Christopher Bell

Cast your mind back to the start of the year. The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a public health emergency of international concern in Ja(...)

Bob Dylan performing at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Raphael Pour-Hashemi

On the way to the Bob Dylan/Neil Young concert in Kilkenny on Sunday, I fell into conversation with an exotic-looking woman of a certain age (65 she l(...)

A detail from Salvator Mundi, an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about 1500, and is said to be the last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting. Photograph: Courtesy of Christie’s New York

Despite the pre-sale publicity, Salvator Mundi does not have the kind of history that would reassure you about its status and authenticity, especially(...)

Page from the 1631 bible which reads: “Thou shalt commit adultery”

One of the greatest howlers in English publishing history occurred in 1631 when a version of The Holy Bible was published in London with the word “not(...)

Oliver Cromwell’s ‘coffin plate’ was “found in a leaden canister, lying on the breast of the corpse”, according to Sotheby’s. Photograph: Sotheby’s

A grisly memento from the grave of Oliver Cromwell, the most-hated name in Irish history, has come to light and will be sold at auction in London on (...)