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1) A glued together Chinese vase taking a six figure-sum at auction is among our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a heavily repaired Qianlong vase.

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Qianlong copper-red and underglaze blue lantern vase - £200,000 at Hansons.

2) Book trade on alert after smash and grab thefts in London

A spate of thefts from central London shops has put the antiquarian book trade on high alert.


Among the items taken from Altea Gallery was a fourth state of Johannes De Ram’s map of London (1729), first published c.1690.

3) More items found by metal detectorists to be saved for the nation as Treasure definition set to be changed

More metal detectorist finds will have a chance to be saved for the nation under new rules set to come in next year.

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A rare Roman horse brooch found in a field near Leasingham by a metal detectorist. As the brooch is bronze it was not declared treasure but the owner allowed it to be put on display in the Collection Museum in Lincoln. Image credit: Lincolnshire County Council.

4) Busts of tragic Roman duo take £106,000

This pair of life-size bronze busts depict the tragic young figures Publius Septimus Geta, son of emperor Septimus Severus, and his sister-in-law Plautilla.


Life-size bronze busts of Publius Septimus Geta, son of emperor Septimus Severus, and his sister-in-law Plautilla – £106,000 at Canterbury Auction Galleries.

5) New salerooms plus appointments at galleries – the latest news across the art and antiques sector

Movers & Shakers including news of the launch of Minster Auctions and a new home for The Pedestal.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period December 10-16, 2020.