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.
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Wednesday 29 December 2010
Saturday 11 December 2010
His ear for a tune and eye for artwork have already helped Lord Lloyd Webber to become a multi-millionaire. Now his lesser-known nose for fine wine is set to add to his fortune.
Wednesday 08 December 2010
A new record was set for the world's most expensive printed book at an auction yesterday. A four-volume copy of John James Audubon's Birds of America went for £7,321,250 at Sotheby's in London, surpassing the previous record of £5,565,110 – held by another copy of the same title – and beating the estimate of £4-£6m. The proud new owner, the London dealer Michael Tollemache, described the work as "priceless".
Wednesday 08 December 2010
An illuminated 14th-century manuscript containing what is believed to be the oldest surviving account of the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the round table was sold for £2.39m yesterday.
Tuesday 07 December 2010
An illuminated 14th century manuscript containing what is believed to be the oldest surviving account of the legends of King Arthur sold today for more than £2 million.
Friday 03 December 2010
Wednesday 01 December 2010
A bracelet owned by Wallis Simpson, whose love affair with Edward VIII led to his abdication, has sold for a world record £4.5 million at auction.
Tuesday 30 November 2010
Sunday 28 November 2010
Tuesday 23 November 2010
Newly uncovered images by one of the 20th Century's most revered photographers are set to be published for the first time next month, after a unique collection of Cecil Beaton's scrapbooks was found in an archive.
Wednesday 17 November 2010
One of the world's rarest diamonds has sold for a record-breaking $46m (£29m), the highest price ever paid for a jewel.
Tuesday 16 November 2010
In Gaelic whisky means "water of life" - now a rare bottle has raised £286,000 for a charity that provides safe drinking water in developing countries.
Saturday 13 November 2010
A rare pink diamond to be auctioned next week could set a new world record if it fetches its estimated price of £17m to 24m.
Friday 12 November 2010
A rare 18th-century Chinese vase found during a house clearance was sold for an astonishing £43m at an auction in west London last night, the total rising to £51.3m once VAT and commission were included.
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