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VAT lobby to form trade federation

18 September 2013

Campaigners against changes in VAT that affect showground fairs met for the first time at a crisis summit in London. They now intend to form a trade federation to fight the changes.

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Lanterns light the way in Stoke at £18,000

17 September 2013

A house clearance in Staffordshire yielded this highly decorative pair of late 18th or early 19th century narwhal tusk and gilt-metal lanterns for Louis Taylor’s latest sale in Stoke-on-Trent.

Courts hand down sentences to auction house raiders

16 September 2013

The organiser of a string of burglaries that targeted various auction houses claimed a Klotz violin taken from a saleroom and then discovered at his home had actually been found in a skip.

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Rare views of the world champion’s defeat in Cuba turn up for sale in Plymouth

16 September 2013

One of the most interesting things about auctions is how unusual objects from one side of the world come to be sold on the other, often with no apparent link.

20 arrests over theft of Chinese works and rhino horn

16 September 2013

Police made 20 arrests after a series of dawn raids linked to the investigation into the theft of Chinese artefacts and a rhino horn last year.

Our CITES guidelines are too confusing, Whitehall admit

16 September 2013

Whitehall officials overseeing CITES enforcement have removed guidelines from their website after conceding that they are confusing.

New masters in business of art

16 September 2013

Christie’s Education are launching a new Art, Law and Business masters course, to be accredited by Glasgow University, next month.

Premium levels all square again

16 September 2013

Christie’s have announced that from September 30 their main buyer’s premium structure will change to the following:

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Christie’s to sell Croydon’s £9m collection of Chinese treasures in Hong Kong

16 September 2013

The London Borough of Croydon has chosen Christie’s as the auctioneers for its controversial sale of 24 Chinese works of art from its collection.

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Dealers’ sale of 19th century cannons brings reward for military charity

13 September 2013

Before the opening of Masterpiece London, London dealers Apter-Fredericks pledged to donate £1000 to the military charity Walking With the Wounded if they sold a pair of 19th century English cannons at the fair.

Stanley Gibbons in takeover talks with Noble

12 September 2013

Stanley Gibbons have approached Noble Investments to explore the possibility of a takeover.


Seminar highlights impact of the new endangered species rules

12 September 2013

The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers held a seminar titled ‘CITES, What’s Going On?’ in London on September 2 attended by more than 40 members.


12 September 2013

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What price does success at school merit in Guernsey?

11 September 2013

As so often happens, a spectacular price for a very rare object will bring another out of the woodwork.

Landlord takes over running of Gloucester Antiques Centre as doors re-open

11 September 2013

The Gloucester Antiques Centre has reopened under new management two weeks after its sudden closure over a rent dispute.

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Table clock ticks up to £15,500

10 September 2013

The latest horology sale held by Dreweatts in Donnington Priory was led by this early Victorian brass tripod table clock signed twice for Thomas Cole of London.

West Yorkshire centre hit by jewellery thieves who made their own boat

10 September 2013

Break-ins to target jewellery dealers are not exactly uncommon these days, sadly, but there can’t be many involving home-made boats built to make a getaway.

US authorities clamp down on trafficking of rhino horn works

09 September 2013

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has brought a series of prosecutions as part of Operation Crash, a nationwide crackdown on cross-border trafficking in rhinoceros horn works of art.

Bonhams’ Chester sales go to Oxford

09 September 2013

Bonhams are to move their specialist oak and vernacular furniture and sporting memorabilia sales to Oxford from Chester as part of a further review of their regional operations.

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Trio of Victorian classics comes to saleroom

09 September 2013

Three pieces of Victorian art from the Leverhulme collection will be offered at Sotheby’s in London later this year with a combined estimate of £9m-14m.