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British antiques restorer arrested and investigated in US court case

27 July 2021

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating a multi-million-pound Asian antiquities ‘trafficking ring’ and has arrested a British antiques restorer as part of the case.

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Charles Loupot poster for Mekka cigarettes emerges at Swann

26 July 2021

Swann’s sale of vintage posters in New York on August 5 will include this poster from 1919 designed by Charles Loupot to advertise Mekka cigarettes.

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See what toucan do even with damage

26 July 2021

Toucans were the avian best-sellers in a recent sale held by Freeman’s (26/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Philadelphia.

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German bubble blower pipes up in Ohio

26 July 2021

The centrepiece of a sell-out 762-lot toy sale held by Milestone (20% buyer’s premium) was a collection formed by Margaret and Joel Weissmann.

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Super Mario 64 makes an equally super $1.35m

19 July 2021

Remarkable sums were paid for vintage video games at Heritage Auctions – including a record-breaking $1.35m (£1m) bid for Super Mario 64.

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Art market: Bowie sprinkles saleroom stardust

19 July 2021

Record for a painting by the music legend David Bowie leads a look at rockstar attempts at visual art

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Guns belonging to American statesman Alexander Hamilton make $1m

19 July 2021

London-made flintlocks with a solid provenance to Alexander Hamilton took to the stage at US sale

Marc Knighton
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Wedgwood on the way

12 July 2021

The sale of European Décor and Design to be held by Skinner in Massachusetts online from July 20-29 will include a large selection of Wedgwood ceramics.

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Belting Belk Gambrell ceramics selection

12 July 2021

European ceramics from renowned US collector come to the New York rostrum.

A copy of the Declaration of Independence

Pick of the week: Philadelphia to Scotland and back again at $3.7m

05 July 2021

Charles Carroll’s printed copy of the Declaration of Independence – discovered earlier this year in a Scottish family home – sold at auction in Philadelphia for $3.7m (£2.85m) plus premium.

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Lots large and little size up nicely in Chicago saleroom

05 July 2021

Some lots in a recent Chicago sale were quite enormous – like a near-complete run of Limited Editions Club publications from the years 1929-2010.

Howard Kramer

New faces at Colnaghi, Koopman, Bonhams and Adam Partridge – the latest hires across the art and antiques sector

29 June 2021

This week’s Movers & Shakers includes a new specialist for Bonhams’ popular culture department.

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Colour and texture are key to Kashmir sapphire appeal

28 June 2021

Kashmir sapphires have acquired a near-legendary status, due to their lustrous cornflower colour, soft velvety texture and extreme rarity.

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Sixteen new members boost US association

28 June 2021

Over a dozen fine art dealers have joined The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) in one of the largest new member classes in the organisation’s history.

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Defective plan of New York still in demand

28 June 2021

A copy of Ratzer’s 'Plan of the City of New York…' offered as part of a Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) sale in the spring left much to be desired.

Online bidding

Auction Technology Group lines up LiveAuctioneers deal

21 June 2021

Auction Technology Group (ATG), owner of Antiques Trade Gazette and online marketplaces including thesaleroom.com, has announced the proposed acquisition of LiveAuctioneers, a major art and antiques auction marketplace in North America.

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George Washington’s slave purchase note comes to auction

21 June 2021

The opening lot in Hake’s June 29-30 auction Pennsylvania, is a 1767 promissory note hand-signed by a prominent Virginia slave owner – George Washington.

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Copy of the Declaration of Independence unearthed in Scotland heads to Philadelphia auction

21 June 2021

In 1820 the then US Secretary of State John Quincy Adams commissioned William J Stone to produce a facsimile of the original 'Declaration of Independence'.

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Cellarette made in London, on offer in Maine

21 June 2021

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Maine kicks off its summer season with a three-day sale from July 9-11 and the return of live in-house bidding.

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