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7 July 2004
Presented by John Wilson

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VERMEER SALE
Tonight art collectors and museums bid for the first Vermeer painting to be sold at auction for almost a century - one of only 36 Vermeers known to exist in the world . Art markets correspondant Godfrey Barker reports live from the auction at Sotheby's in London , and John Wilson investigates the re-attribution of `Girl Seated At The Virginals' , dismissed as a fake since 1947.

RAY DAVIES
Two weeks ago, Ray Davies of the Kinks beat off competition from Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and Nick Drake, to claim the Mojo award for greatest songwriter of all time - for compositions including Waterloo Sunset, Sunny Afternoon, Lola and You Really Got Me. Having been shot in the leg in New Orleans at the start of the year, just days after receiving the CBE, Ray Davies Talks to John Wilson about singing for suburbia .

SEAN DORAN
Sean Doran, artistic director of the ENO – comes live from the Coliseum theatre amid chaos following the cancelled performance of Puccini’s La Boheme - due to be sung in Trafalgar Square tonight to some 7000 people gathered on a specially laid synthetic turf around the base of Nelson’s Column - and sadly prevented by the inclement weather.

WESTON NAEF
The art world was shocked twenty years ago at the news that the super-rich J. Paul Getty Museum of California had built one of the greatest photographic collections in the world, almost overnight .From William Henry Fox Talbot and Daguerre – Julia Margaret Cameron, Brassai, Man Ray and Henri Cartier Bresson – the Getty’s 30,000-strong collection is awesome. Weston Naef, the man who went on that multi-million dollar spending spree 20 years ago talks to John Wilson about `Photographic Genius ' .

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