamborghini Huracán given to Pope Francis to be sold for charity will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in Monaco on May 12.
The car is being offered without reserve and the proceeds of the sale will be given to the Pope, who has been driven in a wide variety of "Popemobiles" – a Mercedes M-Class, Opel Ampera-e and a Fiat 500L. The money will then be disbursed to a number of good causes.
One of the beneficiaries will be the Pope John XXIII Community, which is dedicated to helping women who are victims of trafficking and other abuses. Amici per il Centrafrica – Friends of Central Africa – will also benefit.
The car is painted in Vatican colours. The auctioneers have not said how much they expect the car to bring at auction.
Philippe Pasqua's exhibition Borderline, at the Oceanographic Museum, closed on January 7 having welcomed 455,000 visitors over the previous eight months.
It was the first time that Grasse-born Philippe Pasqua, who taught himself to paint, lent his art to create awareness about the oceans. Robert Calcagno, Director of the Museum, said the artist had “enriched our mission of mediation and shed light, more sensitively, on the tragedies that are being played out beneath the surface: pollution, the over-exploitation of resources”.
The twelve monumental pieces included a giant tortoise entangled in fishing nets, a nine-metre shark sacrificed to human activity, hundreds of jellyfish piled up in a dumpster ... By their only visual force, these achievements have spoken to the heart of thousands of visitors, amateur enthusiasts or seasoned professionals, presenting a world dominated by limitless behaviour.
“Philippe Pasqua has managed to perpetuate this link so dear to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the one that unites art and science. His works have initiated an unprecedented dialogue with our historical collections,” said Patrick Piguet, Director of Heritage.
The exhibition not only attracted 72 nationalities identified among the visitors but also had the honour to be visited by many personalities, like American Olympic champion Justin Gatlin, actor Patrick Timsit, French international footballer Johan Micoud and World Champion F1 driver Alain Prost.
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Four Polish nationals were arrested in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the early hours of Saturday, January 13, on suspicion of attempted burglary, local French-language daily Monaco-Matin reports.
A wary neighbour had reported suspicious figures in a neighbouring villa and when police arrived they found three suspects inside the property with a variety of house-breaking tools, including hoods, gloves, a crowbar and an imitation firearm, while a fourth suspect was arrested while waiting in a getaway car.
The car, a Skoda, had been rented in Poland and equipped with false registration plates. The authorities believe that they have nabbed a professional gang that may have struck on previous occasions along the coast.
Conceived in collaboration with Professor John E. Bowlt of the University of Southern California and in cooperation with numerous international researchers and lenders, “Designing Dreams, A Celebration of Leon Bakst”, is an exhibition organised around the collections of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco and the permanent deposits of the Société des Bains de Mer to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the famous stage-designer for the Ballets Russes.
NMNM-Villa Sauber (56 boulevard du Jardin Exotique)