Customs figures reinforce UK’s status in international art market

25 March 2013

The annual cross-border customs figures have reinforced the United Kingdom’s status as one of the world’s two leading entrepot markets for art and antiques.

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Halls open new Shrewsbury salerooms

25 March 2013

Halls’ new purpose-built fine art saleroom has now officially opened.

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Documents of Cornish history

21 March 2013

For those with Cornish ancestors or a general interest in the area’s history, David Lay’s sale of Part I of the Pendarve archive on March 26 in Penzance may well be of interest.

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Silverware to be sold to support Durham memorial

21 March 2013

Over 130 lots of silverware that once graced the tables of the Durham Light Infantry’s officers’ mess are to be sold at auction to raise funds for a new bronze memorial statue for Durham.

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Robert Henderson bracket clock in Salisbury

21 March 2013

Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis include this George III mahogany striking bracket clock by Robert Henderson, London in their sale on March 26.

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Vodka glasses from Russian noble collection

21 March 2013

This may look like your average 19th century vodka glass, but this tumbler descended through the family of a high-ranking Russian noble.

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Ibeji figures highlight sale in New Zealand

21 March 2013

This pair of heavily carved Ibeji figures are one of the highlights at Webb’s Oceanic & African Arts sale on March 26 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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The Captain’s prize spice box makes £10,500

21 March 2013

Family tradition had it that this Mughal silver spice box was looted during the siege of Delhi in September 1857.

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Edward Prior watch: a perfectly preserved Ottoman treasure

21 March 2013

Edward Prior specialised in producing watches for the Ottoman market and an example in exceptional condition recently appeared at a sale held at the Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Chinese Girl sale sets world record for Tretchikoff

21 March 2013

Chinese Girl – the iconic work from Vladimir Tretchikoff, the Russian émigré who settled in South Africa – was sold this week at Bonhams’ South African art sale in London for £840,000, to set a world record for the artist.

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Bromsgrove Guild garden statue takes £35,000

19 March 2013

This lead copy of Louis Weingartner’s 19th century bronze ‘Dryad and Boar’ was found hidden away in an overgrown garden before it was recently consigned to auction.

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Märklin battleship steams to £57,000

19 March 2013

Back in April last year, Special Auction Services sold the Ron McCrindell collection including, as its headline lot, a Märklin spirit-fired, steam-powered battleship ‘HMS Terrible’.

Bailey to run online saleroom but keeps a role at Sotheby’s

19 March 2013

George Bailey, one of Sotheby’s leading figures, with over 34 years experience at the auction house, has taken a step outside the company by launching an online-only auction house this month.

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Bassett-Lowke’s Coronation sells at Surrey auction

19 March 2013

Bassett-Lowke’s model of the bullet-nosed Pacific locomotive and tender, ‘The Coronation’, ranks among the rarest of all British toy trains.

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Mauritshuis helps TEFAF get off to a good start

18 March 2013

The hectic preview day of ‘TEFAF Maastricht’ on March 14 in the Southern Netherlands was, as always, a melting pot of the world’s curators, collectors and dealers.

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BADA unveil Object of the Fair and Best Stand awards

18 March 2013

This very rare Queen Anne gilt gesso dressing table, shown by Mackinnon Fine Furniture of London, has been voted Object of the Fair at the ‘BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair’.

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The Holey grail of Australian coins

18 March 2013

A private collector has paid a record Aus$495,000 for one of Australia’s first coins, the so-called Holey Dollar.

Global art market valued at €43bn

15 March 2013

The latest TEFAF market report values the global art market at €43 billion for the last year. The figure was 7% down the previous year, but the fall is wholly explained by a €3.5bn decline in sales in China.

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Walter Langley interior scene offered in Bletchingley

14 March 2013

First exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1913, this painting by Walter Langley (1852-1922) will be offered for sale at Lawrences Auctioneers of Bletchingley on March 20.

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19th century scrap album brings intriguing illustrations to light

14 March 2013

Consigned to Rosebery’s two-day sale in West Norwood, London on March 19-20 is a late 19th century scrap album containing some 50 illustrations.