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1) Former Flog It! presenter Paul Martin to launch new show 'Curiosity' next month

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Paul Martin promoting his new show Curiosity. Image credit: BBC/Hungry Gap Productions/Jack Coathupe.

TV presenter Paul Martin is about to launch his new show ‘Curiosity’ as he juggles recruiting for his other show ‘Make Me A Dealer’ and running his new gallery in Wiltshire.

2) Garage sale-find Chinese bronze valued on US ‘Antiques Roadshow’ makes $1.7m at Sotheby’s auction

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This gilt-bronze figure of Chinese Buddhist deity Chintamanicakra Avalokiteshvara from the late Tang Dynasty/Five Dynasties period sold for $2.1m (£1.6m) at Sotheby’s New York yesterday. It was bought at a garage sale for around $75-100 and had an upper estimate of £80,000.

A Chinese gilt bronze figure bought at a garage sale and appraised on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow sold in New York for $1.7m (£1.3m) – around 21 times its upper estimate and more than 17,000 times its original purchase price.

3) March mega-sleepers: Nine items that sold for more than 100-times estimate at auction

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Catalogued as ‘mid 20th Century School’ this picture was estimated at £30-40 at Franklin Browns in Edinburgh on March 16.

The month of March produced an unusually large number of sleepers across the UK’s regional salerooms – from an Old Master drawing to a rare Marklin tinplate train.

4) Rediscovered Joseph Wright of Derby painting sold to major institution in roundup of further TEFAF sales

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Joseph Wright of Derby’s Two Boys with a Bladder (1769-70) sold from Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker to a major institution.

An unpublished work by Joseph Wright of Derby’s is among the further sales reported from this year’s TEFAF Maastricht.

5) Nazi-looted painting seized by Adolf Hitler’s photographer finally handed back to heirs of original Jewish owners by German cathedral

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The painting of the square and cathedral in the town of Xanten in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. A copy of a known work by the Dutch painter Jan van der Heyden, it has now been returned to the heirs of its original owners from whom it was seized by the Nazis.

A cathedral in Germany has returned a painting that was seized by the Nazis in 1941 to the heirs of its original Jewish owners. 


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