Lot 39 Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and ruby minaudiere from 1935 (€15,000- €20,000)

There is a great sense of summer and echoes of La Dolce Vita – the 1960 Fellini film capturing exotic European glamour, in the forthcoming Adam’s Fine(...)

Andrey Markov  analysed the text of Alexander Pushkin’s classic verse novel ‘Eugene Onegin’

Imagine examining the first 20,000 letters of a book, counting frequencies and studying patterns. This is precisely what Andrey Markov did when he ana(...)

A candle in front of a painting of  David Bowie in Brixton, London, after his death was announced. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

In the wake of David Bowie’s death, the impulse to treat Blackstar like a puzzle to be solved was understandable yet seemed to defeat the point of his(...)

Alexander Pushkin: among his many literary talents was a flair for characterisation. Photograph: Universal/Getty

Pyotr Grinyov, a Russian nobleman, recalls a fraught interlude in his youth which was to become the defining moment of his life. His approach is witty(...)