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Bulldog advertising sign lights up the saleroom

24 June 2024

It is safe to say that nowadays the image of a smoking dog would find little favour with animal rights activists or for that matter with the current (for now) UK Prime Minister.

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Bidders go for Subleyras link

24 June 2024

On May 28 in Bruges, Carlo Bonte (28% buyer’s premium) offered The Hermit, Brother Luce, an oil study attributed to the French late Baroque painter Pierre Hubert Subleyras (1699-1749).

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Rare Rousseau herbarium bought by Swiss institution

24 June 2024

The last Jean-Jacques Rousseau herbarium in private hands came for sale at Ader in Paris on June 17.

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Artist not confirmed but Old Master tells a Florentine family history tale

24 June 2024

While the identity of the main artist was up for debate, the impressive ownership of a work sold in Austria was not in doubt

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Irish art results ‘Nearly as strong as Celtic Tiger good old days’

24 June 2024

Irish art sales rated as ‘very good’ despite some supply challenges as private collectors wait to consign

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How US troops stormed ashore on D-Day with a travel guide

24 June 2024

The Ivoire Clermont-Ferrand auction house in France has organised themed sales based around the famous Michelin Guide for 25 years with its specialist Pierre Gabriel Gonzalès.

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Old Master by unknown painter causes a stir as Bavarian collection comes to auction

24 June 2024

On May 8, Neumeister (30% buyer’s premium) in Munich sold the collection of Hans Constantin Faussner, a Bavarian lawyer and art collector.

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Fish market scene catches the eye

24 June 2024

A monumental painting of a fish market soared to unexpected heights at the May 16 auction at Lempertz (26% buyer’s premium) in Cologne.

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Menzel’s Moroccans became a timely work

24 June 2024

June 2, 1878, began as a normal day in the varied life of the German artist Adolph von Menzel.

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Highlights: a recent selection of stand-out lots sold at auction

24 June 2024

This recently discovered example of the iconic Bauhaus tea-infuser, designed by Marianne Brandt in 1924, on offer at Lempertz on May 15 for €200,000, was knocked down to the Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum for Art and Industry) for €260,000 (£222,220).

German art VAT cut welcomed by dealers

17 June 2024

Art in Germany might be about to get a bit cheaper with the German government confirming it will cut the VAT on art sales from 19% to 7% in line with its import VAT.

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Hillier work hidden from the Nazis by a maid comes for sale

17 June 2024

Tristram Hillier (1905-83) described the Surrealist pictures he created at Étretat, the picturesque town on the north-western coast of France, as “some of the best I have ever made”.

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Best of British: Bullock longcase on offer in Heidelberg

17 June 2024

If proof were needed that regional British clockmakers were as capable of making impressive works as those of London colleagues, then an 18th century longcase clock being sold by Metz on July 19-20 in Heidelberg without reserve, provides it.

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Prophet and profits of horology auctions held in Germany and Switzerland

17 June 2024

Moses automaton watch is one of the stand-out hammer highlights in recent sales

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Chardin still life raises bar for an Old Master in France

13 June 2024

Christie’s set a record for any Old Master sold in France when a still-life by Jean Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) made €23m (£19.4m) at an auction in Paris on June 12, selling to a European collector.

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Prowling panthers set Rembrandt Bugatti record in Paris

13 June 2024

An exceptional bronze by the Italian animalia sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) sold for a record €3m (£2.53m) at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr in Paris.

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Multiple bidders compete for 1939 Michelin Guide used by D-Day forces

12 June 2024

The Ivoire Clermont-Ferrand auction house in France has organised themed auctions based around the famous Michelin Guide for 25 years with its specialist Pierre Gabriel Gonzalès.

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Police recover more TEFAF stolen diamonds

10 June 2024

Police in the Netherlands have confirmed they have recovered two more diamonds stolen by armed robbers from The European Art Fair (TEFAF) in 2022.

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Sale of Maradona Ballon d’Or halted over ownership dispute

06 June 2024

The trophy was set for sale on June 6 but an appeal from the Maradona family has suspended proceedings

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Chinese artist’s silk robe emerges at Paris auction

05 June 2024

The auction house Aponem is selling works from the collection amassed by the Franco-Chinese artist, pianist, painter and poet Cheng Zhifan (1924-2021) who came to France in 1951.

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