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Holy smoke and blistering barnacles – comics set records at auction

15 January 2021

A Tintin comic cover in France and a Batman number 1 issue in the US have sold for multi-million-pound sums at auction.

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Promotions, appointments and moves – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

12 January 2021

An update of moves and other developments from across the art and antiques industry including at Sotheby’s and Dreweatts.

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Giacometti tables go on a trip to Paris auction

04 January 2021

Two Diego Giacometti (1902-85) bronze tables from an ‘important collection’ in Sydney appeared in a Paris auction after being consigned via an Australian saleroom.

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Saints double up in one work

14 December 2020

Two-sided picture now heading to Dijon museum after being given definite attribution

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An 18th century saintly sign in Nîmes auction

14 December 2020

This painted wooden sign dated to the 18th century was one of the highlights of a sale held by the Hôtel des Ventes de Nîmes (22.2% buyer’s premium) in the southern French city.

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16th century box emerges at Aguttes

14 December 2020

This small carved boxwood domed box features in the sale of antique furniture and works of art at Aguttes in Neuilly on December 21.

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New Bastiani auction high as international bidding emerges for oil on panel

14 December 2020

Five bidders – two Americans, one French and one Cypriot – competed to secure a small 15th centry devotional oil on panel of the Virgin and Child by the Italian artist Lazzaro Bastiani.

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Lalique’s dragonfly brooch makes €230,000 in Paris

14 December 2020

The highlight of a sale of jewellery and silver at Peschetau Badin (27% buyer’s premium) on December 1- 2 in Paris was this gold ‘four dragonflies’ brooch by René Lalique.

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Bonnard on offer at Besch in Cannes

14 December 2020

This oil on canvas by Pierre Bonnard from 1908 will be offered as part of Besch Cannes Auction’s December 27-31 series of Prestige sales.

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French artist goes once more unto the beach

14 December 2020

In the second half of the 19th century, the Normandy coast became a popular destination for Parisians keen to make an excursion from the capital and to enjoy the new leisure activity of sea bathing.

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Fairy tales and bible stories on offer from Jörn Günther at pre-Christmas book fair

12 December 2020

A selection of top historic books is on offer from Swiss dealer Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books at this weekend’s Salon D’Hiver Virtuel.

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Christie’s moves Asia to Paris

07 December 2020

Christie’s is moving its Asian art sales from London to Paris and Hong Kong from next year.

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Surrealist Max Ernst branches out into forest

30 November 2020

De Baecque & Associés (27% buyer’s premium) offered the second instalment of the Modern and Contemporary art collection of Colette Creuzevault.

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Unattributed work now ascribed to one of da Vinci’s closest pupils sets €1.4m record

30 November 2020

A painting by the artist known as Salai, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s closest pupils, proved to be the toast of the latest sale of Old Master and 19th century paintings and sculpture at Artcurial (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Fine Arts Paris goes digital for autumn

24 November 2020

Like many fairs this year, because of the Covid-19 crisis, Fine Arts Paris, which was due to be staged at the Palais Brongniart in the French capital in late November, has changed from a physical event to an online platform showcasing exhibitors’ works.

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Cambodian Khmer carved stone statue offered at Christie’s in Paris

23 November 2020

This Cambodian Khmer carved stone statue of a male divinity is one of the highlights of the Asian Art sale at Christie’s in Paris on December 10.

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Work attributed to the circle of Patinir offered at Ivoire Angers

23 November 2020

One of the highlights at Ivoire Angers on December 10 will be this small 9 x 13in (23 x 32cm) Flemish school oil on cradled panel.

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Vernet adds drama to Tivoli

23 November 2020

A painting by the celebrated landscape painter Joseph Vernet (1714-89) depicting Tivoli near Rome which has not been seen since the 19th century is making an appearance in Sotheby’s Paris rooms on December 3.

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Rediscovered 15th century Virgin and Child reflects Bastiani’s broader style

23 November 2020

This 15th century painting of the Virgin and Child was discovered by Léonard Pomez of the Hôtel des Ventes de Troyes during the course of a valuation at a property near Troyes and comes up for auction in the city on November 27.

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Qianlong period panel among highlights at Sotheby’s in Paris

23 November 2020

One of the highlights of Sotheby’s Asian works of art sale in Paris on December 11 will be this jade, zitan and boxwood panel from the Qianlong period.