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1) UK Ivory Act soon to be enforced

The near total ban on the trade in ivory in the UK promised three years ago is just a matter of weeks away from enforcement.


The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is planning a consultation on elements of the Ivory Act. 

Image copyright Anthony O'Neil via Geograph. Image licence here.

2) Anger as Sotheby’s closes pension scheme

A group of Sotheby’s former employees are considering further action against the auction house’s plan to close its ‘defined benefit’ pension plan.


Sotheby’s was bought by billionaire Patrick Drahi for $3.7bn including debt in 2019. 

3) RAF Museum buys medals awarded to last surviving Tirpitz attacker from 617 (Dambuster) Squadron

The medal group awarded to the last surviving RAF pilot of 617 (Dambuster) Squadron to attack the German battleship Tirpitz has been sold to the RAF Museum via a sale arranged by London auction house Dix Noonan Webb.

4) Futuristic London Transport from 1926 poster stars in our pick of six auction highlights

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes included a rare transport poster from 1926 imagining what London may look like 100 years into the future.

1926 London Transport poster

1926 London Transport poster – £3000 at Ewbank’s.

5) Hubert de Givenchy collection comes to Christie’s

The collection of Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018), featuring more than 1200 lots of French and European furniture and works of art, will be offered at Christie's in Paris in June.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period February 3-9, 2022.