Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • A Renaissance scholar bought a two-and-a-half-foot tall wooden sculpture in 2012, and he and several other experts now believe the statue is a lost work by Donatello.
  • Others don’t have to buy artworks; they just have to look for them in their attic. For example, this person saw a painting by her aunt hailed as a masterpiece on TV. A quick search revealed 500 more like it bundled up in her loft.
  • One of 10 remaining copies of the 17th century “Sinners Bible,” which got its name because of its infamous typo imploring readers to commit adultery, is going on auction next month.

And three inevitable Halloween-related stories: