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Joy Division sale makes “unprecedented” results as Peter Hook sells huge archives

16 March 2019

In 1977, three years before his untimely death, Joy Division’s singer songwriter Ian Curtis wrote the lyrics to ‘Failures’: “Wise words and sympathy/Tell the story of our history.”

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Exhibitors report early sales as TEFAF Maastricht 2019 opens its doors with new vetting policy

15 March 2019

TEFAF Maastricht 2019 has opened for its preview event and news of sales is already coming through.

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TEFAF report reveals art buying trends in China

15 March 2019

Sixty-four percent of Chinese art collectors bought Western European modern and contemporary art in the past five years according to a survey conducted for the TEFAF Art Market Report which was presented at the fair as the doors opened for the second preview day.

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Unrecorded archive of well-connected Victorian gay rights activist Edward Carpenter makes eight times estimate at auction

15 March 2019

A previously undocumented archive of writings by Edward Carpenter, the well-connected socialist poet and gay rights pioneer, sold for a hammer price of £4200, more than eight times its upper estimate, at Bamfords in Derby this month.

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Top stories this week – including news of where the Antiques Roadshow will be filmed during summer 2019

15 March 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of the locations and dates for the recording of the next series of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow during summer 2019.

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Lyon & Turnbull latest auction house to stop selling rhino horn

15 March 2019

Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull will no longer sell antique items made from rhino horn.

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George Michael auction at Christie’s led by Damien Hirst’s dove in formaldehyde

14 March 2019

Christie’s auction of the George Michael collection in London tonight was led by 'The Incomplete Truth' by Damien Hirst (b.1965), a work from 2006 featuring a dove in a tank of formaldehyde.

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Attention turns to Asian art in New York as specialist week of exhibitions and auctions kicks off

14 March 2019

The art market focus in the Big Apple at the moment is on Asian works as Manhattan’s galleries and major auction houses stage the latest edition of ‘Asia Week New York’.

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Lost Elgar masterpiece found in autograph book is heard for the first time in 100 years as it heads to auction

14 March 2019

A rediscovered melody by Sir Edward Elgar will be offered at auction in Lichfield after it was found in an autograph book.

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Star Wars action figure prototype comes to auction

14 March 2019

A small piece of Star Wars action figure history comes for sale at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees next month.

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The queen of fashion, the queen of hearts, and the queen: Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction features pictures of Kate Moss, Princess Diana and the queen among lots

14 March 2019

It is not quite a full house in a game of cards, but Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction has dealt three ‘queens’ alongside works by British artists including David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Dame Lucie Rie, Mary Fedden and Beryl Cook.

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David Bowie demo tape for Starman sells for £41,000 at Merseyside auction

13 March 2019

A tape thought to contain “possibly the first ever demo version” of David Bowie’s 1972 hit ‘Starman’ drew strong competition at Omega Auctions’ latest sale.

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TEFAF and BADA fairs: Final preparations underway as dealers discuss Brexit

13 March 2019

As TEFAF Maastricht and BADA fairs get underway, organisers and exhibitors tell ATG that immersion in art and antiques is the perfect antidote to the political crisis unfolding in Westminster.

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Bouguereau’s 20ft painting – Masterly example of French Academic painting to be offered at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale

13 March 2019

Sotheby’s is to offer what it deems “the most important work of William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s celebrated career” as part of the Impressionist & Modern art evening sale in New York on May 14.

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Irma Stern portrait leads South African politician’s collection of works being offered at Cape Town auction

13 March 2019

Two private collections of South African art have yielded works by some of the leading names in the market to Strauss’ sale in Cape Town on March 18.

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One of London’s oldest charities to sell contemporary art collection to raise funds

12 March 2019

Contemporary art from the collection of one of London’s oldest charities went on view last night ahead of Lyon & Turnbull’s inaugural Modern Made auction this month.

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10 highlights from the George Michael collection on offer at Christie’s

12 March 2019

The art collection of singer and songwriter George Michael is being offered at Christie’s in a two-part auction this week. The lots will be divided between a 61-lot live sale at King Street in London on March 14 and a further 112 feature in an online timed sale that runs until March 15.

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Court claim challenging New York ivory laws reinstated in the US

12 March 2019

A US court claim challenging a 2014 New York law banning the sale of antique ivory by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America and the National Art and Antique Dealers Association of America has been reinstated due to amendments made to the case.

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What next for Brexit? While we wait, can you spot the 12 Brexit-related images on this Weeping Willow Brexit plate

12 March 2019

As we approach a crunch vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, a no-deal result is still a possibility – so too the prospect of an extension to the Article 50 process beyond the March 29 deadline.

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