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De la Tour nocturne sets Lempertz auction house record

14 December 2020

One of the last Georges de la Tour (1593-1652) paintings in private hands was sold by Cologne auction house Lempertz on December 8.

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Cotswold School brass fire dogs and an 1880s safety bicycle are among the six lots to watch at auction 

14 December 2020

With estimates from £100-9000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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ATG Letter: Unesco – evasion and lack of self-awareness

14 December 2020

MADAM – Your comprehensive coverage of the recent Unesco debacle in last week’s issue (ATG No 2471) successfully raises ongoing concerns about the organisation’s behaviour and attitudes.

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Shipping & delivery: New world border

14 December 2020

Deal or no-deal, logistics firms are as prepared as they can be for any eventuality for Brexit post-December 31

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Militaria: Blades of glory at Dominic Winter

14 December 2020

A propellor hauled up by a fisherman proved to have an important link to Dambusters leader Guy Gibson and is now coming up at auction, as ATG reports in a wider look at the militaria market

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Auction previews: issue 2472

14 December 2020

A selection of nine upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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When art meets science

14 December 2020

Sixteenth century book-maker’s creativity makes maths and astronomy more accessible

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Squirrel painting by 'the other' Audubon emerges at Swann

14 December 2020

This original oil painting of a California grey squirrel is by John Woodhouse Audubon, younger son of John James Audubon of Birds of America fame.

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Saints double up in one work

14 December 2020

Two-sided picture now heading to Dijon museum after being given definite attribution

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Four lots take half sale total at Christie's New York

14 December 2020

Four lots between them raised $1.5m including premiums to rack up more than half the total at an online sale in New York.

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Ingenious, but the Germans smelt a rat

14 December 2020

Always popular at auction, always great to write about – so no excuses needed for featuring a selection of the weird and wonderful Second World War spy and sabotage gadgets and ingenious escape devices which do appear often in sales.

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An 18th century saintly sign in Nîmes auction

14 December 2020

This painted wooden sign dated to the 18th century was one of the highlights of a sale held by the Hôtel des Ventes de Nîmes (22.2% buyer’s premium) in the southern French city.

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16th century box emerges at Aguttes

14 December 2020

This small carved boxwood domed box features in the sale of antique furniture and works of art at Aguttes in Neuilly on December 21.

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Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross winners in sale spotlights

14 December 2020

Two Victoria Cross medals awarded during the Indian Mutiny offered by Morton & Eden (20% buyer’s premium) in London sold to the same buyer.

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Two works by William Roberts underline commercial values at Bonhams

14 December 2020

The market for William Roberts (1895- 1980) has expanded significantly in the last two decades and the performance of two small watercolours at Bonhams suggested demand is still healthy.

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Fishing trip that sank enemy ships

14 December 2020

After a somewhat chequered period before the war, during which his employment ranged from gold-digging and sailing the South Sea Islands to running a camel racing team and a betting shop, Lt Hubert (Ted) Carse of the the Royal Australian Naval Reserve ended up as a hero.

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Bonhams' Mod Brit sale bids welcome to the latest trends

14 December 2020

Something of a recurring theme at auctions this year has been the increasing volume of bidders registering for sales during the pandemic.

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New Bastiani auction high as international bidding emerges for oil on panel

14 December 2020

Five bidders – two Americans, one French and one Cypriot – competed to secure a small 15th centry devotional oil on panel of the Virgin and Child by the Italian artist Lazzaro Bastiani.

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Hughie Green took his flying opportunity

14 December 2020

Hughie Green (1920-97) is well known as star of film, radio and TV, such as Opportunity Knocks – and a colourful personal life such as being father to Paula Yates. However, he also had a long and eventful career in aviation.

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Lalique’s dragonfly brooch makes €230,000 in Paris

14 December 2020

The highlight of a sale of jewellery and silver at Peschetau Badin (27% buyer’s premium) on December 1- 2 in Paris was this gold ‘four dragonflies’ brooch by René Lalique.

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