1) Buyer sought for auction house Wright Marshall
The parent company of Wright Marshall Fine Art Auctioneers is in administration and a search for a new owner is under way.
2) International organised crime group arrested in €2m rare books heist
Members of a crime gang believed to be behind the 2017 theft of 260 rare books in west London have been arrested in a joint operation with authorities across Romania, the UK and Italy.
3) Medieval chess figure believed to be a ‘missing’ piece from the Lewis chessmen set sells at £600,000 at Sotheby’s
A chess figure bought in 1964 in Edinburgh for £5 by an antiques dealer and stored in a drawer for decades has sold at a hammer price of £600,000 at Sotheby’s in London.
4) Ministers block export of 18th century watercolour by “genius” landscape artist
An 18th century watercolour by the artist who John Constable described as a genius has been barred from export in the hope a UK buyer can be found.
5) ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ sold in private sale ahead of planned auction
The painting dubbed the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ has been sold in a private sale two days ahead of its planned auction.
This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period June 27-July 3, 2019.