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Portrait of star athlete killed in the Great War emerges at Maine sale

22 June 2020

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Maine will be holding a two-day weekend auction of more than 1000 lots on July 18-19.

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Obituary: Antique ship model expert Laurence Langford (1927-2020)

22 June 2020

Laurence (Laurie) Langford died on June 7, aged 93.

British and Irish book auctions: June 23-July 4, 2020

22 June 2020

Our regular listing of books and works on paper auctions the UK and Ireland.

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American collector secures original Second World War RAF ensign flag

22 June 2020

An American collector bought this original Second World War RAF ensign flag at a recent East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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Top stories this week – including news of an eBay seller's 'fake medal factory' run from their garden shed

21 June 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a trading standards investigation into a ‘fake medal factory’ in Derbyshire.

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William De Morgan jar and Portobello Road dealer’s nutmeg grater are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

19 June 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a William De Morgan red lustre jar that made five-times estimate and a silverplated nutmeg grater from the late Portobello Road market stalwart Joan Dunk (1930-2019) that went 15-times over estimate.

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Qianlong porcelain vase sells for nearly €2m as Paris auctions get going

18 June 2020

As the Paris auction scene gets back to business after the lockdown, an extraordinary Qianlong mark and period porcelain vase sold this week for €1.95m (£1.77m) plus buyer’s premium.

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Legal wrangle into disputed Frans Hals painting continues as investment firm wins right to appeal

17 June 2020

The legal dispute over a Frans Hals (1582-1666) painting sold via Sotheby’s by Old Master picture dealer Mark Weiss and Fairlight Art Ventures is set to reach the Court of Appeal.

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Olympia set to return in November offering the art and antiques trade a boost

17 June 2020

Dealers and organisers are looking forward to Winter Olympia on the date that the summer fair would have opened.

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Dealers put themselves in the picture with Instagram art challenge

16 June 2020

How have you kept yourself busy during the long days of lockdown? Some people may have turned to drink but two dealers have turned to drink and dressing up and framed their exploits on Instagram.

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Raid on eBay seller's 'fake medal factory' run from garden shed leaves market reeling

15 June 2020

A trading standards investigation has unearthed a ‘medal factory’ in Derbyshire, sparking the fear that thousands of fake military awards and badges could be in circulation.

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Tablet with ‘the earliest known record of any personal name in history’ offered at Bloomsbury Auctions

15 June 2020

An ancient writing tablet made famous by Yuval Noah Harari in his bestseller 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind' comes for auction in London next month.

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Portobello arcades owner defends its rents stance but some dealers may not return

15 June 2020

As Portobello Road market dealers come under financial pressure following the lockdown, the owner of many of its arcades has defended its stance on rent payments.

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Market for illicit antiquities valued ‘in millions not billions’

15 June 2020

The antiquities trade has welcomed a new independent report that estimates the volume of looted objects on the market is much smaller than previous reports have suggested.

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Pick of the week: A ‘nice honest pair’ of blue john vases that made £40,000

15 June 2020

In 1765 the engineer and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) visited Paris, where he observed first-hand the workshops of bronziers and the wares that were proving hugely popular with Georgian Britain’s elite.

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Watches: More left in the Tank – Cartier’s most famous watch

15 June 2020

Over a century old, Cartier’s most famous watch is seemingly ubiquitous on the market. But pre-war examples of the Tank are scarcer than one might imagine.

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Kiwi calls on British dealers to be optimistic about opening

15 June 2020

Auckland gallery says it has been doing well despite lockdown as UK firms relaunch

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LS Lowry lithograph and English delft plate are among six lots to watch at auction this week

15 June 2020

With estimates from £160-8000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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News In Brief – including The National Gallery in London buying its first work by Joaquín Sorolla

15 June 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including The National Gallery in London acquiring a painting by Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) for £325,000 from the Daniel Katz Gallery.

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Heuer races to a fine finish

15 June 2020

The Heuer Monaco, the world’s first automatic chronograph with a square case, was launched at the Basel fair in 1969 with the retail price set at $200.

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