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1) One Leonardo sold, another caught up in a court battle

Two Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) drawings created national news as Christie’s posted a record for a sketch by the great master in London while a court in Paris is to determine whether another can be legally exported from France.

2) Charles II wassail bowl stars in our latest pick of six auction highlights

Wassail bowl and cover

Charles II lignum vitae wassail bowl and cover – £8500 at Woolley & Wallis.

Our weekly round up of auction highlights included a rare Charles II lignum vitae wassail bowl and cover that went above estimate.

3) Letters: A Mystery object solved


The orange-paring machine owned by John Reckless.

A reader suggests what Bob Horlock's ‘mystery machine’ is.

4) A Q&A with Priory Polishes


James Driscoll with his daughters Isabel and Ruby.

Priory Polishes sells restoration products to the antiques trade and recently has been talken over by James Driscoll and daughters Isabel (age 21) and Ruby (age 18).

5) New VAT rules for EU imports take effect this month

Royal Mail advice

The Royal Mail has explained how the changes impact sellers in the UK. Image credit: Royal Mail.

New VAT rules have been put in place by the European Union for distance selling.