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Solid sales reported at London’s Frieze Week fairs

28 October 2013

French-run PAD London returned to its sleek marquee in Berkeley Square with solid sales reported around the chic mix of design, art and, increased this year, antiquities and tribal art and an even stronger Gallic vibe.

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The birth of British newspapers comes to auction

28 October 2013

Little did “the Reverend Dr Walter Blandford Warden of Wadham Colledge” of Oxford University realise that one day his name would have such significance in the world of newspapers.

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Thieves take another publicly displayed Moore

28 October 2013

Another Henry Moore sculpture has been taken in the latest in a spate of thefts targeting works by the artist.

Messum’s acquire new Cork St premises

28 October 2013

Art dealers Messum’s have committed their future to London’s embattled Cork Street by acquiring a new gallery just down the road from their current premises.


28 October 2013

Call for data protection review to tackle rogue bidders

24 October 2013

Auctioneer John Nicholson has called for a review of data protection rules when it comes to alerting salerooms to serial non-payers and problem bidders.

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Titanic violin sells for a record £900,000

24 October 2013

The violin played by Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley as the ship slid beneath the waves on the morning of April 15, 1912, was always going to a) attract massive worldwide interest and b) bring in the big bucks at auction.

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Sworders' Debden sale sets solid bench mark

23 October 2013

Sworders have sold the contents of Debden Manor, Essex from their saleroom in Stansted Mountfitchet – a house sale titled ‘An Architect’s Eye, A Collector’s Passion’.

Triple-A head east for second Chinese sale with a silver lining

22 October 2013

The Association of Accredited Auctioneers (Triple-A), founded in 2012 by UK regional auctioneers to attract Chinese buyers, are to hold a second auction of Western antiques in China.

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Frieze Fairs help stake London’s claim as the world’s art capital

21 October 2013

Frieze Week, London’s annual contemporary art circus, means big business.

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Memorabilia kingpin admits – ‘I trimmed world’s most expensive baseball card’

21 October 2013

Bill Mastro, once the biggest name in the US sports memorabilia business, has admitted to a federal judge that he doctored the world’s most valuable baseball card to make it appear in mint condition.

Palm Beach group buy Avenue Show

21 October 2013

The Palm Beach Show Group have acquired the ‘Antiques, Art & Design at the Armory Show,’ known as the ‘Avenue Show’, from Manhattan Media.

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New high for 19th century Meissen in New York

18 October 2013

This spectacular pair of 19th century Meissen covered urns sailed past their top estimate of $15,000 to bring $175,000 (£114,400) at the sale held by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, New York earlier this month.

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Suffragettes win bidders’ votes

17 October 2013

The August 1908 issue of Votes for Women, house magazine of the Women’s Social and Political Union describes ‘the latest novelty in the Union colours – a special belt and buckle, which is being sold at half-a-crown each’.

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Coffee is served – at 140 times estimate

17 October 2013

The English porcelain highlight of the last month was undoubtedly this Worcester coffee pot sold at Tunbridge Wells & Hastings.

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Chinese and Russian bidders dominate in sellout sale of opulent Pennsylvania collection

17 October 2013

If you delight in the 19th century rococo revival style – playful putti, festoons of ormolu and pastoral vignettes – then the Safford sale held by Freeman’s in Philadelphia was for you.

Former colleague launches rival to Art Loss Register

17 October 2013

Christopher Marinello, formerly General Counsel for the Art Loss Register, has announced that he is setting up a rival operation, Art Recovery International, a London-based partnership that specialises in recovering stolen, missing, and looted works of art.

Sotheby’s unveil team for new London gallery

16 October 2013

Sotheby’s have appointed Fru Tholstrup as director of their new London S|2 gallery, to oversee the running and strategy behind this new purpose-built space for private selling exhibitions of Contemporary Art in Mayfair.

The importance of the Punta Cana Pewter Wreck

16 October 2013

Martin Roberts, the UK specialist who worked as a consultant on the Punta Cana site, discusses the importance of the Pewter Wreck.

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Cargo sheds new light on pewter

16 October 2013

Doncaster auctioneer Sid Wilkinson is to sell items from a huge cache of Tudor pewter tablewares recently discovered by professional treasure hunters off the coast of the Dominican Republic.