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These one-of-a-kind gowns fit for a fairy tale are sure to go for a princely sum

The ten best necklaces

Chosen by Gemma Hayward

Step into my office: Agnès Varda's new career as an installation artist

The little old lady who's lived off the Rue Daguerre since 1951? She started the French New Wave, chronicled the Black Panthers and was a pioneering feminist...And now, aged 81 she has a new career...

Recession hits finance firms' brand value

The brand value of many famous financial institutions has taken a battering over the past year but fast food companies are doing well in the recession, a new study found.

Willy Ronis: Photographer celebrated for his documentary and reportage work of the mid-20th century

One afternoon in 1949 in the South of France, Willy Ronis came upon his wife Marie-Anne washing. She stood on a stone flagged floor, her shoulders illuminated by the strong Provencal sun. "I said to her, 'stay like that' and taking the camera from the chest of drawers, went three steps up the staircase and shot three frames." In that instant, Ronis made a portrait which has become emblematic of the romantic and wistful hedonism of post-war French photography. The innocent sensuality of a woman's body, set against the roughness of floors and walls, the intricate tracery of leaves and branches seen through an open window, all present, a tableau of a momentary paradise.

India's royal riches: The maharajas' opulent lifestyle

Rolls-Royces, jewelled swords and couture saris – the V&A's majestic exhibition reveals the opulent lifestyle of the maharajas.

Wallabies must restore Australian pride

Collectively, the Australian rugby union and cricket teams have thus far this year played nine Test matches and won just one. By the end of Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby Test match against South Africa in Brisbane that may well read Played 10, Lost 9.

Québec's unusual great outdoors

Québec is famous for its great outdoors. But it is also home to an unusual wildlife experience, run by Zoo Sauvage by Lac Saint Jean. Sarah Barrell explains

They got their £40m haul – but what can they do with it?

Experts believe the jewels stolen in Britain's biggest ever gem heist are likely to end up in Middle East or Asia

First arrest made after £40 million jewel heist

A 50-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the £40 million armed robbery at a Mayfair jewellers – Britain’s biggest ever jewel heist.

Mayfair robbers arrive in black cab – and leave with £40m haul

Armed duo take woman hostage in raid on celebrity jewellers before escaping with pick of most expensive items

Earl of March: A glorious example of the landed classes

The Business Interview: Sean O'Grady meets a petrol-blooded aristocrat who has turned his estate into an innovative business

Pandora: Bell eases back on his anti-Blears campaign

Having endured a fraught few weeks after she jumped ship from Gordon Brown's Cabinet, it seems there is at last one good piece of news for Hazel Blears.

Leading article: Art of destruction

One can easily sympathise with the bitterness felt by the widow of Henri Cartier-Bresson at the careless treatment of some of the works the pioneering photographer had entrusted to the French authorities. But the fact is that great works often have traumatic histories. The Parthenon was blown up in the 17th century when the Turks used it as a dynamite store. The handwritten manuscript of Thomas Carlyle's History of the French Revolution was thrown onto the fire by John Stuart Mill's maid. The Bayeux Tapestry was used to cover an ammunition wagon.

Red faces in Paris as 'destroyed' Cartier-Bresson snaps resurface

Widow of celebrated photographer says negligent French state allowed pictures to be stolen
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