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New bibliophile society launched for aspiring book collectors - and three tips for getting started

26 October 2016

A new group for book collectors and enthusiasts is set to launch at the University of London this Friday.

The Beatles photographer Tom Murray

New album by The Beatles photographer offered as part of charity auction

26 October 2016

A limited edition photo of two members of The Beatles and a new signed monograph by the photographer who took it are part of a 107-lot timed charity auction that closes on November 6.

Richard Cole

Tribute sale for Stroud Auction Rooms’ Richard Cole

26 October 2016

The collection of the late Asian art valuer Richard Cole will be sold at auction next month.

New centre in Palm Beach offers permanent space for international dealers

26 October 2016

The Palm Beach Show Group are to open a new permanent centre to provide a permanent showcase for local and international dealers.

Titanic key

Titanic key and postcards among highlights of Henry Aldridge auction

26 October 2016

A key which opened a life-jacket locker on the Titanic was one of the highlights of Henry Aldridge & Son’s auction last week.

Gibbs SR Toothpaste advert storyboard

A moment in TV history – storyboard for the first British TV advert at auction

25 October 2016

C&T Auctioneers will hold its first sale dedicated to mechanical, music scientific instruments and technical apparatus under its newly appointed specialist Laurence Fisher on November 2.

Risky business – seminar launched to address potential threats to buying and selling art

25 October 2016

Art Market Minds, the organisers of the annual Art Business Conference, are partnering with law firm K&L Gates to launch a seminar next month focusing on risk management in the art market.

Adrian Greenwood

Life sentence for Wind in the Willows book dealer murderer

25 October 2016

Michael Danaher, 50, who tortured and murdered Oxford book dealer Adrian Greenwood during a robbery targeting a £50,000 first edition of ‘The Wind In The Willows’, was yesterday given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 34 years.

BBC investigates the ivory trade in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall documentary

24 October 2016

A BBC One documentary by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall called 'Saving Africa’s Elephants: Hugh and the Ivory War' will be aired tonight at 9pm.

Musée d’Orsay receives pledge of private collection estimated at €350m

24 October 2016

A 600-work collection of late 19th and early 20th century French paintings worth an estimated €350m has been pledged to the Musee d’Orsay.

Shaykh Zayn al Din watercolour of a stork

Indian miniatures snapped up at Sotheby’s

24 October 2016

A near total sell-out greeted Sotheby’s sale of Indian miniatures from the Khosrovani-Diba collection offered as part of London’s Indian and Islamic art series.

Young experts the focus of ‘Asian Art In London’ debate

24 October 2016

Lyon & Turnbull have partnered with ATG for their second annual panel discussion as part of ‘Asian Art in London’.

Michael Mazarind tapestry

Export block for 300-year-old London tapestry

24 October 2016

The government is hoping to find a British-based buyer to pay £67,500 for a 300-year-old tapestry to prevent it from leaving the country.

Queen Anne Vigo five guinea gold coin

Striking gold – British coin struck from captured bullion appears in Essex auction

23 October 2016

A rare example of a Queen Anne 'Vigo' five-guinea gold coin has emerged at Essex auctioneers Boningtons. It will be offered at their sale in Epping on November 16 with an estimate of £200,000-250,000.

ATG quotes of the week

They said what?! The week (17-23 Oct) in quotes from the art and antiques world

23 October 2016

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others – from Far East fakes to rabbi paintings and what dealer Gordon Watson said after selling his collection.

Rolls exterior

“The Phantom of Love” - Art-filled Rolls-Royce comes up for auction at Bonhams

22 October 2016

An ornately decorated Rolls-Royce, which includes Rococo-style panels, a French ormolu clock and Elkington gilt bronze mounts, is one of the starring lots at Bonhams' upcoming Bond Street sale.

Two for the show: Rountree Tryon open up second location in Petworth

21 October 2016

Sporting and maritime art dealer Rountree Tryon has acquired a second gallery space in Petworth.

Betwys-Y-Coed by Ernest Alfred Sallis Benney

Works by three generations of the Benney family consigned to Wiltshire auction

21 October 2016

Webbs of Wilton, near Salisbury, are conducting a sale of paintings by three generations of the Benney family on November 2.

Fuller calls for trade to lobby on ivory in advance of consultation

21 October 2016

Natural history expert Errol Fuller has called for the antiques trade to lobby quickly over any rule changes to the UK trade in ivory.

Collector and shippers indicted over New York tax dodge

21 October 2016

A Manhattan district attorney has warned the art and antiques trade of its obligations regarding local sales taxes after a collector and his shippers were indicted for fraud.