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1) Rare Rembrandt self-portrait comes to auction at Sotheby’s

A self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) – one of just three in private hands – is coming to auction at Sotheby’s next month.

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Rembrandt Van Rijn, Self-portrait, wearing a ruff and black hat, 1632. It is estimated at £12-16m at Sotheby's.

2) The grand reopening pushed back to June 15 for auction houses and antiques shops in England

The date for English trade premises to accept visitors again is now set for June 15 with Covid-19 safety measures planned.


Great Grooms, an antiques centre in Hungerford, is among the businesses preparing to open their premises to the public from June 15.

3) Aivazovsky posts highest price for a painting sold online during the lockdown

The latest sale of Russian art at Sotheby’s posted the highest individual price for a painting sold at an auction so far during the worldwide lockdown.

‘The Bay of Naples’ by Ivan Aivazovsky

‘The Bay of Naples’ by Ivan Aivazovsky – £1.9m at Sotheby’s.

4) Collection from Portobello Road market trader comes to Berkshire auction

The house contents of Portobello Road market stalwart Joan Dunk (1930-2019) is to be sold in Newbury.

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A Steiff cinnamon centre-seam teddy bear circa 1908 which is estimated at £3000-4000 at Special Auction Services in Newbury on June 9-10.

5) Auction house Spink helps Captain Tom remount medal collection

Captain Tom’s full medal set has been remounted and re-presented to him following work by auction house Spink.

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Captain Sir Thomas Moore’ with his medals.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period June 4-10, 2020.