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1) 10 top lots at Duke’s auction of contents from Athelhampton House

“Good old-fashioned country house auctions are a rarity these days and it is a privilege to organise one against such an historic backdrop.” So says Guy Schwinge of Dorchester auction house Duke’s, referring to the upcoming sale of the contents from Athelhampton House in Dorset.

Athelhampton House in Puddletown, Dorset

The contents of Athelhampton House in Puddletown, Dorset will be sold ‘on the premises’ by Duke’s on October 9.

2) Missing painting by John Lavery discovered by Dublin auctioneer Whyte's

A painting by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) consigned to Irish auctioneer Whyte’s by a man in Lancashire, has been identified as having been stolen 25 years ago from a British public school.

Lavery painting

'Youth and Age', a painting by Sir John Lavery dated 1885 that was stolen from Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. It is now being returned after it was consigned to Whyte’s auction house in Dublin.

3) Chinese dragon charger, Georgian Valentine cards and a majolica cheese dish – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights includes a Guangxu period ‘dragon’ charger and a whimsical majolica cheese dish that both made over 30-times estimate.

majolica cheese dish

A whimsical majolica cheese dish (right) alongside Victorian green-glazed leaf dishes that sold for £3200 as a single lot at Gorringes.

4) Bonhams to expand online by selling via thesaleroom.com

In a move to increase its digital presence and reach new bidders, Bonhams has agreed a long-term partnership with online auction marketplace thesaleroom.com.

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Bonhams' auction house in Bond Street.

5) Major record for Banksy as ‘Devolved Parliament’ brings lengthy bidding contest at Sotheby’s

Banksy’s derisive portrayal of The House of Commons reduced to an assembly of primates achieved a record £8.5m (plus premium) in Sotheby’s latest Contemporary Art evening sale.

‘Devolved Parliament by Banksy

‘Devolved Parliament’ from 2009 by Banksy – £8.5m (plus premium) at Sotheby’s.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period October 3-9, 2019.

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