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Courtauld acquires rare Gauguin manuscript through acceptance in lieu scheme

25 September 2020

A rare illustrated manuscript by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) has been acquired by The Courtauld through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme.

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Charles II silver sugar box stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

25 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Charles II silver sugar box described as “in an exceptional state of preservation” that sold above estimate in Nottingham.

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Watch auctioneer Charles Hanson selling the ‘ultimate lockdown find’ found in a workman’s garage

24 September 2020

An 18th century Beijing-enamel wine pot and cover described as the ‘ultimate lockdown find’ has sold for £390,000 at auction in Derbyshire.

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Sandro Botticelli portrait comes to Sotheby’s with $80m estimate

24 September 2020

Sotheby’s will offer a portrait by Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510) with an estimate in excess of $80m in New York next year.

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Chancellor announces job support scheme and further help for businesses

24 September 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new Job Support Scheme.

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New faces at auction houses Sotheby's, Bonhams, Kingham and Orme, Bamfords and Morphy – the latest Movers & Shakers

24 September 2020

New and returning faces across the auction world in the UK, Hong Kong and US.

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Coronavirus: art and antiques fairs in conference centres and exhibition halls cannot go ahead this autumn

23 September 2020

Arts and antiques fairs planned in conference centres and exhibition halls will not be able to take place this autumn following the latest coronavirus restrictions announced by government yesterday.

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TEFAF launches digital marketplace

23 September 2020

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) is set to launch a new online platform next month.

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Coronavirus: Art & Antiques for Everyone cancels winter fair

22 September 2020

This year’s final edition of Art & Antiques for Everyone (AAFE) fair has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns.

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Indian bronzes returned by Met's Art and Antiques Unit

22 September 2020

The Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiques Unit have helped recover three 15th century Indian bronze sculptures after one was identified in the possession of a UK dealer.

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A Russian brooch and a sketch for a famous Antarctic explorer painting are among seven lots to watch at auction this week

21 September 2020

With estimates from £1000-12,000 here are seven previews of upcoming items this week.

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Top stories this week – including news from the first higher-end vetted fair to take place since the lockdown ended

20 September 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of exhibitors reporting an “exciting” opening day at the Petworth fair.

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Stolen collection of antiquarian books worth £2.5m recovered from underground store in Romania

19 September 2020

A collection of rare books valued at more than £2.5m and stolen from a London warehouse in 2017 has been recovered in Romania.

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Military Cross awarded to Iraq war hero sells at Adam Partridge

18 September 2020

Military medals from recent conflicts continue to attract great interest at auction, even if it is a great shame that veterans from these wars have to sell their medals during their own lifetime.

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Complete set of Gould’s Birds of Britain stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

18 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare complete set of John Gould’s ‘Birds of Britain’ that doubled estimate in Gloucestershire.

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Coronavirus: Two more French fairs called off this autumn plus Fine Arts Paris rescheduled

17 September 2020

Three Parisian fairs have been called off or altered due to Covid-19 concerns.

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Naval scene with links to Nelson family comes to auction in Wiltshire

16 September 2020

A naval scene by the well-known marine artist Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867) that has provenance to the families of Lord Hood and Horatio Nelson is coming to auction at Henry Aldridge & Son.

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New hires and expansion plans – Movers & Shakers across the auction house sector

15 September 2020

The latest moves at Halls, Cheffins, Freeman’s and Milestone Auctions.

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An early television transmitter and a Mouseman cupboard are among the six lots to watch at auction this week

14 September 2020

With estimates from £200-15,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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New government measures to control antique firearms

13 September 2020

A crackdown on antique firearms is due to become law following the introduction of new legislation by government.