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

Proceeds from Christie's Italian art auction down on last year

Christie's raised £41.2m from its combined London sales of post-war, contemporary and Italian art last night, towards the lower end of pre-sale estimates and down on the equivalent auctions of 2011.

Original Sgt Pepper collage by Sir Peter Blake expected to fetch £80,000 at auction

A slice of Beatles' history goes on sale next month when the original collage designed by Sir Peter Blake for the insert of the band's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is auctioned.

The two-storey lakeside home where Ma Barker was killed remains in almost exactly the same condition as in 1935

The house where Ma Barker died – on sale for $1m, bullet holes included

The scene of the FBI's gunfight with the mother of the notorious 1930s gang remains as it was in 1935

$86m: Mark Rothko - Orange, Red, Yellow

Auctions paint a pretty picture for Christie's profits

The record sale of a Mark Rothko painting helped drive auctioneer Christie's to its most successful first half year, as investors continued to flock to art as a good place to put their cash.

$86m: Mark Rothko - Orange, Red, Yellow

Booming auctions paint a pretty picture for Christie's

The record sale of a Mark Rothko painting helped drive auctioneer Christie's to its most successful first half, as investors continued to flock to art as a good place to put their cash.

Edvard Munch's The Scream sold at auction for almost $120m

The secret of Edvard Munch's record-breaking Scream

Meet Mr Black. The new owner of The Scream. By David Usborne

What a scream: Munch painted four versions of his best-known painting. One sold at auction last month for £74m

American billionaire named as mystery buyer of 'The Scream'

American billionaire Leon Black is the mystery buyer who paid a record $120m (£74m) for Edvard Munch's masterpiece "The Scream" at Sotheby's in May, the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.

New money brightens London auction picture

London's auction houses are scooping the lion's share of new money from billionaires in eastern Europe and the Middle East keen to boost their art credentials.

Donald MacInnes: Art through the looking glass

"Intractable Desire No.6" was 342 Sugar Puffs in the left foot of an old pair of tights

Top 10 art auction record-breakers

A version of Edvard Munch's classic masterpiece The Scream has fetched a record-breaking $119.9 million (£74 million), making it the most expensive work of art to be sold at auction.

The Scream (Munch): Meyer took over 12 minutes, an age at auction, to secure the record sum paid ($119.9m) for Edvard Munch’s masterpiece

Man who's made an art form out of auction records

Star performer of Sotheby’s saleroom is the first ever to take a $1m bid

First edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest up for auction

A first edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, dedicated by the writer to his first gay lover, is going under the hammer.

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ which Sotheby’s are selling in New York

Edvard Munch's Scream goes on show in London

The only privately-owned version of Edvard Munch's classic masterpiece The Scream has gone on show in London for the first time before it is sold at auction in New York.

Francis Bacon painting could fetch £25m

A Francis Bacon painting that has been held in a private collection for more than 30 years could fetch as much as £25 million when it goes on sale next month.

Ian Burrell: How the favoured son's power finally melted away

He arrived with all the confidence of having made a success of growing BSkyB

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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