Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

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‘More affordable’ options at Paris Drawings Week

19 April 2019

Not everything in the spring drawings sales required a six-figure bank balance to purchase. Plenty of more affordable works appeared across all the Paris rooms – both Drouot and the independents (and, of course, in the various dealers shows and fairs). Pictured here are some works within the reach of less elevated budgets.

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Developments in focus at the latest photograph auctions in New York

15 April 2019

A look at the latest photograph auction highlights, potential sale stars to come, fairs coming up and a camera and equipment spotlight.

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Set of Man Ray limited edition prints emerge at Swann auction

15 April 2019

'Electricité', pictured below, is one of a limited edition portfolio of 10 photogravures after Man Ray’s Rayographs from a 1931 commercial commission from the artist by the Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d’Electricité.

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Photography pioneer pictures French city in 1840

15 April 2019

Philippe Fortuné Durand is regarded as the first professional photographer in France.

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A slice of rural life shown in more than 500 photographs at Ewbank’s auction

15 April 2019

When it comes to early or vintage photographs the interest is often centred around the social history of the material – the camera’s ability to document past events, be they special occasions or scenes of everyday life.

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Early views of China prove major attraction at Bonhams Knightsbridge

15 April 2019

Early views of China are often best-sellers in the realm of topographical photography. An album of 83 albumen prints from the 1860s-70s proved to be a major attraction at Bonhams’ latest book sale held in Knightsbridge.

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Single-owner collection dedicated to avant-garde photographer sells at Chiswick Auctions

15 April 2019

A private single-owner collection of around 180 lots from one vintage photographer was the subject of a recent sale held by Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Delacroix’s London sketchbooks to go on display at the Louvre after auction

11 April 2019

Sketchbooks owned by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) featuring views of London have been bought by the Louvre Museum for €314,000 (£268,375).

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Signs of the times: Single owner collection stands out at Paris auction

08 April 2019

Pioneer collection of street furniture goes from Parisian flat to the saleroom.

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Elaborate 17th century cabinet provides star quality to €2m country house collection

08 April 2019

A 17th century tortoiseshell, pewter and brass marquetry cabinet on stand was the star turn in the sale of the contents from a country house in the Ile de France at Drouot in Paris.

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Single-owner sale: Signs that Paris appreciates its streetscapes

08 April 2019

French and foreign bidders flock to white-glove sale of pioneer collection of the city’s heritage

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Rubens oil sketch for church ceiling in Antwerp takes €1.3m at auction

03 April 2019

Discovered in a house in northern France, a rare oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens created for an important commission in Antwerp has sold for €1.3m (£1.12m).

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Rembrandt Bugatti bronze stars in beastly auction selection

01 April 2019

Head and shoulders above anything else in Millon’s (25% buyer’s premium) animalier bronze sale, Bestiare, held on March 8 at Drouot in Paris, was a dramatic study of a lion eating by one of the most sought-after names in the genre and the star of the so-called Antwerp school of sculpture.

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Event promotes French salerooms

01 April 2019

France’s annual Journées Marteau event, organised by the French auctioneers’ association SYMEV (Syndicat National des Maisons de Ventes Volontaires), takes place this weekend, April 5-7.

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Houdon busts take $1.25m total at New York auction

01 April 2019

Single buyer secures two key works by one of the main sculptors of the Enlightenment.

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Hollywood talent agent Jeff Hunter's collection produces a white-glove sale

01 April 2019

It was a white-glove result for the 49-lot auction of the collection of Jeff Hunter offered by Freeman’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Philadelphia on March 13.

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Historic Paris shop sign collection acquired by Musée Carnavalet from auction house

30 March 2019

Eight evocative antique shop signs, symbols of Paris’ ancient streetscapes, are off to the Musée Carnavalet, the city’s museum in the Marais district dedicated to the history of the French capital.

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Busts of French enlightenment thinkers by Houdon star at US auction

29 March 2019

Two market-fresh marble busts of 18th century luminaries by a famous French sculptor with a detailed historic provenance and very attractively pitched estimates were propelled to multi-estimate prices totalling $1.25m at a US auction last week.

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PREVIEW: Ohio - Treadway Gallery

25 March 2019

European Art glass by Gallé, Daum and Lalique from a Los Angeles collection features in Treadway Gallery’s 20th Century Art and Design auction on April 7 in Cincinnati.

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PREVIEW: Auckland - Art and Object

25 March 2019

A collection of Antarctic books from the library of the author, explorer and historian Richard Reaney is to offered by Art and Object on April 11 in New Zealand.