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Droit de suite dropped as pressure pays off

28 June 1999

EU: THE PROSPECT of droit de suite spreading throughout the European Union receded last week when the Internal Market Council found that resistance to the principle of artists’ resale rights had grown and the measure was shelved.

The Great Unworn

28 June 1999

US: A DEFINITIVE piece of social history, designed at the peak of the ’60s, the Rudi Gernreich topless bathing suit was considered the ultimate symbol of permissiveness and provoked a rash of moral outrage.

New chapter in road symbol campaign

28 June 1999

UK: STOW-ON-THE-WOLD has become the testing ground for the symbol to represent antiques on road signs.

Droit de suite objectors rally at the last

21 June 1999

HOPE was rekindled last week that a last-minute change of heart in Europe could kill off the imposition of the artists resale levy, droit de suite, in the UK.

Sapphisticated lady

21 June 1999

UK: PICTURED here is one of the best examples of English cameo glass to go under the hammer for many years.

Rise of poor man’s tennis

21 June 1999

UK: ONE OF THE curious features of the English class system was the availability of similar sporting pastimes to all men by their birthright. Royalty played real tennis, for instance, while impecunious prisoners, it seems, made do with rackets.

A unique piece of history

21 June 1999

UK: ONE of the bargains of the year must be the British Library’s purchase of the Letters of the Earl of Essex to Elizabeth I, which sold at Phillips on June 11 for a low-estimate £150,000 plus premium.