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Latest government guidance sketches out possible way forward for art and antiques firms

12 May 2020

A 50-page document detailing the steps the government is taking to return some businesses in England to operation and ease some of the current lockdown was published on Monday May 11.

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Coronavirus: La Biennale Paris called off until 2021 but dealers face “no financial risks”

12 May 2020

Organisers of La Biennale Paris have postponed the 32nd edition of the event until next year.

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Auction houses and dealers raise thousands for NHS charities

11 May 2020

Recent timed online sales organised by regional auction houses and dealers to raise money for charity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic have raised more than £42,000 so far.

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Victorian butter dish and bagpipes from the Somme are among four lots to watch at auction this week

11 May 2020

With estimates from £40-5000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Government lays out steps to reduce lockdown in the UK

10 May 2020

UK Prime minister Boris Johnson spoke to the nation on Sunday evening to set out his government's latest response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Top stories this week – including news of a Chinese vase making multi-millions at an online auction

10 May 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a Chinese blue and white vase making over £3m at an online auction. The price was many multiples of its estimate.

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Major auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s remain scheduled as live events

09 May 2020

The flagship art auctions due to take place at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in June and July remain on the calendar as live events.

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Légion d'honneur sword and early ventriloquist's doll are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

08 May 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a rare French First Empire sword for a Légion d'honneur recipient that made over 35-times estimate.

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Art and antiques businesses may be able to reopen premises later this month under guidance to be issued by government on Sunday

07 May 2020

A number of businesses should be able to reopen this month when relaxations to the current UK lockdown are announced by prime minister Boris Johnson on Sunday, May 10.

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Christie’s and China Guardian team up for series of autumn sales and events in Shanghai

07 May 2020

Auction house Christie’s and China Guardian have teamed up to create a series of sales, exhibitions and events in Shanghai in September.

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Cartoons by late Astérix creator Albert Uderzo to be auctioned for charity

06 May 2020

Cartoons by the late Albert Uderzo (1927-2020) will be offered by his family at a charity auction hosted by Artcurial in Paris.

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Chinese blue and white vase sets auction record at online sale

05 May 2020

A Chinese blue and white vase achieved a hammer price of over £3m at an online auction that closed in Singapore this week.

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Fake Mesopotamian antiquities seized at Heathrow airport with help of Border Force officers and the British Museum

05 May 2020

A group of Mesopotamian antiquities destined for collectors in the UK was discovered to be fake and seized in an operation by Border Force and the British Museum.

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First ever Star Wars poster from 1976 comics event sells for £4000 at auction 44 years later

05 May 2020

A long time ago, a poster costing $1.75 launched a series of films set in a galaxy far, far away. Forty-four years later, that series has become the phenomenally successful Star Wars blockbuster and a rare example of that same poster has just sold at auction for £4000.

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London rare book fair 'Firsts' cancelled and digital event to be launched

05 May 2020

'Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair 2020', has been cancelled for the summer and will instead be replaced with a digital version.

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Items from France’s national furniture collection to be auctioned to raise funds for health service

04 May 2020

France’s Mobilier National, the body that looks after the national furniture collection, is auctioning 100 pieces from its holdings in order to support the country’s health service.

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Ancient Greek helmet and Martin Brothers’ vase are among four lots to watch at auction this week

04 May 2020

With estimates from £50-9000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Top stories this week – including ATG's latest selection of 30 objects available from dealers' websites

03 May 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included our selection of 30 objects to view and buy from dealers online.

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Plea to help find photographica collection put together over 45 years but now stolen

02 May 2020

A collection of cameras, photographs and accessories put together by a private collector for more than 45 years has been stolen from a storage unit in north London.

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Christopher Dresser vase, Live Aid poster and photographs of the Queen are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

01 May 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an original poster of Live Aid from 1985 that made nearly 10-times over estimate.