A model poses with a 12.03 carats cushion-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond mounted on a ring at Sotheby’s auction house in Geneva. The “Blue Moon Diamond” sold for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million). Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The rare and flawless “Blue Moon Diamond” sold for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million) to a Hong Kong buyer on Wednesday, setting a world record(...)

 Frankie Dettori winning the Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp on Golden Horn. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Golden Horn has been named the Cartier Horse of the Year at the 25th annual awards, following an outstanding three-year-old campaign. Owned and bred b(...)

Photo released by the Fulton County sheriff’s office shows  Doris Payne (85) following her arrest for shoplifting. Photograph: Fulton County sheriff’s office/EPA

An 85-year-old international jewelry thief was back behind bars on Tuesday, charged with stealing a pair of $690 (about €764) earrings from an Atlanta(...)

Beats Medical CEO Ciara Clancy (centre left) after being named the European winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

Irish woman Ciara Clancy has been named the European winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. The founder and chief executive of Beats Medical(...)

Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo: her father would see her only once again after she left home to go to the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Photograph: Glenn copus/Evening Standard

Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo’s life reads like a high-velocity 86-year-long fairytale. She grew up on a Leitrim farm, worked as a missionary nun in the slum(...)

DS5 2.0 BlueHDI 150hp: Can it now be taken seriously as an Audi rival?

In so many ways, I find this all a bit sad. I find it somehow sad that PSA group has decided that Citroen can no longer bear the burden of competing i(...)

Detail from ‘Spanish Lady at Bullfight’, a painting at the Adams of Blackrock auction of European and  Irish paintings, silver and furniture

Tuesday (May 19th) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cows Lane, Temple Bar. Coins. A “Russia, Peter the Great gold 2- Roubles coin dated 1721” €5,000 (€3,000-(...)

UNDATED -- BC-TRAVEL-TIMES-PARIS-LEFT-BANK-ART-NYTSF -- Saturday Evening: At the Eiffel Tower, experience lÕheure bleue, that magical twilight when the whole city is suffused in an ethereal light. Two elevators will whoosh you to the top (or, if youÕre feeling dauntless, tackle the 1,665 steps. Or cross the river and, within sight of the tower, join the ballroom dancers at the Trocadero. (CREDIT: Chris Carmichael for The New York Times)

While the Right Bank of Paris has seen internationalism and the irrepressible rise of “bobos”, the Left Bank has been able to preserve the soul of (...)

This gold 15th-century Edward III ‘Noble’ coin , estimated at €2,000-€4,000, is for sale at Weldon Auctioneers in Temple Bar, Dublin

Tuesday, May 19th John Weldon Auctioneers, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin, from 2pm. Collectible coins include a gold 15th-century Edward III ‘Noble’ (...)

Elizabeth Taylor shows off the rock given to her by Richard Burton. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Hulton Archive/Getty

I can't decide whether or not marriage is a prudent choice. The majority of marriages I’ve witnessed have failed, often in dramatic fashion, leavin(...)