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

Japanese set to grab Glaxo drinks

Japan's Suntory drinks group is set to buy the historic Lucozade and Ribena brands from GlaxoSmithKline for about £1.5bn.

The News Matrix: Friday 23 August 2013

NHS trusts selling expertise to India

The rare round blue diamond will go under the hammer in Hong Kong in October

$20m Diamond to top record sale price

A stunning and rare diamond is to go on sale in Hong Kong in a little over a month and is expected to fetch a record price of nearly $20m (£12.8m).

Sophie Whitelaw of Lyon & Turnbull holds the Chelyabinsk meteorite fragment

For sale: A smuggled fragment of the history of the universe

Collector reveals how Chelyabinsk meteorite got from deep space to Edinburgh auction room

Tracey Emin (b. 1963), To Meet My Past -
four poster bed, mattress, appliquéd linens and curtains.
Executed in 2002.

Bids please for Tracey Emin's bed: No reserve price at multi-million pound Charles Saatchi sale

Art lovers could pick up a bargain when Charles Saatchi sells off part of his multimillion-pound art collection at auction without putting any reserve prices on the work.

Paint brushes that will sell alongside a signed book that belonged to Francis Bacon and was gifted to Clive Barker, a fellow artist, that is expected to sell for over £20,000.

Francis Bacon paint brushes expected to fetch £25,000 at auction

His paintings sell for millions at auction, but now a set of Francis Bacon's paintbrushes will go under the hammer and are expected to fetch around £25,000.

'Dating scams' add to 27% increase in fraud

So-called "dating scams" have contributed to a 27% increase in the number of frauds reported, official figures show.

Last night's viewing: Wheelers, Dealers and Del Boys, BBC1
The Real White Queen and Her Rivals, BBC2

"Rome wasn't built in a day and Alan Sugar didn't become a millionaire overnight," said Sharon, one half of the nascent trading empire Sharon and Al, in Wheelers, Dealers and Del Boys. Sharon was wondering whether she might have been a little hasty in giving up her day job to concentrate exclusively on trading in tat, and this remark was by way of self-reassurance.

Snow Fairy won the Hong Kong Cup in 2010 with Ryan Moore on board

Snow Fairy tale ends with prosaic injury

The final chapter of one of racing’s true fairy tales came to an end in Newmarket yesterday morning. Snow Fairy, the Cinderella mare who rose from the humblest beginnings to win six Group One races worldwide, aggravated an old leg injury during a routine gallop and has been retired. “It is with much sadness that the decision was made,” said her trainer Ed Dunlop, “but she owes us nothing.”

The artist John Adams puts the finishing touches to a giant acrylic on canvas painting of Nelson Mandela outside his house in a suburb of Johannesburg on Monday

A big hand for Mandela: artist reveals giant portrait

The artist John Adams puts the finishing touches to a giant acrylic on canvas painting of Nelson Mandela outside his house in a suburb of Johannesburg on Monday.

The book focuses on how to create an individual and stylish interiors, like this kitchen, without spending a fortune

iStyle: Chic on the cheap

A new design bible promises stylish interiors on a shoestring budget. Trish Lorenz takes a sneak peak

Suzy Menkes is auctioning eighty pieces

Suzy Menkes: Any colour, as long as it's not black

One of fashion's most celebrated commentators is selling off the contents of her wardrobe. She tells Alexander Fury why she's handing a lifetime of labels to an auction house

A lock of Mick Jagger's hair goes on auction at Bonhams in London

Rolling Stones heirloom? Lock of Sir Mick Jagger's hair snipped by ex-girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton fetches £4,000 at auction

A clump of Sir Mick Jagger’s hair has fetched £4,000 at auction, twice its estimated sale price and more than four times the £900 raised for a lock of bandmate Keith Richards’ barnet.

Wealthy New York couple say they were tricked into paying $50,000 for kid's finger painting

Michelle Heinemann and her banker husband Jon say their son's exclusive school rigged a fundraising auction and they had expected to bid $3,000

Google Doodle celebrates English furniture designer Thomas Chippendale

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