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Five top picture lots from Lyon & Turnbull’s Kirkton House auction

18 October 2018

Lyon & Turnbull’s Kirkton House sale offered some notable lots across different categories, not least a prize collection of Pilkington's Lancastrian lustre and a series of valuable bronze sculptures. But the 182 pictures in the consignment also formed a key part of the auction.

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Most Read: ATG’s top stories this week – including Banksy’s art market prank

12 October 2018

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of street artist Banksy’s prank on the art market with a work shredding itself immediately after selling at Sotheby’s.

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Affordable art: Six works sold or offered for under £900 including an 18th century print of a Joseph Wright of Derby masterwork

10 October 2018

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £900 and three upcoming lots offered over the next fortnight, including a c.1768 engraving by William Pether after a masterwork by the great Joseph Wright of Derby.

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Sotheby’s refutes $380m fraud claim filed in New York court

05 October 2018

Sotheby’s has described a claim filed in New York that it conspired to defraud the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev as “entirely without merit”.

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Affordable art: Six works sold or offered for under £900 including watercolour by a Victorian ‘prodigy of manual skill’

03 October 2018

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £900, including a Edmund George Warren watercolour of the New Forest, and three upcoming lots offered the next fortnight.

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Saleroom selection: Six pieces of Baxter Whitefriars glass on offer at auctions around the UK

01 October 2018

Whitefriars glass can be traced back to the 18th century but it really came into its own after James Powell purchased the business for his three sons in 1834.

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From $300 to $300,000 – Apple-1 computer sells at Boston auction

29 September 2018

An Apple-1 computer bought for $300 in the late 1970s has sold at an auction in Boston for $300,000 (£228,730) – $375,000 with buyer’s premium.

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Most Read: ATG’s top stories this week – including a Russian sleeper and a piece of comedy gold at auction

28 September 2018

The most popular stories on this website over the last seven days included a Russian sleeper bringing huge bidding in Yorkshire and an ‘Only Fools and Horses’ prop knocked down to two suitably-dressed characters.

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Patrick Caulfield’s ‘Pony’ takes £220,000 at Roseberys auction

26 September 2018

A painting titled 'Pony' by British artist Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005) has sold for £220,000 at south London saleroom Roseberys.

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Russian porcelain figures taken to 300-times estimate at Tennants’ auction

21 September 2018

A major competition came for a set of Russian porcelain figures at Tennants’ Country House sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire today.

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Bidders snap up letters from Pre-Raphaelite patron’s collection at Trevanion & Dean auction

21 September 2018

A group of 66 letters from the collection of an important patron of Pre-Raphaelite artists raised a £25,000 total at Shropshire auctioneers Trevanion & Dean.

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Assyrian relief expected to raise over $10m at Christie’s New York

17 September 2018

A 3000-year-old Assyrian relief unearthed from the royal palace at Nimrud will be offered at Christie’s New York on October 31. It is expected to exceed $10m.


Christie's to offer one of the earliest pieces of ancient art in the US

17 September 2018

One of the earliest pieces of ancient art in the US, an ancient Assyrian relief that arrived in Virginia before the American Civil War, is being offered at auction.

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Sotheby’s to offer two Royal portraits by Anthony van Dyck

12 September 2018

Two royal portraits by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), including one of the future King Charles II, have been pitched at a combined £2.6m-3.8m as part of Sotheby’s Old Master auction in London on December 5.

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Robert Brooks bows out as Bonhams sold to Epiris

10 September 2018

Bonhams’ chairman Robert Brooks is retiring from the auction house after selling the company to private equity group Epiris.


Pick of the Week: Poster promoting first movie show makes £160,000 at Sotheby's

10 September 2018

Posters advertising the first-ever public screening of a film, which took place in Paris in 1895, have hardly ever emerged outside France. While one is known in an American collection, the appearance of another at Sotheby’s latest online film posters auction understandably caused some excitement.

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Art from Rugby School’s historic collection consigned to Christie’s

10 September 2018

Christie’s is staging a stand-alone sale of works from Rugby School in December. The 200 lots are expected to raise around £3m.

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Christie’s place $70m estimate on Edward Hopper’s ‘Chop Suey’ after securing $300m Ebsworth collection

08 September 2018

Christie’s are offering what they claim is the most important work by Edward Hopper (1882-1967) remaining in private hands. ‘Chop Suey’ from 1929 will be estimated in the region of $70m when it appears at auction later this year.

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Bonhams business sold to private equity firm Epiris

04 September 2018

Auction house Bonhams has been acquired by the private equity group Epiris.

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Unveiling of Salvator Mundi at Louvre Abu Dhabi delayed

04 September 2018

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism is postponing the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ at The Louvre Abu Dhabi.