A tiny Ming bowl with the Chenghua six character mark in a double square is expected to fetch €20,000-€30,000 at Sheppard’s sale

Diamonds, dragons and a death mask feature in some of this week’s auction highlights. All sales are live, but in accordance with current Government Co(...)

New US president Joe Biden  delivering his inauguration speech after being sworn in as the 46th US president on January 20th at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph:   Caroline brehman/pool/AFP via Getty Images

For a brief moment on Wednesday it seemed that it all might still go awry. As the soon-to-be president Joe Biden and his wife Jill stood on the thresh(...)

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden embrace in front of the White House in Washington during inauguration day. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

After all the recriminations, the baseless claims of election fraud, the seething anger that culminated in an assault on the US Capitol, America usher(...)

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty

Former president Donald Trump vowed to return “in some form” as he left the White House for the final time as president on Wednesday. Speaking to jou(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden arrives at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Tuesday, January 19th. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President-elect Joe Biden touched down in Washington DC on Tuesday, ahead of his inauguration on Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States.(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to the press in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

2017 January 20th Trump inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. His presidential rival Hillary Clinton is among those in attendance,(...)

Voters gather  during midnight voting as part of the first ballots cast in the US election in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire,  a village of 12 residents. Photograph: JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

The mood is one of anxious trepidation in Washington DC as Americans go to the polls today in what is effectively a referendum on Donald Trump. On th(...)

Rev Al Sharpton, centre, founder and president of National Action Network, and Martin Luther King III, third from right, march with others during the  protest against racism and police brutality in Washington, DC. Photograph: Olivier Douliery / AFP via Getty

Tens of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington on Friday to call for racial justice, as they marked the 57th anniversary of M(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

US president Donald Trump will accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination at the White House or at Gettysburg, the civil war site where Abr(...)

The casket carrying the remains of George Floyd arrives by horse-drawn carriage at Houston Memorial Gardens for his funeral in Pearland, Texas. Photograph: Aaron M Sprecher/EPA

George Floyd, a black man whose death under the knee of a white police officer roused worldwide protests against racial injustice, was memorialised at(...)

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