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

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

Christie's to showcase £200m of Constable, Renoir and Bacon masterpieces

Masterpieces by the likes of Constable, Renoir and Bacon, together valued at more than £200 million, were assembled today for a free temporary exhibition.

A series of photographs, a stetson worn by Annie Oakley and a 12 Gauge Parker Brothers Shotgun were among the items that went up for auction

Annie, get your $143,400 ...

A shotgun used by Annie Oakley, the famous sharp-shooter whose career was the subject of Irving Berlin's musical Annie Get Your Gun, has sold for $143,400 (£92,000) in Dallas.

Domain name list to go through its biggest expansion

A massive overhaul of internet domain names takes place this week, which will unlock the market dominance of a handful of multibillion-dollar technology giants.

Napoleon, pictured with his letter , which he wrote in 1816 while exiled on the island of St Helena

Letter written by Napoleon in English may fetch €80,000

He may have conquered most of Europe but the Emperor Napoleon never quite managed to conquer the language of the nation of shopkeepers.

Elvis Presley's crypt up for auction

For the right price, you or a loved one can rest in peace in the tomb of The King.

Ronald Reagan blood vial auction cancelled after outrage

The online auction of a vial of Ronald Reagan’s blood has been terminated following outrage from the former US President’s foundation in California.

Ronald Reagan's foundation objects to auction of vial of the former US president's blood

Ronald Reagan's foundation expressed outrage yesterday at a British company's auction of what it says is a vial of the late US president's blood taken at the hospital where he was treated after a 1981 assassination attempt.

Nasdaq chief embarrassed by Facebook glitch

The chief executive of Nasdaq said the stock exchange is “humbly embarrassed” by its bungling of Facebook's hugely anticipated debut as a public company on Friday.

Does Co-op deal look tempting to energy switchers?

The UK’s first major collective energy switching scheme has just been concluded. But has it been a winner?

Spanish treasury will sell three bonds next week

Spain's Treasury said on today it will auction three bonds on 17 May.

Unemployed Ohio man's luck changes after discovering signed Picasso print

An unemployed US man was browsing at his local thrift store for items he could restore and resell when he spotted a Picasso poster. He handed over $14.14 for what he saw as a nice commercial print.

Pete Doherty is auctioning his paintings and collected curiosities

For sale: thousands of pounds worth of Pete Doherty's blood, sweat and tears

Former Libertines frontman is auctioning his paintings and collected curiosities

A forgery by William Mumford enters Southwark Crown Court

Behind bars: the pub chef who cooked up masterful forgeries in his spare time

He dreamed of a glittering career as a successful artist; he ended up at 4.30am every day working as a chef in a pub. Snubbed for decades by an art world which refused to buy his paintings, William Mumford finally struck on his plan of revenge to became one of Britain’s most prolific fine art fakers.

The Scream (Munch): Meyer took over 12 minutes, an age at auction, to secure the record sum paid ($119.9m) for Edvard Munch’s masterpiece

Man who's made an art form out of auction records

Star performer of Sotheby’s saleroom is the first ever to take a $1m bid

Asparagus festival cancelled - due to lack of of asparagus

The recent rain and flooding has forced organisers of the annual British Asparagus Festival to cancel the event - because of a lack of asparagus.

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