Who would be a violinist in the 21st century? Orchestras are running out of funding while those that escape the cuts are having to become more ‘commercial’.
Unsurprisingly diamonds take up all 5 spots in our most expensive jewellery list, having been bought, sold and designed by an intriguing range of business men, royalty, dealers and celebrities.
First edition prints of books, manuscripts and folios can fetch enormous sums at auction. Here is our list of the five most valuable books ever sold.
Take a look at our list of the top 5 record coin auction prices of all time. Many of the coins have colourful pasts, having passed through some famous owners.
A list of the top 10 record auction prices from around the globe. The recent sale of the Chinese Quinlong vase for £43m in Ruislip, England is the only object to make it into a top 10 dominated by pictures.