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1) Truth behind mystery Venetian view investigated by Fake or Fortune? revealed by art dealer Charles Beddington

A painting thought to be by well-known Venetian painters Francesco Guardi (1712-93) or Michele Marieschi (1710-43) has emerged as an English copy, worth a fraction of its supposed value. It featured in a recent episode of Fake or Fortune?

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A Venetian view, investigated by the Fake or Fortune? team.

2) St Agatha returns to Osterley Park after nearly ninety years away

A painting of the early Christian martyr St Agatha by Italian artist Carlo Dolci (1616-87) will return to Osterley Park and House in Middlesex where it once hung.

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Carlo Dolci’s 2ft 2.5 x 20in (68 x 50 cm) oil on canvas of St Agatha. Image credit: National Trust, Matthew Hollo.

3) Somerset field is first time lucky for metal detectorist after rare Roman gold coin discovery

A metal detectorist searching in a new field for the first time was rewarded with the discovery of a rare Roman solidus coin.

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A rare Roman solidus coin of the Emperor Constantine I was dug up from a farmer’s field in Somerset and will be offered at Dix Noonan Webb’s ancient coins auction on September 17 in London with an estimate of £10,000-12,000. On the reverse is a rare portrayal of Constantine riding his horse in battle holding a spear and shield with two fallen enemy soldiers below to commemorate a victory over Maxentius at Milvian bridge outside Rome on October 28, 312.

4) Four lots to watch at auction this week including a single-owner collection from ‘London’s greatest film fan’

With estimates from £120-20,000, here are four previews from upcoming sales.

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British Quad film poster for the 1962 classic sci-fi horror 'The Day of the Triffids', one of the lots at Ewbank’s auction of the collection from ‘London’s greatest film fan’.

5) New chairman for auction house Woolley & Wallis as Paul Viney steps down after 20 years at the top

Paul Viney, chairman of Woolley & Wallis and a 25-year veteran at the Salisbury saleroom, is handing over the role to colleague John Axford.

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Woolley and Wallis chairman Paul Viney (right) is stepping down and deputy chairman John Axford will take on the role from September 1.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period August 15-21, 2019.

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