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1) Police appeal for help to catch ram-raiders of Petworth antiques fair

Burglars in a pick-up truck and an SUV ram raided the Petworth antiques fair at the weekend, stealing jewellery and cash belonging to dealers exhibiting at the three-day fair.

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The National Trust's Petworth House and Park in West Sussex has hosted The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair for the past four years. Image: Clare Trenchard Wolves at Petworth from HR Flying Colours Gallery.

2) Collection of ‘London’s best-connected man’ Sir David Tang comes to auction in Sussex

Hong Kong businessman, philanthropist and socialite Sir David Tang, who died in August 2017, was a luxury goods entrepreneur who mixed with the rich and famous and counted members of the royal family as his friends.

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The collection of the late Sir David Tang and his widow is being offered at Bellmans.

3) Fresh-to-market John Singer Sargent watercolours emerge at Skinner auction

Two watercolours by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) that have been in a private American collection for nearly a century have emerged at an auction in Boston. One of them was described in the artist’s catalogue raisonée as “one of the most subtle and beautiful of Sargent’s architectural studies”.

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‘Bologna Fountain’, a 12.25 x 18in (31 x 46cm) watercolour from c.1909 by John Singer Sargent – estimated at $50,000-70,000 at Skinner.

4) Marklin train, Opium War map and Lalique glass figure – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights included a Marklin tinplate train that went for 13-times estimate and a Lalique frosted glass statuette that sold above predictions.

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A Rene Lalique Côte d'Azur statuette – £6000 at Kingham & Orme.

5) Getty Museum snaps up ancient gems cache at Christie’s New York

The Getty Museum has emerged as the mystery buyer of close to half of a collection of ancient engraved gems sold by Christie’s New York.

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Among the Getty’s purchases at Christie’s New York, a c.16th century BC Minoan blue chalcedony tabloid seal cut with three swans – $95,000 (£73,000).

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period May 9-15 2019.

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