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Beethoven’s hair bid to £28,000 at Sotheby’s

17 June 2019

A lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair that was “evidently given” by the great composer to the pianist Anton Halm in 1826 was knocked down at £28,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London last week.

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Top stories this week – including news of a metal detectorist’s £460,000 discovery

15 June 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a rare Roman gold coin found by a metal detectorist in a field in Kent selling at a London auction for £460,000.

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Six places to see and buy art in London this weekend and beyond including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

14 June 2019

Chelsea and Mayfair are two major centres for the art trade, particularly in the summer when events like Masterpiece and London Art Week (respectively) arrive.

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Antique silk top hats in demand ahead of Royal Ascot racing events

14 June 2019

Retailer Oliver Brown has reported a boost in the sale of antique silk top hats ahead of Royal Ascot next week.

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An Augustus John portrait, a Fijian war weapon and an early golf putter – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

14 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his artist daughter Gwyneth Johnstone.

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Only Fools and Horses millionaire cheque sold for £9100 at Bristol auction

14 June 2019

The £6.2m cheque that finally made the Trotter brothers millionaires was hammered down at £9100 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) at auction in Bristol.

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Who will pick Concorde’s nose? Nose cone from supersonic plane comes to auction

14 June 2019

A nose cone from the supersonic Concorde plane is coming to auction in Northamptonshire.

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Remarkable Moorcroft pottery collection comes to auction in Evesham

13 June 2019

Worcestershire auctioneer Kingham & Orme is to disperse a remarkable collection of Moorcroft pottery later this week. The June 15 sale in Evesham includes 364 lots of the popular tube-lined ceramics (a few of them group lots) amassed over a 35-year period by a UK collector.

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Gun found in a field where artist van Gogh shot himself to be sold in Paris

13 June 2019

Vincent van Gogh died from a gunshot wound in the summer of 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in the south of France.

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New association for catalogue raisonné creators ‘will help stem flow of art fakes onto the market’

12 June 2019

A new international body is being set up to promote and support the creation of catalogue raisonnés.

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Lord Mackintosh’s viola player is toast of Toby jug collection at Bonhams

12 June 2019

Late Spring or early summer is a traditional slot in the London auction schedule for Bonhams’ ceramics and glass sales. The latest, devoted to glass and British ceramics, took place in the firm’s Knightsbridge rooms last week.

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First original cover art of Tintin sells at US auction for more than $1m

11 June 2019

The very first original cover art featuring comic character Tintin has sold at auction in the US for a premium inclusive $1.125m.

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Getty museum buys Stoss crucifix and Joseph Wright of Derby painting

11 June 2019

The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has emerged as the buyer of two major works: Corpus Christi, a small, 15th century wooden sculpture by Veit Stoss, and Two Boys with a Bladder (1769-70), a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby.

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Windsor House Antiques sells stock in Cambridge Auction

11 June 2019

Kevin Smith, owner of Windsor House Antiques, has consigned items of excess stock from the business to Cheffins Fine Art for its sale later this month.

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Medal awarded to British soldier killed on the D-Day beaches sells at auction

11 June 2019

In the week marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings a poignant medal was sold at auction which had been awarded to a British soldier killed in the invasion.

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Tomasso Brothers and Butchoff Antiques among dealers confirmed for BADA ‘pop up’ exhibition

10 June 2019

Leading dealers have signed up to take part in BADA’s inaugural ‘pop up’ selling exhibition in June and July on Pimlico Road, London.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a rare pair of Jagger statues, a Winston Churchill letter and an Indian toy soldier

10 June 2019

With estimates from £500-400,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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US auctioneer Hindman to launch buy-it-now option as it seeks to be ‘America's premier mid-market auction house’

10 June 2019

Chicago-headquartered US auctioneer Hindman, formerly Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, has an ambitious agenda that goes beyond its recent rebrand.