Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with fellow House Democrats on the steps outside the US Capitol. She is derided by the far left for her pragmatism, despite being a long-time target for Republicans. Photograph: Getty

After I interviewed Nancy Pelosi a few weeks ago, The HuffPost huffed that we were Dreaded Elites because we were eating chocolates and – horror of ho(...)

Actor Rip Torn: died aged 88. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Screen and stage star Rip Torn has died at the age of 88. Torn made his reputation in the works of Tennessee Williams and played roles as diverse as (...)

Carlos Ghosn, former chairman  of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in  2017. File photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

In October 2016, Carlos Ghosn rented out the Grand Trianon in Versailles for his lavish second wedding. Hired actors in towering wigs and 18th century(...)

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) by  David Hockney Photograph: (David Hockney/Courtesy of Christie’s Images LTD via AP)

Results Hegarty’s Antiques and Fine Art Bandon Co Cork. Country house auction November 18th. The Bugle Room by Wojciech Kossak, €5,700 (€4,000-€6,000(...)

A  Christie’s employee displays an 18.96-carat fancy vivid pink diamond during a preview at Christie’s in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP

Christie’s has sold the “Pink Legacy” diamond at auction for more than $50 million (€44.2 million) including fees, saying it is a new world record pri(...)

Many women reacted strongly to Anton Mesmer’s magnetic therapies; some of them convulsing or falling unconscious.

In 1778 Anton Mesmer arrived in Paris. He had left Vienna under a cloud when his new practice of animal magnetism raised objections among medical prac(...)

Mary Robinson’s snail plates sold for €70

“Let them eat cake”, Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France reputedly said when told her subjects were famished. Yesterday, [Tuesday, November 28t(...)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: the MP’s stance on abortion horrified audiences that cherished him as previous generations cherished Oliver St John-Mollusc and other spoof aristocrats from Monty Python. Photograph: Parliament.uk

So of the times and so behind them, Jacob Rees-Mogg has lived a paradox this summer. The Conservative MP’s refusal to apologise for his high birth tur(...)

Ana Maria Pacheco’s Hairy Legs of the Queen of Sheba.  Courtesy of the artist and Pratt Contemporary

Many centuries ago a young Portuguese girl was said to have been so determined to remain chaste, she prayed to be made ugly. God granted her a beard. (...)

“C’est bizarre,” observed the female passerby as she looked in the window of Cafe Philippe alongside the medieval market of Carreau De Temple. She was(...)

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