Money News: All out for an artefact

❚ Russian businessman, Evgeny Yurchenko, bought the world’s first ever space ship, the Soviet Vostok 3KA-2, for £1.8m at a US auction this year, returning it to its original home.

❚ In 1994, Microsoft boss Bill Gates splurged £19.3m on famous book The Codex Leicester, which contains a collection of scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci.

❚ An anonymous bidder bought the key to the binocular store on the ill-fated Titanic for £90,000 last year. The key was never on board, as an officer forgot to hand it over, so the captain relied on his naked eye.

❚ John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (complete with his doodles) was bought for £145,644 in the US this year, by an unknown fan.

Save Money: Best Deals in London

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If you have unwanted tickets to a gig or event, or if you’re looking for one and want to avoid unscrupulous touts, visit which buys and sells fans’ tickets for decent prices. It’s especially good for sold-out shows.

Gone are the days when you need to flit between shops for a better deal, now you can download the RedLaser app to your iPhone (£1.19). When you scan a barcode, it searches online to bring up better prices for the same item.

By making a restaurant booking and reviewing your meal through the free Toptable app, you can earn points to redeem for meals, food-related gifts and foodie experiences at venues across the UK. The app also includes a tip calculator.

How You Spend It!

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Sarah Torcasio, 23
Job Data Entry
From Melbourne
Lives Clapham South

How do you budget?
I deduct my essentials – rent, bills and travel – from my monthly pay and put it in a separate account. I’m bound to find useless things to spend it on otherwise.

Any money-saving tips?
Hmm. Don’t go into clothes shops, or online shops. Don’t look at gig guides, and try to avoid going to the pub every other night.

Last big blow-out?
When a friend came to London for a few nights I booked what I thought was a basic hotel room, but it was actually an apartment that we nicknamed the penthouse. Whoops!

What non-essential items do you spend money on?
I could say gigs, but to me they are essential. Are you telling me you wouldn’t pay to see Laura Marling on her cathedral tour?