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1) James Bond memorabilia auctions include shocking letter from the saintly Roger Moore

Suave and sophisticated are the terms that come to mind when referring to the late, great and saintly James Bond actor Roger Moore. So it comes as a bit of a shock to see the content of a letter written by Moore among a group of 007 collectables offered in the West Midlands.

2) Monumental Meiji vase 'rediscovered' in a Californian restaurant comes to auction

For over a century, a monumental 8ft (2.44m) high Meiji cloisonné vase provided the focal point to one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest restaurants.


The monumental vase as it was displayed in the main dining room of Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkeley, California.

3) Movers and shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments including new faces at Bonhams

A trio of hires for Bonhams as contemporary art and digital growth become a focus for the auction house following the purchase by private equity group Epiris in September. 

Clémence Tasiaux

Clémence Tasiaux has joined Bonhams as head of its post-war and contemporary art department in London.

4) Chelsea Art Fair cancelled as future remains “doubtful”

The Chelsea Art Fair, which was due to run in April, has been cancelled indefinitely.


The Chelsea Library and Town Hall on King’s Road was the venue of the Chelsea Art Fair, which has been cancelled indefinitely. © Copyright Robin Sones via Geograph.

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5) Modern British art dealer launches new website for paintings under £2000 to encourage new buyers

Modern British art specialist Liss Llewellyn has divided its business across two buying platforms to help customers search for and find pictures from its 4000 items of stock more easily.


The opening of Liss Llewellyn’s exhibition “50/50: Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists 1900-1950” (it continues until Marcy 23 at London Mercers’ Company). The dealership will continue to host such shows and has moved some of its stock, priced at under £2000, to a new website it has launched, Modern British Art Gallery.

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