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Gerald Brockhurst portrait has star value to set an artist record in US auction

21 January 2019

Gerald Brockhurst (1890-1978) was already an established etcher when his captivating canvases of society women catapulted him to fame during the interwar years.

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Small marvel by miniature master

21 January 2019

Dated to c.1480, the 5in (12.5cm) tall painting on vellum of ‘King David in Penitence’ shown right was one of two works by the Master of the Houghton Miniatures offered by Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium) in a December 4 sale and sold at £90,000.

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Snow show in London at John Mitchell’s seasonal exhibition

21 January 2019

'Snow on the farmhouses of Les Contamines-Montjoie' has begun to thaw in this oil by Charles-Henri Contencin (1898-1955), part of John Mitchell’s annual 'Peaks and Glaciers' exhibition (January 24-March 8).

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They said what!? The week in quotes from the art and antiques market including views on a coveted harpsichord

20 January 2019

Find out what people had to say this week about IACF, CITES and single-owner collections of watercolours.

The Legend of Zelda

Certified vintage video games make debut at Heritage Auctions

19 January 2019

Following on from new-found nostalgia for toys and games of their youth, collectors tempted by fond memories for often Star Wars and Lego are now moving on to vintage video games.

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Penguin patties on the menu raise over £15,000

19 January 2019

Six lots relating to Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-09 offered in a January 3 sale held by Golding Young & Mawer (20% buyer’s premium) raised £15,150 in all.

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Bluesman Booker White's legendary Hard Rock guitar emerges at Gardiner Houlgate auction

18 January 2019

While Booker White is usually not the first bluesman who comes to mind, the musicians he inspired are instantly recognisable: the likes of Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last week? Five auction highlights including a George I walnut chest

18 January 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a George I walnut chest with some appealing decoration and a bronze sculpture of a golden eagle by Dame Elisabeth Frink.

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Top stories this week – including news of a Roger Moore letter and a fish restaurant’s ‘rediscovered’ Meiji vase

18 January 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of an eyebrow-raising letter by James Bond actor Roger Moore and the sale of a Meiji vase ‘rediscovered’ at a fish restaurant.

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What to buy for Burns Night: Eight items relating to Robert Burns including a walking stick carved in the shape of his head

17 January 2019

Get ready for Burns Night, the annual celebration of all things Robert Burns (1759-96), with a selection of lots relating to the Scottish poet.

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Six remarkable objects from the collection of Anne and Frederick Vogel III at auction this weekend

17 January 2019

The collection of Anne and Frederick Vogel III – for sale at Sotheby’s New York on Saturday – includes not just a stellar array of early American furniture but also a remarkable collection of early English delftware, metalwork, textiles and related vernacular works of art.

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Defra issues import and export warning for CITES-listed natural history specimens in the event of a No deal Brexit

17 January 2019

CITES-listed natural history specimens will no longer be able to pass through Dover or the Eurotunnel in the event of a No deal Brexit, the government has warned.

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Gallery takes legal action against Christie’s over private sale of Francis Bacon painting

16 January 2019

A legal claim lodged against Christie’s in New York has highlighted some of the practices relating to private sales that top-end auctioneers make behind closed doors.

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Costume designs by Russian avant-garde artist come to auction in Berkshire

16 January 2019

Watercolours by artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) are to be offered at Dawson’s Auctioneers of Maidenhead from the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery.

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New management to lead London Art Week

16 January 2019

In its sixth year, London Art Week has reorganised its leadership team.

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Learn about the art market in six weeks: online learning course with economist Dr Clare McAndrew about to go live

15 January 2019

An online course is being launched this week that aims to create a “virtual environment” for learning about today’s art market. The course called ‘Art Market Economics’ is written and presented by Dr Clare McAndrew and will go live on January 18.

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Movers and shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments including at Bonhams in London and at Christie’s France

15 January 2019

A trio of hires for Bonhams as contemporary art and digital growth become a focus for the auction house following the purchase by private equity group Epiris in September 2018.

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New York auction house Doyle promotes next generation to management

15 January 2019

US auction house Doyle has promoted Laura Doyle to chief executive officer and Joanne Porrino Mournet has become president.

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Government issues export bar for 18th century harpsichord in hope of finding UK buyer

15 January 2019

The owner of an 18th century double-manual harpsichord, the only one of its type known to exist, has been temporarily prevented from exporting the instrument by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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Monumental Meiji vase 'rediscovered' in a Californian restaurant comes to auction

14 January 2019

For over a century, a monumental 8ft (2.44m) high Meiji cloisonné vase provided the focal point to one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest restaurants.

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