1. People are still looking at old masters for pleasure, if not as lucrative investments. Sotheby’s said 6,000 people visited its Dec. 5 to 9 viewing, compared with the 6,400 who saw its Impressionist and contemporary sales in June. At the lower end of the price scale, many historic paintings do find a market — Christie’s and Sotheby’s day sales of old master paintings on Dec. 9 and 10 had solid-enough selling rates of 67 and 65 percent apiece.
2. 3. Will Guo Jingjing, China's diving queen, get married in 2010?
3. An Australian woman whose cats ate each other after she abandoned them in her home has been convicted of animal cruelty.