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Heaps of Victorian silver scrapped after another spike in precious metal prices

07 August 2020

Another bounce in precious metal prices has led to more antique pieces of gold and silver being scrapped.

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Glass image of Nelson laying in state features in our pick of five auction highlights this week

07 August 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a reverse engraving on glass of Admiral Lord Nelson lying in state at Greenwich Hospital. It sold for 22-times estimate in Norfolk.

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London Art Week initiative for the autumn takes women and frames as focus

06 August 2020

London Art Week is increasing its presence in the calendar and growing its digital platform with a series of events running during October.

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Welsh auction houses to continue to host virtual auctions despite room bidding now permitted

06 August 2020

The Welsh government has given auction houses the green light to open premises to the public this month.

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Government makes face-coverings mandatory at auction houses in England

05 August 2020

Wearing a face-covering when attending an auction house in England will become mandatory from Saturday August 8.

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Bust of British-Jamaican Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole sells for £101,000 at auction and heads to Nightingale Museum

04 August 2020

A terracotta sculpture of Mary Seacole (1805-81), who nursed dying and wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, will go on display in the Florence Nightingale Museum after it was sold at auction last week.

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Firsts book fair moves to London's Saatchi Gallery

03 August 2020

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) is moving its annual flagship event Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair from Battersea to Chelsea.

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Seven highlights from the John Richardson collection at Sotheby’s

03 August 2020

A collection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper and prints owned by the late art historian John Richardson is being offered at Sotheby’s later this year.

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Top stories this week – including news of Adams fairs and IACF postponing London events

02 August 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of two more UK fair organisers being forced to call off events due to indoor venues remaining closed.

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London Art Week dealers report strength in online format

01 August 2020

During the seven days of London Art Week, St James’s gallery Colnaghi sold more than 50% of its exhibition.

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Lucie Rie record as footed bowl takes $180,000 at Phillips

31 July 2020

The market for Lucie Rie (1902-95) reached a new high when Phillips New York sold this 5.5in (14cm) diameter footed bowl for $180,000 (£136,800) at its latest design auction.

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Temperature checks and wide aisles: Olympia unveils plans for safety at winter fair

31 July 2020

Organisers of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia have reiterated that the event will go ahead and have announced measures to ensure safety for visitors and exhibitors.

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Early English porcelain figures star in our pick of five auction highlights this week

31 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a pair of ‘dry edge’ English porcelain figures that sold for 50-times estimate.

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Kempton owner tests Sunday ‘interiors’ format fair at new Wimbledon venue

30 July 2020

Sunbury Antiques Market, organiser of the bi-weekly Kempton Park Racecourse fair, is moving into London with a trial Sunday event in Wimbledon next month.

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Messums opens Modern and Contemporary gallery in Harrogate

30 July 2020

Art dealership Messums has opened a permanent exhibition space in Yorkshire.

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Mary Queen of Scots' prayer book sells at Christie’s Classic sale

30 July 2020

A prayer book that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87) sold at Christie’s Classic Art evening sale in London.

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Dealer and restorer Gary Wallis launches new antiques TV programme

29 July 2020

Fans of antiques TV have a new show to try.

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Rembrandt self-portrait bid to £12.6m at Sotheby’s

29 July 2020

A self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) was knocked down for £12.6m at Sotheby’s latest live-streamed cross-category evening sale in London.

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Gold price hits all-time record as silver rises sharply to seven-year high

28 July 2020

The price of gold jumped to a record high in the UK this week as precious metal markets across the world rose due to the current economic and political uncertainty.

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Coronavirus: Adams fairs and IACF postpone London events under government regulations

28 July 2020

Two more UK fair organisers have called off events as the closure of conference and event venues has been prolonged.