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Next step in bid for road sign symbol

30 November 1999

UK: THE campaign to establish a nationwide symbol for the antiques trade continues apace, despite a series of setbacks at the hands of local and national government departments.

Not just a lot of hot air

30 November 1999

UK: PARIS salons were well known for flatulence in conversation. After each manned flight of giant balloons from the gardens of Versailles during the late 18th and 19th centuries, young men who wished to sound like scientists would earnestly debate whether hydrogen gas or hot air allowed the better flight.

Joan Crawford’s jewels discovered on stand

30 November 1999

UK: THE chance purchase of a book from a fellow exhibitor at Olympia has led to an exciting and profitable discovery for 20th Century at Olympia dealer Peter Edwards of Edwards Barany.

Botticelli scoop for Scottish gallery

30 November 1999

UK: A RARE catch indeed, the most important painting of its period in a British private collection, Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Christ Child, c.1490-1500, pictured right, has been acquired by the National Gallery of Scotland from the 10th Earl of Wemyss and March, who was about to sell it to America.

Silesian covered goblet fetches £98,000

30 November 1999

UK: AN international mix of private collectors, dealers and institutions turned out to bid for an old and celebrated collection of European glass formed by the late Dr. Otto Dettmers of Bremen when it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London last week on November 23.

17th century proof from the 1930s

22 November 1999

UK: PHOTOGRAPHIC proof of provenance lends enormous wings to the object concerned, and lot 1 at Phillips’ (15/10 per cent buyer’s premium) sale of English and Continental furniture in London on October 12 was just such a case.

Phillips now part of luxury brand group

22 November 1999

WIDESPREAD rumours of the imminent takeover of London auctioneers Phillips were confirmed last week as Bernard Arnault’s luxury goods group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) paid a reported £70m for the whole of the Phillips Auction Group.