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US and UK trade unite to oppose 25% tariff threat in Trump's trade war

13 August 2018

Dealers and auctioneers in the US and UK are mobilising in the hope of removing works of art from the thousands of items caught up in the escalating US-China trade war.

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Sotheby’s expands New York space by a third

13 August 2018

Renovation project under way in Manhattan will provide ‘powerful marketing advantage for consignors’

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US 'library theft' case postponed until October

13 August 2018

The hearing in the case of two men accused of a massive US library theft has been postponed until October 12.

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Extensive collection from Long Island home lifts Nye & Company sale

13 August 2018

A consignment of items from the Long Island home of the de Forest family provided many of the best-sellers in a two-day auction held by Nye & Company (25% buyer’s premium) in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

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Micromosaic panel heads to Maine auction

13 August 2018

A 19th century Italian oval micromosaic framed panel will feature in the mammoth August 25-26 sale at Thomaston Place Galleries in Maine.

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Comment: Trade is putting up a good fight against Trump’s tariff

13 August 2018

The US-China trade war, previously the stuff of new technology, heavy industry and agribusiness, has now opened a new front: cultural heritage. The threat of a 25% tariff on imported Chinese art and antiques will soon be discussed in Washington, DC.

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19th century rarity may produce some magic at Chicago sale

13 August 2018

Potter & Potter, specialist in auctions of magic memorabilia, is holding its summer sale in Chicago on August 25.

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Bronze statue of French 'boy king' comes to Pennsylvania

13 August 2018

A two-day sale devoted to works of American and international interest is scheduled for September 14-15 at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

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Salvator Mundi: Christie’s refutes Oxford academic’s opinion challenging attribution to Leonardo

09 August 2018

Auctioneers Christie’s have refuted the view expressed by Oxford academic Dr Matthew Landrus that Salvator Mundi should be attributed to one of Leonardo’s assistants rather than the master himself.

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Sotheby’s latest figures show sales up but profit margins lower than expected

06 August 2018

Sotheby’s made more sales but at lower margins in the first half of 2018 according to its latest financial results.

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UK books trade on alert after US library theft

06 August 2018

Rare books and prints valued at millions of dollars remain at large in the international market in the wake of a US library theft.

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Cased Colt is top lot in San Francisco sale

06 August 2018

The top lot at Bonhams (25/12.5% buyer’s premium) in San Francisco on June 19 was an exceptional cased example of a specially engraved Colt 1851 percussion revolver with shoulder stock.

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Star Wars poster auction record and James Bond and Beatles lots underline entertainment memorabilia demand

01 August 2018

A rare Star Wars concept poster printed for The Empire Strikes Back sold on July 29 for a premium-inclusive $26,400 (£20,150) at Heritage Auctions, setting a world record as the most expensive movie poster from the space opera ever sold at auction.

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Museums and film-maker James Cameron team-up to buy Titanic wreck artefacts

31 July 2018

A group of museums, with the backing of film-maker James Cameron, has teamed up to buy artefacts from the wreck of the 'Titanic'.

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Innocent London book dealers caught up in $8m US rare books library theft

30 July 2018

High-profile London book dealers Peter Harrington and Maggs Bros have been left out of pocket after an alleged $8m rare books theft from Carnegie Library in the US.

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US rare book dealer charged in alleged $8m rare books theft from Carnegie Library

26 July 2018

A US book dealer has resigned from The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) following charges being made against him in connection with the theft of $8m of books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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Persian sculpture seized from London dealer in New York to be returned to Iran

25 July 2018

A Persian limestone relief sculpture is to be returned to Iran, a New York court has ruled.

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Rare Beatles poster among highlights at Dallas movie sale

23 July 2018

A rare set of four door panel promotional posters for 'Help!', the Beatles’ second film, will form part of a movie poster sale to be held by Heritage Auctions on July 28-29.

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New York auction features Leonetto Cappiello posters

23 July 2018

Swann Galleries is offering its largest-ever selection of posters promoting food and drink in the firm’s August 1 auction of vintage posters, with more than 75 examples available.

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American art dealer Eugene Thaw’s collection heads to Christie’s

19 July 2018

“Great art collecting need not be based on a great fortune. Education, experience and eye are more important.” So said the late American art dealer and collector Eugene V Thaw who died aged 90 earlier this year.

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