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How a tiny Faberge elephant seized by the Bolsheviks ended up at Buckingham Palace

For 80 years a clockwork elephant designed by the famous House of Faberge stood forgotten in a cabinet at Buckingham Palace, until now

13 Nov 2015


A history of the world in funny puns

ComedyMartin Chilton guides you through the history of the world, including Guy Fawkes, in puns

13 Nov 2015


Mark Hudson: Spending $170m on a Modigliani today is like buying the Crown of Thorns in 1400

Modern art sales are like the medieval market in holy relics, yet when the bubble bursts these works will still have one redeeming feature

11 Nov 2015


Meet the Chinese billionaire behind the record Modigliani purchase

Liu Yiqian is now one of the art world’s most prominent collectors after he bought Modigliani’s Reclining Nude

10 Nov 2015

Modigliani’s Nu Couché sold for record £113 million

Amedeo Modigliani’s painting of a sultry nude becomes second most expensive artwork ever sold at auction

10 Nov 2015


30 great one-liners

ComedyMartin Chilton picks out some sparkling one-liners

09 Nov 2015

Picasso breaks record to soothe fears at Sotheby’s

La Gommeuse sells for $67.5 million (£45 million), easing fears of a chill in market

06 Nov 2015

Chinese artist Tao Hongjing reveals he’s a Frenchman called Alexandre

As a struggling artist living in Shanghai, Alexandre Ouairy came up with the perfect business plan – a Chinese alter ego whose work sold for far greater sums

06 Nov 2015

The Leeds bungalow treasure trove has got us valuing everything we own

Precious objets are better when out from behind glass, like the Firths’ pots collection

05 Nov 2015

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Chipped ‘worthless’ vase fetches £114,500

Chinese vase mistakenly believed to be a fake by leading experts and worth just £150 astonishes auctioneers as it fetches £114,500

05 Nov 2015


Sting sells collection of modern masters

ArtSting and his wife Trudy Styler are to auction their collection of work after selling their £19m London home

28 Oct 2015


Afren administrators sell off large art collection

Pieces of African art will be auctioned off by Bonhams as administrators try to shrink collapsed oil giant’s $1.9bn debt pile

26 Oct 2015

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Agincourt: 600th anniversary

Celebrating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt

25 Oct 2015


Lego bans Ai Weiwei from using bricks for ‘political’ artwork in Australia

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says Lego refused to supply him with bricks for a ‘political work’ depicting human rights figures in Australia, suggesting the toymaker did not want to offend Beijing

25 Oct 2015

Subterranean London

In pics: Bradley L. Garrett documenting forbidden infiltrations into the secret bowels of the city

24 Oct 2015

David Hockney in pictures

David Hockney’s celebrated portrait ‘George Lawson and Wayne Sleep 1972-5’ went on display for the first time in the UK at the Tate Modern in a new free display of the artist’s double portraits. We look at the many layers of Britain’s greatest living painter, David Hockney.