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Monet ‘Grain­stack’ paint­ing heads to auc­tion in Novem­ber

NEW YORK » A paint­ing from Claude Monet’s ac­claimed “Grain­stack” series is head­ing to auc­tion next month and Christie’s says it could re­al­ize around $45 mil­lion.

The 1891 paint­ing, shim­mer­ing with hues of reds, pinks, blues and yel­low, de­picts a close-up of a sin­gle cone-shaped stack af­ter harvest.

Monet’s “Grain­stack” series — 25 in all — was painted just steps from his home out­side a farmer’s field in the French vil­lage of Giverny.

The one at Christie’s Nov. 16 im­pres­sion­ist and mod­ern art evening sale is one of a few still in pri­vate hands. Prior to the New York sale, “Grain­stack” will be pre­viewed at Christie’s gal­leries in Hong Kong on Oct. 17-19 and in Lon­don Oct. 24-25.

The auc­tion record for a Monet is $80.4 mil­lion set in 2008.

Christopher Jack­son is lat­est to leave Broad­way’s ‘Hamil­ton’

NEW YORK » Christopher Jack­son, who earned a Tony Award nom­i­na­tion for orig­i­nat­ing the role of George Wash­ing­ton in “Hamil­ton,” is leav­ing the Broad­way show Nov. 13.

Jack­son, who has a role in the CBS drama “Bull,” joins fel­low lead ac­tors out the door, in­clud­ing LinManuel Mi­randa, Tony win­ners Les­lie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs and Re­nee Elise Golds­berry, and fel­low nom­i­nee Phillipa Soo.

Jack­son has played Simba in “The Lion King,” Benny in “In the Heights,” and Del­ray in “Mem­phis.” Jack­son was in “Af­ter Mid­night,” ‘’Bronx Bombers” as Derek Jeter and “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” the mu­si­cal that used Tu­pac Shakur songs.

In other shake-ups on Broad­way, Eric Petersen will take over from Alex Bright­man in “School of Rock” start­ing Nov. 7.

Lawrence Fer­linghetti on No­bel: ‘Bravo for Dy­lan.’

NEW YORK » Lawrence Fer­linghetti, one of the last links to the early days of the Beat po­etry move­ment, never doubted the artistry of Bob Dy­lan or his wor­thi­ness of the No­bel prize.

“Bravo for Dy­lan, No­bel Lau­re­ate!” Fer­linghetti told The As­so­ci­ated Press in an email Fri­day. Dy­lan was close to Allen Gins­berg and other Beats and Fer­linghetti told the AP that decades ago he had hoped the singer-song­writer would re­lease his ma­te­rial in print form through the pub­lish­ing arm of Fer­linghetti’s cel­e­brated City Lights book­store in San Fran­cisco. Alas, Fer­linghetti said, “he be­came fa­mous” and lived on as a “song and dance man.”

Fer­linghetti, 97, has pub­lished works by Gins­berg and Jack Ker­ouac among oth­ers and was a de­fen­dant in a land­mark ob­scen­ity trial over his re­lease of Gins­berg’s poem “Howl.”

In this Feb. 13, 2011, photo, Bob Dy­lan, cen­ter, per­forms at the 53rd an­nual Grammy Awards in Los An­ge­les.

Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, right, and Christopher Jack­son in July

Claude Monet’s Meule

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