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Coronavirus: Government unveils further business support

18 March 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out a package of temporary measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus.

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Coronavirus: Cooper Events cancels its next two fairs

17 March 2020

Cooper Events has called off its next two fairs following the latest guidance on the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Battersea decorative fair cancelled for first time in 35 years

17 March 2020

The spring The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has been cancelled.

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Ireland’s role in Britain’s colonial past recalled in single owner collection for sale at Sheppard’s

17 March 2020

A private collection featuring Anglo-Indian and Islamic objects, amassed from Irish country house sales over a 60-year period, comes to auction in Durrow, Ireland on March 24.

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US buyer wins bidding battle for Terence Cuneo’s painting of British Rail’s last steam engine

17 March 2020

Terence Cuneo’s (1907-96) ‘Evening Star at Full Steam’, a painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail, sold to a US buyer at the latest picture sale held at Essex saleroom Sworders.

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Coronavirus: Christie’s postpones many forthcoming international sales and shuts down offices

16 March 2020

Christie’s has chosen to postpone many of its forthcoming international sales and close most of its offices in response to the coronavirus. The firm's March and April calendar is being restructured with sales in New York and Paris put on hold for at least two months, although its London office remains open.

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Trio of high-value paintings stolen in raid on Oxford college collection

16 March 2020

Three Old Master paintings, including Annibale Carracci’s A Boy Drinking, have been stolen from a museum in Oxford.

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16th century whistle, rare portrait miniature and Samuel Palmer print – six lots to watch at auction this week

16 March 2020

With estimates from £200-8000, here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Silver penny from brief reign of forgotten Anglo-Saxon king now worth £32,000

16 March 2020

A silver penny of Ludica, a virtually unknown Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia, has sold for £32,000.

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Coronavirus: Phillips postpones international auction schedule

15 March 2020

Auction house Phillips has decided to postpone all of its sales and events globally until mid-May.

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Top stories this week – including news of the British Museum’s purchase of a Bronze age gold pendant found by a metal detectorist

15 March 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a 3000-year-old Bronze age gold sun pendant, known as a bulla, being bought by the British Museum after it was found by a metal detectorist in Shropshire.

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Coronavirus: ABA and PBFA call off Edinburgh antiquarian book fair

14 March 2020

Managers of the Edinburgh Premier Fair, run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) & Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA), have called off the next staging.

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US collectors give Cleveland museum gift worth more than $100m

14 March 2020

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has been given a “transformative” collection valued at more than $100m.

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Salon du Dessin postponed as organisers reverse decision to go ahead

13 March 2020

The prestigious Paris drawings fair ‘Salon du Dessin’ has been postponed until the end of May as the outbreak of coronavirus in Europe continues to have a major effect on the fairs calendar.

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Victorian table, Duleep Singh’s hawking bell and Ottoman portrait miniature – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

13 March 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an occasional table by Johan Marti Levien made from exotic New Zealand woods that made six-times estimate in Newbury.

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Chelsea Antiques Fair called off due to coronavirus concerns

12 March 2020

The Chelsea Antiques Fair has been cancelled in reaction to fears over coronavirus.

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Elizabethan silver makes rare appearance in Swiss auction

12 March 2020

Elizabethan silver rarely appears at auctions in continental Europe, so an upcoming collection being offered for sale at Koller in Zurich is something of a special occasion.

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TEFAF Maastricht 2020 to close early due to coronavirus

11 March 2020

TEFAF Maastricht will close earlier than planned, at 7pm Wednesday, March 11.

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Budget 2020: Business rates scrapped for small shops and galleries

11 March 2020

Art and antiques dealers welcomed news from Chancellor Rishi Sunak that the government will abolish business rates for small businesses this year but warned more still needs to be done.

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Taxidermy penguin from Scott’s doomed Antarctica expedition attracts attention at Sworders

11 March 2020

A taxidermy Adélie penguin collected by scientists during the Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition from 1910-1913 drew strong interest at an auction in Essex this week.