Detail from And When Did You Last See Your Father by Abigail O’Brien

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Sam Smith performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London, February 25th, 2015. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Porters at Sotheby’s of London with Turner’s ‘Rome from Mount Aventine’. It sold for €38.6 million

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 Bob Geldof and Midge Ure at a press briefing to launch BandAid30 in London yesterday. Photograph:  Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

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The fake Prada shop erected by Elmgreen and Dragset in  the middle of the desert between Marfa and neighbouring Valentine. Photograph: Getty

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Auctioneer Garrett O’Connor in Dublin holding the prized Damien Hirst painting that sold at an anonymous auction for just €380. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

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Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer by Francis Bacon, sold in London for £26.7 million (€33.6m)

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Lynn Barber: ‘If I know somebody as a real person, I don’t then feel I can write about them because I know things about them that I shouldn’t know.’ Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

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Aidan Brooks: his Tribeca Holdings got involved with US firm Ashkenazy on the purchase of Old Spitalfields Market in London

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An exhibit at Mona in Tasmania

A Tasmanian gambler with self-diagnosed Asperger’s and a searing disregard for authority and religion has become the overlord of one of the mos(...)