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An Old Master jigsaw puzzler

19 April 2019

Researching Old Master paintings is sometimes likened to putting together the pieces of a jigsaw. But for one upcoming work, it seems this was quite literally the case.

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Dealer Andrew Sim sells Arctic Convoy pictures to Imperial War Museum

19 April 2019

Dealer Andrew Sim has sold 14 Second World War pictures by Polish-born artist Feliks Topolski (1907-89) to the Imperial War Museum.

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Hand of Raphael suspected in Italian Renaissance work

19 April 2019

A drawing offered at a Paris auction with an attribution to Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Francesco Penni (1488-1528) was hammered down at €1.13m (£980,000).

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Pevsner name builds auction appeal for architectural medallion

19 April 2019

Estimated at just £50-80, an Alice Davis Hitchcock medallion sold for £3000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at a Spink auction in London on April 10.

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Pick of the week: Fierce bidding at Bellmans for panoramic view of London showing the city reimagined after the 1666 Great Fire

15 April 2019

A very rare panorama of 17th century London depicting the city skyline in the wake of the Great Fire of 1666 has sold at auction for £90,000.

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Dorchester saleroom Duke's to hold ‘biggest house contents auction’ in the regions for a decade

15 April 2019

Duke’s of Dorchester has announced what promises to be the biggest house contents sale of the year and the largest by a UK regional auction house for more than a decade.

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Regency furniture sets Guernsey saleroom record

15 April 2019

A fine pair of Regency dwarf bookcases in the manner of George Oakley sold for £58,000 at the Martel Maides saleroom in St Peter Port, Guernsey.

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Phillips to offer rare wristwatch find in Geneva

15 April 2019

The May 11-12 Geneva sale conducted by Phillips in association with watch consultancy Bacs & Russo includes one of the most complicated wristwatches of the pre-war era: the Vacheron Constantin minute repeater with retrograde calendar from 1940.

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BADA president Victoria Borwick resigns from role

12 April 2019

Victoria Borwick, president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA), has resigned after nearly four years in the post.

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“An absolute belter” – ‘Anglo-German’ George I bookcase bid to £120,000

11 April 2019

An extraordinary George I burr walnut bureau bookcase was bought for £120,000 when Duke’s of Dorchester sold the contents of Moigne Combe on April 10.

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Rare Roman gold coin found in Kent field comes to auction

10 April 2019

A very rare Roman gold coin, found by a metal detectorist in a field in Kent last month, will come to auction with an estimate of £70,000-100,000.

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New president of ABA the ‘first from north of Watford Gap’

08 April 2019

Book dealer Roger Treglown is the new president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.

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Dealer sells last William Powell Frith panorama but it will now go on public view

08 April 2019

The last panoramic painting by William Powell Frith (1819-1909) in private hands has been sold – but will not vanish from the public eye just yet.

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Signs of the times: Single owner collection stands out at Paris auction

08 April 2019

Pioneer collection of street furniture goes from Parisian flat to the saleroom.

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Tianminlou collection sells out in Hong Kong auction

08 April 2019

Sotheby’s spring Hong Kong auction series generated a grand total of HK$3.78bn (£367m) – the second highest in the company’s 46-year history in the territory – and a combined sell-through rate of 90%.

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Two seven-figure French discoveries

08 April 2019

A Mannerist bronze after Giambologna and a rediscovered oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens posted seven-figure sums during the series of sales coinciding with the Salon du Dessin fair in Paris.

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Hiscox report shows online art market on the up

08 April 2019

The global online art market recorded sales up 9.8% to $4.64bn (£3.5bn) in 2018, according to the seventh annual Hiscox Online Art Trade Report 2019.

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Mega sleepers awakened at regional auctions across mercurial March

01 April 2019

The month of March produced an unusually large number of awakened sleepers across the UK’s regional auction rooms – from an Old Master drawing to a rare Marklin tinplate train.

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Tipu Sultan battlefield spoils dispersed at Oxfordshire auction

01 April 2019

A rifle from the personal armoury of Tipu Sultan sold for £60,000 in Oxfordshire last week.

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Remarkable collection of ancient engraved gems come to auction at Christie’s New York

29 March 2019

Christie’s is to sell a remarkable collection of engraved gems from the Classical world, formerly in the Sangiorgi collection, in New York.

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