1) Thieves steal €1bn of precious baroque treasures from German museum
Dresden’s Royal Palace has been targeted by thieves who cut the electricity supply to enter exhibition rooms at its museum containing thousands of valuable antiques.
2) High society portrait, 19th century sketch books and an oak chair owned by Elisabeth Frink – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week
ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an oak chair from the collection of Dame Elisabeth Frink that made over 12-times estimate.
3) World’s most expensive natural history book flies into auction at Sotheby’s
A copy of The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1785-1851) will be offered at Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on December 18 in New York.
4) Fundraising effort for appeal against ivory ban ramps up
Dealers and collectors granted an appeal against a High Court ruling on the Ivory Act 2018 are redoubling their efforts to raise the necessary funds for legal fees.
5) Online platform 1stdibs subscription fees rise by 42%
Antiques and luxury items platform 1stdibs is increasing its monthly subscription fee to dealers by 42%, from £350 to £500. The firm says the move reflects the increasing cost of maintaining the online portal.
This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period November 21-27, 2019.