On a related note, the crown of Miss Czech Republic 2007 has been auctioned off for one million Czech crowns. Slovenian national Loris Pozar bought the crown as well as that of Miss Congeniality for a total of 1.2 million. But it will not be another two months before Mr Pozar will have the crowns delivered because they are still being made. The original crowns were stolen before the show; the crowns worn by the contestants on Saturday were borrowed from last year's winners. The proceeds from the auction will go to a children's home.
A painting by Czech cubist painter Emil Filla was sold at an auction in Prague on Saturday for 5.2 million Czech crowns or approximately 250,000 US dollars. The sale makes Filla's "Still Life with an Artichoke" the ninth-most expensive painting sold at auction in the Czech Republic since 1990. The biggest sum paid for a painting in the country was by another Cubist painter Josef Capek. His Bath was sold at an auction last year for 9.3 million crowns (450,000 USD).
The sound of jazz by a skilled trio of musicians greets visitors at one of the most highly regarded events of the season: the awarding on Thursday of the Czech national prize for the year's outstanding design. Traditionally the event, organised by the Design Centre in cooperation with the Quality Council of the Czech Republic and titled Excellent Product of the Year - is held at Prague's Bethlehem Chapel, and it is nothing if not prestigious. It draws hundreds of designers as well as government ministers, manufacturers and business insiders to get
Slovaks living in the Czech Republic are returning home in their droves, a Czech artist has made it into the Guinness Book of Records for producing the world's smallest book of portraits, and what animal does Prague's mayor want to use as a mascot for the city's Olympic bid? Find out more in this week's Magazine.
The independent street artist Honza Kalab, who goes by the name of Point, has put up scores of sculptures on buildings around Prague. His pieces, made from gypsum, come in various colours but take the same form, with the letters of his pseudonym arranged to look like a little dragon. Honza Kalab's studio is a cold, disused electricity transformer station in Prague 9. When we met there, I began by asking how many of his sculptures he has put up in the capital?
Last year the Czech Prison Service decided to commission a calendar for 2007 that would be just "a little bit different", a calendar featuring shapely female silhouettes - mostly anonymous arms and legs - behind bars. Now, two months into the new year, the finished product has come under fairly heavy fire, with critics in the media questioning the calendar's appropriateness and overall worth.
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