1) Hu knew? Chinese vase takes over 700-times estimate in Irish auction
After bidders deemed this Yongzheng Guan ware to be of the period as estimate is demolished in Dublin sale.
2) British antiques restorer arrested and investigated in US court case
The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating a multi-million-pound Asian antiquities ‘trafficking ring’ and has arrested a British antiques restorer as part of the case.
3) David Bowie painting bought for £3 at rubbish tip makes major artist's record
A picture spotted at a local rubbish tip in Canada set a record for a painting by the music legend David Bowie.
4) A dozen ‘national treasures’ saved for the nation after export licence blocks
A dozen items deemed national treasures were bought by institutions between May 2018 and April 2020 with a value of £7.6m, according to the latest report.
5) Poynter panels reunited after selling at Christie's and through dealer Rupert Maas
Separated for over a century, a trio of small panels by Sir Edward John Poynter (1836-1919) have been reunited thanks to a dealer, an auction and two Australian Victorian art collectors.
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