Daily Briefing: May 23

The stat, the quote and the read you need to start your day right.

Stat

The most expensive automobile ever sold is a Mercedes-Benz race car. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, one of two of its kind made in 1955, sold for approximately $143 million at auction earlier this month, breaking the previous record by more than $95 million. It will certainly cost you just as much to fill it.

Quote

“For the most part, I think I’m OK.”

Naomi Osaka, a tennis star, said she was in good spirits ahead of her return to the French Open, which she abruptly withdrew from last year to take a mental health break. On Sunday, tennis returns to the clay—and keep an eye on Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz, who has been tearing up the circuit this season.

Read

An emotional piece about the 13 final text messages between people who died of Covid and their loved ones. (New York Times)

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