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October 1, 2000

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Dali exhibit opens amid charges of forgery

Augsburg, Germany Organizers of an exhibition of works by Salvador Dali are defending the show against charges by some art experts that some of the pictures are forgeries.

"Dali, Mara e Bepe Pictures of a Friendship" opened Sept. 14 in the Bavarian city of Augsburg's Roman Museum and runs through Nov. 26. It includes about 140 Dali works owned by the family of an Italian doctor who had a decades-long friendship with the Spanish surrealist.

The exhibition has generated controversy because of charges by several art experts that some of the works were not really painted by Dali, who died in 1989 and was suspected of signing many forgeries himself in his later years.

Sunken ship is hidden treasure for businesses

San Diego A retired Canadian warship submerged off the coast of San Diego has become a sunken treasure for local dive shop and charter boat operators.

Although the HCMS Yukon sank a day earlier than expected, disappointing its owners who planned celebrations surrounding the submerging, the 366-foot destroyer has lived up to the hopes of business owners as a draw for diving enthusiasts.

San Diego charter boat operators say they've seen large jumps in the number of bookings made since the boat sank accidentally July 14, one day before it was to be submerged by the San Diego Oceans Foundation.

Most diving charter services are selling out on the weekends, with about 70 to 80 percent of those people coming from outside the county to explore the site, officials say.

Spanish art exhibit touted as major event

Jackson, Miss. A Spanish art exhibit coming to Mississippi is being touted as one of the top cultural events in the country next year.

Organizer Jack Kyle said the "The Majesty of Spain" exhibit, which will be on display beginning in March in Jackson, has been chosen the top U.S. event by the American Bus Assn.

He said the ranking should dramatically increase attendance for the six-month exhibition.

King Juan Carlos I and his wife, Queen Sofia, are expected to attend the opening March 1.

More than 600 pieces from Spanish museums will be included in the exhibit, which will cost about $10 million and is being held at the Mississippi Arts Pavilion.

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