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1) Can wheeler dealers become antique dealers? Former Flog It! presenter Paul Martin launches new BBC show

TV presenter and antiques specialist Paul Martin has kept himself busy following the announcement that Flog It!, the show he presented for 17 years, has been scrapped.

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Former Flog It! presenter Paul Martin launched 'Make Me A Dealer' on November 5 on BBC One. Image credit: BBC Osian Davies.

2) Amazon-owned AbeBooks u-turns on plan to quit trading in four countries after boycott by more than 550 book dealers

A backlash against Amazon-owned AbeBooks over the online book portal’s decision to quit selling in a number of countries has forced the company to backtrack on its plans.

3) Assyrian relief sets second-highest price for ancient art at Christie’s New York despite Iraq’s repatriation call

An Assyrian relief unearthed from the royal palace at Nimrud in modern-day Iraq has set the second highest ever price for a piece of ancient art at auction after selling at Christie’s New York.       

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An Assyrian relief from the reign of Ashurnasirpal II (c.883-859BC) that was knocked down at Christie’s for $27.25m (£21.5m).

4) TEFAF ‘says farewell’ to dealer and auction house vetters after change in global policy

Art dealers and auction house experts have been struck from all TEFAF vetting panels following the introduction of a new global policy.

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Vetting at TEFAF Maastricht in March. Photograph by Loraine Bodewes.

5) Gas explosion causes blaze at Nottingham Cattle Market but auction house Arthur Johnson unaffected

A blaze broke out in four buildings at Nottingham Cattle Market after gas cylinders exploded.

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