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ATG Letter: Rewards for the underbidder sound great - mine’s a bottle of wine, thanks

20 October 2018

MADAM – I am writing regarding a point made at your recent round table (ATG No 2358) on charging for expertise, regarding how auctioneers need to value the underbidder.

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Bid barometer

20 October 2018

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period October 4-11, 2018. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Affordable art: Six works sold or offered for under £900 including a scene by 'Derbyshire's John Constable'

15 October 2018

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £900, including a Trevor Grimshaw black and grey graphite cityscape, and three upcoming lots offered the next fortnight.

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Buyers check out a Czech artist

15 October 2018

Earlier this year, the Paris auction house Artcurial sold an exceptional collection of Impressionist and Cubist works by the influential Czech avant-garde artist Otakar Kubin (1883-1969).

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Benchmark prices for Horlicks’ ‘prime period’ Mouseman

15 October 2018

The Horlicks collection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture was sold at Sworders’ auction for £236,000.

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‘Online bidders’ expectations are rising’

15 October 2018

We ask ATG’s Richard Lewis why thesaleroom.com is changing its commission fee.

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Australia auction calendar

15 October 2018

Listing of auctions coming up in Australia.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

15 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Ellis works line up in London before Somerset

15 October 2018

Paintings and graphic works by Clifford Ellis (1907-85) are on show at 8 Holland Street’s London gallery this month.

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Signature of John Sell Cotman is key note to £20,000 result

15 October 2018

This watercolour bearing the signature of Norwich School artist John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) attracted a flurry of bids when it went under the hammer in Nottingham.

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Kensington fair cancelled at eleventh hour

15 October 2018

The Kensington Antiques Fair was cancelled at the eleventh hour just before it was due to open at Kensington Town Hall.

Change to VAT threshold could hit many dealers

15 October 2018

Small dealers have expressed their dismay at news that Chancellor Philip Hammond is considering a plan to bring many more businesses into the VAT system by reducing the threshold for paying.

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Gertler ‘East Ender’ portrait sells up north

15 October 2018

Renowned today for his fusion of Post- Impressionism and eastern European folk-art, the Jewish painter Mark Gertler (1891-1939) was inspired at the outset of his career by the northern and early-Italian Renaissance masters.

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Why plastic can also be fantastic when it comes to toys

15 October 2018

Plastic has gained a bad name when it comes to the environment – clogging up oceans for a start.

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5 Questions: Simon Shore of 1793 gallery

15 October 2018

Simon Shore is a north Cotswolds dealer and agent who runs 1793 gallery in Stow on the Wold.

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Garden by a Churchyard

15 October 2018

View of a Garden by Thomas Churchyard of Woodbridge (1798-1865) is offered for £1400 in the exhibition Artist on the Deben, which features 19th century Suffolk artists.

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The story of a real ‘fairy tale’

15 October 2018

It may seem hard to credit nowadays, but photographs of fairies at the bottom of the Cottingley (Yorkshire) garden of two young girls, produced in 1917 as a practical joke, were taken to be genuine by many people – most famously, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Coaches trot into saleroom

15 October 2018

Distinctly patriotic in nature, stage and mail coach depictions started c.1815, reaching peak popularity in the later 1820s with the artist James Pollard (1792-1867).

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Buyers sniff out perfume bottles

15 October 2018

Vivienne Knight and Vanessa Turner are two specialist dealers in perfume bottles who will be setting out their vibrant stalls at the two-day International Perfume Bottle Association’s UK convention.

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The Back Page: Canine reader gets his teeth into Charterhouse auctioneer's copy of ATG

15 October 2018

With summer out of the way we can’t even blame the newspaper ‘silly season’ for running this tweet by Richard Bromell from Charterhouse auction house in Sherborne… but it did make us smile.

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