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Mislaid and the Wallcreeper, by Nell Zink - book review

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BIG BUCKS: THE EXPLOSION OF THE ART MARKET...
By Georgina Adam

In 1987, Van Gogh's Sunflowers sold at auction at Christie's for just under £25m, then the highest price ever fetched for a painting. "There are only 10-15 people in the world, and the Getty Museum, who can afford that sort of money," one dealer observed at the time, as the buyer's identity remained concealed.

Labour's Gloria de Piero

The hunt for Gloria De Piero's topless photo shoot: A cruel pursuit that reeks of double standards

The most innocent party here is the young De Piero

Hands off our seedy Soho: Do we really want our London streets ‘cleaned up’?

No one is congratulating the men who pay for sex for their contribution to a local economy, but the issue here is one vice against another – greed versus lust

Review: Forty-One False Stars, By Janet Malcolm

Open your eyes, before you get going

Review: The Illusion of Separateness, By Simon van Booy

Beauty lies buried under brutal history

Book review: In Praise of Messy Lives, By Katie Roiphe

A darn good rubberneck at others’ errors

Review: Elizabeth's Bedfellows, By Anna Whitelock

The men who tarried with a Virgin Queen

Eric Schmidt speaking at Hay-on-Wye yesterday

Google tax policy is 'just capitalism'

Britain should stop complaining and change its tax laws, search-engine chief Eric Schmidt tells Hay festival audience

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