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Peter Wilson tribal art auctions show African influence on Pablo Picasso and Cubism

29 July 2016

Pablo Picasso is revered as a key pioneer of Cubism, the radical approach to representing reality that he spearheaded with Georges Braque in the early 1900s. As with so many art movements, its roots extend further back, however.

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1933 AC Ace close coupled fixed head coupe barn find sells at auction for £19,000

28 July 2016

Flat tyres and a thick film of dust, dirt and grime. Last on the road in the 1960s. It doesn’t exactly scream ‘buy me’. Especially for a £19,000 hammer price. Not to mention the fact that it’s going to cost you many thousands more to restore.

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Paper peepshows from Gestetner collection given to the V&A

28 July 2016

Without computers, virtual reality was a very different concept 200 years ago. Clever use of optics and illusion was the key, as a paper peepshow collection given to London’s Victoria and Albert Museums demonstrates beautifully.

Thousands of ‘frozen’ manuscripts from bankrupt Aristophil fund to return to market

28 July 2016

Historical documents and manuscripts from the scandal-hit Aristophil investment scheme could soon return to the market as the slow process of restitution promises to quicken in the coming weeks.

ASA to investigate transparency over auction premiums

27 July 2016

The Advertising Standards Authority have launched an investigation into the way auction houses display their commission rates.

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Memento mori jewellery deadly serious at auction

27 July 2016

A skull and crossbones ring or a skeleton on a chain are now likely to be seen hanging from a Goth looking like they have just stepped out of a Tim Burton film or heading for the biannual Whitby music fest.

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HMRC reps grilled over Temporary Admissions at BADA seminar

26 July 2016

Two representatives from HMRC were part of a panel answering questions about Temporary Admissions (TA) at a BADA seminar last week.

St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child is attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder

Bowes Museum acquires Old Master with help from Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund

26 July 2016

The Bowes Museum has secured funding at a sum of nearly £2.3m to keep an exit-barred painting attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder in the UK.

COMMENT: As the clock ticks on ivory antiques, there are three things the industry must do

26 July 2016

As world legislators clamp down on the modern ivory trade, an ATG round table reveals the antique variety has a serious image problem to tackle

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Lord Ashcroft buys ‘unique’ Victoria Cross from 1875 colonial campaign

26 July 2016

A ‘unique’ Victoria Cross at auction usually means one thing – a bid from Lord Ashcroft. And that’s exactly how it turned out at the latest orders and decoration auction held by London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb.

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Drive my car: John Lennon's Austin Princess comes to RM Sotheby's

25 July 2016

John Lennon's 1956 Austin Princess is one of the featured lots at RM Sotheby’s London auction in September.

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Original Ghostbusters merchandise at specialist toy auction in Bristol

25 July 2016

Who you gonna call? If you have ectoplasm seeping through the floorboards then ‘Ghostbusters’ is the obvious answer, shouted loudly.

Boba Fett Star Wars figure auction record

‘Le Boba’ sets auction record for Star Wars figure, selling for £21,000 at Vectis

25 July 2016

A new record for a Star Wars production figure was established at Vectis' latest sale when a French issue of Boba Fett, the memorable bit-part character in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, sold for £21,000.

Owners withdraw loans to German museums in response to culture bill

25 July 2016

The Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim has had to close a major exhibition after collectors withdrew their loans following the approval of Germany’s new Cultural Property Protection Act.

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Jersey boy: a curious collection of 20th century treasures comes to auction

22 July 2016

The collection of Jersey-based David Gainsborough Roberts leads Christie’s 250th anniversary Out of the Ordinary sale in September.

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The rat awakens – Netsuke estimated at £200-300 sparks bidding war and sells at £28,500

22 July 2016

This tiny ivory netsuke of a rat was the major suprise of a recent auction in the Cotswolds.

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Medal from Celtic’s first-ever cup victory to be offered at Glasgow auction

21 July 2016

Fighting valiantly through the Champions League qualifying rounds after overcoming the mighty Lincoln Red Imps last night, Celtic are well on the way to emulating their 1967 Lisbon Lions European Cup glory.

Specialists leave Christie’s as regular poster auctions end at South Kensington saleroom

21 July 2016

Christie’s South Kensington have ceased regular sales of vintage posters. The leading player in the popular collecting field say that they will now offer posters for sale in online auctions when the opportunity to sell an exceptional collection arises.

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Sputnik-1 model goes into orbit at New York auction selling at 15 times estimate

21 July 2016

A full-scale test model of the satellite Sputnik-1 sold at Bonhams New York yesterday for $220,000 (£167,012), outstripping a $10,000-15,000 estimate.

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Perfect timing – John Arnold pocket watch fetches £460,000 record

21 July 2016

Sotheby’s established an auction record for a watch by John Arnold (1736-99) when a large silver pocket chronometer of 1781 sold at £460,000.

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