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A miniature model called “Red Leader,” a X-wing Starfighter from the 1977 film “Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope,” on display in Texas.

A 55cm X-Wing model from the original ‘Star Wars’ sells for $5m

The model, discovered in a cardboard box owned by a Hollywood visual effects artist, headlined at a sale of movie props that brought $21 million.

  • Michael Levenson
Two ropes are tied around the neck of a Christopher Columbus statue before a group of people pull it down at the Minnesota state Capitol in St Paul, Minnesota, in 2020. Columbus’s legacy is viewed more critically today than when his Letters were auctioned last century.

A ‘Columbus letter’, the world’s first news release, sells for $6m

The 1493 pamphlet announcing Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World has a long history of being forged and stolen.

  • Julia Jacobs
Clementine Ford, whose new book, I Don’t: The Case Against Marriage, should be required reading for Millennials and Gen Z.

Why women should never get married – ever

A new book by Australian feminist Clementine Ford aims to stop females entering into an institution that does them harm.

  • Theo Chapman
Island Explorer at Holdfast Reach on the Victoria River in the NT.

Inside an expedition to locate the Beagle’s lost anchors

A remote river in the Northern Territory is being persuaded to reveal its secrets. Yet like any wild thing, it does not wish to be known.

  • Paul Toohey
Pete Davidson and Paul Dano as Kevin and Keith Gill.

‘Dumb Money’ is a miraculous one-off fairy tale

Australian director Craig Gillespie weaves a human-interest story out of a tangle of encounters that usually take place at one remove.

  • John McDonald
Joe McGrath, Keeper of the Cup and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador-at-large.

‘The fewer people who know what you’re doing, the better’

Joe McGrath spent 150 days on the road this year touring with the $600k Melbourne Cup. The key, he says, is knowing when to keep a low profile and when to wax lyrical.

  • Gus McCubbing

This Month

Liam O’Keeffe VRC Senior Track Manager on the track at Flemington racecourse.

Is this the toughest job in the Victoria Racing Club?

Forget the horses. Punters need track manager Liam O’Keeffe to deliver for them, too. And while he does his best, some things are simply beyond his control.

  • Hannah Tattersall
Sarah Brightman will star in Opera Australia’s world premiere of Sunset Boulevarde, written by her former husband Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

Sarah Brightman’s first musical in 30 years an Opera Australia coup

Phantom of the Opera legend stars in world premiere of a new production of Sunset Boulevard, highlighting OA season that leans heavily into female and local talent.

  • Michael Bailey
The En Coda Symphony Orchestra was founded by sound therapists and promises to help alleviate stress with its music.

These sound therapists made a stress-relieving orchestra

Review: Perth’s En Coda Symphony Orchestra used droning instruments, and strings tuned below concert pitch, for a ‘therapeutic’ listening experience in Sydney on Sunday night.

  • Michael Bailey
Detail from: ‘Self-portrait with headband’, New York Studio, New York, USA (c1932) © Lee Miller.

The extraordinary life of photographer Lee Miller in 100 pictures

When things were going well, the model and muse turned wartime and fashion photographer was wonderful company, says her son. She could be monstrous too.

  • Tony Davis

Think you know this week’s news? Answer these 10 questions

Have you been paying attention this week? Test your knowledge across politics, business and world news.

  • Daniel Arbon
Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour film presold more than $157 million of tickets.

Almost-billionaire Taylor Swift could show Elon Musk how to do rich

The singer-songwriter has made a fortune from her adoring fans and now has a chance to become the poster girl for responsible capitalism.

  • Amanda Little

Scorsese’s new film about oil and greed is one of his greatest ever

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is a movie of weighty moral force by Martin Scorsese, a director who is in command of the medium.

  • John McDonald

Former NAB director’s art collection goes under hammer

Artwork in the estate of a Melbourne business blue-blood who shrugged off a fraud scandal in the 1990s will go under the hammer in Melbourne on October 29.

  • Elizabeth Fortescue
Dance music has become faster since the pandemic and the rise of TikTok.

Can you dance fast enough for the latest nightclub fad?

A lockdown trend is spreading across Europe, but it’s not for those with two left feet.

  • Thomas Rogers
Cooped up inside for months during the pandemic, Ben McKenzie dived deep into the world of cryptocurrency.

A TV actor wrote the crypto book Michael Lewis should have

When Ben McKenzie of The OC saw other celebrities cashing in on the digital coin craze, he got angry, righteous, and decided to correct the record.

  • Myriam Robin
Vincent Namatjira in front of Self-Portrait, 2022 at Yavuz Gallery, Sydney.

‘I use my paintbrush as a weapon’: Vincent Namatjira’s new exhibition

The acclaimed Indigenous artist takes aim at Empire and influence, using broad strokes of humour to skewer his targets.

  • Stephen Todd
Alden Ehrenreich, left, and Phoebe Dynevor in Fair Play.

When your fiancée gets that Wall Street hedge fund job you wanted

New Netflix film Fair Play is a gripping battle of the sexes set in a toxic, misogynist corporate world where power and sex are inextricably linked currencies.

  • Jake Coyle
Singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko has composed the soundtrack for Bell Shakespeare’s new production of ‘Twelfth Night’.

Sarah Blasko had long dismissed ‘Twelfth Night’ – then she scored it

Composing a soundtrack for the Shakespearean comedy seemed an unlikely job for this most serious of singer-songwriters, but music proved to be the food of love.

  • Michael Bailey

Think you know this week’s news? Answer these 10 questions

Have you been paying attention this week? Test your knowledge across politics, business and world news.

  • Ingrid Fuary-Wagner