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And the medal for worst Olympic participant goes to...

Lord Coe's invitation to "own a piece of Olympic history" has turned sour after fans threatened to sue the company behind the auction of memorabilia from last year's Games, accusing it of failing to deliver the goods.

Anthony Hilton: A downside to windfall from mobiles auction

Gordon Brown got a windfall of over £20bn, which he did nothing memorable with

Russell Lynch: Auction of 4G mobile spectrum is a wish come true for the Chancellor

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Fancy Intense Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring, Oscar Heyman & Brothers sold for $8,594,500

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The Occupy movement may have run out of steam since its apex of publicity this summer, but the $65million proceeds of a jewels auction at Sotheby's in New York on Wednesday is proof that the great divide still exists.

Raphael sketch fetches record $48 million at Sotheby's auction

The rare drawing went for double its pre-sale expectations

Tamara Beckwith turns wheeler dealer for Channel 4's Four Rooms

She will join a panel of 'experts' helping the public sell antiques

Thinking of Ewe: Prime Minister David Cameron's drawing goes under the hammer

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Red hot: Barry Geraghty caps a perfect display by driving Bobs Worth clear to win on testing ground at Newbury

Blooming Bobs proves worth

Jockey Geraghty reveals great understanding in delivering Hennessy Gold Cup for Henderson

Ferran Adria in his restaurant el Bulli. Sotheby's has been tasked with selling the cellar of 8,807 bottles

Wine: 8,807 bottles from one good cellar

El Bulli was the greatest restaurant in the world until it closed in 2011. Now its owner, Ferran Adrià, is finally getting rid of the venue’s leftover plonk. So, how much for a sip? Samuel Muston finds out

Cinema giants eye Berlusconi chain The Space Cinema

Britain's three biggest cinema chains are considering bids for a group of picture houses owned by disgraced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and fashion house Benetton.

Christie's tops Sotheby's post-war contemporary sales total with $412 million

If the economic outlook for the art world is to be judged on the past 48 hours in New York then it is very healthy indeed.

Christie's in Geneva achieves record price for diamond

Christie's in Geneva has auctioned off the Archduke Joseph Diamond for nearly $21.5m (£13.5m), a world record price per carat for a colourless diamond.

Christie's auction business sues Chinese rival Chritrs over similar sounding name

Christie’s is locked in a legal battle in the world’s largest auction market claiming an Asia rival is cashing in on its prestige by using a suspiciously similar sounding name.

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