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1) Roma Numismatics to close doors this week

London ancient coin dealers and auctioneers Roma Numismatics is to close.

2608 NE Roma1

The Brutus Eid Mar-type gold aureus that sold for £2.7m at Roma Numismatics in October 2020 – an auction record for any classical coin at the time. Richard Beale pleaded guilty to a series of charges in connection with its unlawful sale.

2) Early Dod Procter portrait turns heads at West Sussex auction

A bidding battle broke out at Bellmans in West Sussex for an early and engaging portrait by Dod Procter (1890-1972), setting the second highest auction price ever recorded for the artist.

Girl in a Black Dress by Dod Procter

Girl in a Black Dress by Dod Procter, £88,000 at Bellmans.

3) Leonora Carrington’s surrealist ‘masterpiece’ sets major auction record at Sotheby's

Setting a record for any British-born female artist at auction, a surrealist painting by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) drew a lengthy bidding battle at Sotheby’s New York, taking the artist into a new league commercially.

Les Distractions de Dagobert by Leonora Carrington

Les Distractions de Dagobert by Leonora Carrington, $24.5m (£19.3m) at Sotheby’s.

4) Jonathan Pratt joins Berkshire firm Dawsons

Dawsons Auctioneers has appointed Jonathan Pratt as managing director.


Jonathan Pratt said Dawsons has 'real potential for further growth'.

5) Previews: Our pick of nine upcoming lots including a Winston Churchill pocket watch

Our selection of lots from upcoming auctions includes a watch given to Winston Churchill by Herbert Henry Asquith.


Pocket watch gifted to Winston Churchill by Herbert Henry Asquith, estimate £20,000-30,000 at Dawsons.

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