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

An actor playing Mary Poppins in the opening ceremony

Bottled 'Olympic air', a used tissue or a Mary Poppins costume - the eBay sellers offering unusual London 2012 gifts...

Some people will be going home with a gold medal, some silver, others bronze, others only memories.

James Ellington auctioned himself on eBay to pay for his training for the Games

Team GB Sprinter James Ellington auctioned himself on eBay to pay for training

A Team GB sprinter has told of how he auctioned himself on eBay to pay for training to compete in the Olympics.

Interest rates up following Spain bond auction

Spain successfully sold 3.1 billion euros in medium-and long-term bonds today but at a sharply higher cost, another sign that the country is struggling to convince sceptical investors that it won't need a bailout.

Jonathan Brown, in the Fix It chair

Ow's about that then... guys and gals snap up Jimmy's 'jingle jangle'

Hundreds bid for Sir Jimmy Savile's unique clothes, including reporter Jonathan Brown

$86m: Mark Rothko - Orange, Red, Yellow

Auctions paint a pretty picture for Christie's profits

The record sale of a Mark Rothko painting helped drive auctioneer Christie's to its most successful first half year, as investors continued to flock to art as a good place to put their cash.

$86m: Mark Rothko - Orange, Red, Yellow

Booming auctions paint a pretty picture for Christie's

The record sale of a Mark Rothko painting helped drive auctioneer Christie's to its most successful first half, as investors continued to flock to art as a good place to put their cash.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 14 July 2012

Italy's credit rating cut by Moody's

Edvard Munch's The Scream sold at auction for almost $120m

The secret of Edvard Munch's record-breaking Scream

Meet Mr Black. The new owner of The Scream. By David Usborne

EL James revealed real-life secrets to her readers

Author of erotic bestseller will be hands-on as Hollywood plans movie

First, they pulled together an Oscar-nominated movie about the invention of the "poke". Now the creative team behind The Social Network is exploring the literary realm known as "Mummy Porn".

Andy Warhol's final works could raise £60,000

One of Andy Warhol's final works could raise £60,000 when it is auctioned on Wednesday.

Johnny Depp plays 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins
in Dark Shadows

Sucker for a sales pitch or grabbed a stake in a great investment? Vampire-slaying kit fetches £7,500 at auction

A Victorian vampire-slaying kit has sold at auction for £7,500.

Fashion doyenne Daphne Guinness has donated 102 items of clothing to Christie's

Trending: Christie's becomes the go-to haute charity shop

She's a walking fashionplate, a couture-clad collector. So why is Daphne Guinness selling her clothes?

Spain raises €2bn in debt auction

Spain has successfully raised €2.2 billion (£1.7 billion) in a debt auction that saw strong investor demand, though it had to pay sharply higher interest rates due to concern that the country may eventually need a bailout.

Joanna Lumley to auction Ab Fab clothes

Joanna Lumley will be shedding the fashion finery she wore during her modelling career in the 1960s and while playing the part of Patsy in Ab Fab.

Have BT and BSkyB bosses scored an own goal over football rights?

Ian Livingston and Jeremy Darroch, once colleagues, are now going head to head after forking out £3bn for three-year TV football rights deals
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee