News Nigella Lawson attending the trial of her former personal assistants last year.

Police have confirmed they will take no further action against the TV cook

Revealed: How Saatchi paints too rosy a picture of his own generosity

AS A PIECE of artistic altruism it seemed unprecedented. In a blaze of publicity, the advertising agency mogul Charles Saatchi sold off 130 works from his collection to raise money for young artists.

Visual arts: Rubbish. Absolute rubbish

What's the best way to make sense of a cluttered world? If you're Tomoko Takahashi, it's obvious. Sculpt in junk.

No fir trees, this is the Tate

SOME DO-IT-YOURSELF shelving appears to have been left by workmen in the entrance hall of the Tate Gallery. But in fact this is Christmas - contemporary-art style.

Paul Smith: You and whose army?

At first sight, these images look like amateur snaps from any night out with the lads. But look closer. Robin Muir celebrates the work of Paul Smith, a former soldier who's now a key player in the new Saatchi set

Saatchi auction raises pounds 1.6m

THE YOUNG British Artists are alive and wealthy. A pounds 1.6m sale of 130 works by the leading names in contemporary art broke world records yesterday and proved that Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and co have proved their worth.

BritArt's big day out

They came to pay tribute (and pounds 1.6m) to the good taste (and bette r judgement) of Charles Saatchi, the one-man art market...

Saatchi leads his modern art to market at Smithfield

TODAY, ONE of the age's most successful and enigmatic collectors of contemporary art begins to off-load. Charles Saatchi, as influential in the Nineties' world of pickled sheep as he was in the Eighties' world of advertising, is selling 130 works by 97 young artists - more than 5 per cent of his pounds 70m cutting-edge collection, which he bought for around pounds 20m.

Saatchis offer arts world a slicker image

MILLIONAIRE ART collector Charles Saatchi and brother Maurice are about to set up a new branch of their business which will advise arts companies on how to improve their image and win new audiences.

Saatchi shocks art with Britpack sale

CHARLES SAATCHI, the most high-profile collector of young British artists, is to sell 130 works - about 5 per cent of his collection - including pieces by the most celebrated figures in the Britpack.

PIECES FROM A CONFESSIONAL

Doris Lockhart Saatchi, the former wife of Charles Saatchi, is famously private. But her choice of favourite paintings, says Charles Darwent, is unexpectedly revealing

Rake's life goes down the Tube

THE London Underground has been selected as an exhibition space by a young British artist to display his modern version of a rake's progress, writes Sophie Goodchild.

Scott to step down at Saatchi & Saatchi

CHARLIE SCOTT, the advertising executive who ejected Maurice and Charles Saatchi from the company they founded, yesterday announced plans for his own departure.

When art is a dangerous ride back to childhood

The Independent Collector

Media: The joys of being a creative - and the woes

Advertising attracts many with its promise of fame and wealth, but the reality is harsher, says Richard Cook

That Was The Week: Words: Sensational

HILLARY CLINTON complained last week that politically motivated people were trying to "sensationalise" the charges against her husband. One would have thought the charges (whether true or not) were sensational enough without needing anyone to come along and sensationalise them, but there you are.
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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
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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