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Portraits of supermodel Kate Moss by major contemporary artists from Sam Taylor-Wood to Chuck Close are to go on sale in an auction celebrating the fashion model’s influence as a “great modern muse”.

Kate Moss and Keira Knightley portraits auctioned to raise cash for homeless charity

Images of timeless glamour by photographers such as Helmut Newton, Mario Testino and Rankin are to be auctioned to raise funds for a homeless charity supported by Prince William.

Kick Ass (15)

Matthew Vaughn's cartoonishly violent action comedy takes off from an interesting premise: you cannot dispense justice in a corrupt society if you don't wear the right clobber. It is perhaps a sign of the times that your average teen no longer considers being "a hero" good enough. Nowadays the only thing for it is to be a superhero, and if you can't be one, then act like one. This can-do attitude is what makes the first half-hour of Kick-Ass such a blast.

Sarah Sands: To die for – the etiquette of funeral fashion

Black is always in style, above all in the cemetery

Donatella Versace: 'I'm not a believer in the natural look'

She likes her egos big – and hair even bigger. She thinks it's time models were super again. Donatella Versace presents her fashion manifesto to Jo-Ann Furniss for Love magazine

First person: 'I am Britain's oldest supermodel'

Daphne Self, 80

Small is beautiful in this age of austerity

The director of the National Gallery tells Arifa Akbar why blockbuster exhibitions are a thing of the past

Vanity Fair Portraits: photographs 1913-2008, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This exhibition almost becomes a homage to Annie Leibovitz. This is no bad thing, but it shows how the Vanity Fair photographers – including Cecil Beaton, Edward Steichen, Man Ray and Mario Testino – have played such an integral part in the magazine's history.

The secret diary of Mario Testino: What the world's most glamorous photographer saw

He is one of the best-known photographers on the planet, turning models into superstars and criss-crossing continents to shoot princesses, pop stars and Hollywood players. So just what is the secret of Mario Testino's A-list allure? In an exclusive three-week diary, he takes us behind the scenes of his glamorous life

Philip Hensher: Britain, 2008... it's our statues that will tell all

As artistic projects go, this one falls squarely into the category of the bizarre. Does it really need to be made? Perhaps the mere proposal, in an age of the conceptual, is enough to constitute a work of art. Anyway, after the Angel of the North and the proposed Giant White Horse for Kent, this one might have been foreseen. Be afraid: here comes the Colossal Naomi Campbell.

Letters: Clean-coal technologies

A chance to lead the world towards clean-coal technologies

A rare audience with Mario Testino

He's the world's most sought-after photographer, the man the A-list calls when it really wants to look its best. But what exactly is it that makes Mario Testino's portraits so alluring?

Testino snaps at stars who expose themselves

They say you know you've hit the really big time when Mario Testino takes your picture. Credited with doing more to immortalise Diana, Princess of Wales, than any other photographer, his images of the world's most glamorous men and women have made his the most sought-after eye in the world.

Artist Maaike Schoorel: Inside the London home of the Dutch artist

Dutch artist Maaike Schoorel has turned the rooms of her Victorian terrace into a series of white cubes – all the better to showcase her friends' work
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Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
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Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
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No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

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The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate