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Furio Rinaldi of Christie's

Christie’s appoints Old Master drawing specialist in New York

19 January 2017

Christie’s have appointed Furio Rinaldi as associate specialist in the Old Master Drawings department in New York.

Auction gavel

Online art and antiques auctioneer Auctionata files for insolvency

19 January 2017

The company behind online art and antiques auctioneer Auctionata and Paddle8 has filed for preliminary insolvency to restructure its business.

Saint Jerome painting

Sotheby’s sues vendor of Italian Old Master as ‘fakes scandal’ reaches court

17 January 2017

Sotheby’s is taking legal action to recover its losses over the sale of a ‘fake’ Italian Old Master.

Washington painting

America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton takes centre stage as letters head to auction

13 January 2017

America’s previously neglected founding father Alexander Hamilton is now firmly back to prominence after the Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’, which won eleven Tony Awards last year. The show is now coming to London's West End this year.

Marc Porter

Christie’s former Americas boss Marc Porter begins job at rival Sotheby’s

13 January 2017

Christie’s former US president Marc Porter will begin his new role at rival Sotheby’s next week.

Orazio Gentileschi

10 highlights at the upcoming Old Master auctions in New York

12 January 2017

The main series of Old Master auctions in New York traditionally take place in January. This year Sotheby’s are holding four sales while Christie’s are staging two – a sale of drawings and an auction of prints only – having moved its main paintings sale in this category to the ‘Classic Week’ scheduled for April.

Maarten ten Holder

Sotheby’s launches new luxury division for jewellery, watches, wine and cars

09 January 2017

Sotheby’s has created a new luxury division to oversee the selling of items such as jewellery and cars.

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Rare experimental American glass coin sells at Heritage Auctions

09 January 2017

The plastic fiver has become a familiar sight in the UK since it was issued last September and this summer the tenner version will follow. It seems unlikely that glass coins will also appear – but that was not the case in the US in 1942.

Phillips

Auctioneer Phillips bolsters Americas with hires from rival Christie’s

05 January 2017

Phillips has made two new hires in the Americas from rival Christie’s as it continues to expand in the region.

Greek coin

Big Apple's busy season starts with coin fair NYINC

05 January 2017

The hive of art world activity in the Big Apple in January kicks off with the New York International Numismatic Convention, or NYINC, which takes place at the Waldorf Astoria.

Lucie Rie bowl

Lucie Rie record broken for fourth time in two years as porcelain bowl takes $170,000 bid

21 December 2016

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to thrive. A new auction high for the doyenne of the British studio pottery movement was posted by Phillips in New York this month– the fourth occasion a record has been set in just two years.

Enigma

No mystery: M4 Enigma machine sets record price of $380,000 at Bonhams auction

14 December 2016

An Enigma cipher machine made a world-record price last week when it was hammered down for $380,000 (£301,379).

Christie's

Heritage Auctions sues Christie’s firm over ‘data breach’ claims

14 December 2016

Dallas based Heritage Auctions is suing a Christie’s-owned firm in the US over alleged data theft.

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First European paper money up at auction in Spink in New York

13 December 2016

Plastic money has been a bone of contention recently thanks to the strange revelation that the new UK £5 notes include animal fat. But one day the polymer notes will surely be as normal and accepted as the existing paper examples, assuming physical money has not all but disappeared anyway by then.

Gorvy

Contemporary art dealmaker Brett Gorvy departs Christie’s after 23 years

07 December 2016

Christie’s contemporary art chief Brett Gorvy is leaving the firm to become an art advisor.

Judge issues ruling in California ivory ban

07 December 2016

The Los Angeles Superior Court has upheld California’s uncompromising ban on the sale of most ivory objects.

London dealer sues artist’s foundation in New York

06 December 2016

London’s Mayor Gallery has filed a complaint in New York state court claiming the Agnes Martin foundation acted wrongly when rejecting works submitted for authentication.

Orion scientist James Martin

Sotheby’s buys scientific research firm Orion Analytical in fight against fakes

05 December 2016

Sotheby’s has bought scientific research specialist Orion Analytical to "help to make the art market a safer place".

Judge

Judge hears challenge to California ivory law

01 December 2016

A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has heard the legal arguments that challenge California’s uncompromising ban on the sale of practically all ivory objects.

Washington & Roosevelt

Equality button included at Heritage Auctions' sale of Americana from Forbes collection

22 November 2016

A button reading ‘Equality’ and commemorating Booker T Washington’s dinner with President Theodore Roosevelt in the White House is included in Heritage Auction’s upcoming Americana sale.

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