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AI Art at Christie’s Sells for $432,500

Last Friday, a portrait produced by artificial intelligence was hanging at Christie’s New York opposite an Andy Warhol print and beside a bronze work by Roy Lichtenstein. On Thursday, it sold for well over double the price realized by both those pieces combined.“Edmond de Belamy, from La Famille de Belamy” sold for $432,500 including fees, over 40 times Christie’s initial estimate of $7,000-$10,000. The buyer was an anonymous phone bidder.The bidding late this morning lasted just under seven minutes, during which the buyer competed against an online bidder in France, two other phone bidders and one person in the room in New York. When the hammer came…

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EBay Claims Amazon Illegally Tried to Poach Top Sellers

SEATTLE — EBay claims Amazon has illegally tried to lure top sellers off its marketplace by exploiting its internal messaging system.The e-commerce site said it was tipped off to the situation last month by an eBay seller who had been contacted by an Amazon representative. An early investigation by eBay found at least 50 Amazon representatives had sent hundreds of solicitation messages over the last several years. The Amazon contacts came from multiple countries, including the United States and Britain.EBay sent a cease-and-desist letter to Amazon on Monday outlining its claims. The Amazon representatives, eBay said, seemed to know that their use of its messaging system violated…

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Amazon Wins U.K. Broadcast Rights to Premier League

The known price of the broadcast rights in Britain, at least £4.46 billion, dwarfs the 1992 figure. Still, it is less than the 2015 auction, when Sky and BT paid a total of £5.14 billion for the three seasons through 2018.The Premier League deal is the latest example of Amazon’s wide-ranging ambitions. It took over the rights in April 2017 to stream Thursday night N.F.L. games from Twitter, and expanded its tennis content in November. The Seattle-based company has also sought to develop new scripted entertainment, making headway with shows like “Transparent,” though it still lags behind competitors like Netflix in this regard.It is not alone in…

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