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In brief: A sparkling £15m for 'perfect' gem

Published 30/11/2010 | 05:00

A rare pink diamond sold at auction for a record £14.86m (€17.64m). The 14.23-carat gem, known as the Perfect Pink, went under the hammer at British art auction house Christie's Hong Kong.

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It was a record price for a jewel sold at auction in Asia. Another record was broken by the total raised by the jewels. The Hong Kong sale raised £50,601,648.

Sleepwalking man shoots himself

A Colorado man who told police he woke up to a "bang" and realised he had suffered a gunshot wound to his knee apparently shot himself while sleepwalking.

Sanford Rothman (61) told officers he had no clear recollection of the incident. Police said he kept a 9mm handgun near his bed and took prescription medication.

TV's Snow marries duke's daughter

Television presenter Dan Snow has married the Duke of Westminster's daughter, Lady Edwina Grosvenor, in a ceremony in Liverpool.

Lady Edwina, whose father is one of England's richest men, met Snow two years ago. Snow is the son of BBC journalist Peter Snow.

Katie blocked out gran porn shock

'X Factor' reject Katie Waissel has told how she had to block out revelations about her prostitute grandmother to concentrate on the TV show.

Ms Waissel said she had to keep her "head high". She was left reeling when it emerged that her grandmother, Sheila Vogel (81) had been working as a prostitute and starred in a pornographic film.

Director Lynch on track for change

blue Velvet director David Lynch is moving into the music world after teaming up with a BBC Radio 1 DJ.

The film-maker is the vocalist on the record released through Rob da Bank's label. Lynch is releasing two tracks this week.

Pet cemetery uproar is buried

A Montana pet cemetery has backed off from a proposal to exhume and cremate its occupants.

The cemetery is the final resting place for 1,200 pets. It had considered exhuming the pets because of a new hotel being built nearby.

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