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Fallenn Madonna

Famous ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ painting from 1980s comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo ‘returns’ to France

20 March 2019

The successful buyer at auction of the ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ - the prop that was a running joke in the 1980s sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo - has taken the painting to his home in France.

Baccio Bandinelli

Auctions in Drawings Week

18 March 2019

The independent salerooms and those operating from the Drouot auction centre in Paris provide an important part of the city's Drawings Week.

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Paris Drawings Week draws on a 28-year legacy

18 March 2019

The long-standing fair 'Salon du Dessin' remains at the core of the annual works on paper events in the French capital.

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Designer Serge Royaux collection provides Christie’s Paris with ceramic highlights

18 March 2019

Designer and decorator Serge Royaux 1924-2016, whose collection of paintings, drawings, furniture and decorative items is being sold by Christie’s Paris rooms on April 17, liked to entertain and to arrange the decor of his table settings to suit individual guests.

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Price is far from the end of the world for Durer Apocalypse

11 March 2019

Conducted by Christie’s Paris (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in collaboration with Bertrand Meaudre of Paris dealer Librairie Landarchet, a February 20 sale featured the dispersal of the library of Marc Litzler for a premium-inclusive total of €4.4m (£3.82m).

Beeston

Norfolk auction house relaunch, Henry Aldridge & Son changes, Fellows fine jewellery and Artcurial's online-only sales - the latest business news from across the auction houses

08 March 2019

Norfolk sisters Catherine and Shelley-Anne Wilford have launched Beeston Auction House after the retirement of the owners of Townsend Auction Galleries.

Draft bill seeks further reform for French auction system

04 March 2019

The French auction system could be set for more reform with a draft bill recommending further change due to be launched later this month.

Peter Paul Rubens oil sketch

Rubens oil sketch discovered in northern France offered in Lille auction

04 March 2019

A rare oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens created for an important commission in Antwerp has been discovered in a house in northern France and will come up for auction in Lille on March 31.

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Mexican anthropomorphic mask offered in Paris

04 March 2019

Paris is a centre for auctions of Pre-Columbian art. On March 18 Copages is offering an Italian collection of works that were sourced from major salerooms such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Loudmer as well as specialist dealers like Galerie Mermoz and the Emmeritz Gallery.

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Pre-Columbian sale at Christie’s Paris includes Aztec stone sculpture

04 March 2019

On April 9 Christie’s will be holding a Pre-Columbian sale featuring the 90-lot collection formed by Felix and Heidi Stoll from Basel as well as around 50 pieces from other vendors.

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Early years of photography celebrated at Chartres sale

04 March 2019

Vintage photographic equipment will be up for grabs at the Ivoire Chartres auction firm on March 9-10.

The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’

The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ – painting found in French attic valued at £100m to be offered without reserve at auction

28 February 2019

A marketing drive has begun for the sale of a painting touted as the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio (1571-1610)’. The picture was unveiled in London today ahead of its auction in France in June.

Paul Gauguin view of Pissarro’s garden

Paul Gauguin garden scene with bonus of the artist’s ‘earliest’ self portraits on the back

21 February 2019

A three-in-one opportunity to purchase rare early works by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) comes up in Paris this month.

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Paris sale to offer range of animalier bronzes

18 February 2019

Animalier bronzes will be on offer at Drouot in the coming weeks.

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Fontainebleau auction to offer Napoleonic chair

18 February 2019

This Empire-period gilt throne or ceremonial chair, measuring 3ft 11in (1.2m) high and 2ft 3in (76cm) wide, is one of the highlights of an April 7 sale of historic artefacts and memorabilia titled l’Empire à Fontainebleau.

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Emile Gallé special piece shown at the Exposition Universelle in Paris comes to auction

18 February 2019

A unique example of Emile Gallé’s glasswork created as a special piece features in the 20th century decorative art sale held by Gros & Delettrez at Drouot on March 8.

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Masterworks by titans of French Art Deco jewellery design bring demand at Christie’s in Paris

11 February 2019

Pictured here are two exceptional pieces of Art Deco jewellery sold by Christie’s Paris (25% buyer’s premium) for multi-estimate sums on December 4.

French President Emmanuel Macron

French trade bodies call on President Macron to stop UK art market gaining an advantage from Brexit

08 February 2019

Members of the trade federation Conseil National du Marché de l’Art (CNMA) have published an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron and the French government calling for changes to stop France’s art market losing out to the UK after Brexit.

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Champion racehorse gallops into Paris auction in bronze form

04 February 2019

A collection of 18 bronzes of thoroughbred racing horses by major French animalier sculptors is to be offered at Drouot on February 22 by Beaussant-Lefėvre. They include examples by Isadore Bonheur, Pierre-Jules Mène and Emmanuel Fremiet.

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How buttons can fit a collecting budget

04 February 2019

Small in scale and relatively light on the purse, buttons are a rich collecting seam that many can mine.