Trophy artworks including Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi propel Christie’s sales to £5.1bn

02 February 2018

Christie’s sold seven out of the top 10 highest-value auction lots around the world last year – boosted by Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi.

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Dealer The Fine Art Society to leave London’s Bond Street after more than 140 years

02 February 2018

The Fine Art Society has decided to end its 142-year stint on London’s Bond Street in Mayfair and is searching for a new home.

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Football programmes at auction recall when Wolves were champions of the world and inspired European Cup

01 February 2018

Wolves may now be flying high at the top of the Championship after decades of underachievement but nearly 70 years ago they were soaring to European heights, as football programmes up at auction demonstrate.

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7 reasons why this portrait of a dog looks set to get tails wagging at Cambridge auction

01 February 2018

A previously unrecorded painting attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, the Italian Old Master known as il Guercino (1591-1666), has been consigned to Cambridge auction house Cheffins. It will be offered its sale on March 7-8 with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

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German frogman’s Panerai watch sells for £41,000 at Birmingham watch auction – video

01 February 2018

The star lot at Fellows’ latest watch auction in Birmingham was a rare Panerai military diver's wrist watch which had been acquired by a British soldier in the Second World War from a Kampfschwimmer (German frogman).

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Original letters from Nelson's captains offer memorabilia at lower price levels

31 January 2018

The never-ending wave of Nelson-related memorabilia crashing in to saleroom shores brings a group of autograph letters with links to the great admiral to auction in Cheshire.

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Chippendale Society acquires rare French-language edition of cabinet maker’s ‘Director’ from London bookseller

31 January 2018

London bookseller Thomas Heneage has sold a rare French-language edition of Thomas Chippendale’s (1718-79) seminal design book, ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director,’ to The Chippendale Society.


Mallett reunited with Dreweatts and Bloomsbury after sale by Stanley Gibbons

31 January 2018

Antiques dealership Mallett has been reunited with its former stablemates Dreweatts and Bloomsbury following a £100,000 purchase by Gurr Johns-owned Dreweatts.

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Saleroom selection: 5 silver tea caddies at upcoming auctions

30 January 2018

Silver tea caddies come in many different shapes and sizes, but also range in price from the few hundreds to the few thousands with differences in terms of marks, makers, rarity and condition influencing value. Here, we pick out a selection of items available in the next fortnight, with estimates ranging from £100-5000.

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Second World War Panerai military diver's wrist watch sells at Fellows for £41,000

30 January 2018

A very rare Second World War Panerai military diver's wrist watch with an intriguing ownership history has sold for £41,000 at Fellows’ The Watch Sale today.


Tetbury antiques dealer convicted of burglary of local jeweller

30 January 2018

A Tetbury antiques dealer and his father have been convicted for a burglary of a jewellery shop in Gloucestershire.

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First World War posters at auction show value of excellent condition

30 January 2018

Subject matter and rarity aside, a major concern for poster collectors is condition, as a group of First World War recruitment posters proved when sold at Brighton General Auctions.


Government issues export bar for JMW Turner landscape in hope of finding UK buyer

29 January 2018

One of the few large-scale oil paintings by JMW Turner (1775-1851) left in private hands has been barred from export in the hope of finding a buyer in the UK.


Art award launched to protect creative economy after Brexit

29 January 2018

A new competition for the creative industries was launched this month in response to Brexit.

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Market for Evelyn Dunbar continues to grow as Cheffins sells ‘student’ work for £19,000

29 January 2018

Works by Evelyn Dunbar (1906-1960) rarely occur on the market but when they do they are now making remarkable prices.

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Sylvia Plath’s personal copy of ‘The Bell Jar’ comes to auction at Bonhams

29 January 2018

A sketch, family books and other personal effects of poet Sylvia Plath are to be offered at auction this spring.


They said what?! The week (January 22-28) in quotes from the art and antiques world

28 January 2018

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others. Long collecting careers and challenges to organisations are among the assortment this week.

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Sotheby’s buys AI start-up in bid to connect images with buyers

27 January 2018

Sotheby’s have purchased a New York-based artificial intelligence company that specialises in image recognition and ‘recommendation’ technology.


What is Atlee up to? Maggs Bros book dealers offer reward to solve Punch cartoon mystery

26 January 2018

London rare books and manuscripts dealer Maggs Bros is offering a small reward to anyone who can help solve a mystery contained in a cartoon of Winston Churchill.


Auction house China Guardian to open Art Center in Beijing to mark 25th anniversary

26 January 2018

China Guardian is to open a new flagship building in Beijing this spring with auction and museum space.