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1) Auction houses and the art and antiques trade get go-ahead to re-open to public in June

Auction houses, art and antiques shops, galleries and markets can reopen to the public in June in England – as long as strict new measures are adhered to.

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Boris Johnson speaking at the press conference on May 25. Image via

2) Gold price hits record high in the UK

An all-time high for gold was recorded in the UK as investors looked to the traditional safe haven of the yellow metal at a time of grave economic uncertainty.


The price of scrap gold reached an all-time high in the UK this week. Photo: Syed Sajidul Islam via Commons Wikimedia.

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3) German imperial snuff box and Banksy screenprint are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights includes a German rococo revival snuff box which was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II to a loyal courtier that made five-times estimate.

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A rococo revival imperial presentation box from Wilhelm II, €40,000 (£35,600) at Lempertz.

4) National Gallery acquires trio of 18th century pictures from late art patron via tax scheme

The National Gallery has taken ownership of three pictures by 18th century greats Jean-Etienne Liotard, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Thomas Lawrence.

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A pastel on paper stuck down on canvas by Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-89) ‘The Lavergne Family Breakfast’ 1754. © The National Gallery, London.

5) Portobello Road to become traffic-free to enable social distancing for shoppers

Portobello Road will close to traffic during weekday trading hours to allow more room for shoppers and visitors.

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Portobello market in west London is home to may antiques dealers.

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