IN BRIEF: Trump picks new 'Apprentice'; Bawdy 17th century play auctioned

Quick arts hits: Trump chooses former U.S. Army ranger as new 'Apprentice'; 17th century literary erotica auctioned in London

Trump chooses former U.S. Army ranger as new 'Apprentice'

Real estate mogul Donald Trump chose Kelly Perdew, a software executive and former U.S. Army ranger, to join his company, in the much-hyped, three-hour finale to reality TV show The Apprentice Thursday night.

Given a choice between a job in New York or in Las Vegas, Perdew, 37, chose to work with Trump at his massive development on Manhattan's West Side.

Trump delivered his final "You're fired!" of the season to brash and confrontational lawyer Jennifer Massey.

"Your teammates did not really like you too much and you did lose too much," he told the 30-year-old Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate.

As their final test, Perdew and Massey each had to manage a charity event, a polo match and a basketball game respectively, with the help – or hindrance – of contestants who had previously been eliminated.

For the finale, NBC rented a theatre in New York's Lincoln Center and enlisted daytime talk show host Regis Philbin to host and the O'Jays perform their famed tune For the Love of Money, the show's theme song.

Though the second season of The Apprentice hasn't proved to be as big a hit as the first season, it is still considered a top 10 show with young audiences and there are plans for a third edition.

LONDON 17th century literary erotica auctioned in London

Sodom, a bawdy play billed as the rarest known piece of English pornography, was sold at auction for more than $100,000 U.S. Thursday.

An anonymous bidder paid about $108,600 U.S. for the rare work, well above the Sotheby's auction house pre-sale estimate of between $59,000 and $83,600 U.S.

The play, also known as Gentleman Instructed, is believed to originate in the 1670s and is attributed to writer and libertine John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester. It tells a cautionary tale about the King of Sodom, who decides to institute "free love" in his kingdom. The story ends with an epidemic of venereal disease and a fiery disaster.

Sotheby's believes the play was written for private entertainment and described it as "outrageously obscene in its sexual and scatological references, language and content." The auction house also says it was a parody and political satire of life at the court of King Charles II.

The Libertine, a film about the short but eventful life of John Wilmot, is in the works and will star Johnny Depp.