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Review of the Year 2016 - ATG’s Top Ten web stories

31 December 2016

What stories commanded clicks this year? Here is ATG’s list of the most viewed articles on in 2016, highlighting key industry moments and trends.

Clare McAndrew

Review of the Year 2016: Movers and Shakers

30 December 2016

Perhaps more than any other year in recent memory, 2016 was the year of the move. ‘Restructuring’ across all three major auction houses led to an unprecedented number of high-profile departures. Here is a summary of the key changes and the occasional game of employment musical chairs.

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Review of the Year 2016 - Picks of the Year

29 December 2016

Here are five of ATG's ‘best of the best’ picks of the week from 2016 – all remarkable both for their price and the stories they tell.

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Song Dynasty sculpture tops Raphy Star collection at Mossgreen auction

28 December 2016

Australian auctioneers Mossgreen set an AUS$2m record for a single-owner sale of Asian Art sold down-under when they offered part of Raphy Star’s collection in Sydney earlier this month.

16th century large-scale portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

Review of the Year 2016 - Saved for the Nation

27 December 2016

Important works of art sold to overseas buyers are typically subject to temporary export bans in the hope that a buyer can be found to keep them in the UK - here we offer our top five 2016 purchases

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Review of the Year 2016 - ten highest prices over estimate

26 December 2016

ATG delves into the data of its sister brand, online platform, to uncover this year's top estimate-busters.

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Merry Christmas to all our readers

25 December 2016

ATG wishes all our readers a very happy Christmas.

Jacob Savery the Elder

Five Christmas picks for Christmas Eve

24 December 2016

See our pick of Christmassy lots this month:

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A Georgian Christmas in York

23 December 2016

Want to recreate an authentic Georgian Christmas? Head to York for inspiration.

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Galloway Antiques Fairs set for January kick off in Yorkshire

23 December 2016

Galloway Antiques Fairs holds its first event of the season on January 6-8 at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, known for being the scene of Agatha Christie’s retreat during her 1926 disappearance. Here we show a number of objects likely to disappear from the Old Swan over the course of the weekend, but for less mysterious reasons…

Richard Grant

Celebrity shopper boosts Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park

22 December 2016

A celebrity endorsement by actor Richard E Grant gave Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park a boost in the run up to Christmas.

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Appeal for Ceri Richards painting stolen from north London gallery

22 December 2016

Police are appealing for information following the theft of a painting by Welsh modern artist Ceri Richards.

Qianlong Emperor seal

Chinese seal draws 15-minute bidding battle and sets €17.5m auction record

22 December 2016

A Chinese hardstone imperial seal set a record at Drouot in Paris on when Pierre Bergé & Associés sold this impressively carved 4in (10.5cm) square specimen, inscribed 'Qianlong Yu Bi Zhi Bao', for a hammer price of €17.5m (£14.58m).

Thérèse Coffey

Government will crackdown on sales of ivory less than 70 years old from March

22 December 2016

The government consultation on the ivory trade will kick off in the new year with plans to begin the crackdown on ivory dated post-1947 from March.

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Whyte’s broker sale of William Orpen archive to National Gallery of Ireland

21 December 2016

An archive of over 400 letters and drawings by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) has been acquired by the National Gallery of Ireland in a deal brokered by Dublin auctioneers Whyte’s.

Lucie Rie bowl

Lucie Rie record broken for fourth time in two years as porcelain bowl takes $170,000 bid

21 December 2016

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to thrive. A new auction high for the doyenne of the British studio pottery movement was posted by Phillips in New York this month– the fourth occasion a record has been set in just two years.

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Advertising Standards Authority rules on the display of auction fees

21 December 2016

The Advertising Standards Authority has unveiled new guidance for auctioneers following an investigation into the way auction houses display their commission rates.

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Regional auctioneers defend credit card charges amid pressure from campaign groups

21 December 2016

UK regional auctioneers have defended credit card fees charged to buyers amid pressure from consumer campaign groups to slash charges.

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Welsh whisky bottles sell for over £14,000 at Carmarthen auction

20 December 2016

English wines are steadily gaining a reputation for decent quality, with sparkling styles in particular starting to challenge Champagne as an alternative patriotic option. Back in 1889, it was Welsh whisky throwing the gauntlet down to Scotland in the hope of supping long-running success.

Andrea del Sarto drawing

Andrea del Sarto drawing chalks up €3.2m at auction in France

20 December 2016

A rediscovered chalk portrait by Andrea d’Angiolo, called Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530), has set an record for any Old Master drawing sold at auction in France.