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.


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Judge orders Christie's to name Stargazer ‘buyer’

07 August 2017

A US judge has ordered Christie’s to identify the winning bidder of the $12.5m (£9.7m) Guennol Stargazer, an ancient Anatolian idol auctioned in New York in April.

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The fresh face of antiquity

26 June 2017

The antiquities trade’s packed summer schedule got off to a bright start at Sotheby’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in London. The ancient art sale was the second to be held since the auction house reopened its London unit in 2016. Over the last two decades, Sotheby’s had sold ancient art through its New York saleroom only.

Bronze Etruscan statuette

London art dealer helps stolen bronze return to Berlin museum after 70 years

02 March 2017

A bronze Etruscan statuette that was stolen from Berlin’s Antikensammlung during the Second World War has been returned after the intervention of London dealers Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch.

Gold torcs found by metal detectorists

Striking gold – metal detectorists to share proceeds of Iron Age discovery with landowner

02 March 2017

What is thought to be the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever discovered in Britain was unveiled to the public this week at The Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

Box from the reign of Amenhotep II

Dealer helps Scottish museum piece together Egyptian treasure

25 January 2017

Antiquities specialist Charles Ede has revealed its role in helping National Museums Scotland complete one of the Egyptian treasures in its collection.

Greek coin

Big Apple's busy season starts with coin fair NYINC

05 January 2017

The hive of art world activity in the Big Apple in January kicks off with the New York International Numismatic Convention, or NYINC, which takes place at the Waldorf Astoria.

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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€900,000 – the price on emperor’s head

20 May 2014

An ancient Roman marble bust of the Emperor Hadrian that had been in the same private collection for over half a century was the runaway highlight in a recent sale held by Tessier Sarrou & Associés at Drouot in Paris.

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Babylonian cylinder sealed at $500,000

14 April 2014

The star entry in the latest sale of rare books, autographs and manuscripts at Doyle in New York proved to be an example of one of the most ancient forms of writing.

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Salisbury Museum declare bid for newly discovered Bronze Age hoard

20 March 2014

Salisbury Museum is hoping to host a remarkable hoard of Bronze Age jewellery in a new gallery set to open this summer.

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The ‘chocolate wrapper’ valued at £30,000

02 December 2013

An extremely rare 1700-year-old Roman gold coin discovered by a metal detecting enthusiast in South Wiltshire is expected to fetch up to £30,000 at an auction in London.

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Arrest made as Egyptian artefacts are pulled from Christie’s London sale

28 May 2013

A UK-based businessman has been arrested on suspicion of looting Egyptian artefacts after he consigned several items into a Christie’s antiquities sale in London.

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