Greek, Roman, Egyptian & Other Antiquities

The antiquities market comprises artefacts and works of art made by ancient civilisations including statues, coins, jewellery and arms and armour.

Provenance is one of the most important considerations when trading in this sector as there is a long history of looting from archaeological sites.

EU Parliament

Fears over new import licence system as EU targets trade on illicit art

02 December 2016

Leading trade bodies are voicing concerns that a revised EU consultation into the illicit trafficking of antiquities could lead to a “burdensome” new import licence system.

Dealers’ association asks industry to contact MPs over new cultural property law

01 December 2016

The Antiquities Dealers’ Association says the wording of the Cultural Property bill currently passing through Parliament ‘risks serious damage’ to the market and exposes members of the trade to an “unfair” risk of prosecution.

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Trade associations seek to amend bill in Parliament to ‘protect’ legitimate art market

25 November 2016

Politicians and trade bodies have raised further concerns over how a new Cultural Property Bill could impact the art market.

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London antiquities sales set sail with Bonhams offering ancient Egyptian model boat

24 November 2016

Specialist sales of antiquities in London kick off at Bonhams later this month with a 192-lot auction in New Bond Street on November 30.

Ten Commandments stone

Earliest-known Ten Commandments tablet sold at auction in Beverly Hills

17 November 2016

A stone tablet, inscribed with the Ten Commandments and thought to be the earliest-known complete example, has been sold at auction in Beverly Hills for $850,000 (£683,000).

Bronze cat from Toledo Museum of Art

Sixty ancient works from Ohio museum to be sold at Christie’s

13 October 2016

Antiquities from the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio are to be offered at Christie’s in New York this month to benefit the Museum’s acquisitions fund.

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Hansons Auctioneers launches new coins and antiquities department

15 September 2016

Derbyshire based Hansons Auctioneers are expanding into coins and antiquities with a new department called Historica.

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Appeal launched to save the Wold Newton Roman coin hoard for public collections

30 July 2016

How much would 700 chickens, 2000 of the finest fish or 11,000 pints of beer cost you these days? A hoard of 1857 Roman coins discovered in the north of England would buy any of those options.

Charles Ede at London Art Week

London Art Week: a round-up of sales

14 July 2016

The fourth edition of London Art Week which ended last Friday achieved some notable sales, with prices ranging from £1000 to over £1m.

‘Vital changes’ needed to looted art bill as dealers says definition of ‘cultural property’ is too vague

13 June 2016

The UK Government’s cultural property bill currently going through parliament needs “vital changes” to be workable and to safeguard “legitimate art market interests”, says the Antiquities Dealers’ Association (ADA).

Russian claims of ISIS profits from looted antiquities ‘do not add up,’ dealer body says

08 April 2016

Russian allegations that ISIS is netting $150-$200m annually from the sale of looted Syrian and Iraqi antiquities have been dismissed by the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA).

Christie’s change antiquities schedule

18 November 2015

Christie’s have announced major changes to their antiquities sales calendar in London and New York.

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Hoffmann brooches shine in Vienna auction

14 July 2015

Two rare brooches by Wiener Werkstätte founder Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) caused a sensation when they appeared in the recent Jugendstil and Design auction held at Kinsky in Vienna.

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Rare privy mark helps Indian coin to £13,000

27 April 2015

This rare Indian coin drew a four-way competition at Wilkes & Curtis’ latest auction.

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‘Overvalued’ Dark Age hoard comes to auction

24 March 2015

A remarkable hoard of coins shedding light on the power struggles between Vikings and Anglo-Saxons has come onto the open market in a highly unusual sale.

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The £52,000 Penzance purr-chase

25 February 2015

This finely modelled ancient Egyptian bronze cat head with original large gold hoop earrings was the uncontested star of David Lay’s latest auction in Penzance, Cornwall.

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Anglo-Saxon controls may prove vital in shedding light on newfound hoard

12 January 2015

Strict rules governing the integrity of early English coinage could lead to the newly uncovered Aylesbury Hoard revising our perspective of the Anglo-Saxon period.

Huge hoard may hold key to early English coinage

12 January 2015

The discovery of Anglo-Saxon coins near Aylesbury in December is the largest find of its type in 175 years.

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The monocled crocodile wrestler and the Egyptian coffin cover

29 August 2014

When Stephen Drake of Willingham Auctions discovered a 3000-year-old Egyptian coffin cover in a house clearance on the Essex coast, he was amazed.

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Northampton’s Egyptian statue sets £14m record amid saleroom protest

11 July 2014

This 4500-year-old Egyptian painted limestone statue topped last week’s summer series of Old Masters and works of art sales in London.

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