The Monday Catchup


Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: It’s auction season in the fine art world, and as The New York Times reports, some auctions are over before they even begin. From the Times:

Thanks to the growing number of collectors willing to spend more than $25 million on a single Picasso or Rothko, along with the increasing perception of art as investment, this season more buyers are jumping at the chance to put bids in early, becoming what are called guarantors of desired works.

After The Jump: Ben Affleck is kicked out of a casino, Condoleezza Rice turns down a commencement invite, a tragic circus accident, Rand Paul ups his 2016 game, some amazing photos from Antarctica, and a potential ban on a new alcoholic substance.

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