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Model back on bike a year after accident

Model-actress Lauren Hutton has hit the open road for the first time since last year's motorcycle accident near Lake Mead, Nev.

"I haven't been on a bike in 11 months," she said. "I had forgotten how sexy it is. It just feels good."

Hutton joined the Guggenheim Motorcycle Club, this time as a passenger, on a ride that began Wednesday in Oxnard, Calif., and ended Thursday on the Las Vegas Strip.

Hutton, 57, suffered several fractures in one leg, a broken wrist and cuts and scrapes on Oct. 21, 2000, when her motorcycle veered off state Route 167, about 25 miles east of Las Vegas in the Lake Mead Recreation Area.

After the accident, Hutton said she was in a coma for two weeks and in the hospital for two months.

Material Girl loans artwork for exhibit

Madonna handed over one of her treasured paintings to London's Tate Modern museum, saying it was "like letting go of one of my precious children."

The 43-year-old pop singer has lent "Self Portrait With Monkey," a painting by the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, for the museum's exhibition "Surrealism: Desire Unbound."

Delivery of the painting was held up by the airline delays that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Darlene Lutz, curator of Madonna's private art collection, finally got to hand it to the gallery Thursday.

"Loaning my Frida to Tate is like letting go of one of my precious children. But I know she will be in good hands and the exhibit would not be complete without her," Madonna said in a statement.

The work has rarely been exhibited.

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