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French auction sales totals: A year of ‘expected stabilisation’ after bumper period

29 January 2024

Auction firms in France followed a more traditional course in 2023 according to the latest figures.

Books and works on paper auction calendar, January 30-February 20, 2024

29 January 2024

Our regular listing of books auctions

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Entertainment memorabilia produces star prices

29 January 2024

Entertainment memorabilia specialist auction house Propstore held some of the most successful sales of 2023.

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Strong markets that create key battleground

29 January 2024

Jewellery, watches and luxury goods have become a key battleground in the regions. A persistently strong market has brought competition from specialist departments and the arrival of new designated auction firms based in and around the London area.

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‘For everyday items it will continue to be a buyer’s market’

29 January 2024

In Ireland, Adam’s of Dublin held 32 auctions over the course of 2023, raising a hammer total of €13.8m (£12m) which was up from €12.6m in 2022.

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Claret jug bits and pieces combine for healthy sums

29 January 2024

The novelty silver mounted glass claret jugs made in the form of birds and animals in the later Victorian era by goldsmith firms such as Alexander Crichton and Sampson Mordan were very popular in the later part of the 19th century.

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Annual auction totals: Dreweatts takes top spot again in an increasingly selective market

29 January 2024

Regional firms report that while big buyers remain active the middle level is challenging

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Shades of Scottish life at Fine Art Society show

29 January 2024

Fine Art Society kicks off its in-person exhibition programme in Edinburgh with Fine Shadings: 250 Years of Painting in Scotland.

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Dublin auction offers single-owner collection of Chinese jewels made using bright blue feathers

29 January 2024

The bright blue iridescent feathers of the kingfisher have been used to decorate objects and jewellery and items of personal adornment for over 2000 years in China, where the birds are also known as jade or jadeite birds.

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Original watercolour for Little Prince makes top price among an array of manuscripts and letters

29 January 2024

An original watercolour of the 'Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry fetched nearly 10 times its low estimate, selling for a record £240,000 hammer.

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News in brief including the Louvre securing a 19th century cast of the Vénus de Milo

29 January 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the Louvre Museum using its pre-emption right to secure a 19th century cast of the Vénus de Milo at an Artcurial auction

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La Belle France art styles shine in Sussex

29 January 2024

A portrait by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) is the chief work in the exhibition La Belle France at Ottocento in Petworth.

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Obituary: dealer Ivor Ingall

29 January 2024

Ivor Ingall (April 5, 1940-November 6, 2023), who has died aged 83, was born in India during the last days of the British Raj, spending the whole of the Second World War there with his mother and sister while his father Francis Ingall fought overseas with the Indian Army.

ATG Letter

ATG letter: Thieves are still out there stealing stock

29 January 2024

Following on from my letters last year and articles in Antiques Trade Gazette about the issue of robberies from dealers at markets, I feel compelled to write again.

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Bid Barometer: issue 2628

29 January 2024

ATG’s pick of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com, featuring both the highest prices over-estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Prime 18th century English porcelain on offer in Australia

29 January 2024

When Australian auction house Artvisory offers the Robert Burke collection on February 19-20 in Melbourne it will launch around 300 lots of prime 18th century English porcelain onto the market.

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Allan Ramsay the royal favourite

29 January 2024

The precise and sensitive portraiture of Allan Ramsay (1713-84) earned him widespread acclaim, aided by his prodigious intellect and social flair.

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Venini glass designs from two Italian architects build up transatlantic interest

29 January 2024

Two exceptional pieces of Venini glass surfaced at auction in the final days of 2023 on different sides of the Atlantic.

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Two rare Bessie MacNicol works appear at auction in a week

29 January 2024

Works by Glasgow Girl Bessie MacNicol (1869-1904) – who died in childbirth aged 34 – are represented in many public collections, especially in Scotland.

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Much sought-after Star Wars Jawa figure from 1978 takes £15,000 at auction

28 January 2024

One of the most coveted Star Wars figures is the Jawa figure by Palitoy with the original vinyl cape.

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