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1) Salvator Mundi: Louvre museum asks owner to loan world’s most expensive painting for Paris exhibition

The Louvre museum in Paris has requested the loan of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ for its major exhibition dedicated to the artist opening in October.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ that sold at Christie’s New York for a record-breaking $450m (including premium). It has now been requested to go on view at the Louvre in Paris as part of an exhibition opening later this year to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death.

2) Sotheby’s and Phillips raise buyer’s premium with new rates higher than Christie’s

Auction house Sotheby’s has increased its buyer’s premium to a level that goes beyond the recent changes announced by Christie’s.

Sotheby's New Bond Street

Sotheby’s has increased its buyer’s fees with immediate effect.

3) Huge ‘lost’ Meiji vase goes from seafood restaurant to saleroom

A monumental cloisonné vase – the previously missing element to a triptych made for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago – sold for $110,000 (£85,000) in California.


The Meiji vase sold for $110,000 (£85,000) at Clars Auction Gallery in California.

4) Claude Monet view of the Doge’s Palace in Venice sells for £24m at Sotheby’s

A painting of the Doge’s Palace in Venice made by Claude Monet (1840-1926) during his one and only trip to Venice was knocked down at £24m at Sotheby’s latest Impressionist & Modern art auction in London.

Claude Monet's Le Palais Ducal

‘Le Palais Ducal’ by Claude Monet, an oil on canvas from 1908 that sold for £24m at Sotheby’s.

5) Five highlights from the upcoming sale of the collection of William H Stokes Antiques

The collection and stock of former Cirencester dealership William H Stokes Antiques will be offered at auction in the Gloucestershire town by London firm The Pedestal.

William H Stokes Antiques

The building that William H Stokes Antiques traded from on Dollar Street, Cirencester. Image copyright: Christine Matthews via Geograph.

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