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1) Art and antiques dealers take government to court over Ivory Act

“No reputable dealer wants to see elephants dead” was among the opening remarks by the QC acting for a group of dealers and collectors challenging the Ivory Act 2018 at the High Court.

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A group of dealers and collectors has challenged the Ivory Act 2018 in the High Court.

2) Export block for £3.5m Wright of Derby picture bought by Getty museum

The government is hoping to find a buyer to pay £3.5m to keep an 18th century picture by Joseph Wright of Derby in the UK.

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The 3ft x 2ft 4in (91 x 71cm) oil on canvas ‘Two Boys with a Bladder’ by Joseph Wright of Derby was painted in Liverpool between 1768-70.

3) Dealers attracted by “new pricing policy” return to Art & Antiques for Everyone fair

Art & Antiques for Everyone’s new ownership has attracted several fresh dealerships to stand at its next staging.


Kiel Shaw and Stuart Atkinson of Fontaine, which joins the next edition of Art & Antiques for Everyone.

4) Ancient Cypriot jug, Suffragette porcelain tea service and Remington number 1 typewriter – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights includes an ancient Cypriot jug that was bid four times over estimate.

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A Cypro-archaic trefoil terracotta jug, c.750-600BC – sold for £24,000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

5) Unknown portrait of British naval hero Nelson is discovered by auctioneer Charles Miller

A hitherto unknown portrait of Horatio Nelson has been discovered and will be offered at auction on November 5.

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Detail of the hitherto unknown pencil and grey wash portrait of Nelson which will be offered at Charles Miller's auction on November 5 estimated at £3000-5000.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period October 17-23, 2019.