Art experts think they have uncovered one of the first ever portraits of a pet guinea pig.
A 16th century oil painting showing the animal being cradled between three children will go on show at a new exhibition later this year.
The portrait, believed to have been painted around 1580 by an unknown artist, shows three young children holding the animal which had recently been introduced into Europe from South America by Spanish merchants.
It will form part of an exhibition, called Elizabeth I And Her People, which opens at the National Portrait Gallery in central London in October.
The Royal College of Art will host the first-ever solo show of the late music star, RCA alumnus and painter, Ian Dury from tomorrow.Read the full story ›
London clay, thought to be fifty million years old, has been turned into a piece of 21st century art.
Bird Nest, created by east London sculptor Frank Harris, was made using material dug up during the building of the new Crossrail tunnels.
The piece is exhibiting at the Slade Shows 2013 this week at the University College London.
The unveiling of the unique artwork comes as Crossrail launches its Artist in Residence programme, providing artists the opportunity to use Europe's largest construction project and its workers as their muses to inspire creative art.
Historic buildings in King's Cross have been used as a giant canvas for a temporary art installation.
The piece by Swiss artist Felice Varini, which is over 500 metres long, will be unveiled later.
The Royal College of Art in Battersea has unveiled its latest 'secret' art sale.
Watch the video to find out what the secret is, and how you can get your hands on some postcard-sized original artworks.
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Acclaimed street artist Stik, whose iconic stick people pieces are part of the Victorian and Albert Museum print collection has collaborated on a self funded project to turn Big Issue vendors into art dealers.
A Miami auctioneer has defended the sale tomorrow of a mural by the grafitti artist Banksy, which was controversially removed from a wall in North London.
He says it belongs to the owner of the wall and he wouldn't be staging the half-a-million dollar sale if it was illegal.
As Ria Chatterjee reports, a new image has now taken the mural's place in Wood Green.
Auctioneer Frederic Thut, who will auction the 'Banksy' on Saturday (February 23) insists that the artwork was acquired legally from the owner of the wall - but that local laws prevent him from revealing their identity.
He has accused local people of assuming moral ownership of something that is not theirs.
The owner of the wall, on which the artwork was stenciled, remains a mystery to local people in Wood Green.
Retailer Poundland, which occupies the building, is only a leaseholder. They say they do not condone the removal of the painting.
Councillor Alan Strickland says that locals see it as an act of theft:
"The feeling in the community here very strongly is that this is piece of art given freely by Banksy to our community. It belongs to our community, and we've really enjoyed having it here.
"It seems quite wrong to take that out secretively and sell it at auction in Miami for half a million dollars. That seems completely counter to the spirit with which Banksy gave it to us," he said.
Fine Art Auctions Miami, the company that is set to sell the 'Banksy' artwork, is promoting the stencil as a highlight of tomorrow's auction.
They have put it on the front cover of the catalogue and on the home page of their website.
It is estimated that the work will fetch between $500,000 and $700,000.
An auctioneer in Miami preparing to sell a 'Bansky' street painting taken from a London wall says if anyone can prove the sale is illegal he'll take it off the market.
The 'Banksy' disappeared from a wall in Wood Green earlier this month, and is expected to fetch up to half a million dollars in the sale tomorrow.
Ria Chaterjee has our report: