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

Francis Bacon's 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' is now the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, fetching a record-breaking price of $142 million.

After Francis Bacon's paintings of Freud: What are the most expensive artworks ever sold?

After Bacon's triptych sold for a record-breaking $142 million, we look at the world's most expensive artworks to have sold at auction

BT has agreed an exclusive deal worth almost £900 million to show both Uefa competitions

The real cost of Champions League football? BSkyB shares fall over BT deal

Broadcaster agrees exclusive deal worth £900 million to show both Uefa competitions

Manchester United manager David Moyes has the backing of former defender Gary Pallister

David Moyes remains the right man for Manchester United, despite 'middle of the road' season, says former defender Gary Pallister

'Middle of the road' start to the season has not dampened Pallister's belief that the Scot can lead the club to glory like his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson

Seamie Heffernan riding Was to victory in the 2012 Investec Oaks

Galileo filly a record £5.25m

A full sister to the 2012 Oaks winner Was raised a world-record figure for a yearling filly when it sold at auction for £5.25m at Tattersalls.

White diamond sold for record $30.6 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong auction

The 118 carat white diamond is the largest and most significant such stone graded by the Gemological Institute of America

White diamond fetches record £19m at auction in Hong Kong

A white diamond the size of a small egg sold for $30.6m (£19m) at an auction on Monday, edging out the previous record for such a stone set just six months ago.

China ruffles feathers by detaining world's priciest pigeon Bolt

Authorities claim incorrect import duties have been paid on birds

The 1961 Triumph Herald with just 20 miles on the clock

One VERY careful owner: 1961 car for sale with just 20 miles on the clock

Car was delivered but never used

‘The Gossips’ cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post, 6 March, 1948 – estimated sale value $6-$9m

Farewell Rockwells: Seven works by Norman Rockwell will go under the hammer at Sotheby's in December

Gems from the canon of Norman Rockwell, whose depictions of post-war America still conjure nostalgia for a seemingly simpler, more optimistic time, are bound for the auction block at Sotheby’s in New York. The collection offers a perfect sampling of Rockwell’s iconic style that seems almost photographic in its detail, capturing ordinary moments and rituals in the daily life in America six decades ago. They are among seven works that will go under the hammer on 4 December and were each commissioned as covers for the Saturday Evening Post.

Conspiracy-mad teen paid £21,000 for old WikiLeaks server on dad's credit card

Father said he was rendered 'speechless' upon finding out about the purchase

Stanley Gibbons plans £42m bid to coin it in

Stanley Gibbons, the rare stamps dealership, could become a giant of the coin collecting world after yesterday making a £42m approach to numismatic specialist Noble Investments.

Bob Geldof has signed up to become the first Rock Astronaut

First Boomtown Rat in Space? Bob Geldof prepares to become a 'Rock Astronaut'

Bob Geldof is going into space as a passenger on a commercial flight.

Police hold 19 for museum thefts

Seventeen men and two women have been arrested in connection with raids on museums and auction houses in which artefacts worth millions of pounds were stolen.

The submarine car used in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me is up for auction

James Bond's Lotus submarine sells for more than £400,000 less than expected

The submarine car used in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me fetched £550,000 at auction .

Review: Diablo III

A portal to the underworld has opened, spewing ghouls and monsters – and you are the hero trying to save the day. Diablo III is not trying to tell a classy story; gameplay is the USP.

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

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The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

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The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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