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1) Viewers of BBC show Fake or Fortune? wait a year to discover Giacometti sculpture knocked over by a cat is the real thing at £500,000

The verification of a Giacometti sculpture once knocked over by a cat was delayed by months leaving viewers of BBC art show ‘Fake or Fortune?’ waiting a year to find out if it was worth £500,000.

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Claire Clark-Hall and her daughter Henrietta Plunkett, then owners of a possible Giacometti sculpture, took the artwork to dealer Philip Mould, presenter Fiona Bruce and the Fake or Fortune? team to investigate its identity. Image credit: BBC.

2) Contents from Shropshire’s 18th century stately home Mawley Hall come fresh to the market at Cheffins

The principal contents of Mawley Hall, the 18th-century country mansion described by Country Life as 'Shropshire’s Baroque masterpiece', will come up for auction in Cambridge next month.

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Mawley Hall, the 18th-century country mansion which has provided contents for Cheffins' sale in Cambridge on September 11-12.

3) Bought for £1 in a charity shop, will Chinese vase be worth £80,000?

Purchased for £1 from a Hertfordshire charity shop earlier this year, a Qianlong famille rose wall vase will carry an estimate of over £50,000 at Sworders in the autumn.


A Qianlong famille rose wall vase offered at Sworders, estimated at £50,000-80,000.

4) Emmerdale actor’s Modern art collection comes to auction

West Yorkshire-born actor Andrew Burt (b.1945-2018) became a household name back in the early 1970s playing the role of Jack Sugden in ‘Emmerdale Farm’.

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The late actor and art collector Andrew Burt, whose collection of Modern art is now being offered at a Swan Fine Art auction.

5) Arts & Crafts curtains, Chippendale-style chairs and a naval officer’s sword – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights includes a pair of William Morris ‘Peacock and Dragon’ curtains that fetched over 20-times estimate.

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A pair of William Morris ‘Peacock and Dragon’ curtains sold for £3400 at Mallams in Cheltenham.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period August 22-28, 2019.