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Arctic Medal with provenance to Franklin expedition crewman comes to Surrey auction

26 January 2018

An Arctic Medal with a provenance indicating it was awarded to a member of the doomed Franklin Expedition which vanished into the icy wastes searching for the elusive Northwest Passage has surfaced at a Surrey auction house.

Marvel

Haul of $6m worth of Marvel and DC Comics are coming to auction in the US

25 January 2018

Heritage Auctions in Dallas is offering more than 1000 lots at its February 22 Comics auction including an original Spider-Man cover by artist John Romita Sr.

Wingett

Dealer calls for investors as he plans Welsh tourism hub with sculpture park and massive dragon sculpture

25 January 2018

A call has gone out to help raise £3m to create a Welsh sculpture park and tourist centre that includes an 80ft (24m) bronze sculpture of a dragon.

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Unfinished business – Eight works testing the market for ‘incomplete’ Old Masters

25 January 2018

Do unfinished pictures appeal to connoisseurs? On the one hand you can argue that they show the working methods and creative process of the artist. On the other, they could be considered scraps left over by a painter or a remnant of a long-abandoned project that surely few collectors could want?

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Anna Mahler bronze sculpture comes to auction in Sussex

25 January 2018

Anna Mahler may be best remembered as the daughter of the famous Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, but she was an accomplished artist in her own right, winning the Grand Prix at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937.

Antiques dealer Joel Chen

Dealer Joel Chen gives a tour of his collection ahead of Christie’s auction – video

24 January 2018

Furniture and decorative arts dealer Joel Chen has been in the antiques business for 40 years. He started out with a $6000 loan but, after branching out from his initial focus on Chinese works of art, he expanded to a point where he now runs a 30,000 sq ft showroom in Los Angeles, offering everything from archaic bronzes to contemporary lighting.

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More than 130 tins are set to take the biscuit at Cheshire auction

24 January 2018

A lifetime’s collection of biscuit tins is heading to Peter Wilson Auctioneers in Nantwich, Cheshire.

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Call goes out to bid for alarm clock owned by Kenneth Williams of Carry On fame

24 January 2018

Carry on bidding at Catherine Southon’s auction on March 7 and you stand a chance of buying an alarm clock which once made sure Kenneth Williams wasn’t late for filming.

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London Art fair announces string of sales at latest run

24 January 2018

Dealers at the London Art Fair reported a number of notable sales of both Modern British and Contemporary art at its latest run at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

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10 vesta cases from the remarkable McKenzie collection sold at Lawrences auction

23 January 2018

Earlier this month, Lawrences of Crewkerne sold the second half of a remarkable collection of vesta cases or match safes pieced together over 50 years by the late John and Patricia McKenzie.

TEFAF

TEFAF shakes up board with new appointments as Ben Janssens and James Roundell step down

23 January 2018

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF), the organisation behind the TEFAF Maastricht and TEFAF New York fairs, has restructured its board of trustees and its executive committee.

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Mod Brit artist Cedric Morris to be celebrated with two exhibitions in London this spring

23 January 2018

Artist Sir Cedric Morris (1889-1982) is to be the subject of two exhibitions in London to run concurrently this spring – one at the Garden Museum in Lambeth and one at the gallery of dealer Philip Mould in Pall Mall.

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Old Master dealer Lowell Libson gets new name to reflect changing business

22 January 2018

In a move unusual for owner-named galleries Old Master dealership Lowell Libson has changed its title to Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker.

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BADA Friends kicks off 2018 with Butchoff Antiques and Raynham Hall initiatives

22 January 2018

The British Antiques Dealers’ Association (BADA) is continuing its support of the wider art and antiques market with the promotion of a country house collection and more of its ‘young dealer’ networking events.

Titian

The plumber’s Old Master: Three reasons the survival of this Titian coming to auction is remarkable

22 January 2018

Tiziano Vecellio, known as Titian, painted ‘Saint Margaret’ with the help of this workshop in around mid-1560s. It depicts Margaret of Antioch, the virgin martyr who escapes from Satan, pictured as a dragon. It is now being offered at Sotheby’s in New York on February 1 with an estimate $2-3m.

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Sotheby’s to “vigorously challenge” Russian billionaire over legal action in UK

22 January 2018

Sotheby’s have said they will “vigorously challenge” any attempt by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev to bring a claim against it in the UK.

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They said what?! The week (January 15-21) in quotes from the art and antiques world

21 January 2018

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others. This week we cover robots, reports and gentlemen’s agreements.

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Clarion hopeful about event’s future following the conclusion of second ExCeL fair

20 January 2018

Among the sales at last week’s London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair (January 12-14) was an 18th century oak farmhouse dresser.

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10 Clarice Cliff highlights at Chiswick Auctions’ colourful sale

19 January 2018

A private collection of Clarice Cliff was offered by Chiswick Auctions in west London this week. The collection of close to 300 typical pieces of colourful Art Deco pottery was offered in 140 lots and modest estimates ensured all of them sold.

TEFAF

TEFAF scraps art market report for smaller focused surveys

19 January 2018

The annual TEFAF art market report has been scrapped in favour of a number of smaller, focused reports, leaving Clare McAndrew’s Art Basel report as the sole market-wide survey.