1) Fake or Fortune? returns to screens for its ninth season this month
BBC TV show Fake or Fortune? is returning later this month after filming progressed in between lockdowns.
2) Portobello dealers ‘left reeling’ as flood hits shops and arcades
Portobello Road dealers are cleaning up after “a month of rain in 90 minutes” flooded homes and businesses in the area.
3) Portrait by artist Sarah Biffin, born without hands, arms or feet, is among the latest pick of five auction highlights
Our weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a portrait by artist Sarah Biffin which sold for more than ten times its estimate.
4) French state buys infamous Marquis de Sade’s manuscript with help from a wealthy banker
France’s Ministry of Culture announced the acquisition by the state of the ‘120 days of Sodom’ by the Marquis de Sade and a number of other manuscripts.
5) A slow recovery: stolen tortoises resurface after 29 years
Four Victorian bronze tortoises stolen from National Trust property Kingston Lacy in Dorset have been recovered nearly 30 years later.
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