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Top stories this year – including news of Del and Rodney’s Christmas special ‘millionaire’s cheque’ selling at auction

31 December 2019

The most popular stories of 2019 on this website included news of the ‘millionaire’s cheque’ from TV show Only Fools and Horses selling at auction.

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Six top Old Masters sold at auction in 2019

30 December 2019

This year has seen some notable action in the Old Master market including some major rediscoveries which led to some extraordinary bidding at auction. Here ATG picks out six highlights sold across 2019.

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Ten outstanding dealer sales made in 2019: Part II

28 December 2019

In our second of a two-part series, take a look at some of the most unusual and wonderful objects that dealers sold this year.

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Ten outstanding dealer sales made in 2019: Part I

27 December 2019

In our first of a two-part series, take a look at some of the most unusual and wonderful objects that dealers sold this year.

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UK dealers trot out horse related offerings perfect for Boxing Day

26 December 2019

Beyond the busy schedule of races, Boxing Day is traditionally associated with horses.

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Merry Christmas to all our readers

25 December 2019

ATG wishes all our readers a very happy Christmas.

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Rediscovered Giambologna bronze cast bought by Versailles 

24 December 2019

A ‘rediscovered’ lifetime cast of Giambologna’s 'Rape of a Sabine' topped Sotheby’s sell-out sale of works from the collection of the Count and Countess of Ribes in Paris.


Winter wonderland – vintage skiing and skating poster selection at auction

24 December 2019

Christmas is around the corner and for some a spot of skiing or skating may be on the cards.

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British Museum is third time lucky to buy 1000-year-old seal matrix

23 December 2019

A rare Saxon walrus ivory seal matrix will go back on display in the British Museum – after the institution missed out on buying the object twice before.

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Walking cane once owned by controversial Titanic survivor comes to auction in Cornwall

23 December 2019

A walking cane once owned by Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon (1862-1931), a controversial Titanic survivor, is to be offered at auction in Cornwall.


They said what!? Reactions as the number of missing stone troughs rises and more from the art and antiques market

22 December 2019

Should fair vetters see themselves as the bad guys? Find out what one fair organiser said in our weekly roundup of quotes from the art and antiques trade.


At last! Some Christmas cheer for high street dealers

21 December 2019

Trade body leaders and dealers have given a collective thumbs up to the new Conservative government’s pledge to slash small business rates by half.

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Rare and early white porcelain sculpture from Chelsea factory bought by V&A museum

20 December 2019

A white porcelain sculpture made in the experimental years of the Chelsea factory has been acquired for the national collection of ceramics at the Victoria & Albert Museum.


Airfix models, a Chinese bronze censer and Australian silverware – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

20 December 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a pair of 19th century electroplated cups from Australia featuring heads of Aborigine people that sold above predictions.

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Teenage diary of 18th century stained glass craftsman bought by York University

20 December 2019

A 90-page journal kept by a 15-year-old boy has been purchased by the University of York for £3200 at auction.

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Star Wars memorabilia stars at auction: Five recent saleroom highlights

19 December 2019

Star Wars has always made money. Even with lacklustre reviews its newest instalment, released today, is likely to clean up at the box office this season. The memorabilia attached to the 42-year-old franchise is also enduringly popular, revolutionising the toy industry and remaining a subject of interest for many collectors.

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Spate of stolen south London animal troughs continues as another two go missing

18 December 2019

A further two Victorian animal troughs have been stolen in south London, following four that went missing in September.

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Victorian carol singing engraving after Rossetti offered in London Christmas exhibition

18 December 2019

An engraving of A Christmas Carol after Dante Gabriel Charles Rossetti (1828-82) is on offer at The Maas Gallery’s Christmas exhibition.

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Charity shop rewarded for auction decision on donated ring

17 December 2019

Charity may begin at home, but sometimes it ends in the saleroom. A ring brought into a charity shop nearly doubled its top estimate at auction in Surrey.

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Tory election victory ‘won’t make any difference’ to outcome of ivory ban appeal, lawyer says

17 December 2019

A lawyer acting for a group challenging the Ivory Act has said the Conservatives’ win of a House of Commons majority in last week’s general election will have no bearing on the outcome of a Court of Appeal hearing in the New Year.