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1) Chinese vase smashes Exeter saleroom record taking £460,000 at auction

The potential for vendors, and auctioneers, to strike it rich in the field of Chinese works of art is alive and well.


Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood sold this 11in (27cm) Chinese blue and white vase with Ming style decoration for £460,000 (plus 21% premium) on January 30.

2) Christie’s raises buyer’s premium to target 'middle market' and top-end

Christie’s has raised its buyer’s premium, increasing the level at which its 25% threshold applies and adding an extra percentage point to its charges above £3m.

Christie’s auction gavels

Christie’s has adjusted the level of the fee it charges successful buyers at auction.

3) Movers and shakers: the latest hires in the auction world

New joiners and promotions across the auction industry including at Lyon & Turnbull, Chiswick Auctions and Christie’s.

4) Ten stand-out lots from the sale of dealer Peter Petrou’s collection at Christie’s

The well-known works of art dealer Peter Petrou offered 150 lots from his eclectic collection at Christie’s in a dedicated sale called Tales of the Unexpected.

5) Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Byron silhouette and a 1960s jukebox

With estimates from £100-3000, here are five previews from upcoming sales.

Lord Byron

A silhouette of Lord Byron.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period January 31-February 6, 2019.