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

The goddess of love, as imagined by Rubens

The Dutch Master created this work for a patron, then it vanished from view for 400 years. As it goes on sale, Rob Sharp tells its story

Wallis Simpson bracelet fetches world record price

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.

Wallis Simpson's jewellery: God save the bling

Wallis Simpson's stunning jewellery goes to auction today. Who would wear gems unmistakably associated with a moment in history? Carola Long finds out

An Object of Beauty, By Steve Martin

One of America's most celebrated stand-ups follows his heroine into the shady side of the art world

Cecil Beaton's scrapbooks found gathering dust in Sotheby's archive

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.

Rare pink diamond sets jewel record with £29m sale

One of the world's rarest diamonds has sold for a record-breaking $46m (£29m), the highest price ever paid for a jewel.

Charity toasts record whisky sale

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.

The diamond that could fetch £24m

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.

Vase from house clearance sold to China for £51m

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.

Warhol's Coke bottle caps $222m Pop Art auction

The New York art market continued a run of soaring prices after a distinctive Andy Warhol Pop Art painting broke its estimated sale price and sold for $33.4m (£20.7m).

Bonhams: Lots of trouble on New Bond Street

Allegations of dirty tricks are haunting the leading auction house. Mark Hughes investigates the strange saga of the Medici Dossier

Jerry Hall collection sells for £2.4m at Sotheby's

Artwork owned by the model Jerry Hall fetched more than £2.4m at auction in London, Sotheby's said yesterday. Hall said the sale of the 14 works, by artists including Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Frank Auerbach, was about "letting go of the past". "At a certain age you just want to get rid of things," she said. Auerbach's Head of Helen Gillespie sold for £1,071,650, well above its £700,000-£900,000 estimate.

Demi, Jerry and the battle of the A-list art sales

The pair are offloading their paintings, but whose will prove to be worth the most?

Chatsworth 'cash in the attic' sale makes £4.4m on the first day

Most of us would be happy to find a few bits and bobs for a car boot sale while clearing out our attics. Yesterday, the 12th Duke of Devonshire, owner of Chatsworth House, put such modest hopes into perspective when the first day of his spring-clean auction raised £4.4m, with two days still to go.

Royal love tokens on show ahead of £3m auction

A £3 million collection of jewellery once owned by Wallis Simpson went on display today ahead of its auction.

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