Constable's masterpiece Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows is bought by the Tate for a "bargain" £23.1m.
American writer Lydia Davis is named as winner of the Man Booker International prize for her "achievement in fiction on the world stage".
A book about Christopher Marlowe written entirely in verse makes the shortlist for the sixth Desmond Elliott Prize for best debut novel.
There are boos and walk-outs for Ryan Gosling's film Only God Forgives at Cannes, but it still earns some five-star reviews.
Beatles biographer Hunter Davies donates letters and lyrics by John Lennon to the British Library as part of a new tax relief scheme.
An imprisoned member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot announces a hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei releases a foul-mouthed music video in which he recreates his detention and rages against abuses of state power.
Actor Richard Thorp, who played Emmerdale stalwart Alan Turner for more than 30 years, dies at the age of 81.
Henri Dutilleux, one of France's leading 20th Century composers, has died in Paris at the age of 97, his family announce.
It is confirmed that Sharon Osbourne will return as a judge in 2013, alongside Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.
A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with annotations and drawings by JK Rowling sells for a record £150,000.
The X Factor musical written by comedian Harry Hill has been titled I Can't Sing! and will open at the London Palladium in March 2014.
The ice skating TV series is to be axed after one further series.
The BBC's Kev Geoghegan wraps up his diary as the Croisette bids farewell to the world's film industry for another year
The musical world will come together on Wednesday to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Wagner with a series of programmes and events.
Matilda the Broadway show wins five awards at New York's Drama Desk awards while Pippin, Cinderella and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf are also multiple winners.
Foxwoods Theatre, Broadway's biggest venue has been bought by Britain's Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG).
Action sequel Fast & Furious 6 races ahead of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in this week's UK and Ireland box office chart.
Film star Michael Douglas breaks down in tears at a press conference in Cannes while discussing his role as flamboyant pianist Liberace.
Star Trek Into Darkness tops the US box office chart on its debut weekend but fails to reach its $100m estimate.
Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie's legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, dies from cancer at the age of 62.
Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founder member of the 1960s rock band The Doors, dies aged 74 in Germany after a long battle with cancer.
The singer will appear with Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato along with newcomer Paulina Rubio.
Eddie Braben, the writer behind comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, dies at 82.
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee pulls out of his first TV project, because he needs "some rest", after spending more than four years making and promoting Life of Pi.
Russia's foreign minister calls Azerbaijan's failure to award any Eurovision points to Russia "outrageous" and promises a response.
A new documentary film looks at the dramatic impact of China's growing fascination with fine French wines.
Disney's Iron Man 3 film is set to become China's highest-grossing film of all time, opening the door for more business from Hollywood.
A woman has described helping a man who lay bleeding on the M1, not realising it was the singer George Michael
Jazz musician Jamie Cullum explains why he pretended to be Bruno Mars