Latest News Articles by Matt Ball

What's cheap, cheerful and under a grand?

11 April 2022

Ask anyone about a special item they bought and they will usually start by telling you how they came to own it. Here the ATG team recounts the story of 15 purchases, each one for under £1000

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ATG conference: Going, going… green and online

04 April 2022

Auctioneers get together to hear the latest market trends and top tips for 2022

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Killarneyware chess set checks in at saleroom

21 March 2022

During the 19th century visitors seeking out idyllic lakeland views caused a mild tourist boom in the southwest corner of Ireland.

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Second-hand and sustainable: A special report from Auction Technology Group

21 March 2022

Firms selling second-hand items such as antiques can now quantify the environmental advantages thanks to a new report. They can also improve their competitive edge by auditing and publishing their own green credentials.

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Inside stories: How new focus on improving home spaces has boosted antique and vintage items

21 February 2022

Long periods of life at home because of Covid restrictions for both lifestyle and work reasons have encouraged a trend for younger buyers in particular to target second-hand items from auction houses and dealers

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Chess: Ah, that’ll be the good old Ruy Lopez opening

06 December 2021

The World Chess Championship currently taking place in Dubai began on November 26 in familiar style.

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Auctions give a boost to the latest retail sales figures

23 November 2021

Rising sales of second-hand goods are helping to boost the UK's economy.

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AMPs now exceed 800 but registration is not compliance

08 November 2021

The number of art market participants (AMPs) registered with the UK tax authorities under the Fifth Anti Money Laundering Directive has now exceeded 800, delegates were told at the Art Business Conference last week.

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Bottles held a fascination after rubbish tip discovery

01 November 2021

When teenagers Mark and Simon Fletcher came across a Victorian ginger beer bottle sticking out of the ground in the garden of their new home at Old Clee, near Grimsby, 40 years ago little did they know that a collecting bug was about to bite.

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Asian Art in London Indian and Islamic award winners announced

21 October 2021

As its annual festival of exhibitions and sales gets under way, Asian Art in London has announced the winners of its Indian and Islamic awards.

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Eastern promise: Asian Art in London award nominees announced

18 October 2021

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s East Asian art season have been announced.

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The first edition: Where are they now?

13 September 2021

Getting the first issue of ATG printed was not an easy task but many of the companies featured in it are still going strong today

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Lockdown restrictions easing in Scotland and Wales welcomed by art and antiques sector

14 August 2021

The relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in Scotland and Wales will enable the return of art and antiques events.

Covid easing delays impact event planning

28 June 2021

Pauses to lockdown easing across the UK may affect plans for larger art and antiques events, fairs and markets in the coming weeks, while in Ireland a lifting of restrictions has begun.

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A fair to make Brighton rock

10 May 2021

Organiser tells ATG why the south-coast city is a great place for a new PBFA event

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Online bidding: The key moment

22 March 2021

Fifteen years ago an auction was held which heralded the online transformation in the bidding process and opened sales up to potential buyers across the world

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Art and antiques trade in England to reopen on April 12

23 February 2021

A ‘roadmap’ to how coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England will be eased has been revealed.

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Online trading brings new confidence in second lockdown

09 November 2020

Art and antiques businesses in England are more prepared for trading through this new lockdown having gained experience last time around.

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Online trading and working behind closed doors during lockdown get the green light

04 November 2020

The government has confirmed that art and antiques businesses in England will be able to continue trading behind closed doors during the new lockdown.

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Art and antiques businesses in England start making lockdown plans

03 November 2020

While waiting for full details of government guidance on the new lockdown in England starting from Thursday November 5, art and antiques businesses have been announcing their plans for the coming months.