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National Gallery acquires trio of 18th century pictures from late art patron via tax scheme

22 May 2020

The National Gallery has taken ownership of three pictures by 18th century greats Jean-Etienne Liotard, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Thomas Lawrence.

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Bodleian Library gobbles up chocolate box mini-museum for ‘edible’ books collection

21 May 2020

The Bodleian Library has added an unusual piece of culinary history to its collection.

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Gold price hits record high in the UK

21 May 2020

An all-time high for gold was recorded in the UK this week as investors looked to the traditional safe haven of the yellow metal at a time of grave economic uncertainty.

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Portobello Road to become traffic-free to enable social distancing for shoppers

20 May 2020

Portobello Road will close to traffic during weekday trading hours to allow more room for shoppers and visitors.

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Export-blocked 18th century harpsichord bought by Gainsborough’s House museum

20 May 2020

A harpsichord that was sold at The Canterbury Auction Galleries in 2018 to a US buyer and later barred from export by the government has been saved for the nation by Gainsborough’s House museum.

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Cecil Beaton sketches turn heads at Bonhams auction

19 May 2020

The latest sale of Modern British art held by Bonhams in Knightsbridge was its first live event held ‘behind closed doors’ in the UK. It included 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) which formed part of the famous photographer’s ‘The Book of Beauty’ published in 1930.

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French auction houses reopen following Germany’s lead as lockdown eases across Europe

19 May 2020

Auction houses in France have been given the go-ahead to re-open this month after being closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Future of the cultural sector discussed in LAPADA webinars as UK emerges from lockdown

19 May 2020

LAPADA launches a webinar series this week with a conversation between the association’s CEO Freya Simms and Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Appeal to stop Ivory Act dismissed in latest court action

18 May 2020

Court of Appeal judges have dismissed the latest attempt to stop the Ivory Act.

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Sotheby’s sale of prohibition era items opens online

18 May 2020

An online sale devoted to vintage bar ware and drinking accessories inspired by the Prohibition era is currently being staged by Sotheby’s New York.

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A feline vesta case and a Stuart embroidered panel are among six lots to watch at auction this week

18 May 2020

With estimates from £60-6000 here are six previews of upcoming items.

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Top stories this week – including news of more pieces of 'America's first porcelain' emerging at auction in the UK

17 May 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a previously unrecorded porcelain tea bowl and saucer attributed to the John Bartlam factory of Cain Hoy, South Carolina, being offered for sale at Adam Partridge.

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Sotheby’s launches hybrid format combining elements of auctions and private sales

16 May 2020

Sotheby’s has launched a new hybrid sale format which is a cross between an auction and private sale.

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Christie’s launches major cross-continental Modern art sale using live streaming with bidders in the room where permitted

15 May 2020

Christie’s is launching a new sale-format for a major 20th century art auction in July.

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Scandinavian silver vase and coins for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

15 May 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a full proof set of coins issued by the Royal Mint for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 and a silver vase from c. 1920 marked for prize-winning designers Svend Hammershoi and Holger Kyster.

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Christie’s to stage ‘Classic Week’ as series of online auctions

14 May 2020

Christie’s has announced that its ‘Classic Week’ of sales in New York will now take place as a series of online auctions.

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Auction houses and art and antiques dealers to open premises in June

13 May 2020

A government department has confirmed to ATG that auction houses in England will be able to open to the public in June and conduct home valuations, as long as social distancing and the latest government guidelines are met.

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More auction houses return to rostrum with online-only sales

13 May 2020

Lots Road Auctions, The Canterbury Auction Galleries and Bishop & Miller are among the latest auction houses to plan a return to the rostrum and hold live online only sales.

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Management reorganisation in Kent and new hires in Surrey and Yorkshire  – auction house Movers and Shakers

13 May 2020

The latest appointments around the regional UK auction houses this month.

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Employee furlough extended until the autumn to support economy

12 May 2020

The government scheme to pay wages of workers during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended until October.