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$142 Million Masterpiece
A masterpiece by artist Francis Bacon called “Three Studies of Lucien Freud” has broken the record for an artwork sold at auction. Seven wealthy art buyers competed for the piece. Previously, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” held the record after being sold for $120 million.
Prince Charles’ Pension
Prince Charles, who turns 65 Thursday, is about to qualify for a pension — even though he hasn’t started his big job as king yet. Charles has the distinction of being the longest ever heir apparent to the throne. His mother is 87. He’ll collect $175 a week — $9,100 a year — from his pension. He plans to donate it to charity.
Milestone for the Mallomar
A century ago today, Americans took their first bite of a Mallomar — a mix of graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate. Back then though, the cookies were only sold from September through March because the summer heat melted the chocolate. Many were forced to hoard them in freezers during the off-season.