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Nevinson wartime painting marches to record at Sotheby’s as Winston Churchill’s final painting draws strong bidding contest

22 November 2017

A major record for the artist CRW Nevinson (1889-1946) was set at Sotheby’s in London yesterday when an important wartime scene sold at £1.87m (including premium).

Original Dracula film poster

Rare design for 1931 Dracula film sets movie poster record – watch Heritage Auctions specialist giving an expert’s view

21 November 2017

One of just two surviving movie posters for the 1931 horror classic ‘Dracula’ set a record for a movie poster at auction when it sold for a premium-inclusive $525,800 (£398,300). In this video released before the sale, director of vintage posters at Heritage, Grey Smith, discusses the film and the rarity of the poster.

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Five highlights from Tennants’ fine art auction – including a £135,000 Old Master sleeper and Lord Byron’s dog collar

21 November 2017

“Excited and charged” were the words used by Tennants to describe the atmosphere at its latest fine art auction as the North Yorkshire saleroom offered a group of works from Le Pavilion – a nine-bedroom house formerly part of the Shortgrove Estate in Essex.

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Stamp dealer Stanley Gibbons’ investment arm goes into administration

21 November 2017

Stamp and coin dealership Stanley Gibbons Group's investment subsidiary is to go into administration.

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Gold leaf cut from Napoleon’s laurel crown shines at Fontainebleau auction

21 November 2017

A leaf that was once part of the famous laurel crown made for Napoleon for his coronation in 1804 has been sold in France for a hammer price of €500,000 (£443,193).

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Rare Richard III gold coin found by metal detectorist near Bosworth Field comes to auction

21 November 2017

If you want a gold coin to have rarity value, then an example from a monarch whose reign lasted only a couple of years is a good start.


Harryhausen monsters, models and memorabilia head to Surrey for movie auction

20 November 2017

Did you miss the Tate’s exhibition on Ray Harryhausen? Don’t worry, there is a chance to see some of the weird and wonderful beasts that this legendary animator created at a Surrey auction house.


BADA teams up with logistics software provider to help dealers tackle key customs challenges

20 November 2017

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has teamed up with Descartes Systems Group to help members manage interactions with Customs Authorities.


Turner sketch to be offered at auction in Cirencester

20 November 2017

An original sketch by JMW Turner is expected to achieve £15,000-20,000 at Moore Allen & Innocent’s selected antiques sale in Cirencester on November 24.

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They said what?! The week (Nov 13-19) in quotes from the art and antiques world

19 November 2017

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others. This week we cover pink stones, a Nelson portrait discovery and a multi-million-pound manuscript collection coming up for sale in Paris.

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Princess Diana in the spotlight at London fashion auction

18 November 2017

Featuring clothing and accessories from the 1600s-2010 – including dresses, coats, shoes, furs, handbags and costume jewellery - ATG offers a handful of highlights ahead of Kerry Taylor Auction’s next Passion for Fashion sale.


Buyer sought to keep £500,000 Salvador Dalí Mae West lips sofa in the UK

17 November 2017

A Salvador Dalí Mae West lips sofa has been blocked from export in the hope a buyer can be found to pay nearly £500,000 to keep it in the UK.

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Manchester United match programme from game watched by 8456 on a freezing February midweek afternoon

17 November 2017

Love or hate Manchester United, it’s fair to say they do enjoy a bit of success. Although the past few seasons have been a relatively lean time, they can still boast 20 league titles, 17 FA and League Cups, three European Cups/Champions Leagues plus a Cup-Winners Cup and Europa League thrown in.

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Flash sales: Paris Photo joined by photograph auctions in France

17 November 2017

Le Mois de la Photo in Paris celebrated the art of photography with the city’s annual fair Paris Photo at the Grand Palais from November 9-12 plus a slew of accompanying photograph auctions.

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Yellow diamond could be record-setter for Fellows Auctioneers

17 November 2017

A yellow Graff Diamonds ring is estimated to take as much as £1.4m at an upcoming auction in Birmingham.


Leonardo at auction: how did a £45 painting end up selling for $450m?

16 November 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ set the highest price ever for an artwork sold at auction when it took $400m ($450m with premium) at Christie’s New York last night.

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Fanfare for Fine Arts Paris as five thousand visit new fair

16 November 2017

Five thousand visitors attended Fine Arts Paris, the new fair devoted to the disciplines of painting, drawing and sculpture held in the French capital at the Palais Brongniart from November 8-12.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ sells for $400m at Christie’s New York - a world auction record

16 November 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ set the highest price ever for an artwork sold at auction when it was knocked down at $400m (£304.2m) at Christie’s New York last night.


Multi-million-pound collection of manuscripts from the scandal-hit Aristophil to be auctioned in Paris

16 November 2017

A huge collection of manuscripts from investment scheme Aristophil will finally be resold in Paris after a two-year wait.

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Antique firearms dealer guilty of supplying weapons and handcrafted bullets to gangland criminals

15 November 2017

The conviction of a firearms dealer from Gloucestershire has highlighted the problem of antique weapons being adapted for criminal use.