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Michael Jackson drawing

King of Pop Michael Jackson’s drawings to appear at auction after court ruling

24 July 2024

King’s Auctions of Las Vegas has been appointed by the Superior Court of California to sell a collection of original artworks signed by Michael Jackson (1958-2009).


‘World’s most valuable coin collection’ to be offered in series of sales

22 July 2024

The extraordinary coin collection of Danish butter magnate Lars Emil Bruun (1852-1923) is coming to auction at long last.

Knights' jug

Remarkable British medieval jug flies to eight times estimate

22 July 2024

An outstanding example of British medieval pottery sold as part of the Stanley F Goldfein collection of ceramics drew fervent bidding at a recent US auction.


Key Mormon work was taken in the spirit intended

22 July 2024

First edition of key Mormon work lists Joseph Smith as ‘author and proprietor’ of text not ‘translator’

Chinese incense box

Tiny Chinese porcelain incense box sells at over 400 times estimate

19 July 2024

The latest biannual offering of Chinese, Japanese, and Indian works of art at Tremont Auctions (22% buyer’s premium) was dominated by the multi-estimate performance of a single lot.

Phillip Segal toys

Hey Diddle Diddle – the toy bid over the moon

16 July 2024

The range of nursery rhyme and sporting figures made by Phillip Segal Toys are among the most desirable of all hollowcast lead ‘civilians’.


Illustration done on a grand scale: fantastic fish watercolours from naturalist Sarah Bowdich Lee

15 July 2024

Naturalist produced a fish-focused work featuring nearly 3000 original watercolours across 50 copies


British silver pieces from renowned Texas collection on offer

15 July 2024

New Orleans dealership MS Rau has acquired 222 pieces of English silver from the collection of Texan businessman Billy Joe ‘Red’ McCombs (1927-2023).


The Japanese prints spoils of a seasoned bidder

15 July 2024

Collector never seemed to give up in a battle to win more magnificent ukiyo-e works


Poetry work that awakened the genius of John Keats

15 July 2024

Only 29 books from the library of John Keats are recorded - among them a 1679 printing of the collected works of the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser given to him by the artist Joseph Severn (1793-1879).


Original Harry Potter artwork takes a magical $1.6m result

08 July 2024

The original artwork for 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' sold at Sotheby’s for $1.6m (£1.3m) plus 20% buyer’s premium in New York on June 26.


Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze seals a sensational price

08 July 2024

Concept Art Gallery (22% buyer’s premium) in Pittsburgh enjoyed a sensational result on June 8.

Kurt Geiger Green Shoes 2651 NE

Princess Diana clothes given royal send-off at Beverly Hills auction

03 July 2024

In what was the largest curated collection of her personal items since 1997, dresses, hats, shoes and personal letters were all up for grabs at Julien’s.


Scarpa’s brush with success when it came to glass making

01 July 2024

The Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-78) designed for Venini from 1932-47, creating around 30 different ranges.


Harry Davis Royal Worcester polar bears on the prowl in the US

01 July 2024

Three Royal Worcester vases on offer were all painted by the versatile decorator


Wheellock from French king’s famed collection comes to US saleroom

01 July 2024

A wheellock sporting arm from the renowned Cabinet d’Armes of King Louis XIII (1601-43) is for sale at Rock Island Auction Company (RIAC) from August 23-25.


Toxicologist with style and substances when it came to life and collecting

01 July 2024

Estimated at $15,000-20,000 but hammering for $135,000 (£107,000), the highlight of the Asian works of art sale at Tenmoku (28/25/20% buyer’s premium) was a Chinese white-glazed incised dragon vase.


Crouching Venus copy makes a stand-out sum

01 July 2024

On the market for the first time in over half a century, a Roman marble copy of the Crouching Venus hammered at $130,000 (£103,000) in the Freeman’s Hindman (27/21/15% buyer’s premium) auction on May 23.


‘G’ marks jug as a Gorham production

01 July 2024

Although the designer and silversmith are unknown, this silver snake jug forms part of the group of trompe l’oeil objects produced during the 1870s-80s by the Gorham factory in Providence, Rhode Island.


Innovative Earth design ready for assembly

01 July 2024

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was one of 20th century USA’s most prominent architects, inventors and designers.



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