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New faces at Bonhams and West Dean College – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques trade

12 December 2019

An update on recent job changes including the retirement of Edward Baldwin at Baldwin’s.

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Hammett hammers at joint record price

09 December 2019

A fine-looking copy of the 1931, US first of The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett sold right on the low estimate at $60,000 (£46,875) at Christie’s New York (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) to match a previous auction high.

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Japanese Meiji period cabinet offered in Maryland sale

09 December 2019

A Japanese Meiji period shibayama inlaid lacquer shodana will feature in the Asian works of art section of Weschler’s Capital Collections auction on December 13 in Rockville, Maryland.

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Meet Snaggletooth and Greedo

09 December 2019

Bruneau closes the year with a December 14 sale of Comics and Toys, for which Travis Landry, its director of pop culture, will join forces with ‘event entertainment company’ Altered Reality Entertainment.

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Prince charming doll by Jumeau

09 December 2019

On January 11-12 the specialist doll auction firm Theriault’s will be offering the collection of an American heiress, the late Huguette Clark.

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Vintage Italian magic items in an American auction

09 December 2019

A selection of books relating to conjuring dating back to the 17th century is one of the features of the latest Potter & Potter Magic sale to be held on December 14 in Chicago.

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First banned book in America lambasted the joyless settlers of Massachusetts

02 December 2019

A 1637 first edition of 'New English Canaan…' was one of the homegrown highlights of a sale held by Christie’s New York (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium).

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Spanish text manuscript is emblematic of a high price

02 December 2019

Possibly dating from the late 16th or early 17th century, a Spanish text manuscript version of Andrea Alciato’s 1531 'Emblemata', the first and most frequently reprinted emblem book, sold for $9000 (£7030) at Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in New York.

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Dracula lobby card once owned by Bela Lugosi sells for six-figures in Dallas auction

29 November 2019

A lobby card for the 1931 classic horror movie Dracula, once owned by the film’s lead actor Bela Lugosi, sold for a hammer price of $160,000 (£123,000) at Heritage Auction’s Movie Poster sale in Dallas.

first quarto edition copy of ‘Macbeth: A Tragedy’

Charlton Heston’s 1673 copy of Macbeth returns to the market at Bonhams’ New York sale

27 November 2019

A 17th century copy of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ formerly owned by Charlton Heston (1923-2008) is reappearing at auction only three years after it sold from the actor’s collection.

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Copy of the world’s most expensive natural history book flies into auction at Sotheby’s

26 November 2019

A copy of The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1785-1851) will be offered at Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on December 18 in New York.

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Starr's encaustic-ware amphora back on market a decade later

25 November 2019

A more recent purchase for the Starrs was this late-18th century, 10¼in (26cm) high, black basalt two handled amphora, from the section of encaustic-decorated wares that were inspired by classical attic vases.

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Henry Arnhold’s sale led by Meissen blue and white saucer dish at Sotheby's

25 November 2019

The most expensive piece in Sotheby’s Arnhold sale was a lot that made a dramatic increase on its $4000-6000 estimate. This 7½in (19.5cm) diameter blue and white saucer dish (below) was an early example of blue and white Meissen from c.1721-22 that had Japanese Palace inventory marks.

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Photographic carte de visite portraits of Carson, Custer and ‘Our Willie’ sold in Dallas

25 November 2019

Featured here are three photographic carte de visite portraits of American interest from an historical manuscripts and documents sale held in Dallas by Heritage (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium).

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Single sources boost traditional ceramics

25 November 2019

High selling rates at two American salerooms show how the market can absorb traditional ceramics in volume when estimates are realistic

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Indian bird life lost but now found

25 November 2019

Original watercolours intended for pioneering, unpublished work are now highly valued

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Bidders sniff out early scent bottles at New York sales

25 November 2019

Early-18th century porcelain scent bottles from Chelsea and the St James’s factory have been the object of increasing interest and value in recent years. Some high-flying examples emerged in the sales in New York.

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Rare Staffordshire figure group bid to $19,000 at Stair Galleries

25 November 2019

Another of the highest prices in the Stair Galleries’ sale of a New York ceramics collection came for this Staffordshire rarity.

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Range of Wedgwood creamware sold at Stair auction

25 November 2019

Plenty of affordable Wedgwood from all eras was available in the Stair sale.

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Bow blue and white pot from c.1750 exceeds estimate at Starr sale

25 November 2019

After their intitial interest in Wedgwood, the Starrs went on to collect other examples of early English porcelain, some of which was keenly pursued in Sotheby’s sale.

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