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Popeye toys: Collector who originally sold tank wanted it back so badly he paid a record price

16 May 2022

Specialist toy sales held in April on either side of the Atlantic have yielded some notable prices for items from two specific categories: toys relating to Popeye and a collection of toy boats.

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Fair offers avant-garde attractions

16 May 2022

A fair featuring books, posters, photographs, pictures and records covering Surrealism, counter culture and underground movements will take place in Paris this summer.

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Heuer helps rally timing

02 May 2022

Described by Bonhams (15% buyer’s premium) as “the ultimate in rally equipment from the 1960s”, a pair of stopwatches mounted on an original Heuer plate intended to be attached to the dashboard of a racing or rally car received a suitably enthusiastic response.

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Christie’s auction includes rediscovered chapel designs

02 May 2022

Among the salerooms in Paris holding auctions of drawings, or sales with a drawing section, around the time of the Salon du Dessin is Christie’s.

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Collector was not the retiring sort when it came to buying quality art

02 May 2022

A group of works assembled by a collector from Normandy focusing on paintings and drawings from the region will be offered at the Hôtel des ventes de la Seine in Rouen on May 19.

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Boilly turns on the water work

02 May 2022

This street scene by Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) will feature in the sale of Old Master and Modern drawings from 1500-1900 to be held by Millon on May 19 at Drouot in Paris.

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Bloemaert all at sea

02 May 2022

Ader is holding a sale of Old Master drawings on May 20 at Drouot in Paris.

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Paris drawings week: Three fairs, works on paper auctions and museum events all add up

02 May 2022

Paris opens its doors to the world of drawings later this month with three dedicated fairs plus a selection of auctions featuring works on paper and a raft of drawing-related events in the city’s museums – all under the umbrella of the 'Semaine du Dessin' (or Drawing Week).

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New hires across the art and antiques sector including in the US and Middle East

26 April 2022

Among the latest Movers & Shakers news are appointments at Bonhams and Christie’s and a refurbishment at Artcurial.

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Miró given stamp of approval

25 April 2022

This painting by Joan Miró (1893-1983) titled 'L’Oiseau Bleu' will feature in a Modern and Contemporary Art sale to be held by Beaussant Lefèvre at Drouot on June 3.

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Vasarely on repeat

25 April 2022

The catalogue cover lot for the sale of Contemporary Art at Aguttes in Neuilly on April 28 will be this 2ft 7in x 2ft 5½in (78.5 x 75cm) acrylic on panel from 1983 by Victor Vasarely (1906-97) titled Pereg.

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Homage to pioneering art dealer at Sotheby’s Paris

25 April 2022

It was a white-glove result for the sale of works from the collection of André Mourgues at Sotheby’s Paris (25/20/10.9% buyer’s premium plus 1% overhead premium) where the 79 lots raised a premium-inclusive total that was just a shade under €10m.

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It’s a freeform design, by Jouve

25 April 2022

The toast of Briscadieu’s (23% buyer’s premium) sale in Bordeaux on April 9 was this freeform ceramic wall sculpture by the French ceramicist Georges Jouve (1910-40).

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Lalique celebrates 100 years at French factory

23 April 2022

The Lalique factory in Wingen-sur-Moder, in north eastern France, is celebrating 100 years in operation.

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Lili Grenier: model, muse and friend in pictures at Paris auction

18 April 2022

On June 13 the Paris auction house Millon is selling items from the collection of Lili Grenier, celebrated artist’s model and muse and friend of some of the most famous artists of the late 19th century including Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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Invisible work by artist Yves Klein sells at Paris auction

12 April 2022

A receipt granting ownership to an invisible work of art by artist Yves Klein sold for a hammer price of €850,000 (£710,000) or €1.1m including buyer’s premium at Sotheby’s Paris.

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Simple Strawberries come to life

11 April 2022

Paintings by Old Masters bear fruit as new artist auction highs are set in Parisian sales

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Artist and mountaineer Loppé loved the grand Alps

11 April 2022

This view of the Mer de Glace and the Grands Charmoz at Chamonix was one of two large-scale dramatic paintings of Alpine mountainscapes by Gabriel Loppé (1825-1913) offered in Artcurial’s (26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) March 23 Old Masters sale. Both had remained with the artist’s family.

Michelangelo drawing at Christies

Christie’s to offer Michelangelo drawing after French export block removed

07 April 2022

A Michelangelo (1475-1564) drawing previously declared a ‘National Treasure’ in France will be offered at Christie’s following the expiry of its export block.

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The man behind the tribal mask

04 April 2022

Fang secret society relic comes with long provenance to French colonial governor