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As the temperatures dip, the birds need our help. We round-up the most innovative (and occasionally bonkers) feeders and houses for our feathered friends

Wiremen of the 3rd armoured division, Cologne, Germany, 1945

The unseen archive of Lee Miller

Thousands of never-seen-before images will shortly be made available online

Christian Gregori Parisot and Modigliani’s portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne

Modigliani 'expert' accused of being art's biggest fraud

Christian Gregori Parisot was recognised as an authority on the Italian figurative artist - until he was arrested for forging and fraudulently endorsing dozens of fakes

White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew

Why America’s next Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had better get himself a better signature

Loopy autograph will be carried across the world on the face of dollar

Postcard from... Madrid

Art fans in Spain are in luck. In a couple of weeks, arguably the most comprehensive assembly of Latin American art – the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros – will be arriving in Europe for the first time, with some of its best modern works appearing at an exhibition in Madrid's Reina Sofia museum.

Police 'not very interested' in stolen $1 million Matisse painting found in Essex

A Henri Matisse painting worth $1m (£620,000) stolen from a Swedish art gallery 22 years ago has been recovered in Essex.

Past masters

Was 1913 really the year that changed the cultural world? Perhaps not, says Michael Glover, but a bold new show has much to teach art-lovers in 2013

One Minute With: Frances Fyfield, crime writer

Where are you now and what can you see?

Dave Brubeck was embarrassed when Time magazine put him on its cover. He wanted Duke Ellington instead

Pianist behind one of the world's most famous jazz tunes takes his final five

Dave Brubeck has died aged 92

Now Christie's sets sale record

A run of art auctions ended with a bang on Wednesday as Christie's staged the most successful sale of post-war and contemporary art in history, taking in $412m (£260m) as records were set for Jeff Koons and Jean-Michel Basquiat, while an Andy Warhol soared to $43.8m.

'Statue of Liberty' Andy Warhol, Christie’s: expected to sell for $35m or more

The billion dollar art binge

A billion-dollar blitz of art buying at New York auction houses could rewrite the record books

A Dorothea Lange shot of a cotton picker, in Eloy, Arizona, in 1940

Hard times: Images of the Great Depression still have the power to move and astonish

"I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished…" So declared Franklin D Roosevelt in March 1937. He wasn't the only one: during an ambitious photography project run by the US Farm Security Administration between 1935 and 1941, 12 photographers trained their lenses on America's rural communities, painfully capturing the poverty of the Great Depression.

The biggest art heists of the 20th Century

With news of a huge art heist in Rotterdam, The Independent online looks back at the major art thefts of the 20th Century.

Rolling Stones release new single to mixed reviews

The Rolling Stones released new single "Doom and Gloom" on today, their first new song in over six years, and early reviews were mixed.

First we had 'affordable art', now there's a 'garage sale' at the Museum of Modern Art

A garage sale as performance art?

Black on Maroon 1958, which would have a value in the tens of millions, with its new defacement

Mark Rothko painting 'defaced' at the Tate Modern

Police are investigating after a painting by the great 20th century abstract artist Mark Rothko was defaced at the Tate Modern in London today.

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