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Diamonds: No longer a girl's best friend

Women's penchant for colourful, more costly gems is changing the market, writes Laura Chesters

Swatch in £620m swoop on Harry Diamond jewels arm

The jewellery arm of the Canadian diamond company made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” has been acquired by Swatch for $1bn (£620m).

Offshore California: Islands with a tale to tell

From spectacular wildlife to prison grit

Everybody's talking about...Elliott Erwitt

Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London

Elvis undies, unwashed, the latest celeb pants up for sale

A pair of underpants that once belonged to Elvis Presley are expected to fetch £10,000 when they go up for auction in Manchester next month. An added bonus for the would-be buyer is that the light-blue boxers come unwashed and with genuine Elvis stains, which came when he wore them underneath a white jumpsuit, during a show in 1977.

Lianne La Havas, Village Underground, London

Peddlers of hype would have people believe that singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas is very good at what she does. They would be wrong - she is exceptional.

ANC angry over Zuma portrait

The ruling ANC has demanded that a painting be removed from an exhibition because it seems to depict President Jacob Zuma with his genitals hanging out.

The Impossible Cool: Hollywood icons in pictures

Before green screens, CGI and 3D blockbusters, Hollywood made its impact with people – and faces that came to define a generation.

Album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded (Island)

The early American reaction to Nicki Minaj's follow-up to Pink Friday has been "mixed" – which is entirely appropriate, given that the album itself has an almost schizophrenic character.

Portfolio: Eve Arnold

Robert Capa, co-founder of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency, remarked that the work of Eve Arnold, who died in January, aged 99, "falls metaphorically between Marlene Dietrich's legs and the bitter lives of migratory potato pickers". It might seem an unlikely dichotomy – but not to Arnold. As she once said, "I don't see anybody as either ordinary or extraordinary. I see them simply as people in front of my lens."

The Midnight Swimmer, By Edward Wilson

Killing is always a serious matter. All too often, amid the glitzy gadgetry of the spy thriller, all the fast cars and sexual adventures, we lose sight of the essential seriousness of what is at stake.

Vaughn says: 'I did meet Marilyn Monroe once...I had to help her drink from a water fountain'

My Secret Life: Robert Vaughn, actor, 79

My parents were... always on the road. They were actors, so I was raised predominantly by grandparents in Minnesota. I spent holidays with my mother and stepfather but lived in my grandparents' house.

Album: Jay-Z & Kanye West, Watch the Throne (Mercury)

News that the two undisputed heavyweights of hip-hop were planning to collaborate on an album smacked of some dreadful finance-first Hollywood franchise tie-up.

Disputed Monroe sex film fails to sell

The auction of a six-minute film purportedly showing an underage Marilyn Monroe having sex before she became famous flopped yesterday.

Was girl in 'stag' film the young Monroe?

The protectors of Marilyn Monroe's image say a collector who wants $500,000 for a short 1940s stag film is committing fraud and violating the actress's intellectual property rights by claiming it shows her having sex when she was under age.

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