Arts and Entertainment The Bay Psalms Book sold for $14.2 million at a Sotheby's New York auction last night

The work has become the most expensive printed book in the world

19th November 1620, The Pilgrim Fathers arriving on the Mayflower and landing in New England, where they founded the Plymouth Colony

The £18m psalm book? 'Act of defiance' by early US settlers could be most expensive written volume ever sold at auction

A modest and well-thumbed book of psalms printed in the New England wilderness by early colonists could become the most expensive written volume ever sold at auction.

The toast of Sotherby's: Grand Vintage collection of Moët & Chandon Champagne sold for over £147,000

Six bottles from 1914 were, according to legend, harvested as German forces approached

White diamond sold for record $30.6 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong auction

The 118 carat white diamond is the largest and most significant such stone graded by the Gemological Institute of America

Sotheby's activist ups his stake and launches attack

The battle for control of Sotheby's, the world's most famous auction business, last night saw activist investor Dan Loeb make sweeping demands for change in the boardroom.

Oval-cut 59.6 carat jewel is the largest flawless or internally flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has ever graded

£37m price tag on most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction

Pink Star will go under the hammer at Sotheby's in Geneva

Sotheby's employees adjust a piece of work entitled 'Babe Rainbow' by Peter Blake, part of The New Situation - Art in London in the Sixties exhibition at Sotheby's auction house in London.

Artwork that made the Sixties swing goes on show at Sotheby's

The art that helped 1960s London swing is going on show at a new exhibition organised by Sotheby's and one of the men who helped make the careers of some of the country's most famous artists.

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The Real White Queen and Her Rivals, BBC2

"Rome wasn't built in a day and Alan Sugar didn't become a millionaire overnight," said Sharon, one half of the nascent trading empire Sharon and Al, in Wheelers, Dealers and Del Boys. Sharon was wondering whether she might have been a little hasty in giving up her day job to concentrate exclusively on trading in tat, and this remark was by way of self-reassurance.

Manuscripts for Samuel Beckett's Murphy, which sold for £1 million today

Manuscript of Samuel Beckett's Murphy sold to University of Reading for almost £1m

Notes are 'capable of redefining Beckett studies for many years to come'

Technicians hanging 'Three studies of Isabel Rawsthorne' by Francis Bacon, estimated to fetch 10 million pounds

Francis Bacon triptypch among £66m Sotheby's bonanza

Masterworks by British contemporary art giants Francis Bacon and David Hockney will go under the hammer today in a £66 million bonanza.

Global über-collectors out in force for London art sales

Auctioneers are pinning their hopes on "über-collectors" to help London's summer art sales top last year's $1bn (£660m) total when the series kicks off later this month.

Between the Covers 26/05/2013

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Sotheby's director of the department of printed books and manuscripts Dr Philip Errington poses for photographers with a first edition copy of the first Harry Potter book

First edition of Harry Potter with annotations by JK Rowling fetches wizard £150,000 price

A first edition of the first in the Harry Potter series containing hand drawings and annotations by author JK Rowling has sold at auction for £150,000.

Visitors view Gerhard Richter's 'Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral Square, Milan)'

Gerhard Richter painting sells for $37m setting new record for a work by a living artist

A 1968 oil painting by German artist Gerhard Richter sold for $37 million (£24 million) at Sotheby's contemporary art auction - a new record for a work by a living artist.

The Mishneh Torah on display at Sotheby's in New York,

550-year-old Jewish holy book Mishneh Torah - which was expected to make $5m at auction - bought by museums in New York and Jerusalem

Collection of Jewish artefacts being sold off by hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt

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