16th century Islamic art brings record price

The recent sale of a small Persian miniature – just 12 inches by 11 inches – has set a world auction record for an Islamic work of art.

The work, an illustrated page from the 16th-century masterpiece of Persian art, the Shahnameh of Shah Tamasp, is titled “Faridun in the Guise of a Dragon Tests His Sons.”

It sold for the equivalent of $12.2 million earlier this month at a Sotheby’s auction of the collection of Stuart Cary Welch, who died three years ago.

The piece, which shows a fire-breathing dragon of the Western type, was probably done by 16th century artist Aqa Mirak, according to the New Straits Times of Malaysia.

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Last Philadelphia A’s manager dies at age 94

During the 54 seasons that the Philadelphia Athletics spent in the City of Brotherly Love between 1901-1954, they had but three managers: the legendary Connie Mack, who led them for their first 50 years; Eddie Dykes who took over from 1951-53; and Eddie Joost, who managed the A’s in their final season before they departed for Kansas City.

Joost, a hard-hitting shortstop who spent 17 years in the majors despite a mediocre career batting average, died last week at age 94, one of the few remaining links to the old Philadelphia A’s.

Joost not only managed the Athletics for a season – he went 51-103 as a player-manager for a club pretty much devoid of talent – he also played for Mack, serving as the club’s regular shortstop in the late ’40s and early ’50s.

Joost broke into the majors with Cincinnati in 1936 but didn’t begin to hit his stride as a power hitter for more than a decade, until he joined the A’s.

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