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Bank's bumper send-off for Sir Mervyn King

Sir Mervyn King received a £10,000 portrait of himself and other retirement presents worth £3,000 from the Bank of England last month, it emerged yesterday.

Yang Guang the panda at Edinburgh Zoo

Bamboo and a long lie-in as Yang Guang - the UK’s only male panda - turns 10

The UK’s only male panda was treated to a lie-in and a meal of his favourite variety of bamboo on his 10th birthday today.

Vases and human bones lie in the family grave of Lisa Gherardini, in Florenceís Santissima Annunziata basilica

Researchers open Florence tomb in search for identity of the real Mona Lisa

Scientists hope to match DNA from a skeleton to reveal identity of woman thought to be Leonardo da Vinci's muse

Gregor Schneider at Summerhall, Fringe venue 26

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Summerhall, Fringe venue 26

Described by some as the most overly hyped show of the Edinburgh Festival, Gregor Schneider heads the bill of visual artists at Fringe venue 26, Summerhall. Süßer Duft  (sweet scent) does not, however, disappoint. Schneider brings his particular mixture of visual/sensory and performative elements together to produce a work that will linger long in the mind, I am sworn to secrecy but this is a work that you will not forget.

Don't touch the exhibits! American tourist accidentally snaps finger off priceless 600-year-old statue in Florence

The unnamed man was reportedly trying to measure the 14th century sculpture's finger

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.

Damien Hirst by Jonathan Yeo

Damien Hirst appears as 'dark overlord of contemporary art' in sinister new Jonathan Yeo portrait

A portrait of Damien Hirst by Jonathan Yeo will be go on display later this year at the National Portrait Gallery.

No Ball Games: Removing Banksy’s work from the street defeats the point

The nature of murals and wall sculptures ordinarily meant that the work of art was forever tied to its original location

Alan Partridge: Norwich's most famous son returns for Alpha Papa premiere

Norwich dusts off the red carpet for the return of the prodigal Alan Partridge

Mexican clay artist Alejandro Santiago dies of heart attack aged 49

Alejandro Santiago, a Mexican artist who filled the streets of his home town with clay figures to represent the migrants who left for the United States, has died at the age of 49.

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Charles Darwent on The Lyons Teashop Lithographs: Muzak for the eyes, anyone?

After the war, two schemes tried to cheer the tea drinkers and children of Britain with art – they were heroic, and doomed

Theatre review: Circle Mirror Transformation

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iStyle: If you like piña coladas

Spiky yet sweet - the fashion pack is feeling fruity as pineapple emblems make this summer totally tropical, says Stephanie Hirschmiller

Tony Blair's double appearance on Sky News

Portraits of the rich and famous: Is it cool to put yourself in the frame?

It’s tricky for a politicians, who may look like some kind of narcissist dictator. But Cristiano Ronaldo has no shame about his huge nude portrait, which hangs above his grand piano

A comical way to turn £50,000 into £500: Artist makes papier mache sculpture out of rare Avengers comics without realising

An artist has constructed “the most expensive papier mache sculpture ever made” after unwittingly using vintage Avengers comics worth up to £50,000 as his building materials.

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