Black Friday
Black Friday officially begins today.

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The phenomenon started in the US and was named for the day that retailers bank balances start to move from red to black as people begin to spend. 

A number of the art and antiques trade are getting involved with Black Friday events and here is a selection spotted by ATG.

In London’s Cecil Court silver dealer Daniel Bexfield Fine Antique Silver & Objects of Vertu is offering a three-day deal. He said: “It is that time of year again to repeat the genuine discount of the Black Friday weekend. Wishing you all very well and happy shopping.”

He is offering a 25% discount on all items priced up to £10,000 and a 15% discount on items over £10,000.

Two-day deal

Down in Dorset, Bridport Antiques at The Old Court in West Street in Bridport is offering a two-day deal. The antiques centre will stay open later until 8pm today (November 23), and will continue the discounting into Saturday, November, 24, when it will be open from 10am-5pm.

Reductions on offer at the centre include a pair of Chinese Elm Console Tables, c.1825, which will be reduced from £1975 to £1250, and two signed Salvador Dali numbered and embossed lithograph framed prints reduced by a third from £1500 to £1000.

The centre said it will honour a 15% discount in the showroom and at at its online store over the period.

Contemporary art

In the contemporary art world, Saatchi Art and Gagosian are among the galleries offering deals.

Saatchi Art is offering up to 15% off your purchases of original art for Black Friday. For 15% off originals of $1500 or more, enter code JOYFUL15. For 10% off originals starting at $500, enter code JOYFUL10.

Gagosian is promoting a deal for a subscription to its Gagosian Quarterly magazine. Buyers who sign up from now until November 26 will receive a free set of note cards.