Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men”: exemplifies the focus and intensity of the alpha males of Madison Avenue in the 1960s

Ad vertere: to turn towards something. Advertising has been with us since the early Egyptians used papyrus to promote sales messages. Marketing strate(...)

‘Nafea Faa Ipoipo’ (When Will You Marry?) is said to have been sold to a museum in Qatar for €265 million. Photograph: EPA

A painting by French artist Paul Gauguin has become the most expensive art work ever sold after it was bought for close to US$300 million (€265 milli(...)

Ketil Bjornstad: ‘Sometimes I also rent a hotel room to write in peace.’ Photograph: Benedicte Ugland/ketilbjornstad.com

Ketil Bjornstad is a Norwegian pianist, composer and author. ketilbjornstad.comWhat was the first book to make an impression on you?It must have been (...)

‘Plague of black-eyed ghost children’: the final instalment of the ‘Daily Star’ trilogy.

Not for the first time there has been a spate of front pages in the UK tabloid market that has many people asking – or screaming it, in this instance (...)

The salesroom at Christie’s auction house is shown during the auction of Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ in New York. Photograph: Reuters/Christie’s Images

Mystery surrounds the identity of the new owner of the most valuable work of art sold at auction – a painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon. Chr(...)

Francis Bacon’s 1969 triptych, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” on display as it is auctioned at Christie’s in New York, November 12th, 2013. The painting sold for $142.4 million, described as the highest price ever paid for an artwork at auction. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times.

A painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon sold for $142.4 million (€105.3 million) at auction in New York last night – the most valuable work of (...)

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud which is poised to break the previous world auction record for the artist of $86 million achieved in 2008

Works by Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol are poised to break records this week at New York’s two big auction houses at sales that would boost an already(...)

More than half the estimated €43 billion spent worldwide last year in the fine art and antiques market was accounted for by private transactions – sal(...)

An estimated €43 billion was spent worldwide last year on fine art and antiques. The Irish public may have grown weary, sceptical or even, understanda(...)

Reading Girl in White and Yellow by Henri Matisse (1919), one of seven paintings stolen last October from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam

A woman in Romania is suspected of burning several multi-million euro paintings - including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet - after museum officia(...)