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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Growth in online sales of art and antiques set to continue, predicts latest art market report

07 July 2020

Online sales of art, antiques and collectables reached $4.82bn in 2019, a rise of 4% from the previous year and digital demand is set to increase further in the years ahead.

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IACF hails success at Newark as fairs go back to business

06 July 2020

International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF) kicked off its return to business with its first event after lockdown.

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Francis Bacon stars at Sotheby's in the first summer ‘super sale’

06 July 2020

Sotheby’s held the first of this summer’s ‘super sales’ last week as it combined a series of three Modern and Contemporary art auctions into a marathon four-and-a-half hour live-streamed event.

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Sanity returns (with sanitisers)

06 July 2020

Focus on two centres and a Cheshire fair as dealers and organisers encourage visitors

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More reopenings in UK and Ireland as lockdown eases

29 June 2020

The easing of lockdown rules across the UK and Ireland will help the art and antiques sector return to some normality during the summer months.

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Christie’s merges Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary Art departments in coronavirus cost cutting programme

29 June 2020

Auction house Christie’s has created a new department called 20th & 21st Century Art group by merging the existing Impressionist and Modern Art and Contemporary Art teams.

ATG letter: It's unfair I don’t qualify for Covid grant as my premises are too large

29 June 2020

MADAM – I run a small conservation and restoration workshop in Kent and like many businesses in the UK, my activity has been greatly affected by the coronavirus emergency.

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Life after lockdown in the art and antiques world - in pictures

27 June 2020

Auction houses, dealers and antiques centres have begun to reopen their premises to the public. All have taken steps to ensure buildings are ‘Covid-secure’ with new layouts, hygiene regimes and occupancy restrictions.

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German auction house Nagel begins insolvency process but remains operating as coronavirus hits trade

23 June 2020

Nagel in Stuttgart, which has been trading since 1922, has been so severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown that it has begun an insolvency process.

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Kempton antiques market heads return of keynote fairs

22 June 2020

Sunbury Antiques Market is coming back with force next month, reopening with three, rather than the usual two, monthly events at Kempton Park Racecourse.

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How trading life looks after lockdown

22 June 2020

Auction houses, dealers and antiques centres in England began to reopen their premises to the public on June 15. All have taken steps to ensure buildings are ‘Covid-secure’ with new layouts, hygiene regimes and occupancy restrictions.

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Portobello Road Market dealer in dispute over access to stock

22 June 2020

A Chinese silver dealer is searching for a new home on Portobello Road after a dispute with his landlord, Portobello Group.

ATG letter: We have to live in hope

22 June 2020

MADAM – With the list of auctions increasing in every issue, it gives me hope that normality is on the way and soon we should be acting as normal albeit online for a while instead of bidding in person at these auctions.

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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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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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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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A colossal coat of arms offered at the Masterpiece online fair

15 June 2020

This 18th century monumental royal coat of arms by John Steell is offered by Wick Antiques in its second edition of 'Britain and the High Seas' at 'Masterpiece', held online this year.

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Flog It! presenter and dealer Paul Martin teams up with auction house for NHS charity auction

13 June 2020

Former Flog It! presenter and dealer Paul Martin and auction house Dawsons have launched an auction to raise funds for NHS charities.

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Government confirms 'non-essential retail' in England can reopen to the public from June 15

10 June 2020

Shops, retail galleries and auction houses in England will be able to reopen from June 15, the business secretary has confirmed.

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