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1) BBC's decision to axe Flog It! after 17 years is "disappointing," presenters say

The long-running and successful antiques programme Flog It! has been axed as part of the BBC’s 'modernisation' of its daytime schedule, a decision presenters have described as "very sad news" and "disappointing for viewers".

2) Banksy pranks art market with self-destructing picture at Sotheby’s auction

Street artist Banksy managed to prank the art market by booby trapping his ‘Girl with Balloon’ picture that sold at auction for £1.04m at Sotheby’s.

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The Banksy ‘Girl with Balloon’ picture that was automatically shredded in its frame after being sold at auction in a prank by the street artist. Image: Sotheby’s.

3) Sotheby’s refutes $380m fraud claim filed in New York court

Sotheby’s has described a claim filed in New York that it conspired to defraud the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev as “entirely without merit”.    

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Dmitry Rybolovlev, who has launched legal action against Sotheby’s claiming he was defrauded over the purchase of high-value artworks. Image: Francknataf via wikimedia.org.

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4) Appeal for information following ‘Mission Impossible’ style theft at York antiques centre

Red House Antiques Centre in York was the victim of an audacious ‘Mission Impossible’ style burglary.

5) Contents of a Staffordshire manor house comes to auction in Derbyshire

Derbyshire auction house Hansons is selling the complete contents of a Staffordshire manor house. Bishton Hall, at Wolseley Bridge, near Stafford, was built and has been home to the Stafford Northcote family and Saint Bede’s Prep School since 1946.

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Bishton Hall, at Wolseley Bridge, near Stafford, was built c.1750 and has been home to the Stafford Northcote family and a prep school since 1946.

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