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Vladimir Tretchikoff, owned The Chinese Girl, which is expected to fetch up to £500,000 when it is auctioned in London on Wednesday. Its American owner, who bought it for $2,000 in 1954, only learned of its fame by chance because it was never distributed as a print within the United States

The Chinese Girl 'coming home' to South Africa

Bonhams auction house says Vladimir Tretchikoff's iconic Chinese Girl painting is coming home to South Africa after some 60 years in a private Chicago home.

Bonham's undated handout photo of 'Chinese Girl', the most famous work of Vladimir Tretchikoff, the Russian emigre who settled in South Africa.

The Chinese Girl sells for nearly £1 million

The original painting of the Chinese Girl, thought to be the most reproduced print in the world, was sold for nearly £1 million today.

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The instrument, alleged to have belonged to band leader Wallace Hartley and to have been strapped to his chest when he was plucked from the sea, is set to be auctioned. But the Titanic Historical Society has questioned its origins

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Marilyn Monroe's lips by Andy Warhol sell for 40 times their estimate at auction

The enthusiasm for work by Andy Warhol at auction continues undimmed as the first online-only sale of his work raised $2.3m, double the pre-sale estimate.

Boy band One Direction have been transformed into Pez-heads for Comic Relief: Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have all autographed their special one-off Pez sweet dispensers

You big Pez-heads: One Direction candy dispensers raise go on sale

Boy band One Direction look sweet as candy after being transformed into Pez-heads to help raise money for Comic Relief.

Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad lays flowers for the victims

Egypt hot air balloon crash: tributes paid to 'adventurous spirits'

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to the victims of the hot air balloon crash in Luxor on Tuesday.

Biophysicist Francis Crick was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962

Family of scientist who discovered double-helix to sell his Nobel Prize

Six decades after Francis Crick helped identify the structure of DNA, the Nobel Prize he received for the discovery is going under the hammer. 

Vast collection of gold coins worth millions discovered in dead man's Nevada home

Even though he lived in the same quiet neighborhood for decades, no one seemed to know Walter Samaszko Jr. He was so reclusive that weeks passed before authorities discovered he had died in his modest home in Nevada.

Mark Leftly: After 4G blow, is the luck running out for George?

Outlook Every time the Chancellor thinks he's found a pot of gold, he finds that the last lot have already looted it. In gold's case, of course, that's quite literally the case, Gordon Brown having sold off the bulk of the nation's precious metal near the bottom of the market over a decade ago.

Lord Dalmeny, chairman of Sotheby’s auction house, has apologised for a controversial Auschwitz joke at a Tory party fundraiser

Tory fundraiser marked by Auschwitz joke gaffe

Sotheby's chairman apologises for "horrific slip of the tongue"

Buyout firms near to Twinkies deal

The private equity firms Apollo Global Management and C Dean Metropoulos are believed to be near a deal to buy snack cake brands including Twinkies and Donettes from the bankrupt Hostess Brands. A deal, part of Hostess's bankruptcy reorganisation, is not yet final.

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The senior policeman at the centre of the News of the World phone hacking investigation is now working on corporate fraud cases for a security company that advised on the Royal Wedding. John Yates, dubbed "Yates of the Yard", who led Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism unit, was involved in a string of high-profile probes including the cash-for-honours scandal and Jeffrey Archer perjury case.

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