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Pick of the week: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

10 June 2019

Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.

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A Ming dynasty fan, a rare Beswick horse and a stamp archive – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

17 May 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a gold paper fan signed for a Ming dynasty calligrapher that took a multi-estimate €28,000.

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Casket was born in Bethlehem

29 April 2019

The extensive spring sale at Schuler (20/18.6/16.6% buyer’s premium) in Zurich lasted from March 18-22. The results were as varied as the works of art on offer.

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Napoleon bronze commands high price in Zurich auction

29 April 2019

The biggest surprise at the sale of works of art at Koller (25/22/15% buyer’s premium) in Zurich on March 28 was the result for a bronze figure by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (1815-91).

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Phillips to offer rare wristwatch find in Geneva

15 April 2019

The May 11-12 Geneva sale conducted by Phillips in association with watch consultancy Bacs & Russo includes one of the most complicated wristwatches of the pre-war era: the Vacheron Constantin minute repeater with retrograde calendar from 1940.

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Auction highlights from Germany, Austria and Switzerland including ornate watch selling in Hamburg

19 November 2018

The London watchmaker John Ilbery, active from 1780-1839, is credited with the invention of the ‘montre chinoise’, highly ornate goldenamel watches made for the Chinese market.

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Rolf Heiniger collection consigned to Lausanne saleroom

19 November 2018

Dogny Auction in Switzerland will be offering around 75 lots of ceramics and other Asian works art from the collection of Rolf Heiniger in its winter sale on December 4-5 in Lausanne.

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Marie Antoinette’s pendant sets auction record for a natural pearl at Sotheby’s in Geneva

15 November 2018

A pearl and diamond pendant from the French Queen Marie Antoinette’s personal collection has set a record price at auction for a natural pearl at Sotheby’s Geneva.

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Sensational royal jewels at Sotheby’s

12 November 2018

In the end, it was diamonds, not cake, that triggered the tragic downfall of Marie-Antoinette (1755-93) and her family. Even though the doomed queen was innocent of conspiracy, it was the affair of a diamond necklace that lit the powder-keg of revolution.

Auction calendar: sales in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in autumn 2018

08 October 2018

ATG’s calendar of auctions taking place in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in autumn 2018.

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Habsburg royal memorabilia leads selection of Central European hammer highlights

06 August 2018

Imperial souvenirs, Expressionist portraits and metalware from Augsburg and Iran were among the recent highlights at sales in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

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Albert Anker work fresh to the market in Lausanne

21 May 2018

Dogny Auction in Lausanne will be offering this portrait by Albert Anker (1831-1910) as a highlight of its June 5 summer auction.

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German and Swiss sales on a roll

07 May 2018

Old Masters and post-Impressionist paintings, vintage luggage and the almost inevitable Asian artefacts all appeared among the best-sellers in the recent round of auctions held across Germany and Switzerland.

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Life’s a picnic in Zurich

07 May 2018

Axel Plambeck (b.1936) was CEO of a re-insurance company and in his spare time he collected vintage luggage and picnic sets.

New editions and additions to the European fairs calendar

26 March 2018

A cluster of new fairs is planned in Europe this year.

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Historic blue diamond to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Geneva

22 March 2018

A historic diamond will appear on the market for the first time in history this spring, having remained in the same family for over three centuries.

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Auction previews from Paris, Pennsylvania and Zurich

19 March 2018

A selection of stand-out lots from sales in Paris, Pennsylvania and Zurich.

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Celestial globes are star turns in Swiss and UK sales

05 February 2018

Two exceptionally rare celestial globes or spheres have made their mark in Geneva and London salerooms in recent times – and on the same day.

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Art Loss Register recovers stolen Matisse sculpture purchased for less than 1% of its value

09 November 2017

A bronze statue by Henri Matisse has been rediscovered after it was stolen nearly 30 years ago.