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Victoria Beckham

Female focus for latest Old Masters tie-up between fashion designer Victoria Beckham and auction house Sotheby’s

10 December 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s teamed up with fashion designer Victoria Beckham on an Old Master art exhibition for the second time this year.

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Einstein and his word on God at Christie’s New York

10 December 2018

Written just a year before his death in 1955, a famous two-page letter in which Albert Einstein put down his thoughts on religion, his Jewish identity and his own search for the meaning of life sold for $2.4m (£1.89m) in a New York auction on December 4.

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Spotlight on US auctions including a classic Montague Dawson marine painting in Michigan

10 December 2018

A selection of potential highlights coming up in December and January sales taking place in Detroit, Chicago, New York, California, Boston and Connecticut.

Muys Snijders

Movers and shakers: the latest trade appointments including new faces at Bonhams and Sotheby’s

04 December 2018

Our latest look at moves across auction houses, dealerships and art and antique organisations.

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Master Race makes impact at US comic auction

03 December 2018

Raising around $11m including premiums, a November 15-17 comics and comic art sale held by Heritage Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Dallas included many of the usual super-hero star turns – but this time the big seller was something rather different.

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Dedicated exhibition nurtures neoclassical understanding and reveals discoveries

26 November 2018

Admirers of American neoclassical decorative arts have been treated to a wealth of exhibitions in recent years, and now even more is available to discover and acquire.

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Sea-Wolf in a sorry state has auction bite

26 November 2018

The jacket of the 1904 first of Jack London’s The Sea-Wolf shown right is quite obviously in a sorry state – falling apart and with sizeable sections missing all round. It is, however, a jacket previously known only by rumour or talk of ‘one other copy thought to exist’.

Freya Simms

Art advisor association hires four new faces for UK board

19 November 2018

Art association Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM) has appointed four new members to its UK board including LAPADA chief executive Freya Simms.

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Philip K Dick references the Dane

19 November 2018

Two copies of Time Out of Joint, an early dystopian work by the well-known sci-fi writer Philip K Dick, were offered in a PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium) sale of October 18.

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Abraham Lincoln’s note of caution in Dallas sale

19 November 2018

Dated October 29, 1862, a letter that may very well have been Abraham Lincoln’s last to his over-cautious army chief, General George McClellan, provided a highlight of a recent Dallas sale of historical manuscripts.

Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale

Hockney record helps modern and contemporary auction series to $2bn total in New York

17 November 2018

The latest series of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art auctions in New York generated an overall total of close to $2bn.

‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ by David Hockney

Auction record for a living artist as David Hockney swimming pool scene makes $80m at Christie's

16 November 2018

David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an ‘Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ from 1972 became the most expensive work by a living artist when it was knocked down for $80m (£61.6m) at Christie's in New York last night.

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Doyle offers California style in New York

12 November 2018

The sale titled California Jewelry held by Doyle in New York on November 19 includes some fine period pieces sourced by the Manhattan firm via its West Coast office.

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Elizabeth Gage rings at Heritage

12 November 2018

Heritage Auctions’ Fine Jewelry Signature sale in New York on December 3 includes two rings by London-based designer and virtuoso goldsmith Elizabeth Gage.

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Van Cleef & Arpels in tune at Skinner

12 November 2018

This novel 14ct gold, cabochon emerald, diamond, and ruby brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels carries an estimate of $5000-7000 at Skinner of Boston’s sale of Important Jewelry on December 4.

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Taste of Japan from Rago

12 November 2018

Tiffany exhibited only gold jewellery at the 1878 Paris exposition, including a collection of ‘Japanesque’ pieces.

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18th century Scottish Doune pistols offered in Pennsylvania

12 November 2018

The Scottish gun-making workshop of Doune in Perthshire produced pistols that were a firearm of choice for highland clansmen but were also favoured by wealthy socialites.

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Rare Native American pipe offered in Boston

12 November 2018

A North-west Coast Tlingit pipe in the form of a bear will be offered at an upcoming auction in Boston.

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Leslie Hindman brooch to Georges Braque design

12 November 2018

This 18ct two-colour gold and enamel Hebe brooch to a design by Georges Braque, c.1962, carries an estimate of $2500-3500 at Leslie Hindman’s Important Jewelry sale in Chicago on December 3.

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Musical bracket clock offered at latest horological auction in Massachusetts

12 November 2018

Fontaine’s in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is holding one of its periodic horological auctions on November 17.

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