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

Warhols described himself as 'always a commercial artist'

Warhol you can wear – but will it be in vogue for more than 15 minutes?

Official cosmetics add to fragrance and clothing lines in Pop Art's fashion moment

Pablo Picasso - La Lecture: £25.2m

Art world's big spenders help Sotheby's to a billion-pound year

It might seem that everything is crashing down around us in Austerity Britain, but judging by the bumper sales figures disclosed by one London auction house, now could be the perfect time to cash in on those artistic masterpieces gathering dust in your attic.

Pablo Picasso - La Lecture: £25.2m

Do I hear a billion? Sotheby's sales surge as art market bucks downturn

It might seem like everything is crashing down around us in Austerity Britain, but judging by the bumper-billion-pound sales figures disclosed by one London auction house, it appears now is the perfect time to cash in on those artistic masterpieces you've left gathering dust in your attic.

The artwork ‘Gunter Sachs’ (1972) by artist Andy Warhol on display in Germany

Sale of the 20th century: a playboy's Pop Art collection

International playboy Gunter Sachs was friends with Andy Warhol and married Brigitte Bardot after showering her with roses from a helicopter. After his suicide last year, it has emerged that his art collection will be auctioned in London this spring.

World's most prolific art forger 'just did it for fun'

The convicted "hippie painter" behind Germany's most spectacular art-forgery scandal has revealed that he faked the works of at least 50 famous painters over a career spanning decades and started because he wanted to "have fun, travel and meet women".

German painter forged masters' works to 'meet women and travel'

The so-called 'eternal hippie' sold faked works to auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's

This version of The Scream was painted in 1895 as the central part of Edvard Munch's Frieze of Life series

Modernist icon 'The Scream' may sell for £50 million

Sotheby's is to auction the only privately-owned version of Edvard Munch's painting. Nick Clark

This version of The Scream was painted in 1895 as the central part of Edvard Munch's Frieze of Life series

The Scream expected to fetch $80m at auction

'Mona Lisa of the Modern era' goes on sale – and it's making a big noise in the art world

Edvard Munch's masterpiece The Scream predicted to fetch £50m-plus at auction

A version of Edvard Munch's masterpiece The Scream is to go on display in London in April before being auctioned in New York the following month.

Brontë's lost manuscript is off to Paris

The Brontë Society said yesterday it was "bitter disappointed" one of the literary family's most significant treasures discovered in years has been snapped up by a French museum for a record sum.

Ex-president's Rolex winds up at Sotheby's

Relatives of India's first president have sought the intervention of the country's ambassador to Switzerland to halt the sale of a rare watch once owned by him.

Fine wine galore! Hong Kong's buried treasure

Underground vaults conceal a priceless liquid hoard. Clifford Coonan reports

The Madox Brown angels who went missing for a century

The work was completed in 1847 on the artist's return to London after a stay in Rome and the death of his first wife

A £75,000 bottle of wine – but the cork stays put

For Christian Vanneque, it was the ambition of a lifetime.

Sotheby's art handlers in strike threat

Sotheby's may be notching up colossal profits worldwide, but a group of its art handlers – the people who package and carry around the multi-million-dollar works going under the auction house's hammer – are threatening to go on strike.

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