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2006-02-01 15:44:11

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vincent Van Gogh's portrait of a cafe owner, based on a sketch by his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin, could fetch more than $40 million when it is auctioned in New York later this year. "L'Arlesienne, Madame Ginoux" was executed in February 1890, five months before the Dutch artist's suicide. It depicts the proprietress of a cafe in Arles, France, frequented by Gauguin and Van Gogh. It is expected to be a highlight of Christie's...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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