Museums and Institutions

Deposition of Christ carving

‘Exceptionally rare’ ivory carving saved for the nation after £2m purchase

17 July 2024

A rare medieval carving previously part of an antiques dealer’s collection has been bought for £2m by the V&A.


Sporting approach to the Paris Olympics

06 July 2024

Most Parisian galleries are going away for the summer but one hardy soul is holding an Olympic exhibition


Enduring Legacy of antiquities from the Egyptians to the Romans at Forgelynch

01 July 2024

Gallery builds on enduring interest for original items from the ancient world (3000BC-600AD).

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Shakespeare’s First Folio lands in Tasmania

29 June 2024

London rare book dealer Peter Harrington sold the copy to an edgy Australian museum


The war effort: London gallery and museum collaborate to show hidden prints

17 June 2024

A large cycle of lithographs created more than 100 years ago and then hidden away is seeing the light thanks to a collaboration between a London gallery and the Imperial War Museum

Exhibitions to see this summer around the UK

17 June 2024

Here we present a selection of 20 museum special exhibitions taking place over the summer


Paper chasers: British Museum shows off recent print purchases

17 June 2024

The British Museum never stands still when it comes to acquiring works on paper, as a new exhibition showcasing purchases over the past 20 years demonstrates

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Chess set inspired by 1980s strike goes on display at National Coal Mining Museum

04 June 2024

Pieces feature key political figures such as Margaret Thatcher and Neil Kinnock

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New book commemorates D-Day landings in 80 objects

03 June 2024

'D-Day in 80 Objects' tells the story of the famous operation through objects selected by museums in the UK and US


Museum makes $500,000 from auction guarantees

03 June 2024

A museum in the US has revealed that it made $500,000 by acting as a third-party guarantor at high-profile sales.


Interview: how a museum raises funds from auction guarantees

03 June 2024

The existence of third-party guarantees has been a notable feature in the auction market for more than two decades now. Indeed, it is now the most common form of guarantee issued by salerooms, in particular on high-value artworks.

British Museum's Recovery Programme

British Museum recovers more stolen works but over 800 objects still missing

24 May 2024

The British Museum has recovered a further tranche of stolen and missing objects from its collection.

Gold Torc

Ancient gold objects stolen in brazen theft at Ely Museum

21 May 2024

Two valuable Bronze Age gold artefacts have been stolen from Ely Museum in Cambridgeshire.

Caravaggio picture

Caravaggio rediscovered in a small Madrid auction house to go on display in The Prado

07 May 2024

An artwork attributed to a pupil of José de Ribera and offered with an estimate of just €1500 (£1300) is actually by Caravaggio.

Eva Gonzalès picture

Getty Museum buys 17 drawings from private collection

07 May 2024

The J Paul Getty Museum has acquired 17 drawings dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries from a private collection.

Returned clock

Stolen 18th century bracket clock returned to museum after more than 20 years

30 April 2024

An 18th century bracket clock by the English clockmaker Thomas Hunter Jr (c.1760-70) has been recovered after being stolen 23 years ago.

Admiral Sir Francis Austen drawings

Auction buy set to shed light on Jane Austen

29 April 2024

A 78-page manuscript bought at a Bonhams auction could help to shed light on author Jane Austen.

Bartolomeo Manfredi painting

Getty Museum buys Caravaggisti party scene from private collector

24 April 2024

The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired a lively 17th century genre painting by Italian artist Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582-1622).

Sumerian sculpture

New York’s Met Museum returns Sumerian sculpture to Iraq as part of its ‘Cultural Property Initiative’

23 April 2024

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has returned a sculpture to Iraq following provenance research.

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The National Gallery buys its first work by Impressionist painter Eva Gonzalès

22 April 2024

A painting by French Impressionist painter Eva Gonzalès has been acquired by The National Gallery via a private treaty sale from a British collection for a “tax-advantageous price” of £1.49m.