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

Bowie paints to save lives

Some starry British names are joining forces with South Africa's finest artists – and it's all in a good cause. Arifa Akbar reports

What a pain in the derrière: how Louis XV shot his horse

How King Louis XV came to shoot his own horse in the bottom is described, by the monarch himself, in a batch of royal letters to be auctioned in Paris today.

Close-up: Tamsin van Essen

How do you infect a jar with cancer? Give it to an artist with sickness on her mind...

From Hornby and Dinky to Ladybird and Beano, there's treasure in the toy chest

Those relics of childhood gathering dust in your loft could fetch a good price from nostalgic collectors, finds Alessia Horwich

Painting in Versace sale was 'stolen'

When the list of items offered in the sale catalogue for tonight's auction of the late designer Gianni Versace's possessions was announced, Lot 72 was billed as the star item.

The tycoon who loved women so much he spent $700m on them

Wall Street billionaire's secret collection of art to go on display at auction house

Lavish contents of Gianni Versace's home to be auctioned in London

Bronze busts, glazed terracotta reliefs and 19 century and paintings are among the 546 lots from the home of the late Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace on display at Sotheby's in London from today.

Seen for the very first time: Faltering art market given a boost

For 90 years this exquisite and rare work by the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani has graced the home of one wealthy family. The image of two young girls was painted in the south of France in 1918 as the artist avoided the ravages of the end of the First World War. Now, for the first time, it is to go under the hammer.

Boy wonder: A revealing view of Bruce Chatwin's early years at Sotheby's

Long before he became a celebrated traveller, novelist and controversialist, Bruce Chatwin was a 'Sotherboy' – a precocious young art expert for the famous auction house. Fifty years later, his colleagues recall Chatwin's Bond Street days with affection

Bottom falls out of the art market as Manet and Rothko fail to sell

Auctioneers feel the chill as sluggish sales and lower prices signal end of a boom

The tangled legacy of Jacques Brel

He was the most popular French language singer ever, but an auction of his papers has exposed the acrimony left behind after his death

Exclusive: Munch's 'Vampire' comes out of the dark after 70 years

Painting too 'degenerate' for the Nazis to be auctioned for $35m

A formaldehyde frenzy as buyers snap up Hirst works

Damien Hirst's audacious plot to take his creations straight to auction paid off last night as he set a new personal record of £10.3m for one artwork in the first part of a two-part sale. The astounding £70.5m total raised at Sotheby's in London exceeded all expectations. The previous auction record for a work by Hirst was £9.7m.

A Damien Hirst original...

... that was painted by Rachel Howard. As Sotheby's prepares for a £65m auction, the backlash is building. By Andrew Johnson

Rembrandt? I'm just like him, says Hirst – it's all about cash

A ground-breaking auction of new works by Damien Hirst could fetch £65m, but his gallery won't see a penny of it. Arifa Akbar reports
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