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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Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin