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1) Fake or Fortune? returns to TV screens with Gainsborough mystery

Art programme 'Fake or Fortune?' is returning tonight for its eighth series with the first episode dedicated to a Thomas Gainsborough painting.

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In the first episode of the new series of Fake or Fortune? this pastoral scene once thought to be by Thomas Gainsborough is investigated by presenters Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould. Image credit: Philip Mould & Company/ BBC.

2) Extraordinary 'photo gun’ sets a house record by selling for £138,000 at Special Auction Services

A ‘photo gun’ inspired by an African explorer has been snapped up for a hammer price of £138,000 at Special Auction Services, setting a house record for the Newbury saleroom.

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Leica photo gun sold for a house record £138,000 at Special Auction Services.

3) Rare 'travelling' doll’s house makes €48,000 at auction in Ireland

A travelling doll's house, made in 1810 to entertain children on long journeys, fetched €48,000 (£42,800) at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Kilkenny, Ireland.

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A doll's house from 1810 that made €48,000 (£42,800) at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers.

4) Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Chinese bowl, a postcard from DH Lawrence and a Charles II Scottish silver cup

Five previews of auction lots with estimates ranging from £200-30,000.


Chinese porcelain celadon bowl estimated at £20,000-30,000 in the Fine Art & Antiques auction at Aldridges of Bath on July 30.

5) Lost to the nation: Newbattle Abbey casket and John Singer Sargent painting are among latest treasures cleared for export

The Newbattle Abbey Kunstkammer is the latest work of art to be granted an export licence this year, despite the arts minister’s attempts to retain them for the nation.


This 16th century South German cabinet valued at £750,000 was temporarily export barred in hopes that a UK buyer could be found. It was previously in the collection of Newbattle Abbey in Scotland. However, it was granted an export licence when it appeared that there was no serious intention to raise funds.

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