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May 2016

Original Tintin comic book art sells for $1.2 mn in Paris auction
The orginal artwork for the last two pages of the Tintin " King Ottokar's Sceptre" sold for a total of 1.046 million euros ($1.2 million) at auction Saturday in Paris. "This is only the second time a Tintin plate has exceeded a million euros," Eric Leroy, comic book expert at French auction house Artcurial, told AFP ... more  Add a comment

This rare book unearthed in Nottingham could sell for £10,000
It is not every day I'm brought a masterpiece to appraise and I have come to dread being asked by hopeful owners "Are old books worth anything?" but the other day a local lady, in going through her late father's bookshelves, found something very special ... more  Add a comment

Measure for pleasure: sex, money and Shakespeare
Like sex, money is something that a lot of people spend a lot of time thinking about (and wanting more of). Shakespeare was no exception ... more  Add a comment

Diary of a somebody
After biographer Alexander Masters was given a pile of discarded diaries, he began piecing together a life ... more  Add a comment