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Sotheby’s shareholders to vote on Patrick Dhahi deal

28 August 2019

Sotheby’s shareholders will gather in New York next week to vote on the proposed sale of the company to Patrick Drahi. The board is recommending approval but several investors have raised concerns over the deal.

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Pick of the week: American saleroom signals the way to English creamware

26 August 2019

Some of the rarest and most desirable of all English creamware jugs were those made for the American market. One of them, titled Signals at Portland Observatory, sold for $4400/£3600 (plus premium) at the Bourgeault-Horan auction in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Dufy sails in to Palm Beach auction

26 August 2019

Jean Dufy’s (1888-1964) rendition of Le Moulin de la Galette, a famous Parisian landmark immortalised on canvas by many artists, will be offered at AB Levy’s Palm Beach jewellery, art and antiques auction on August 29 in Florida.

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Korean rarity comes to Bonhams

26 August 2019

This Korean gilt bronze figure of the deity Chijang Bosal or Ksitigarbha is dated to the Goryeo dynasty (13th-14th century).

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Lalique bowl with Mistletoe decoration heads to Kansas auction

26 August 2019

A 9in (22cm) high Lalique clear and green glass bowl in the Gui (Mistletoe) pattern will feature in the sale to be held by Woody Auction in Douglass, Kansas, on September 7.

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Greek gold oak wreath offered in New York auction

26 August 2019

Among the lots in Christie’s antiquities sale in New York on October 28 is a Greek gold oak wreath from the late Classical to early Hellenistic period, c.4th-3rd century BC.

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Metropolitan Museum to auction off 300 Asian works of art at Sotheby’s New York

21 August 2019

A large jade brushpot from the Qing Dynasty is expected to lead a collection of more than 300 Chinese works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art going under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York this September.

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Renewed threat of US tax on Chinese art

19 August 2019

A UK dealer is considering moving Chinese objects to the US earlier than planned in the hope of staying ahead of import tariff changes.

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Early birds catch bidders’ eye

19 August 2019

Lots offered towards the start of sales at the same auction house prove successful.

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Best foot forward for New York sale

19 August 2019

Compiled for official British War Office use on the eve of the American War of Independence, this quarto volume bearing the manuscript title ‘The Uniform of the Several Regiments of Foot in His Majesty’s Service’ doubled the high estimate at Christie’s New York (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium).

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Montague Dawson puts Maine auction in the mix

19 August 2019

From a Boston fireman’s helmet to an Islamic 13th century marble panel, the large mixed-discipline summer sale to be held by US auction house Thomaston Place in Maine over three days from August 23-25 ranges widely in terms of date and type.

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English mystery and crime fiction from renowned collector

19 August 2019

A group of 481 rare book lots from the personal collection of renowned collector in the New York literary community features in Heritage Auctions’ rare books sale on September 5.

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US antiques dealer lawsuit against New York's ivory ban gets green light to proceed

15 August 2019

US antiques dealers have been granted permission by a court judge to go forward with a lawsuit challenging New York's complete ban on the trade of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, regardless of age, within state lines.

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Art is back on Trump's China tariff list

14 August 2019

Dealers in Chinese art remain on high alert as art and antiques appeared on a new list of Chinese goods facing a 10% US import tariff from September 1.

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Nazi-looted French vases returned jointly by FBI and Christie’s

12 August 2019

The FBI’s art crime team and auction house Christie’s have returned a pair of Louis XVI bronze vases that were stolen by the Nazis to the heirs of the original Jewish owners.

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Miss Timber sells in Tennessee

12 August 2019

Large 18th century English doll passed by descent is a highlight of toy auctions.

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Thar she blows for auction record

12 August 2019

Published in 1851 by Richard Bentley as The Whale, the first English edition of Herman Melville’s tale preceded the American issue by four weeks.

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Robot at the rocket wheel

12 August 2019

This c.1960s Japanese Robot Rocket Ship made by Modern Toys (Masudaya) will feature in the two-day Basics summer auction to be held by Bertoia on August 22-23.

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Eager for Hever armour as suit from famous collection reappears

12 August 2019

In May 1983 the eyes of arms and armour bidders were fixed firmly on the £6m sale of the Hever Castle collection at Sotheby’s in London.

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Clown acrobat swings in

12 August 2019

This clown acrobat of c.1910 is one of around 150 automata from the Michael Kam collection that feature in the Potter & Potter August 24 auction in Chicago.

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