Arts and Entertainment An Edouard Vuillard painting bought for £3,000 on Ebay is thought to be worth £250,000

Fiona Bruce said the owner has 'bagged themselves the bargain of the century'

Bob Dylan's 'going electric' guitar from Newport Folk Festival sells for nearly $1m

For Bob Dylan fans, the moment he plugged in his electric guitar at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, signalling a departure from his folk roots, has gone down in history. Yesterday, the Fender Stratocaster on which he plucked and strummed his first electrified notes to a live audience sold for $965,000 (£590,000) — the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.

The artwork was being stored in a warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, one of the neighbourhoods in the eye of the Superstorm

Christie's auction house sued for 'failures' over Hurricane Sandy art damage

Insurer seeks $1.5m for 'spoilt' works that once belonged to cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and his chess champion wife Jacqueline

Tracey Emin (b. 1963), To Meet My Past -
four poster bed, mattress, appliquéd linens and curtains.
Executed in 2002.

Bids please for Tracey Emin's bed: No reserve price at multi-million pound Charles Saatchi sale

Art lovers could pick up a bargain when Charles Saatchi sells off part of his multimillion-pound art collection at auction without putting any reserve prices on the work.

Paint brushes that will sell alongside a signed book that belonged to Francis Bacon and was gifted to Clive Barker, a fellow artist, that is expected to sell for over £20,000.

Francis Bacon paint brushes expected to fetch £25,000 at auction

His paintings sell for millions at auction, but now a set of Francis Bacon's paintbrushes will go under the hammer and are expected to fetch around £25,000.

Last night's viewing: Wheelers, Dealers and Del Boys, BBC1
The Real White Queen and Her Rivals, BBC2

"Rome wasn't built in a day and Alan Sugar didn't become a millionaire overnight," said Sharon, one half of the nascent trading empire Sharon and Al, in Wheelers, Dealers and Del Boys. Sharon was wondering whether she might have been a little hasty in giving up her day job to concentrate exclusively on trading in tat, and this remark was by way of self-reassurance.

As Hay-on-Wye opens this week, it's time for book festivals to open a new and exciting chapter

Plus: The mother, father, sister and brother of all Cannes press conference questions and the first cut is the deepest, as Rod Stewart well knows

James Bond's specially modified Breitling Top Time wristwatch used in Thunderball, 1965, the watch composed of a stainless steel chronograph timepiece, by Breitling, Ref. 2002, case no. 984343, manufactured in 1962 and then modified, the black dial with applied baton hour markers, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 45 minute registers, and outer silvered tachymeter scale, in circular case with two chronograph buttons in the band, case 35mm wide, case and dial signed, mounted in glazed water resistant type case with screw down bezel and case reverse, by Valley Tool Company, 47mm wide, signed V.T.C., made for Sean Connery as James Bond in the 1965 United Artists/EON Productions film Thunderball. To be auctioned by Christie's on 26 June 2013. Estimate: £40,000 - 60,000

James Bond's geiger-counter Thunderball wristwatch turns up at car boot sale

Breitling was picked up for £25 but now has estimated price of up to £60,000

Leonardo DiCaprio raised $38.8m for his Foundation

Auctions: The art of making a celebrity bidding war wildly lucrative

Going, going, gone – to my billionaire best friend in the fifth row. It takes years to train as an auctioneer and a couple of decades on top to smooth one's salesroom patter and gavel-banging. If you're Leonardo DiCaprio, though, a few pals in high places are all you need. At an auction at Christie's New York on Monday, the actor raised $38.8m (£25.5m) for his Foundation, which works to protect endangered species and wildlife habitats.

101.73-carat gem: Largest flawless diamond ever auctioned could fetch £20m

Rare stone considered perfect because of its colour and its flawless clarity

Leonardo DiCaprio's art auction raises $39m for environmental charities

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Christie's auction house raised $38.8 million (£25 million) through a charity art auction and donations with proceeds to benefit environmental and conservation causes.

Dutch masterpiece stolen by Nazis could fetch $2m at New York auction

A 17th century Dutch masterpiece that once graced the collections of Catherine the Great's art adviser and Russia's Hermitage Museum before being seized by the Nazis could fetch more than $2 million at auction, Christie's said on Friday.

Christie's to open in Shanghai as art market value soars

The London auction house Christie's is opening in China to take a bigger slice of the country's $5bn (£3bn) art sales market.

Nick Clegg in Liberal Party 'memorial' gaffe

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg braved a cold London street to commemorate the founding of the Liberal Party more than 150 years ago by unveiling a plaque - which he mistakenly called a memorial in his short speech.

Danny Rogers on PR: Want a PR challenge? Try Barclays

So who has the toughest job in PR going into 2013? In years past the gong regularly went to the communications director of British Airways, an airline with a historic adeptness for shooting itself in the foot, from disputes with staff to ridiculous tailfins. But these days, BA is avoiding turbulence, with sure-footed boss Willie Walsh even threatening to give PRmeister Sir Richard Branson a “knee in the groin”. Hence current PR supremo Paul Marston can afford to feel relatively relaxed over the festive season. BA's challenge, after a stellar sponsorship of the Olympics, will be creating an equivalent buzz during 2013.

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