Faulty alarms blamed for Egypt Van Gogh theft

None of the alarms and only seven out of 43 surveillance cameras were working at a Cairo museum where a Vincent van Gogh painting was stolen, Egypt's top prosecutor said yesterday.

Depression really does make everything look grey

Twenty years ago, William Styron, the American author of Sophie's Choice, wrote what many regard as the definitive account of severe depression in his memoir Darkness Visible.

Recession, what recession? Super-rich keep on spending

George Osborne might insist that "we are all in this together", but it looks like the super-rich did not get the memo. While the rest of the nation embraces a new age of austerity, the wealthy are snapping up status symbols such as yachts, multi-million pound artworks, private jets and jewels with renewed vigour.

Sex and drugs and priceless art

Born into poverty, Amedeo Modigliani died a disease-riddled alcoholic at just 35. In between, he created works of such beauty he's now the hottest name in the auction house

Culture Club: Doctor Who, Saturdays, BBC1

Readers review this week's TV show

The most valuable art auction in history

Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh are among the painters whose combined works could fetch £230m

Written in the skies: The truth behind 'Year of Meteors'

The riddle of what really inspired Walt Whitman's poem has been solved by a specialist team of scientists

Raiders likely to realise just 10 per cent of works' value

Breaking into the Paris Museum of Modern Art under cover of darkness, evading the alarm system and escaping with €100m (£86m) of world famous art is no mean feat. But for whoever who carried out the raid, the hard work is far from over.

Traveller's Guide: Provence

In the first of a six-part series produced in association with Footprint Travel Guides, Kathryn Tomasetti and Tristan Rutherford reveal the delights of a spectacular region of south-eastern France

Gaugin: The painter who invented his own brand of artistic licence

We all know Gauguin as the archetypal bohemian artist, but a new exhibition will attempt to show the depth and complexity of his work and ideas

Ben Chu: In praise of the artistic blockbuster

They might be crowd-pleasing, but this one was not dumbed down

Rory Bremner's International Satirists, Radio 4<br/>The Alps, Radio 4

When it comes to cynicism in satire, the Brits win hands down

CSI Cairo: How science will solve the mystery of Tutankhamun

New technology is helping answer the riddles in the life, and death, of the boy pharaoh. And it's cracked other historical puzzles too

Freud self-portrait sold for &pound;2.8m

A self-portrait of Lucian Freud nursing a black eye after a punch-up with a taxi driver sold for more than £2.8 million when it went under the hammer.

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