Coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus that began in China and seriously impacted many countries around the world in early 2020 led to challenging times the art and antiques industry, with numerous fairs and auctions being rescheduled and cancelled.


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Auction houses and dealers hold sales to help Covid-19 NHS charity appeals

09 April 2020

A number of auction houses and dealers are holding sales to raise funds for the under-pressure NHS in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

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ILAB to hold Covid 19 Crisis webinar

09 April 2020

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) is to hold a webinar today (Thursday April 9) to discuss trading difficulties during the coronavirus shutdown.

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Coronavirus: latest changes to auctions and fairs dates

09 April 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak impacting the art and antiques trade, many fairs and auctions have been cancelled or postponed in both the UK and overseas. Here is a list of events that ATG is aware have been affected so far and this story will be updated as we receive further information.

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Coronavirus: The Arts Society launches online education initiative for over-60s

08 April 2020

A new digital platform launched today by The Arts Society offers a series of arts education events aimed to help the older population stay “connected, educated, entertained and informed” during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Remote control: Intrepid auctioneers find ways to sell – and deliver – at distance

06 April 2020

Auction houses across the country are grappling with the practicalities of staging auctions safely as the UK enters its third week of the government-sanctioned shutdown.

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The situation evolves – but safe delivery options are available

06 April 2020

Given the government’s strict guidelines on social distancing, what delivery options can art and antiques buyers use during the lockdown period?

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‘I felt more like a YouTuber than an auctioneer’

06 April 2020

There were two in the room when British Bespoke Auctions held a four-and-a half hour sale last week. On the rostrum on April 1, in an office rather than the saleroom (which is closed), was Nicholas Granger. Behind him was Bella, a blue-and-gold macaw who has been by his side for 20 years.

‘There are tools out there to operate in this new world’

06 April 2020

A number of industrial and commercial-focused businesses have operated online-only and timed auctions for some time and have systems in place that allow for very little contact between individuals.

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Invent, innovate, be in touch: How the trade is responding to the coronvirus alert with fresh online formats

06 April 2020

Dealers and trade bodies have been adapting to the new normal caused by coronavirus. For most this means isolated living and remote transactions. However, in a spirit of energy and invention, traders are finding new ways to promote both their stock and their brands online.

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TV’s Charlie Ross posts online workout video for auctioneers with closed salerooms

30 March 2020

In these days of self-isolation, social media is awash with home workout routines, but yesterday a new programme popped up, targeted at auctioneers.

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Coronavirus: Trade tested by lockdown

30 March 2020

The UK art and antiques trade is hastening its efforts to provide a sense of business as usual during unusual times after the UK government requested all ‘non-essential’ firms to close their premises to the public.

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Fellows sticks to family values as jewellery auction is staged from owner’s home

27 March 2020

Auction house Fellows of Birmingham has started holding live online sales of jewellery and watches ‘from home’. Managing director and auctioneer Stephen Whittaker conducted the latest sale in his own front room in rural Shropshire.

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Vendors support Lyon & Turnbull’s move to sell online

27 March 2020

The Edinburgh and London auction house Lyon & Turnbull is to press ahead with its two April sales as ‘live online only’ events. The firm’s sales of Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 (April 1) and Contemporary & Post-War Art (April 16) will feature auctioneer Gavin Strang on the rostrum in Edinburgh but no one else in the room.

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Coronavirus: Emergency measures for the self-employed announced by chancellor

26 March 2020

Emergency help from the chancellor Rishi Sunak will be available for self-employed people it was announced today.

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Masterpiece London cancelled for summer 2020 due to coronavirus crisis

26 March 2020

The summer 2020 edition of Masterpiece London planned for June 24-July 1 has been cancelled, organisers have announced.

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Coronavirus: Summer Olympia postponed with new dates pending

26 March 2020

Clarion Events, organiser of the two annual Olympia Art & Antiques Fairs have postponed its summer event.

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UK art and antiques businesses close their doors but some sales to continue online

24 March 2020

The government’s updated list of businesses whose premises must close as UK enters three-week lockdown to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus includes all dealers, centres, fairs and auctions.

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Philip Mould launches daily livestream based on personal collection

23 March 2020

Philip Mould is putting his own spin on ‘working from home’ as he welcomes the public to his Oxfordshire estate.

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Trade moves online as Covid-19 bites

23 March 2020

Fair organisers were forced into making dramatic changes to their schedule as almost every event in the UK and Ireland was either cancelled or postponed last week, while many dealers were left facing the most challenging conditions for trading in living memory.

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ATG comment: The trade will find a way to survive the coronavirus crisis

23 March 2020

There’s an age-old adage that wherever there’s a willing buyer and a willing seller, the two cannot be separated. But the current outbreak of the coronavirus has had more effect in creating distance between these two than anything experienced in modern times.

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