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There are rumours that the batsman's England career is over

Actual Jurassic Park Velociraptor cage for sale on eBay complete with Velociraptor

Prop was used in the film's opening sequence

Property news roundup: North-South rent divide

Plus, how to buy a property at auction, firsttime buyer numbers, and latest rent increases

Hunter who paid $350,000 to kill a black rhino defends his actions in face of backlash

Corey Knowlton has been identified as the winner of the Dallas Safari Club sponsored auction on Saturday and said he 'deeply cares' about animals

Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets, by Melanie Gerlis - book review: What's wrong with this picture? A great deal

Should we be putting our money into art? Melanie Gerlis, who works for The Art Newspaper, urges caution in this new book. Why? Because the world of art buying and selling is much trickier, and more slippery and open to abuse, than it seems to the innocent outsider. Who is to say what a contemporary painting, perhaps the work of a single furious night, is really worth?

Organisers of the auction say only ageing, male black rhinos will be targeted

Big-game hunters in Texas bid for licence to kill one of Africa’s rare black rhinos

Claims by Dallas Safari Club that auction funds will be used to protect animals in Namibia are dismissed by furious activists, writes David Usborne

Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

Kevin Pietersen is dropped by Delhi Daredevils

Kevin Pietersen’s future took a surprising turn yesterday when Delhi Daredevils decided not to retain the England batsman – or indeed any of their players – for this year’s Indian Premier League.

Jon Speelman plays against auction winner Stephen Woodhouse

The Grandmaster vs the reader:
a chess challenge for charity

What happened when our chess writer, Jon Speelman, auctioned himself for elephants?

This artwork by Banksy was found covered in brown paint earlier this week

Banksy paintings vandalised in Sundance Film Festival town

Two artworks by the graffiti artist were tampered with in Utah

Man sells unwanted Christmas lunch Brussels sprouts – for second year in a row

Proceeds to go to charity – and last year two of the vegetables went for £99.99

Wet your whistle: the ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ suit

Fashion fetish: Liberace's outfits

Why do we clamour to own clothes worn by the famous? As Gene Kelly's suit goes on sale, Alexander Fury (who's obsessed with buying one of Liberace's outfits) explains

Sir Bradley Wiggins made an unwelcome remark at a charity dinner

Sir Bradley Wiggins apologises after shocking guests with crude sex act joke at dinner for children's charity

He was just enjoying 'friendly banter,' cyclist's representatives claim

A rare photograph of author JD Salinger, right, with a friend

Three unpublished JD Salinger stories leak online

The collection was uploaded despite the author's wish to keep it secret

For music lovers: John Cusack with his vinyl collection in 'High Fidelity'

Vinyl demand: One in the eye for the digital prophets

As a former couple go to court in a bid to carve up their record collection, Tom Hodgkinson rejoices in the fact that our love affair with vinyl is far from over

A rare, orange,14.82 carat diamond called The Orange has sold for nearly 36 million dollars at an auction in Geneva

Video: Orange diamond sells for $36m

The largest orange diamond has been sold for $35.5m (£23m) at an auction in Geneva.

Andy Warhol's

Andy Warhol painting sells for record £65m

The pop artist's "Silver Car Crash" broke his own auction record at Sotheby's

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