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'

Paintings by numbers

This week's sale of 'La Blanchisseuse' for £12.6m puts Toulouse-Lautrec among the five most highly priced artists. Louise Jury lists their record breakers *La Blanchisseuse

Rowing: Williams the innovator seeks glorious send-off

Robin Williams, the trim 45-year-old former lightweight international who has been the chief coach at Cambridge since 1995, moves on next week to take charge of the British lightweight squad's Olympic and world programme. "The change is exciting," he says, "but I'm sad to leave the Boat Race behind. It's the highest profile rowing event, and this year has been particularly enjoyable."

Falcons' pace and fluency rewarded by Walder's boot

Newcastle 29 Wasps 28

Global warming approaching point of no return, warns leading climate expert

Global warning has already hit the danger point that international attempts to curb it are designed to avoid, according to the world's top climate watchdog.

Athletics: Farah faces tough task

The British international Mohamed Farah knows that claiming a top-three place in today's Belfast International Cross-Country race will be tough.

Leaders need holidays, but Mr Blair has failed to grasp the essence of leadership

No one should expect the Prime Minister to break off his holiday and return home for just any disaster, natural or man-made. Were this to be a requirement of the job, the occupant of 10 Downing Street would never be in a position to enjoy a well-deserved break at all. He might as well stay at home.

Japan recovery running out of steam

The Japanese economy is close to stagnation, according to revisions to official figures yesterday that cut the estimate of GDP growth to just 0.1 per cent.

Thompson exchanges living hell for place in England's underworld

England's hooker has only recently recovered from a loss of form - though his club have not. He talks to Chris Hewett about the challenge which Australia will pose at Twickenham today
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