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1) Sotheby’s and Old Master dealer reach out of court settlement over disputed Frans Hals painting

Old Master picture dealer Mark Weiss has agreed an out-of-court settlement with Sotheby’s in the case of a $10m painting the auction house believed to be a forgery.

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The disputed Frans Hals painting, 'Portrait of a Gentleman'.

2) Golding Young & Mawer to sell Stamford dealer 800-lot collection without reserve

Lincolnshire auctioneer Golding Young & Mawer is to sell the stock and personal collections of Stamford-based antiques dealers Gavin Burns and his son Ross later this month, following their retirement from the business in December 2018.

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For 45 years, Gavin Burns and son Ross dealt out of 1 St George's Square, Stamford, a building dating from 1671. A top window had to be temporarily removed to allow staff from Golding Young & Mawer take furniture from the shop's showroom and attics.

3) Mega sleepers awakened at regional auctions across mercurial March

The month of March produced an unusually large number of awakened sleepers across the UK’s regional auction rooms – from an Old Master drawing to a rare Marklin tinplate train.     

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This 'Head of a young man' red chalk on laid paper was catalogued as Italian School c.1600 and estimated at £250-350 at Chiswick Auctions on March 20.

4) Giambologna bronze brings 100 times estimate in Paris

A Mannerist bronze after Giambologna brought a surprise €3.2m (£2.7m) at French auction house Artcurial.

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This Mannerist bronze after Giambologna made €3.2m (£2.7m) at Artcuriel on March 27.

5) Remarkable collection of ancient engraved gems comes to auction at Christie’s New York

Christie’s is to sell a remarkable collection of engraved gems from the Classical world, formerly in the Sangiorgi collection, in New York.

Masterpieces in Miniature

Spanning the Classical world from the 16th century BC to the 4th century AD, the Masterpieces in Miniature sale on April 29 at Christie’s New York comprises 40 lots previously owned by Giorgio Sangiorgi (1887-1965) who was a renowned collector, dealer, and scholar in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period March 28-April 3, 2019.

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