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Online art and antiques auctioneer Auctionata files for insolvency

19 January 2017

The company behind online art and antiques auctioneer Auctionata and Paddle8 has filed for preliminary insolvency to restructure its business.

Sotheby's Geneva

Sotheby’s Geneva celebrates 40th anniversary with new saleroom and exhibition space

16 January 2017

Sotheby’s Geneva has relocated to a new office, exhibition space and saleroom in the banking quarter of the Swiss city.

TEFAF 2016

Three projects awarded TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund for 2017

16 January 2017

The Musée Rodin and the Detroit Institute of Arts have been awarded the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund for conservation.

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Dealer Guy Wildenstein cleared of tax fraud after Paris criminal trial

12 January 2017

Art dealer Guy Wildenstein has been cleared of tax fraud in a surprise verdict following a criminal trial in Paris.

London dealers Finch and Co stand at BRAFA

Dealers gear up for BRAFA art fair in Brussels

11 January 2017

Over 130 dealers will start setting out their stands next week as the BRAFA art fair, Belgium’s premier art and antiques show, opens in Brussels on January 21.

Qianlong Emperor seal

Chinese seal draws 15-minute bidding battle and sets €17.5m auction record

22 December 2016

A Chinese hardstone imperial seal set a record at Drouot in Paris on when Pierre Bergé & Associés sold this impressively carved 4in (10.5cm) square specimen, inscribed 'Qianlong Yu Bi Zhi Bao', for a hammer price of €17.5m (£14.58m).

William Orpen drawing

Whyte’s broker sale of William Orpen archive to National Gallery of Ireland

21 December 2016

An archive of over 400 letters and drawings by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) has been acquired by the National Gallery of Ireland in a deal brokered by Dublin auctioneers Whyte’s.

Andrea del Sarto drawing

Andrea del Sarto drawing chalks up €3.2m at auction in France

20 December 2016

A rediscovered chalk portrait by Andrea d’Angiolo, called Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530), has set an record for any Old Master drawing sold at auction in France.

Limerick Gardai

Irish police seize libation cup in €100,000 raid

19 December 2016

A suspected antique libation cup is among €100,000 worth of goods seized during a raid in Ireland.

 alabaster statuette of Saint Cecilia

Alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia hits €2.3m top note in Paris auction

16 December 2016

A small Castilian mediaeval alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia playing a portable organ led a strong selection of traditional art and antiques in the Paris pre-Christmas auctions at Hotel Drouot.

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld drawing

German drawing sells at auction for €1.7m following restitution

15 December 2016

A remarkable drawing by German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872) that was recently restituted to the family of a Holocaust victim has sold for €1.7m (£1.44m) at an auction in Berlin.

Auctioneer Jesper Bruun Rasmussen

Watch auction of Chinese vase making house-record at Denmark’s Bruun Rasmussen

15 December 2016

Copenhagen auction house Bruun Rasmussen posted a house record when an early Ming fruit meiping vase was knocked down at Dkr12m (£1.37m) – the highest price for any piece of porcelain ever sold at auction in Denmark.

Rembrandt Bugatti bronze anteater

Giant price for giant anteater – Rembrandt Bugatti bronze takes €1.2m at Paris auction

14 December 2016

This Rembrandt Bugatti bronze of ‘The Giant Anteater’ (Le Grand Fourmilier) more than lived up to its status as the potential star at a recent auction in Paris.

Leonardo

Leonardo drawing estimated at €15m to appear at French auction next year

13 December 2016

A newly-discovered drawing that has been attributed to Leonardo da Vinci will be offered by Paris auctioneers Tajan next year, estimated at €15m (£9.62m).

Christie's pop up

Christie’s France turns hand to retail with Christmas pop-up shop

12 December 2016

If a Chanel snow globe, a Fabergé bracelet or a blue table by Yves Klein are on the list for Father Christmas this year then head to Christie’s Paris showroom this weekend.

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First commercially produced typewriter the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball sells at Cologne auction

12 December 2016

As you peruse this story on your computer, smartphone or tablet, take a look at the keyboard on said devices and spare a thought for the Rev Rasmus Malling-Hansen (1835-90).

Tate Modern

Dealers and fairs trial new ‘.art’ domain

12 December 2016

A group of art and antiques dealers, fairs and museums have become the first to use the new internet domain name of ‘.art’.

Louis de Bayser

President of new Paris fair Louis de Bayser says event will offer fine art across a wider field

05 December 2016

The organisers of Fine Arts Paris, the new fair to be staged in the French capital in November 2017, have revealed more details about the concept.

EU Parliament

Fears over new import licence system as EU targets trade on illicit art

02 December 2016

Leading trade bodies are voicing concerns that a revised EU consultation into the illicit trafficking of antiquities could lead to a “burdensome” new import licence system.

Paul Verlaine revolver

Paul Verlaine’s revolver takes €360,000 at Christie’s in Paris

01 December 2016

One of the most famous firearms in French literary history has sold for €360,000 (£305,605) at Christie’s in Paris.

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