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Auction house Paddle8 files for bankruptcy protection

19 March 2020

The online auction house Paddle8 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.

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Picture special: how the show went on for Adams Fairs in London on Sunday

19 March 2020

Despite coronavirus concerns, dealers came out in support of Adams Antiques Fairs staging its monthly London event last Sunday - ahead of postponement of future dates

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Christie's switches focus to private sales and postpones auctions to deal with coronavirus

19 March 2020

Christie’s has made a series of changes to its auction schedule across the world to deal with the spread of coronavirus.

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Sotheby’s reports ‘surge’ in online buying as clients forced to bid from home

18 March 2020

In one of the first tests of the art market since the UK government announced tougher ‘social distancing’ guidance due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sotheby’s latest ‘Made in Britain’ auction recorded a dramatic increase in online bidding.

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Rare and early The Who poster headlines Somerset auction

18 March 2020

A poster for a gig by The Who at The Blue Moon Club in Cheltenham attracted fans at a recent Gardiner Houlgate sale.

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Coronavirus: some Irish auctioneers bank on internet bidding as Adam's and DeVeres postpone sales

18 March 2020

Irish auctioneers are split on whether to postpone sales to comply with the country's coronavirus social distancing rules, with some banking on internet bidding to continue to host auctions.

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Record level of Treasure finds boosted by metal detectorists and a tipper truck

18 March 2020

The number of items deemed to be Treasure and found by the UK public has hit a record high, according to new figures from the British Museum.

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Coronavirus: Government unveils further business support

18 March 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out a package of temporary measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus.

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Coronavirus: Cooper Events cancels its next two fairs

17 March 2020

Cooper Events has called off its next two fairs following the latest guidance on the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Battersea decorative fair cancelled for first time in 35 years

17 March 2020

The spring The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has been cancelled.

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US buyer wins bidding battle for Terence Cuneo’s painting of British Rail’s last steam engine

17 March 2020

Terence Cuneo’s (1907-96) ‘Evening Star at Full Steam’, a painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail, sold to a US buyer at the latest picture sale held at Essex saleroom Sworders.

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Coronavirus: UK auctioneers keep calm and carry on as many fairs take a hit

16 March 2020

The UK’s art and antiques trade is bracing itself for challenging times as the impact of coronavirus takes hold.

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Triumph of Mark Antony tapestry crowns Whitfield collection sale

16 March 2020

One of the highlights of a busy week in the salerooms came at Dreweatts’ auction of the Sir William Whitfield (1920-2019) collection.

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Coronavirus: Christie’s postpones many forthcoming international sales and shuts down offices

16 March 2020

Christie’s has chosen to postpone many of its forthcoming international sales and close most of its offices in response to the coronavirus. The firm's March and April calendar is being restructured with sales in New York and Paris put on hold for at least two months, although its London office remains open.

UK auctioneers say it’s business as usual – for now

16 March 2020

Leading auction houses around the UK told ATG last week that their sales calendars will continue as planned, with sensible precautions being taken in the saleroom. Many reported strong sales last week but some expressed understandable concern about future consignments. Here is an edited selection of their comments.

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Trio of high-value paintings stolen in raid on Oxford college collection

16 March 2020

Three Old Master paintings, including Annibale Carracci’s A Boy Drinking, have been stolen from a museum in Oxford.

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16th century whistle, rare portrait miniature and Samuel Palmer print – six lots to watch at auction this week

16 March 2020

With estimates from £200-8000, here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Silver penny from brief reign of forgotten Anglo-Saxon king now worth £32,000

16 March 2020

A silver penny of Ludica, a virtually unknown Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia, has sold for £32,000.

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Lovejoy would be proud of you: new high-street shops in Suffolk and Dorchester

16 March 2020

Suffolk town where the TV rogue ducked and dived experiences an antiques revival. Plus, details of the Long Melford fairs scene.

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Ceramics show provides a more accessible Picasso price

16 March 2020

Representing around 25 years of the artist’s output, the ceramic creations of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) represent a popular collecting field.

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