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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Items from France’s national furniture collection to be auctioned to raise funds for health service

04 May 2020

France’s Mobilier National, the body that looks after the national furniture collection, is auctioning 100 pieces from its holdings in order to support the country’s health service.

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Urban artist creates new painting to raise money for NHS at Forum Auctions

01 May 2020

Forum Auctions is hosting a single-lot live online-only sale to raise money for the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

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Bonhams’ revised sale schedule includes host of art and antiques auctions in London

30 April 2020

Bonhams has announced a revised sale schedule for May and June in UK, US, Hong Kong and Australia.

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Coronavirus: Dealers sell antiquities to give NHS and homeless charities a boost

30 April 2020

When coronavirus first led to a UK lockdown, some dealers reported feeling powerless to help or even to sell. Now traders are launching more and more efforts to transact while doing some good.

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Chance to record with Sting, have a coffee with Hillary Clinton or a Shakespearian acting lesson with Sir Patrick Stewart: all up for grabs at charity auction

28 April 2020

Sotheby’s and Google will auction star-studded experiences to raise money for the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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Brighten up your home and support charity with art dealers' offerings

27 April 2020

The last few weeks of lockdown may have left you wishing you could do more to fight coronavirus. Or they may have left you feeling like that blank stretch of wall in the living room could really do with brightening up.

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More auction houses and dealers join movement to host sales to help Covid-19 NHS charity appeals

25 April 2020

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

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Picture dealers unite to hold online auction to help NHS Charities

23 April 2020

The Parker Gallery is holding an online timed auction on thesaleroom.com and part of the fees will be donated to NHS Charities to help with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus: latest changes to auctions and fairs dates

23 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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Call for entries: Frame restorer launches children’s art competition for charity with dealer Philip Mould

21 April 2020

For many people living in lockdown, keeping the children entertained and educated is a major occupation. A new art world competition, held in support of charity, offers children the chance to get their creative – and competitive – juices flowing.

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Nine hours on rostrum is the new auction norm

13 April 2020

A switch to online-only sales for auction houses has led to a rise in marathon sessions.

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Paris' Biennale fair proposes giving exhibitors longer to pay

13 April 2020

La Biennale Paris has proposed that potential exhibitors may spread payment of their participation fees out over four months after the event.

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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: 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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