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Sotheby's staged the biggest auction in its 268-year history last night, led by a $75 million (£47.1 million) Mark Rothko and a record-setting $40 million (£25.1 million) work by Jackson Pollock at its post-war and contemporary art sale.

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The death of distinguished Danish collector EA Christensen has prompted a collection of battle-scarred Viking swords to come up for auction.

Warhol sale fetches $17 million for charity

The first in a series of live and online auctions to raise money for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York has collected over $17 million (£10.7 million).

Ofcom fires the starting gun for 4G spectrum sale

The telecoms regulator Ofcom yesterday at last pushed the start button on its auction of the 4G spectrum, which analysts say could raise up to £5bn for Government coffers.

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A member of the Qatari royal family and one of the largest art buyers has pledged the world's most expensive watch and about 240 other collectibles to Sotheby's to cover debts owed to the auction house, according to court documents.

Investors are heading for the safe havens

Two-year German bond yields fell below zero yesterday as low-risk assets rallied before an uncertain United States presidential election and another make-or-break parliamentary vote in Greece.

Man responsible for making Titanic seaworthy had request for 50% more lifeboats knocked back, new documents reveal

Private papers from the man responsible for making sure the Titanic was safe to sail have emerged that show he demanded 50% more lifeboats but was pressurised by the White Star Line into backing down.

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Novak Djokovic signed bottle expected to fetch up to £20,000 at auction

Ahead of next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London, those taking part including Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will etch their signatures onto a bottle of methuselah that is expected to raise up to £20,000 at auction.

Andreas Whittam Smith: Has the City squandered our trust?

Is the Square Mile game over, kaput, finished? That is the question raised in the very good series of articles entitled "The City in Crisis" running all this week in the business section of i. To answer the question, start first by examining what is required to be a world-class financial centre. Do we still have the necessary qualities? One of the most important qualities is that the locals have some sort of aptitude for trading.

Brazilian student sparks outrage after selling virginity online for $780,000 to raise money for poor families

Is there anything you can't buy on the internet? It would seem not...

'Challenge' Anneka Rice still has famous jumpsuits

Anneka Rice has revealed she still has a huge stash of the famous jumpsuits from her TV series Challenge Anneka - and her children wear them for fancy dress parties.

Eric Clapton: His Richter painting sold for £21.3m

Clapton-owned Richter painting sells for £21.3 million

A Gerhard Richter painting owned by Eric Clapton sold on Friday night for £21.3m - more than 30 times what he paid for it in 2001.

Trade at Tattersalls’ sales in Newmarket this week has defied expectations

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Proceeds from Christie's Italian art auction down on last year

Christie's raised £41.2m from its combined London sales of post-war, contemporary and Italian art last night, towards the lower end of pre-sale estimates and down on the equivalent auctions of 2011.

The man who scribbled on a Mark Rothko painting this week wasn’t your ordinary vandal

Man accused of damaging Rothko painting in court

A man accused of criminal damage after a Mark Rothko painting was defaced at London's Tate Modern gallery is to deny the charge, a court heard today.

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