Shock as Banksy shreds his own £1m artwork
Is Banksy a genius or a vandal? Last week, one of his most famous artworks was sold for £1 million. The painting self-destructed just as the sale went through.
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Not fur us: London Fashion Week goes fur-free
Should fur clothes be banned? Today, models and designers from around the world have arrived in the capital city for London Fashion Week. For the first time ever, the event will be fur-free.
Brazil museum blaze is tragedy for the world
How important are museums? A fire has ripped through Brazil’s national collection, destroying millions of priceless artefacts. The search for surviving objects continues, but hopes are slim.
The cellist hoping to save the world with music
Is this possible? Yo-Yo Ma is a famous classical musician. He has now embarked on a world tour, visiting 36 cities in six continents. He wants to prove that music brings the world together.
Scientists find world’s oldest colour — pink!
Should pink be a girl’s colour? While investigating 1.1 billion-year-old rocks, scientists discovered the oldest naturally occurring colour ever found. It was a bright, vivid pink.
Iron man of India to be world’s tallest statue
Is Mumbai’s giant statue of an old king worth the cost? The government says that it will be inspirational, but some locals believe that the $500 million could be better spent.
The story of music videos, from MTV to YouTube
Are music videos becoming bigger than the tunes themselves? As of this week, video views count towards a song’s position in the charts. Videos have been shaping the music world for decades…
The bronze antique that caused a global row
Should Britain give back its stolen treasures? A unique Chinese antique has just been sold in the UK, angering China, which says that it was looted. This is true of other objects too…
The American graffiti worth £5 million
What is graffiti worth? One judge’s latest ruling gives some much loved examples a value of £5 million. That is how much the owner of 5Pointz in New York City must give to the artists whose work...
The 1000-year-old comic coming to Britain
Does the Bayeux Tapestry belong to Britain? The mysterious masterpiece has always been in France, but it will soon be loaned to the UK. Some say that it was made here, and should not leave.
Children to choose mascot for 2020 Olympics
Do we need Olympic mascots? Japanese children will get to choose the mascot for the 2020 Tokyo games. The characters are a big part of Olympic tradition, but they do not always go down well.
Behold! The world’s most expensive painting
Can a work of art be worth $450 million? That was how much a Leonardo da Vinci painting sold for, and it smashed all records. The portrait, called “Salvator Mundi”, was once valued at £45.
How there’s a Leonardo in each of us
Can we all learn something from the greatest genius ever to walk the Earth? Leonardo da Vinci was an amazing artist, scientist and inventor. A new book says we can all become more like him.
The magic cap that turns us all into composers
Should everyone be a composer? Scientists have invented a cap that can read music we make up in our minds and capture it for others to enjoy. We no longer need any complex special skills.
The bad painter who is an artistic genius
Can a person be a great artist if they are not very good at painting? David Hockney is one of the most admired artists in the world. And yet experts say that he is not “highly skilled”.