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Early photographs of China make treble estimate at Sotheby’s

14 January 2013

An early photographic album which has sold for a record-breaking £290,000 came into the hands of its first owner 140 years ago as a prize – for winning a pigeon-shooting competition.

Funding boost could help Bodleian secure the Fox Talbot Archive

14 January 2013

The Bodleian Library has been given a £1.2m boost in its bid to raise £2.2m by the end of February to buy an important slice of photographic history.

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The ultimate British gallery is now up and running online

12 January 2013

It features nearly 212,000 oil paintings, created by 37,000 artists, including 391 works by Joshua Reynolds, 348 by Turner, 281 by Gainsborough, 273 by Walter Sickert, 189 by Stanley Spencer and 114 by Van Dyck. And it is available to view online – for free.

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The ultimate British gallery is now up and running online

12 January 2013

It features nearly 212,000 oil paintings, created by 37,000 artists, including 391 works by Joshua Reynolds, 348 by Turner, 281 by Gainsborough, 273 by Walter Sickert, 189 by Stanley Spencer and 114 by Van Dyck. And it is available to view online – for free.

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Metal detecting prosecution hailed as a landmark case

12 January 2013

Two metal detectorists have been given suspended jail sentences in what is being hailed as a landmark case for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. It is the first time that such a ruling has been made since the scheme, which was piloted in the 1990s, came fully into force in 2003.

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Simon de Pury sells his stake and quits auction house

12 January 2013

Simon de Pury, the high-profile international auctioneer, has sold his remaining stake in Phillips de Pury & Company to The Mercury Group and stepped down as chairman.

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Appeal over missing collection of rare items on Ethiopia

12 January 2013

An expert on Ethiopian history is asking dealers and auctioneers to be on the look-out for rare items taken from a collection built up over most of his lifetime.

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Burne-Jones at Bonhams

11 January 2013

Six pencil studies for The Days of Creation by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-98) carry an estimate of £150,000-250,000 at Bonhams’ 19th century art sale in New Bond Street on January 23.

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Fenton photographs in Exeter?

11 January 2013

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s three-day fine art sale on January 29-31 in Exeter includes several photographs possibly taken by the founder of the Photographic Society, Roger Fenton (1819-69).

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Indian gem on offer in Salisbury

11 January 2013

The first sale of the year for Woolley & Wallis’ jewellery department takes place on January 24 in Salisbury.

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Prayer rug appears at Oxford sale

11 January 2013

This Shirvan Marasali prayer rug is part of a private collection of Caucasian rugs consigned to Mallams’ sale in Oxford on January 23.

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Halls’ new salerooms taking shape for March opening

11 January 2013

Shropshire auctioneers Halls’ new multi-million-pound headquarters and fine art salerooms will open for business on March 1 next year.

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New indoor IACF fair marks a return to Stoneleigh Park

11 January 2013

International and Collectors’ Fairs are going under cover – to launch a new fair to run four times next year.

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London-made lathe takes $190,000 in Massachusetts

10 January 2013

A rare Holtzapffel & Company rose engine lathe turned a few heads at Skinner’s recent Science, Technology and Clocks sale to take $190,000 (£124,185) as the top lot of the day.

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Buyer bites into rare slice of Apple computer history

10 January 2013

Auction Team Breker in Cologne have sold a technical rarity of the highest order – one of the six known working models of the first computer ever made by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, the founders of Apple.

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Over supply hits all but the best in Dublin

10 January 2013

The traditional pre-Christmas auctions in Dublin often see some of the best Irish art of the year on the market and, despite the sector still being tough going, a good number of works by leading names appeared this time round.

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Rotation image comes around again – this time at €74,000

10 January 2013

Executed c.1929, this abstract composition by Mainie Jellett (1897-1944) drew significant interest when it appeared at de Veres’ sale in Dublin on November 27.

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Price shows why Conor collectors have every reason to dance a jig

10 January 2013

The highly distinctive works on paper by William Conor (1884-1968) documenting working-class life in Ulster come up pretty regularly at auction, mainly because there are simply a lot of them around.

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Patron to the Penny Diners

10 January 2013

This portrait of Sinead O’Connor as a young girl was consigned to Whyte’s sale on November 26 by the singer herself.

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Ballyconneely view adds £6200 to the bottom line in Belfast

10 January 2013

The top lot at Ross’s sale in Belfast on December 5 was this painting ‘Ballyconneely Pony Show’ by Kenneth Webb (b.1927).