1) Sold for 914 times top estimate: £5m ‘Botticelli’ stuns saleroom
Spectators at an auction in Zürich were left flabbergasted when a Quattrocento panel painting with a SFr5000-7000 estimate catalogued as ‘in the style of Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510)’ was knocked down at SFr6.4m (£5.16m) after an intense 10-minute bidding battle.
2) Fictional antiques dealer Lovejoy to return to screens in new TV adaptation
TV show Lovejoy has been acquired for adaptation three decades after it was first broadcast.
3) Collection of Wedgwood Fairyland lustre and rare cricket memorabilia – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week
ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a surprise result for art pottery in Macclesfield and a discovery of Wedgwood Fairyland lustre in Nottingham.
4) Christie’s counters Egypt’s threat to sue over £4m sale of Tutankhamun head
Christie’s has reiterated that it “carried out extensive due diligence” into a head of Tutankhamun after the Egyptian National Committee for Antiquities Repatriation (NCAR) said that it will instruct a UK law firm to file a lawsuit over its £4m sale.
5) Five lots to watch at auction this week including a portrait miniature collection
With estimates from £100-70,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.
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