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JK Rowling has revealed her crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books

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JK Rowling has revealed her crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books. The author said her plans...

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea from Arthur Conan Doyle's heirs, who are trying to stop the publication of a book based on Sherlock Holmes

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The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea from Arthur Conan Doyle's heirs, who are trying to stop the publication of a book based on...

Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and stepped down in 1999

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A collection of unusual items signed by Nelson Mandela is being auctioned in Johannesburg. The lots include a chess set, of figures from either side...

Harper Lee first distanced herself from The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee when Penguin announced its publication in 2011

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To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has denied she approved the writing of a memoir about her life in Alabama by former neighbor...

Sotheby's and eBay will create a web platform to allow viewers to bid on and buy art

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Sotheby's and eBay will create a web platform to allow viewers to bid on and buy art. According to Sotheby's chief operating officer Bruno Vinciguerra,...

Nadine Gordimer was one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid

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Nobel Prize-winning writer Nadine Gordimer has died in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the age of 90. Nadine Gordimer, who was one of the literary world's...

Lorin Maazel occupied top positions at the Vienna State Opera and the New York Philharmonic

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Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died from complications of pneumonia at his home in Castleton, Virginia, aged 84.Lorin Maazel occupied top positions at...

Botticelli’s Study for a Seated St Joseph, his head resting on his right hand has sold for a record $2.1 million at Sotheby’s auction in London

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A rare Botticelli drawing - titled Study for a Seated St Joseph, his head resting on his right hand - has sold for a...

JK Rowling has published a new short story about Harry Potter on her Pottermore fan website, set during the Quidditch world cup final

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JK Rowling has published a new short story about Harry Potter on her Pottermore fan website, set during the Quidditch world cup final. The 1,500-word...

Odalisque in Red Pants was recovered in Miami Beach in an undercover operation two years ago

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Henri Matisse’s painting Odalisque in Red Pants, which was stolen more than a decade ago, has been handed back to the Venezuelan authorities by...

The biggest event of the Ultra orthodox world in 2013 was the wedding of Shalom Rokeach and his bride Hannah Batya Penet

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The biggest event of the Ultra orthodox world in 2013 was the wedding of the grandson of the leader of the Hasidic dynasty Belz...

Phil Collins has donated his extensive collection of Alamo memorabilia to the Battle of the Alamo historic site in San Antonio

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Phil Collins has donated his extensive collection of Alamo memorabilia to the Battle of the Alamo historic site in San Antonio, Texas. Phil Collins, 63,...

The statue in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk was built to honor two 19th Century figures

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Authorities in Kazakhstan have removed a monument after locals likened the figures on it to hobbits taking a "selfie", reports say. The statue in the...

George Lucas has selected Chicago as the future site of a museum of his movie memorabilia and prized art collection

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George Lucas has selected Chicago as the future site of a museum of his movie memorabilia and prized art collection. Chicago had been battling for...

The 1,000 drawings carved in the walls of the Decorated Cave of Pont d'Arc, or Grotte Chauvet, are 36,000 years old and include mammoths and hand prints

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A prehistoric cave in southern France dubbed Sistine Chapel has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list.The 1,000 drawings carved in the walls of...

Inca Empire’s Qhapaq Nan road system has been granted World Heritage by UNESCO

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Inca Empire’s Qhapaq Nan road system has been granted World Heritage status by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. The Qhapaq Nan roads go through six...

Pablo Neruda is best known for his collection Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

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Pablo Neruda Foundation in Chile has found more than 20 previously unknown poems by the Nobel Prize winner. Poems were found while cataloguing some of...

Horace Silver was one of the pioneers of a rhythmic jazz style known as hard bop

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Jazzman Horace Silver has died at the age of 85, National Public Radio (NPR) said on Wednesday. NPR said Horace Silver's son Gregory had called...

A hidden portrait has been found by scientists beneath Picasso’s painting The Blue Room

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A hidden portrait has been found by scientists beneath the brush strokes of The Blue Room, a 1901 Picasso artwork. Art experts and conservators at...

The British Guiana has sold for a record $9.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York

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A rare 19th Century one-cent magenta stamp from a British colony in South America has sold for a record $9.5 million at a Sotheby’s...

Emma Allen has used face paint to turn herself into the FIFA World Cup Trophy

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Emma Allen has used face paint to turn herself into the FIFA World Cup trophy.Emma Allen has used face paint to turn herself...

The launch event for The Space at Tate Modern featured a video message from Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing

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Ai Weiwei is helping to launch The Space - a website dedicated to digital art. The $13.5 million project will commission and showcase new art...

Study for a Seated St. Joseph is believed to be the only drawing which can be clearly linked with one of Sandro Botticelli's painted compositions

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Study for a Seated St. Joseph, a rare Botticelli drawing, is to be sold at the Sotheby’s in London in July.This is the first...

Maya Angelou was one of America's leading literary voices of the last 50 years

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Author Maya Angelou, one of America's leading literary voices of the last 50 years, has died at the age of 86. Maya Angelou was best-known...

Harper Lee sought the reinstatement of the lawsuit after her attorneys said settlement talks with the Monroe County Heritage Museum failed

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Harper Lee’s lawsuit filed against a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, has been reinstated by a federal judge.Harper Lee sought the...

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